"Language, as well as the faculty of speech, was the immediate gift of God." ~ Noah Webster


I love quotes; little pieces of wisdom that will stay with you for the day to ponder.  Actually, they are little pieces of wisdom that will stay with you for a lifetime. They are succinct, yet complete in their intent, which is usually directed straight to the heart.

Moreover, quotes are a wonderful part of history that are almost impossible to remove, as they are so easily transported by the tongue through time, or written on pages easy to find.

I have collected quotes for as long as I can remember.  I'm not sure how it started for me; I know I was a child - but somehow I understood that I had much I could learn in just a few poetic words, have a blast researching the source, or simply take it at face value because trust in the source had already been built.  Regardless, quotes generate thought; quotes bring understanding, quotes stir the heart, all of which is very, very good.

"Prove that which is right, hold fast to that which is good." ~1Thessalonians 5:21

Below are a few of my favorite quotes on a few of my favorite things:


"God never gave man a thing to do concerning which it would be irreverent to ponder how the Son of God would have done it."
~George MacDonald

The Scriptures were not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives."
~D. L. Moody

In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.
~General Robert E. Lee

I do not know if there is a more dreadful word in the English language than that word "lost."
~C. H. Spurgeon


On March 30, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln wrote the following:
"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power, and as no other nation has ever grown.

"But we have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, as in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

"Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us."
This preceded the proclamation for a day of Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, 1863.


"Beware you are not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge." ~John Wesley


Blood is still pretty thick around these-here parts and we still stick together much like the clans of our ancestors.
~Sgt. Alvin C. York


Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. ~ Psalm 33:12

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.  ~ Proverbs 14:34

“We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to The Ten Commandments of God.”
~ James Madison

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
~ Patrick Henry

"When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, “just men who will rule in the fear of God.” The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this Duty; if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws. Intriguing men can never safely be trusted." 
 ~ Noah Webster 1833

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have."~Thomas Jefferson

“I have found a great hunger in America for a Spiritual revival; for a belief that law must be based on a higher law; for a return to traditions and values that we once had…the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence…speak of a man being created, of a Creator; that we’re a nation under God.”
 ~ President Ronald Reagan


"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."
~ Booker T. Washington


Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting. 
~Edmund Burke


I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.  ~Charles Dickens

May you grow up to be righteous; May you grow up to be true; May you always know the truth, and see the light surrounding you.  May you always be courageous; stand up right and be strong.  May you stay forever young....
~Bob Dylan


The cowboy became the best-known occupational type that America has given the world. He exists still and will long exist, though much changed from the original.  His fame derives from the past.
~J. Frank Dobie

It is not enough for a man to learn how to ride; he must learn to fall.
~Mexican Proverb

A man that don't love a horse, there is something the matter with him.
~Will Rogers

...Sleeping out all night beneath the desert stars
With a dream in my eye, and a prayer in my heart

~Toby Keith

My heroes have always been cowboys...and they still are, it seems...

~Willie Nelson


"And I have an English Walker.  There is a dog for you. He is pretty old now and getting grouchy but in his younger days I knowed him to tail a fox for forty hours without stopping.  Then he'd come home, hungry and lame and worn out, and he would stand up and bark and whine and look at me with that knowing dog look in his eyes as though wondering if I was approving of what he'd done...I'm a-telling you, you can larn a heap from dogs, and it makes you sort of more human to have them around."
~Sgt. Alvin C. York