Quip, n.
   A smart sarcastic turn; a taunt; a severe retort.

Quote, v.t.
   To cite, as a passage from some author; to name, repeat or adduce a passage from an author or speaker, by way of authority or illustration

Pithy Sayings,
   Containing concentrated force; forcible; energetic; as a pithy word or expression.

During the years that I have been preaching I have searched the internet and other sources for material to put in bulletins and as introductory material for sermons. I will endeavor to help others by adding material to this page as often as time permits some of the materials I have collected. I don't believe that anything on this page is copy righted material, if you see that I am wrong please email me so that I can correct it, also quotes are from the source that I first heard it from, and may not always be the originator of the quote..

Quips, Quotes, and Pithy Sayings


Experience enables you to recognize a mistake every time you repeat it.

To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

Profanity is the effort of a feeble mind to express itself forcefully.

America is one of the few places you can say what you speak without thinking.

Unless you have never been tempted, don't pass judgment on someone who has yielded.

Don't mistake activity for achievement.

It's a great pity the right of free speech isn't based on the obligation to say something sensible.

You can't make anything idiot proof because idiots are so ingenious. ~ Ron Burns

Many would be scantily clad if clothed in their humility. ~ Anonymous

It's great to be great, but it's greater to be human.~ Will Rogers

Some folks get lost in thought because it is infamiliar territory

If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the fool who said, "quit while you're ahead?"

If silence is golden, not many people can be arrested for hoarding.

Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn't belong.

You can never make your dreams come true by oversleeping.

Never have a battle of wits with an unarmed man

Pride is the only poison that is good for you when swallowed.

An egotist is a person who thinks that if they had not been born people would have asked why not.

The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with him.

Never argue with a fool - people may not notice the difference

"Life's tough, it's even tougher if you're stupid." ~ John Wayne
(the above quote is not spiritual, but I'm a big fan of the Duke)

People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid. ~ Soren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

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O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee-devil! * * *
O, that men should put an enemy to their mouths to steal away their brains; that we should, with joy, revel, pleasure and applause, transform ourselves into beasts! ~ Shakespeare.

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Some time ago an evangelist, traveling on the train, was singing to himself the song, "I've been Redeemed." A fellow passenger, hearing, joined him in the song. After singing, the evangelist put the question to the stranger, "Have you been redeemed?" "Yes, praise the Lord," was the answer. "May I ask you how long since?" "About nineteen hundred years ago," came the reply. The astonished evangelist echoed in surprise, "Nineteen hundred years ago?" "Yes," was the reply, "but I'm sorry that it's not more than a year that I've known it."

God's Word is like refreshing rain
That waters crops and seed;
It brings new life to open hearts,
And meets us in our need.
~ Sper ~

Whoever it was who searched the heavens with a telescope and found no God would not have found the human mind if he had searched the brain with a microscope. ~ George Santayana

We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. ~ Martin Luther King

Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish. ~ Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)

Liberty is the right to discipline ourselves in order not to be disciplined by others ~ Clemenceau

God has wisely kept us in the dark concerning future events and reserved for himself the knowledge of them, that he may train us up in a dependence upon himself and a continued readiness for every event. ~ Matthew Henry

Who upon earth could live were all judged justly? ~ Byron.

The Puritan writer, William Law, considered a thankful spirit an essential quality of sainthood. He wrote: "Would you know who is the greatest saint in the world? It is not he who prays most or fasts most; it is not he who gives alms or who is most eminent for temperance, chastity or justice, but it is he who is always thankful to God, who receives everything as an instance of God's goodness, and has a heart always ready to praise God for it."

Evangelization is a process of bringing the gospel to people where they are, not where you would like them to be. When the gospel reaches a people where they are, their response to the gospel is the church in a new place. ~ Vincent Donovan

If you don't firmly program your children's minds with truth, someone else will do so with half-truth, untruth, and unimportant truth. ~ Anonymous

Love is giving freely, expecting nothing in return. Law concerns itself with an equitable exchange, this for that. Law is made necessary by people; love is made possible by God. ~ Mary Carson

Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it. ~ George Bernard Shaw

There is no better test for man's ultimate integrity than his behavior when he is wrong. ~ Anonymous

Who am I, a mere worm of the dust, that I should attach to my unworthy name an epithet that belongs to God alone. Holy and reverend is His Name (Psalm111:9 KJV).~ C.H. Spurgeon

Jesus found him. The man did not find Jesus; Jesus found him. That is the deepest truth of Christian faith; Jesus found me. Our fellowship with Him is rooted in His compassion. ~William Temple, Readings in St John's Gospel

Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little. ~ Edmunde Burke

There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the really great man is the man who makes every man feel great. ~G. K. Chesterton, Charles Dickens

Faith does not opperate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man's power einds. ~ George Müller

The gospel is good news only if it arrives in time. ~ Carl F.H. Henry

If you can't be thankful for what you receive, be thanful for what you escape. ~ Anonymous

Christmas began in the heart of God. It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man. ~ Anonymous

Kindness has converted more sinners that zeal, eloquence or learning. ~ Frederick William Faber

Only when we have enough mental stress to force us to see our own bankruptcy of power, do we trust in God, and only when we trust in God can we make a contribution which will not collapse. ~ Kenneth L. Pike

God save us from hotheads that would lead us to act foolishly, and from cold feet that would keep us from acting at all. ~ Peter Marshall

People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out. But in the darkness, beauty is seen only if there is light within. ~ Anon

A name is not only a person's most prominent feature to others, but his greatest treasure. ~ Elsdon C. Smith

Flattery is like wine, which exhilarates a man for a moment, but usually ends by going to his head and making him act foolishly. ~ Helen Rowland

Please, Lord, teach us to laugh again; but, God, don't ever let us forget that we cried. ~ Bill Wilson, (co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous)

Three-fourths of the people you will meet tomorrow are hungering and thirsting for sympathy. Give it to them, and they will love you. ~ Dale Carnegie

Other books were given for our information; the Bible was given for our transformation. ~ Anonymous

Years ago I thought old age would be dreadful, because I should not be able to do things I would want to do. Now I find there is nothing I want to do. ~ Nancy Astor

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes...Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. ~ Thomas Jefferson

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

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us. ~ Thomas Paine

God's Word does not have secret codes
That need a special key;
It's understandable and clear,
With truth for all to see.

Two things fill me with constantly increasing admiration and awe, the longer and more earnestly I reflect on them: the starry heavens without and the moral law within.~ Immanuel Kant

Autobiography is the outcome of a struggle in the author's brain between the desire to be truthful and the desire to be interesting. ~Vernon Bartlett - I Know What I Liked

C.H. Spurgeon said, "Who am I, a mere worm of the dust, that I should attach to my unworthy name an epithet that belongs to God alone. Holy and reverend is His Name (Ps.111:9 KJV)."

Those who are careless in trifles giva a precedent for remissness in important duties.
~ Plutarch - Life of Ĉmilius Paulus

Occasional high days, answers to prayer now and then, temporary blessings, make an uneven and spasmodic Christian life. But to live day in and out, all kinds of days, in simple dependence on Christ as the branch on the vine, constantly abiding, that is the supreme experience. ~ Vance Havner in "The Vance Havner Quote Book"

I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
~Rudyard Kipling~

There is no reward from God to those who seek it from men. ~ Spurgeon

"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." ~ Thomas Jefferson

"The difference between 'involvement' and 'commitment' is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was 'involved' - the pig was 'committed'." ~ unknown

The best evidence of our having the truth is our walking in the truth. ~ Matthew Henry

It is not what you teach that has the greatest impact, but what you tolerate ~ Shoemacher

Yet, if he would, man cannot live all to this world. If not religious, he will be superstitious. If he worship not the true God, he will have his idols. ~ Theodore Parker

O God, in whom our trust we place,
We thank You for Your word of grace;
Help us its precepts to obey,
Till we shall live in endless day.

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Pithy Sayings

Many people come to church in search of happiness; few come to find holiness. ~ John Goetsch

An excuse is a lie wrapped in the skin of reason.

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him

Treasures in heaven are laid up as treasures on earth are laid down.

Nothing lies outside the reach of prayer except that which is outside the will of God.

To many marry for better or worse, but not for good.

Initiative is doing the right thing at the right time without having to be told.

Write your plans in pencil but give God the eraser. ~ Anon

You have heard of Murphy's Law. I follow Morton's Law — taking everything with a grain of salt.

A thankful heart enjoys blesslings twice - when they're received and when they're remembered.

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Light is the task when many share the toil. -Homer, Iliad

The essence of the Christian walk is to live contrary to human nature.

He who is waiting for something to turn up might start with his own shirt sleeves.

The man who covets is always poor. ~ Claudian

If you believe that Jesus lives, you don't need to fear death. ~ Our Daily Bread, Oct. 2007

He who throws dirt loses ground.

Compassion is love in action

God always knocks loud enough for a willing soul to hear.

The bamboo which bends is stronger than the oak which persists. ~ Japanese proverb

He who limps is still walking. ~ Stanislaw Lec

What lies behind you and ahead of you is not as important as what lies within you

"If you take all the experience and judgment of men over fifty out of the world, there wouldn't be enough left to run it." Henry Ford

I am three persons; the person others think I am; the person I think I am; the person God knows I am ~ anon

Men of genius are admired; men of wealth are envied; men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.

He who carves the Buddha never worships him. ~ Chinese Proverb

God's laws last longer than those who break them.

Children have more need of models than of critics. ~ Carolyn Coats

One measure of our likeness to Christ is our sensitivity to the suffering of others.

God and prayer go together; to neglect the one is to neglect the other.

We lose the approval of God when we seek the applause of men.

If we belong to Christ, it is logical everthing we have belongs to Him.

He who nothing questions, nothings learns.

The Bible is the only book whose Author is always present when you read it.

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