OFF-DUTY MOTIVATIONAL READING:  30 Selected Quotations
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“For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected never know.”

Sign at Khe Sanh, Vietnam 1968

 

“There is no nobler deed than the performance of one’s duty.”

Len Smith 1990

 

“People who are late are often so much more jolly

than the people who have to wait for them.”

Edward Lucas 1920

 

“The music in my heart I bore, long after it was heard no more.”

William Wordsworth 1803

 

“Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.”

Robert Frost 1942

 

“Eden is that old-fashioned house we dwell in every day,

without suspecting our abode until we drive away.”

Emily Dickinson 1884

 

“I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”

Thomas Carlyle 1850

 

“The test of courage comes when we are in the minority.”

Ralph W. Sockman 1950

 

“In the absence of fear, there can be no courage.”

Len Smith 1985

 

“Present fear is never as bad as later regret.”

Len Smith 1999

 

“Money often costs too much.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson 1860

 

“Humility is elusive: When you think you’ve found it – you’ve lost it.”

U.S. Naval Academy Trident Calendar 1967

 

“Upon one link in the cable, dependeth the might of the chain;

Who knows when thou mayest be tested, so live that thou bearest the strain!”

Laws of the Navy, U.S. Naval Academy Reef Points 1967

 

“True love is impossible for those to whom principles mean little.”

Len Smith 1990

 

“A society is doomed when opinions are respected more than truth.”

Len Smith 1990

 

“It is a characteristic of the weak to attribute to others their own misfortunes.”

Edgar Rice Burroughs 1915

 

“Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are.”

Thomas Carlyle 1830

 

“Rights are subordinate to responsibilities.”

Len Smith 1985

 

“To run with the majority during the race of life

is to be mediocre all of the time and wrong most of the time.”

Len Smith 1990

 

“A man’s relationship with the Bible is an exact picture of

His relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Len Smith 1995

 

“Why is it that we have a tendency to lazily assume other Christians have been

the kind of dedicated, motivated, responsible, knowledgeable experts

on Bible doctrines that we have never cared enough to become?”

Len Smith 1998

 

“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.”

William Shakespeare 1595

 

“But at my back I always hear, time’s winged chariot hurrying near.”

Andrew Marvell 1650

 

“If you do not prepare yourself physically to succeed,

you must prepare yourself mentally for the humiliation of failure.”

Len Smith 1973

 

“Mental stamina – determination – is a quality of the mind shattered by fatigue.

But physical stamina – endurance – is built upon fatigue.”

Len Smith 1973

 

“Endurance cannot be produced by determination alone;

endurance is a product of physical exercise.”

Len Smith 1973

 

“I hate quotations: Tell me what you know.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson 1849

 

“It is a great misfortune neither to have enough wit to talk well,

nor enough judgment to be silent.”

Jean de La Bruyere  1690

 

“Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean,

who is neither tarnished nor afraid.”

Raymond Chandler  1945

(Poster below.)

Back in the early ’70s, my brother (an Army doctor) was getting ready to go to Ranger training...and then
on to Airborne training. He needed to get into shape by running at dawn. But because his work as an intern tired him out,
he tended to shut off the alarm and sleep in. When he confided that he was afraid he’d not make it through Ranger training,
I (a Navy pilot at the time), in order to help my brother, bought some supplies, made this motivational poster, and
mailed it to him. (This was the origin of some of the Quotations above.) It worked; he put it on his wall, ran every morning,
got into excellent shape, and distinguished himself in training. And now, years later, I hope TheSwordbearer.org
will help you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, distinguish yourselves in both training (Bible study) and
in combat (the proper Christian walk) so you can glorify God and help the church.
Apply the quotes below to Bible study and the Christian walk.