Saturday, October 19, 2013

Quotation Saturday

I chose optimist this week, because more times than not I always see the glass as half full.

“People who are too optimistic seem annoying. This is an unfortunate misinterpretation of what an optimist really is.

An optimist is neither naive, nor blind to the facts, nor in denial of grim reality. An optimist believes in the optimal usage of all options available, no matter how limited. As such, an optimist always sees the big picture. How else to keep track of all that’s out there? An optimist is simply a proactive realist.

An idealist focuses only on the best aspects of all things (sometimes in detriment to reality); an optimist strives to find an effective solution. A pessimist sees limited or no choices in dark times; an optimist makes choices.

When bobbing for apples, an idealist endlessly reaches for the best apple, a pessimist settles for the first one within reach, while an optimist drains the barrel, fishes out all the apples and makes pie.

Annoying? Yes. But, oh-so tasty!”
~ Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

“Tried be cheerful, tried be upbeat, tried not to let my feelings show, not to blame him, not to mind when day after day, week after week, his nonchalance eroded my heart. Sometimes, being an optimist was quite the effort.”
~ Kristan Higgins, All I Ever Wanted

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
~ Winston Churchill

“A poet is a blind optimist.
The world is against him for
many reasons. But the
poet persists. He believes
that he is on the right track,
no matter what any of his
fellow men say. In his
eternal search for truth, the
poet is alone.
He tries to be timeless in a
society built on time.”
~ Jack Kerouac

I chose deceive because I feel a man (or woman) that can lie and deceive should not call themselves Christians, for they are HYPOCRITES of the very Law they profess.


“Just because something isn't a lie does not mean that it isn't deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.”
~ Criss Jami

“Whatever others may say, they say it to deceive and comfort themselves, not help you.”
~ Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

“When you are posessed by evil spirits, it is crafty manipulations that you follow; but when you are posessed by the Holy Spirit of God, it is wise discretions you pursue!”
~ Israelmore Ayivor

I chose hypocrite for obvious reasons. We want to believe their true and not deceiving us, but the WISE can discern the deception from the truth.


“Hypocrites get offended by the truth.”
~ Jess C. Scott, Bad Romance: Seven Deadly Sins Anthology

“The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.”
~ William Hazlitt, Selected Essays, 1778-1830

“These religious types were the fans that Jesus seems to have the most trouble with. Fans who will walk into a restaurant and bow their heads to pray before a meal just in case someone is watching. Fans who won’t go to R-rated movies at the theater, but have a number of them saved on their DVR at home. Fans who may feed the hungry and help the needy, and then they make sure they work it into every conversation for the next two weeks. Fans who make sure people see them put in their offering at church, but they haven’t considered reaching out to their neighbor who lost a job and can’t pay the bills. Fans who like seeing other people fail because in their minds it makes them look better. Fans whose primary concern in raising their children is what other people think. Fans who are reading this and assuming I’m describing someone else. Fans who have worn the mask for so long they have fooled even themselves.”
~ Kyle Idleman

“The best sermons are lived, not preached.”
~ Cowboy Wisdom

“Sometimes I feel as though I’m a hypocrite while other times I feel I am human.”
~Joni Zipp

I chose wisdom because it is wisdom that allows me to see the glass as half full and to know a hypocrite when I see one. “A deceptive man doesn’t realize his mask has a hole in it.” ~ Joni


“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
~ Aristotle

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”
~ Isaac Asimov

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”
~ Mark Twain

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
~ Aristotle, Metaphysics



Tiggs said...

I really like reading your reasoning behind the topic choices you make for your quotes. I think it opens a little window into what you see and opens a window for the reader as well.

joni said...

Whew! I'm glad you like my reasoning behind the quotes.
I often think people read the quotes and are scratching their head wondering if it was a jab at them.

They're not, they are just what my mind sees in the world around me. :)