Saturday, September 26, 2009


The real world is not easy to live in. It is rough; it is slippery. Without the most clear-eyed adjustments we fall and get crushed.-Clarence Day

He was as fitted to survival in this modern world as a tapeworm in an intestine. - William Golding (1911-1993) : Free Fall, 1959.

Whatever we have of this world in our hands, our care must be to keep it out of our hearts, lest it come between us and Christ.-- Matthew Henry

The curse should no longer rest upon the world itself, but upon that which is sinful in it, and instead of monastic flight FROM the world the duty is now emphasized of serving God IN the world, in every position in life.- Abraham Kuyper

If nothing in this world satisfies me, perhaps it is because I was made for another world. C. S. Lewis

One may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of the world than one will be able to go to hell without perspiring.H. L. Mencken

The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth--that the error and truth are simply opposite. Theyare nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one.
H. L. Mencken

The world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.~Sean O'Casey

[The Christian] refuses to give his heart to, or be taken in by, the values and pleasures off this passing world. He does not hesitate to use all that is good and beautiful and true, partly because he knows that his God gives him "richly all things to enjoy", and partly because he knows that in all life's impermanent beauties and pleasures, there is the promise of the real and permanent which he is thoroughly convinced will exceed his wildest expectations.... J. B. Phillips, New Testament Christianity [1956]

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.... Bertrand Russell

Build your nest upon no tree here; for ye see God hath sold the forest to death; and every tree whereupon we would rest is ready to be cut down, to the end we may fly and mount up, and build upon the Rock, and dwell in the holes of the Rock. - Samuel Rutherford, Letters, II. To LADY KENMURE, on the occasion of the death of her infant daughter, ANWOTH, Jan, 15, 1629

I have comfort in this, that my Captain, Christ, hath said, I must fight and overcome the world, and with a weak, spoiled, weaponless devil, 'the prince of this world comets, and hath nothing in me'....Remember Zion. Hold fast that which you have, that no man take the crown from you. The Lord Jesus be with your spirit. - Samuel Rutherford, Letters,III. To MARION MCNAUGHT, when his wife was ill ANWOTH, Nov. 17, 1629

Alas, we but chase feathers flying in the air, and tire our own spirits, for the froth and over-gilded clay of a dying life. One sight of what my Lord hath let me see within this short time, is worth a world of worlds.- Samuel Rutherford letter Feb. 9, 1637

The Christian is to resist the spirit of the world. But when we say this, we must understand that the worldspirit does not always take the same form. So the Christian must resist the spirit of the world in the form it takes in his own generation. If he does not do this, he is not resisting the spirit of the world at all.
Francis A. Schaeffer, The God Who Is There

Console yourself
by remembering
that the world
doesn't deserve
your affection

The world is wrong side up. It needs to be turned upside down in order to be right side up. - Billy Sunday (1862-1935) In "Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World," by Edythe Draper, 1992.

All the danger is when the world gets into the heart. The water is useful for sailing the ship; all the danger is when the water gets into the ship; so the fear is when the world gets into the heart. --THOMAS WATSON

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