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My own philosophical inquiries are still a work-in-progress. I have nothing worthy of publishing yet, but do hope to pursue this interest in depth later in life. However, Sir Winston Churchill said, “It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.” and Luc de Clapier said “The maxims of men reveal their characters.” Below are my 30 Favorite Quotations and 5 Favorite Lectures.   I’ve spent 10 years in my business life as a Search Professional (“search” means I help businesses get “found” on the internet). In my personal life, I’ve searched much of the internet as a skeptic on a search for the Truth…it found me. It was not a pleasant experience. If you are a seeker, I can consolidate my 10 years of wasteful clicking into three timesaving iPod nuggets from a few established modern thinkers as a starting place before you get lost in wikipedia-land. I’d argue passionately that Truth is not subjective, but regardless of your beliefs or world-view I caution that all philosophical inquiry should begin with a search for Truth.

Audio Lectures:

1. “Mere Christianity” – Dr. C.S. Lewis
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2. “A Thinking Mans Guide to Life” – Dr. Os Guinness
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3. “Happiness” – Dr. Peter Kraffe
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4. “God’s Value for Human Uniqueness” – Erwin McManus
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5. “Poverty and the Creative Response” – Dr. David Porteous
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Quotes:

1. It’s not about you.
– Rick Warren

2. Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
– Mother Teresa

3. Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant;  together they are powerful beyond imagination.
– Albert Einstein

4. “If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention.”
– Tom Peters

5. “I may or may not be indecisive.”
– Jimmy Buffett

6. “There is a fine line between an entrepreneur and a crazy person. Crazy people see things that others don’t. What seems to differentiate the entrepreneur from the crazy person is that the former gets other people to believe in his vision.”
– Dame Anita Roddick, Founder of The Body Shop

7. “Saints are only sinners who keep trying.”
– Mother Teresa

8. “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”
– James Madison

9. “Formula for success: under promise and over deliver”
– Tom Peters

10. “Who loves not wine, women and song, Remains a fool his whole life long”
– Martin Luther

11. “More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones” [be careful what you wish for]
– Mother Teresa

12. “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive”.
– Sir Walter Scott

13. “Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but is also their means of communication. It is the same with us and God. Every separation is a link.”
– Simone Weil

14. “If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.”
– Abe Lincoln

15. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
– Tony Robbins

16. “Don’t be humble… you’re not that great.”
– Golda Meir

17. “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
– Mother Teresa

18. “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
– Mother Teresa

19. “You can’t get rid of poverty by giving people money.”
– PJ O’Rourke

20. “Thirty was so strange for me. I’ve really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult…” “…I gave in, and admitted that God was God.”
– C. S. Lewis

21. “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.”
– William F. Buckley, Jr.

22. If you would not be forgotten – As soon as you are dead and rotten, Either write things worthy reading, Or *do* things worth the writing.
– Benjamin Franklin

23. Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither.”
– Benjamin Franklin (*attributed)

24. Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
– Benjamin Franklin

25. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.
– Benjamin Franklin

26. You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
– Abraham Lincoln

27. What the age needs is not a genius – it has had geniuses enough, but a martyr, who in order to teach men to obey would himself be obedient unto death. What the age needs is awakening. And therefore someday, not only my writings but my whole life, all the intriguing mystery of the machine will be studied and studied. I never forget how God helps me and it is therefore my last wish that everything may be to his honour.
– Søren Kierkegaard

28. That Being, who gave me existence, and through almost threescore years has been continually showering his favors upon me, whose very chastisements have been blessings to me ; can I doubt that he loves me? And, if he loves me, can I doubt that he will go on to take care of me, not only here but hereafter? This to some may seem presumption; to me it appears the best grounded hope; hope of the future built on experience of the past.
– Benjamin Franklin

29. “It is only when we try to truly do good that we realize how bad we really are.”
– Unknown

30. “Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his 0wn.”
– Sydney Harris

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