Wise Expressions


“Action is the proper fruit of knowledge.”
(M.D. Thomas Fuller)

“Always use objective fact & subjective insight in
applying application to anything.”
(Brent Bolin)

“There are five things that you cannot recover in life:

The Stone………..after it’s thrown
The Word……………after it’s said
The Occasion……after it’s missed
The Time………….after it’s gone
A person……………after they die

The Bible

“The Bible is such a book, as man could not write if he
would, & would not write if he could.”

“The Bible: in the old the new is concealed,
in the new the old is revealed.”

“The Bible: in the old the new is contained,
in the new the old is explained.”

“The New Testament is concealed in the Old,
and the Old is revealed in the New”

“An apparent Biblical contradiction is the Holy Spirit’s
way of getting the reader’s attention so as to point
out a hidden deep truth, which must be examined at
great expense, in order to discover the precious faith
building treasure it contains.”
(Brent Bolin)

“To most Christians, the Bible is like a software license.
Nobody actually reads it.  They just scroll to the bottom
and click ‘I agree.'”

Character & Integrity

“Character is what you do when no one is looking”

“Character is easier kept, than recovered”

“Character is when Godly wisdom (Psa. 111:10)
is added to Integrity.”

“Integrity is free, but not cheap.”
(Brent Bolin)

“Adversity doesn’t necessarily build character,
but it displays it”

“Adversity is necessary to build faith,
as well as display it”

“Spiritually speaking; tribulation in the form of
trials is necessary for the growth of faith”
(Brent Bolin)

“Integrity is when all the parts of something are
congruent with the whole.”
(Carrie Bolin)

“Integrity is when belief is combined with the
discipline necessary to practice the belief”

“People don’t care how much you know,
until they know how much you care.”

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find that the
harder I work the more of it I have.”
(Thomas Jefferson)

“You cannot reach tenacity, until you pass
endurance, and approach exhaustion.”
(Brent Bolin)

“A great man neither trembles before
a king, nor tramples on a worm.”

“The difference between ‘involvement’ and ‘commitment’ is
like an eggs-and-ham breakfast:
the chicken was ‘involved’ – the pig was ‘committed’.”

The Lack of Character & Integrity

“The key is sincerity, once you learn to fake that,
you have it made.”
(Movie studio executive)

“Nothing does so much harm as good intentions”

“What one generation tolerates, the next generation embraces”

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually
to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly
preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic”
(Dresden James ~ American by birth, Texan by the grace of God)

“Gossip is vice enjoyed vicariously.”
(Chuck Missler)

“A secret is something you tell one person at a time.”

“Socialism is the exploitation of the productive by the unaccountable.”

“Blaming the prince of the fools, should not blind anyone
to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince”
(Czech Republic Newspaper Prager Zeitung)


“Christian idolatry can be seen when believers: worship their work,
work at their play, and play at their worship.”

“Christianity began in Judea as a community,
was taught in Greece as a philosophy,
was conducted in Rome as an institution,
permeated Europe as a culture,
in America became a lifestyle,
which today has turned into a business.”
(Brent Bolin)

“Christianity began as a company of lay witnesses,
that has became a professional troop of performers,
financed by lay spectators.”

       ,            “Without Him, we can’t; without us, He won’t.”

        ,                                    Courage

     ,                        “Courage is doing it scared”

.                         “Courage is not the absence of fear,
.                            but rather the judgment that
.                     something else is more important than fear.”
.                                           (Ambrose Red Moon)

.                                            Destiny

“Sometimes a man can meet his destiny
on the road he took to avoid it”


“Sometimes in life the hardest thing to know is which
bridge to cross and which bridge to burn”

“Good judgment comes from experience, and
experience comes from bad judgment.”

“When it comes to making very serious decisions
if there is any doubt – there is no doubt.”
(…that IT is wrong)

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains,
no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”
– Sherlock Holmes (By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

“You reap what you sow,
but you usually reap it in another season.”

“Some lessons will not be explained
while you are going through them,
which is a hard lesson to learn, until after it is over.”
(Brent Bolin)

“Doing ‘anything’ for the right reason is not good enough;
it is only in doing the right thing for the right reason,
and doing it the right way that is acceptable.  Yet, even more
than this is doing it based exclusively upon God’s Word.”
(Brent Bolin)

“Expediency & practicality are no excuse for compromise,
no matter how sincere the motive.”

“It has been wisely said, that many times it is difficult,
if not impossible to understand the appropriate answer,
unless you know what the right question is.”

“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
(George Santayana)

“History teaches us that man learns nothing from history.”
(German Philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel)

“If history teaches us anything, it teaches us that
self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly.”
(Ronald Reagan)

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting a different result.”
(Eva May Brown)

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and
over again and expecting different results”.
(Albert Einstein)

“Don’t let the tyranny of the urgent, preempt what is
most important, the priority.”
(Chuck Missler)

“You are still wrong if you achieve a right conclusion
based on a wrong hypothesis.”

“Denial can be defined as:
Don’t Even kNow I’m Lying to myself.”

“The worst mistake a Christian can make
is to substitute their will for God’s.”

“Knowledge + Understanding = Wisdom
Objective Fact + Subjective Insight = Application of Both.”
(Brent Bolin)

“What we have to do is so important, that we must do it slowly.
(Chuck Missler)

“A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”
(William Shakespeare)

“How many men have climbed the ladder of
success only to find out at the end of their lives that the
ladder was leaning against the wrong wall.”
(Chuck Missler)

“We have a tendency in our planning to confuse
the unfamiliar with the improbable.

If the contingency we have not considered looks strange;
what looks strange is therefore improbable;
what seems improbable need not be considered seriously”
(Thomas C. Schelling)


“Faith (The function of it) can be
represented by the acronym of ABC:
“Faith is Action, Based upon Belief, Sustained by Confidence.”
(E. Scott)

“Faith is believing (B) what God has said in His Word,
due to the confidence (C) it has earned, to the
point that actions (A) are affected.”
[Based upon Romans 10:17]   
(Brent Bolin)

“There is no other virtue known to man that pleases God
(Hebrews 11:6), therefore, it is faith that deserves our unending
attention in learning how to please God more and more.”
(Brent Bolin)

“There are two ways to slide through life: One is to
believe everything you hear, the other is to doubt everything
you hear; both ways are the same in that you need not think.”
(A. Berlenske)


“Only a person who knows he has been forgiven can be
adequately motivated to respond to the giver.”
(Reinhold Nieber)

“Of all the acts of men, forgiveness is most divine.”
(Thomas Carlyle)

Freedom & Liberty

“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and
everywhere restrains evil interference –
they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”
(George Washington)

“He that exchanges security for liberty deserves neither.”
(Benjamin Franklin)

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of
servitude than the animating contest of freedom,
go from us in peace.  We ask not your council or arms.

“The value of any commodity depends on its scarcity.”

“Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity
forget that ye were our countrymen”
(Samuel Adams)

 “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
(Edmund Burke, Irish Philosopher/Statesman, 1729-1797)

“A truth not worth fighting for is not worth dying for.”
(DB Warfield)

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil
is that good men do nothing”
(Edmund Burke)

“Freedoms given away are seldom returned
without the spilling of blood.”
(Benjamin Franklin)

“You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s
initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently
by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.”
(Abraham Lincoln)

“Yet we have this consolation with us,
that the harder the conflict,
the more glorious the triumph,”
(Thomas Pain, 12/23/1776)

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly:”
(Thomas Pain, 12/23/1776)

“It is dearness only that gives everything its value,”
(Thomas Pain, 12/23/1776)

“Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods;
and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as
freedom should not be highly rated”
(Thomas Pain, 12/23/1776)

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is
strong enough to take everything you have.”
(Thomas Jefferson)

“Concerning free speech: There is no speech worth protecting,
unless it is the speech you abhor.”
(Glenn Beck)

“Those who expect to reap the blessing of freedom must
understand the fatigue of supporting it”
(Thomas Payne)

Function & Purpose

“Function should always be enhanced by form.”
(Brent Bolin)

“Form must follow function.”

“Power should be applied to purpose.”
(Brent Bolin)

“Some say, be purpose driven, not process driven, process
must always have purpose; but purpose for the sake of purpose is
busyness, therefore, I say be Christ driven, for Christ’s sake.”
(Brent Bolin)

“Order is uniformity out of chaos.”

“Motion does not mean progress.”


“Humility is not thinking less of yourself,
but is to think of yourself less.”

“We are all dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants”
(Bernard of Chartres)

“Keep the clay wet.”
(Chery Parrets)

“God wants less of us, but He wants all of us.”


“Self-control without humility is legalism.”

“God made man in His own image and man has
been returning the favor ever since.”
(Mark Twain)

“The law is for the proud and grace is for the humble.”

“The law is to convict the comfortable –
grace is to bring comfort to the convicted.”

“Legalism butchers the sheep, but grace covers them.”


“In the kingdom of blind men, a one eyed man is king”
(1640 ~ Herbert Outlandish Proverbs #469)

“Please keep pointing out the spinach in my teeth –
if not others will see it and think I don’t own or
use a toothbrush; or worst yet, don’t care.”
(Brent Bolin)

Precaution / Preparedness

”There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to
be well prepared to meet an enemy.”
(George Washington)

“A lack of planning on your part does not
necessitate an emergency on my part”

“For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for the want
of a shoe the horse was lost; and for the want of a
horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and
slain by the enemy, all for the want of care about
a horseshoe nail.”
(Benjamin Franklin)

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
(Benjamin Franklin)

“Preparedness is: Praying for the best,
but preparing for the worst.”

“Responsible Preparedness is: Vigilance concerning the
things that are high impact & low probability.”


“If I bought you for what I thought you were worth,
and sold you for what you thought you were worth,
I’d make a small fortune.”

“Pride can’t grow where humility is already planted.”
(Brent Bolin)

“Pride is preoccupation with self, either through grandiosity
or self-loathing; the common denominator is the focus of attention,
which is on self.”
(Russell Kelfer)

“Pride has to do with one’s focus (on self): not one’s value.”

“Proud men usually bask in humiliating others,
while humble men usually find pride repulsive.”

Use the words: “pleased,” “inspirited,” or
“grateful;” instead of the word “proud.”
(Brent Bolin)

“If a loud arrogant braggart demands attention
he displays his felt sense of low self-esteem –
and it can be seen in his attempt to convince
everyone else of what he does not truly believe
and know about himself – that he is the most
intelligent, powerful, noble, important, or
right person in the debate;
though he protest just the opposite.”
(Brent Bolin)

“Self-assured people who are intelligent, powerful,
noble, and important; have no need to flaunt it in
front of others in order to prove
what they know about themselves”
(Brent Bolin)

Many of us of low self-esteem, while constantly
attempting to display some sense of worth,
attempting to be accepted by others, are motivated
by the humiliation we feel due to a deep introspection
that the proud man is void of, and refuses to see.”
(Brent Bolin)

“Self-esteem is a reflection of one’s perceived self-worth,
based upon their own personal knowledge of their actions and
the true motivations  behind them; it is not a conviction
based upon other’s reassurance.”
(Brent Bolin)

“The greatest sin of all is to be conscious of none.”
(Thomas Carlyle)


“The only certain barrier to truth is the presumption
that you already have it.”
(Chuck Missler)

“All of us are subject to the limitations imposed by the
presumptions we bring to a topic, and it may be essential
to step back from time to time and reestablish a fresh perspective.
Because the only certain barrier to truth is the presumption
that you already have it.”
(Chuck Missler)


“If the only tool a man possesses is a hammer,
then every problem looks like a nail.”

“You cannot truly understand the solution unless
to understand the problem first.”


      “My observation is that whenever one person
is found adequate to the discharge of a duty…
it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely
done at all if three or more are employed therein.”
(George Washington)

“If authority is severed from responsibility,
or either is held in contempt, then neither
function correctly; and accountability is a fallacy.”
(Brent Bolin)

When it comes to effective management:
“You cannot separate authority from responsibility,
nor can you separate responsibility from
accountability, nor can you separate accountability
from liberty, nor can you have liberty without power,
nor can you have power without authority
is it the dog that chases the tail, or the tail that
chases the dog, it makes no matter; each is
contingent upon the other, otherwise failure will ensue”
(Brent Bolin)

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil
is that good men do nothing”
(Edmund Burke)

“People do not act irresponsibly because they are “ill,”
they are “ill” because they act irresponsibly.”
(William Glasser)

“Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly,
while bad people will find a way around the laws”

“The difference between ‘involvement’ and ‘commitment’ is
like an eggs-and-ham breakfast:
the chicken was ‘involved’ – the pig was ‘committed’.”


The Original / Full Serenity Prayer:
“God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.  Living one
day at a time, enjoying one moment
at a time, Accepting hardship
as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.”
 (Reinhold Nieber)

Serenity Prayer for the Spiritual:
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things
I cannot change, the courage to change the
things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
[Short Version used by AA]  (Reinhold Nieber)

For the Substance Abuse Counselor:
“God grant me the serenity to accept the person I cannot change,
the courage to change the person I can, and the wisdom to
know that I am that person.”
(An exhausted Substance Abuse Counselor)

For the Elderly:
“God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked,
the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the
eyesight to tell the difference.”
(A wise senior)

Thinking & Thought

“Think with your mind, and feel with your emotions;
never think with your emotions, and feel with your mind.”
(Brent Bolin)

“I think, therefore I am.”
(Descartes, 1596-1650)

“Sow a thought, reap an attitude, sow an attitude, reap an action,
sow an action, reap a habit, sow a habit, reap a destiny.”

“Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words,
they become actions; watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”
(Frank Outlaw)

“It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts,
than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.”


“An agnostic Jew is a Jew who knows what the God that he
doesn’t believe in, requires of him.”

“If you don’t let me ever color outside the lines
(make mistakes)
, maybe the problem is not
that you don’t like my coloring, but that you don’t trust
anyone else with the crayons.” (Control)
(Brent Bolin)

“The joy of being a cynic; you expect
nothing, get less, and you remain serene.”
(Charles Krauthammer)

“Fathers may have to heat up their children’s posterior
in order to melt the wax in their ears, so they can hear.”

“In essentials unity, in doubtful questions: liberty,
however, in all things: charity.”

Intimacy can be defined as: “In-to-me-you-see.”

Concerning conjecture and faith: An atheistic
humanistic scientist might contend: “Whereof we cannot
speak – thereof we must be silent.”  Yet, this type
of arrogance presupposes absolute insight
concerning the physical world at the expense
of the spiritual.   The concept of dimensionality,
as well as spirituality prove this expression to be false.

Liberal theology has a God without wrath,
who brought men without sin, into a kingdom without
judgment, through the ministration of a Christ without a cross.”
(Reinhold Niebuhr)

Neurotics build castles in the air, and psychotics live in them”
“Worry about nothing, Pray about anything, Give thanks for everything.”

“To repent is to change one’s mind; however, true Biblical
repentance changes one’s life direction.”
(Brent Bolin)

Sin progresses; it: pre-empts – preoccupies – predominates.”
(Brent Bolin)

“The principle behind God becoming God to man, is one of
spiritual reformation, not forcible revolution.”

Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural
consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.”
(Jim Rohn)

“Learn to recognize the supernatural in the natural.”
(E. Scott)

“Those that can, do; those that can’t, teach.”

“Nature abhors a vacuum, and so do I.”
(K. Morris)

It could be worst, it could be me.”
(An unknown Doctor)

“If you love what you do for a living –
you will never work a day in your life”

“Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.”

Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.”

“God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.”

“God promises a safe landing, not a calm trip.”

“He who angers you, controls you!”


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