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I admire our ancestors, whoever they were.
by John Shelby Spong

I admire our ancestors, whoever they were.
I think the first self-conscious person must have shaken in his boots.
Because as he becomes self-conscious,
he's no longer part of nature.
He sees himself against nature.
He looks at the vastness of the universe and it looks hostile.
- John Shelby Spong

I think that anything that begins to give people a
sense of their own worth and dignity is God.
- John Shelby Spong

You can't have a world where 50 percent of the people
are dieting and 50 percent of the people are starving if you want stability.
- John Shelby Spong

Whatever diminishes life is evil, and whatever enhances life is good.
- John Shelby Spong

 

Mother Nature is not sweet.
- John Shelby Spong

Terrorism is a real despair.
These are people for whom life has been so negative
that they're willing to die if they can take down some of their enemies.
- John Shelby Spong

If you begin to give people hope that there is a brighter future,
there is a new tomorrow, then the people who were yesterday's
terrorists become tomorrow's elected officials and
they're part of the system.
- John Shelby Spong

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All religion seems to need to prove that it's the only truth.
And that's where it turns demonic.
Because that's when you get religious wars and persecutions
and burning heretics at the stake.
- John Shelby Spong

You learn that you either are going to have a police
state where you don't have any freedom left,
or you're going to build a world that doesn't create terrorists -
and that means a whole different way of "getting along."
- John Shelby Spong

Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy,
to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter,
and to lead but not manipulate.
- William Arthur Ward

Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie

When I admire the wonders of a sunset
or the beauty of the moon,
my soul expands in the worship of the creator.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A man likes his wife to be
just clever enough to appreciate his cleverness,
and just stupid enough to admire it.
- Israel Zangwill

He has all of the virtues I dislike,
and none of the vices I admire.
- Winston Churchill

The movies we love and admire are to some extent a
function of who we are when we see them.
- Mary Schmich

The only things one can admire at length
are those one admires without knowing why.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I admire David Lynch so much, and I think he made some
bad decisions with Lost Highway.
- Greg Egan

I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing.
I admire him.
I pity the creature who does not work,
at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.
- Theodore Roosevelt

When I was young, I admired clever people.
Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

We always love those who admire us; we do not always
love those whom we admire.
- Rupert Brooke

I may not understand, but I am willing to admire.
- Anthony Hope

It could be my British need for discipline that makes
me admire the American appetite for freedom and passion.
- Steve Winwood

I admire the world of the books and the characters that she's created,
but I'm not an addict of Harry Potter.
I don't feel possessive about it.
- Ralph Fiennes

I really admire people who are extraordinarily tolerant and patient.
- Holly Hunter

I don't admire Freud as much as some people do.
Imagine Shakespeare being aware of the Oedipal complex when he wrote Hamlet.
It would have been a disaster.
- Nathalie Sarraute

Yes, there are directors I admire, the mavericks.
Altman.
There are many good directors.
- Mark Rydell

I do greatly admire Australian artists.
- Jeffrey Archer

If I made a list of the people I admire,
Mom would probably fill up half of it.
She could do anything and everything.
- Patsy Cline

Most poets, like most people, try hard to be like someone
they admire or they are possessed with an image of what they ought to be.
- James Broughton

I've done the same thing in the world of business that winners do in the game.
I watch them, admire them.
- Marcel Dionne

The more I see of the representatives of the people,
the more I admire my dogs.
- Alphonse de Lamartine

If there's one thing for which I admire you,
it's your original discovery of the Ten Commandments.
- Thomas Reed

I admire people who just do the right thing,
not looking to screw people up.
I love all people.
- Jessica Hahn

I admire Bruce Springsteen because he's a heroic person
who has lots of integrity and has this incredible body
of work that is so vital.
- Elizabeth Wurtzel

When you run for president of the United States,
everybody does the same thing in the campaign-they talk about veterans,
how much they admire them, how grateful they are.
- Mark Shields

True enthusiasm is a fine feeling whose flash I admire where-ever I see it.
- Charlotte Bronte

Admire a small ship, but put your freight in a large one;
for the larger the load,
the greater will be the profit upon profit.
- Hesiod

Light makes photography.
Embrace light.
Admire it.
Love it.
But above all, know light.
Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.
- George Eastman

To cease to admire is a proof of deterioration.
- Charles Horton Cooley

I admire people who are, by nature, kind and fair to others.
- Sidney Sheldon

What we need is more women writers, writing for older women.
There are some actresses who have production companies
and create their own material,
and I truly admire that.
- Kathleen Turner

The best way to learn about writing is to study the
work of other writers you admire.
- Jeffery Deaver

Example has more followers than reason.
We unconsciously imitate what pleases us,
and approximate to the characters we most admire.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

Those who agree with us may not be right,
but we admire their astuteness.
- John Heywood

While I admire the insights of many of the people in the world of computing,
I get this cold feeling that I speak a different language.
- Clifford Stoll

In not having an appointment at Harvard,
I'm in the company of a great many people whose work I admire tremendously,
in particular women of color.
- Catharine MacKinnon

I don't like that, because there are a lot of people
whose works I admire as actors or actresses,
or musicians.
And you know, I've been a big fan of different musicians or actors.
- Laura Bush

Most of us have trouble juggling.
The woman who says she doesn't is someone whom I admire but have never met.
- Barbara Walters

All this is only for the mice and myself to admire!
- Catherine the Great

It can become an exercise in trying to get the reader
to like and admire you instead of an exercise in creative art.
- David Foster Wallace

Age should not have its face lifted,
but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles
as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character.
- Clarence Day

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator,
but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
- W. H. Auden

I can't play bridge.
I don't play tennis.
All those things that people learn, and I admire,
there hasn't seemed time for.
But what there is time for is looking out the window.
- Alice Munro

I admire Jodie Foster.
Her head is screwed on really well.
It's not loose at all.
- Thora Birch

Well my taste wasn't very good when I first started out.
But later, when I began to appreciate the art of acting,
I would say the actress I most admire is Vanessa Redgrave.
- Ellen Burstyn

We all admire the wisdom of people who come to us for advice.
- Arthur Helps

I admire Ginsberg as a poet, despite the fact that
he seems not to know when he is being good and when he is bad.
But he will last, or at least those poems will last.
- Leslie Fiedler

To receive this award from an organization I admire
so much makes me totally happy and grateful.
- James Welch

There are lots of people I admire and respect,
but I don't necessarily want to be like them.
I'm to happy being myself.
- James D'arcy

I never admire another's fortune so much that I became
dissatisfied with my own.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

I admire runners older than I - they are now my heroes.
I want to be like them as I grow older.
- Frank Shorter

I look at Jagger and the like and if I see a good attitude
I'll admire it but I wouldn't copy their style.
- Michael Hutchence

Not only must Americans admire Israel,
there can be no doubt that we have an interest in,
and special responsibility for, that valiant nation.
- George Ball

Oddly my name has been no professional help at all!
It seems to have made no difference.
I admire him hugely, both for his benevolence and his
enormous psychological perception.
- Joanna Trollope

I have a great interest in a number of things,
perhaps too many.
I admire people who seem to concentrate on only one
fixed discipline to the exclusion of almost everything else.
- Tom Glazer

In the past, when I shot films about fishermen and hunters,
I always had to admire their ability to perceive time in its entirety.
The present was always temporary.
- Lennart Meri

I always try to find something I admire about every character I play.
- Ben Kingsley

Mirrors are ice which do not melt: what melts are those
who admire themselves in them.
- Paul Morand

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.
And that is not happiness.
- F. H. Bradley

The generous Critic fann'd the Poet's fire,
And taught the world with reason to admire.
- Edgar Allan Poe

I just happen to admire everyone that we work with.
- Pharrell Williams


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