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Simon Greenleaf Quotes and Sayings

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That man is a religious being, is universally conceded,
for it has been seen to be universally true.
- Simon Greenleaf

Our religion, then, rests on the credit due to these witnesses.
- Simon Greenleaf

In trials of fact, by oral testimony,
the proper inquiry is not whether is it possible that
the testimony may be false,
but whether there is sufficient probability that it is true.
- Simon Greenleaf

The proof that God has revealed himself to man by special
and express communications,
and that Christianity constitutes that revelation,
is no part of these inquiries.
- Simon Greenleaf

 

Proceeding further, to inquire whether the facts related
by the Four Evangelists are proved by competent and satisfactory evidence,
we are led, first, to consider on which side lies the
burden of establishing the credibility of the witnesses.
- Simon Greenleaf

In requiring this candor and simplicity of mind in
those who would investigate the truth of our religion,
Christianity demands nothing more than is readily conceded
to every branch of human science.
- Simon Greenleaf

By competent evidence, is meant such as the nature
of the thing to be proved requires;
and by satisfactory evidence,
is meant that amount of proof, which ordinarily satisfies an unprejudiced mind,
beyond any reasonable doubt.
- Simon Greenleaf

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Every document, apparently ancient, coming from the
proper repository or custody,
and bearing on its face no evident marks of forger,
the law presumes to be genuine, and devolves on the
opposing party the burden of proving it to be otherwise.
- Simon Greenleaf

The foundation of our religion is a basis of fact -
the fact of the birth,
ministry, miracles, death, resurrection by the Evangelists
as having actually occurred,
within their own personal knowledge.
- Simon Greenleaf

But if, on the other hand, we should be justified in rejecting it,
if there testified on oath, then, supposing our rules of evidence to be sound,
we may be excused if we hesitate elsewhere to give it credence.
- Simon Greenleaf

There should be a readiness, on our part,
to investigate with candor to follow the truth wherever it may lead us,
and to submit, without reserve or objection,
to all the teachings of this religion,
if it be found to be of divine origin.
- Simon Greenleaf

In the ordinary affairs of life we do not require nor
expect demonstrative evidence,
because it is inconsistent with the nature of matters of fact,
and to insist on its production would be unreasonable and absurd.
- Simon Greenleaf

The importance of the facts testified,
and their relations to the affairs of the soul,
and the life to come, can make no difference in the
principles or the mode of weighing the evidence.
- Simon Greenleaf

It should be pursued as in the presence of God,
and under the solemn sanctions created by a lively
sense of his omniscience,
and of our accountability to him for the right use
of the faculties which he has bestowed.
- Simon Greenleaf

In examining the evidence of the Christian religion,
it is essential to the discovery of truth that we bring
to the investigation a mind freed,
as far as possible, from existing prejudice,
and open to conviction.
- Simon Greenleaf

The object of man's worship, whatever it be,
will naturally be his standard of perfection.
He clothes it with every attribute, belonging,
in his view, to a perfect character;
and this character he himself endeavors to attain.
- Simon Greenleaf

The learned are not agreed as to the time when the
Gospel of John was written;
some dating it as early as the year 68,
others as late as the year 98; but it is generally
conceded to have been written after all the others.
- Simon Greenleaf

How it came to pass that man, originally taught,
as we doubt not he was, to know and to worship the true Jehovah,
is found, at so early a period of his history,
a worshiper of baser objects, it is foreign to our
present purpose to inquire.
- Simon Greenleaf

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden PHOTO

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed) PHOTO

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot PHOTO

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde PHOTO

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln PHOTO

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
in moments of comfort and convenience,
but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a man can... make a better mousetrap,
the world will make a beaten path to his door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

If a man does not know what port he is steering for,
no wind is favorable to him.
- Seneca

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right.
Men will believe what they see.
- Henry David Thoreau

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

A man should look for what is,
and not for what he thinks should be.
- Albert Einstein

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

Man plans, God laughs
- Yiddish Proverb

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
- Lao Tzu

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

The gem cannot be polished without friction,
nor man perfected without trials.
- Confucius

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
- Oscar Wilde

No man is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

There are other measures of self-respect for a man,
than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand,
the spines of others are often stiffened.
- Billy Graham

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

A man can succeed at almost anything
for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.
- Charles M. Schwab

One man with courage makes a majority.
- old saying probably repeated by Andrew Jackson
(falsely attributed to Jefferson)

If a man does his best, what else is there?
- George S. Patton

Every man must decide whether he will
walk in the light of creative altruism
or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

You cannot teach a man anything;
you can only help him find it within himself.
- Galileo Galilei

The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure.
- B. C. Forbes

A man in debt is so far a slave.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The man who is successful is the man who is useful.
- Bourke Cockran

A man is what he thinks about all day long.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If there is anything that a man can do well,
I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin

Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding
and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams.
- Yiddish Proverb

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

A man is truly ethical only when he obeys
the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist,
and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
- Albert Schweitzer

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela


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