STRENGTH AND BEAUTY
by Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001)
(Chapter 49 from Dr. Hyle's excellent book, Blue Denim and Lace)
"It is not easy to lose, but often more is won in loss than in victory."
"Great victories in the future are often won by graceful losses in the past."
"A request from a friend is a royal command."
"A tear today is an investment in a laugh tomorrow."
"Gentleness is love wrapped in character."
"Silence says what the silent man is."
"To please a friend is a welcome bonus; to help him is the great reward."
"Greatness is always wrapped in simplicity."
"Even a task is not worthy of you, diligence is!"
"Being loved is life's second greatest blessing; loving is the greatest."
"Even if the task you do is not big, the way you do it can be big."
"Faith is doing everything I can do and trusting God to do what I cannot do. God can do what I cannot do, but He will not do what I can do if I refuse to do it!"
"Our difference is caused by the sum total of our differences."
"It is easy to be grateful for a bonus; it is character to be grateful for a salary."
"The more you appreciate the little the more you will enjoy the average."
"If I live for self, I can live only for one; if I live for others, I can live for 3,000,000,000."
"If you take away the God of the morals, you no longer have the morals of God."
"There is no life as `empty' as the `self-centered' life; there is no life as `centered' as the `self-emptied' life."
"If you have won the right to know how if feels to lose, your entire ministry will be wrapped up in making winners out of losers."
"Make no provision for failure."
"Life is like a game. To lose the first down does not mean loss of the game. To be behind at the end of the first quarter does not mean the game will be lost."
"Character is the subconscious doing of right."
"Personality will grow old, but character does not."
"The existence of love is because of character; the degree of the love is because of the object of this love."
"It is better to be too blunt than two-faced!"
"Personality without wisdom is `a character.'"
"Don't ever tell all you know on any subject; someone may ask you a question when you're through."
"A person who will not take care of little things will not take care of big things, for big things are but an accumulation of little things."
"Use your work to build your people, not your people to build your work."
"If you'll work at doing the things you ought to do, the Lord will help you NOT do the things you ought not do."
"You are not dependent upon people thinking you are humble as long as God knows you are."
"I'd rather be a free man in slavery than to be enslaved to a group which will offer me freedom."
"Every man knows something I do not know. I must probe until I find it; hence, all men are my teachers."
"I'd rather be a good Christian than a good preacher."
"I'd rather do right wrongly than wrong rightly."
"The time spent between the opportunity to do right and the doing of right is time spent justifying the doing of wrong."
"Once you've tasted the heavenly manna of forgiveness you'll never want to eat from the Devil's garbage can of vindictiveness again."
"I'd rather conserve two (converts) out of 100 than one out of one."
"It's good to obtain knowledge through the study; it is better to obtain both knowledge and character through study and obedience."
"The only lasting thing you can ever get for yourself comes from the leftover when you give to others."
"Forced gentleness is weakness."
"Love is hate turned inside out."
"Contrast is essential for a quality to exist."
"There's no way to have any virtue unless you have the potential for its opposite."
"He who knows no tempest knows no calm."
"Goodness that comes without temptation is not true goodness, for it is based on necessity, not conviction."
"Forced humility is inferiority."
"Without a potential for temper, gentleness is mere cowardice."
"You're not a good Christian because you reach heights, but you're a good Christian because you don't reach depths."
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