Popular Idea, Unpopular Word


“There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.” ~Mark Twain

“He tried to name which of the deadly seven might apply, and when he failed he decided to append an eighth, regret.” ~Charles Frazier

              (Sinner) “They won’t let me in, Lord, because I am a sinner.”       (God) “What are you complaining about? They won’t let Me in either.” ~Brennan Manning

“No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from. ” ~George Eliot

          “Sins often masquerade as virtues–and pride is the cleverest  chameleon of all.” ~The Wishing Map

“A man by his sin may waste himself, which is to waste that which on earth is most like God. This is man’s greatest tragedy and God’s heaviest grief.”      ~A. W. Tozer

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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24 Responses to Popular Idea, Unpopular Word

  1. Shock Words: What confuses me (and is left-handed humorous), especially with screenwriters. They love to show they’re macho so prove it with shock words (profanity). Thing is, everyone is different alike. They all use the same shock work. I have seen table reads and movies where there may be five people in a room, all mad, and all using the same shock words. Just who do they think they’re impressing by all being different alike? It is used so often, it really is no longer a shock. Seems like those who want to be macho should look around and find a different shock word so they can truly be different. BTW, it is interesting that the shock words all center around the center part of the body. Hmmm… Strange people, they.

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  2. anitashope says:

    Very thought provoking and sad. May need to send this to mt facebook page.

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  3. trE says:

    I love the Brennan Manning one. Lol!

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  4. Great quotes! Really glad I’ve gotten to know the Judge a little bit. Talk about hospitality…and grace. Wow.

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  5. so true. It would be nice if it worked the other way – the thing disappears and then word is unneeded.

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  6. Oh my yes. Amen. This will preach.

    “No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from. ” ~George Eliot

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  7. Rhonda says:

    Good post. I especially like the line about pride being a “clever chameleon”.

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  8. grAnnie Roo says:

    A marvelously moving piece, Mitch. Most sincerely.

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  9. pkadams says:

    The Tozer one is so sad.

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  10. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Paul’s remarks about sin at the end of Romans 7 came to mind as I read through these sobering quotes. He hated the sin at work within himself, but the constant of temptation was right there with him just the same. Such glorious hope he presents at the beginning of Romans 8: “There is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (emphasis added). Hallelujah!

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  11. Oh, Mitch, the one in The Wishing Map is priceless.

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  12. TEP336 says:

    One of my favorite quotes on the topic of the sinfulness of Man,

    “There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any one moment out of hell, but the mere pleasure of God.” By the mere pleasure of God, I mean His sovereign pleasure, His arbitrary will, restrained by no obligation, hindered by no manner of difficulty, anymore than if nothing else but God’s mere will had in the least degree, or in any respect whatsoever, any hand in the preservation of wicked men one moment. ” Jonathan Edwards, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”

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  13. smzang says:

    When I visit this site I never walk away without feeling ‘the power of story’
    and the peace that comes from the message. Many thanks..

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  14. Excellent quotation by you and excellent quotes by others!

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  15. Yes, sin is still sin, no matter how cleverly it is disguised. Made me think of the Scripture that says Satan himself appears as an angel of light – no horns or pitchfork!

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  16. History has led us to believe that the FEW can inflict their disease by trying to infect The MANY,

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