A Quote by The Talmud on controversy, god, and result

Any controversy waged in the service of God shall in the end be of lasting worth, but any that is not shall in the end lead to no permanent result.

The Talmud

Source: Talmud - Mishna Pirkei Avot 5:20

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on controversy

If you try to set forth in a catalogue what will be the exact settlement of an affair you will find that the moment you leave the area of pious platitude you will descend into the arena of heated controversy.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on conformity, controversy, danger, fear, ideas, independence, mind, and path

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of "crackpot" than the stigma of conformity.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on anger, beginning, controversy, and truth

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Roger Ebert on controversy, death, doubt, fear, freedom, memory, people, popularity, prudence, speech, and television

[Alan Berg's] memory haunts many people, even those who never heard him on the radio, because his death could be read as a message: Be cautious, be prudent, be bland, never push anybody, never say what you really think, offer yourself as a hostage to the weirdos even before they make the first move. These days, a lot of people are opposed to the newfound popularity of 'trash television,' and no doubt they are right, and the hosts of these shows are shameless controversy-mongers. But at least they are not intimidated. Of what use is freedom of speech to those who fear to offend?

Roger Ebert (1942 -)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on books, controversy, neighbors, quotations, sermons, world, and path

If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbor, tho' he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door. [Mrs. Yule stated in The Docket, Feb. 1912, that she copied this in her handbook from a lecture delivered by Emerson. The 'mouse-trap' quotation was the occasion of a long controversy, owing to Elbert Hubbard's claim to its authorship.]

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Mrs. Sarah S. B. Yule (1856–1916), Borrowings, 1889

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on challenge and controversy

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 (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Lyman Beecher on controversy, politics, religion, and science

No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or religion, without controversy.

Lyman Beecher (1775 - 1863)

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A Quote by James Denny on argument, belief, christ, controversy, decisions, difficulty, faith, god, interest, life, men, people, questions, reality, and world

There is that in the Gospel with which no one is allowed to argue. All we can do is believe or disbelieve; to give it in our life the place of the final reality to which everything else must give way, or to refuse it that place. Many people . . . would like to talk the Word of God over. It raises in their minds various questions they would willingly discuss. It has aspects of interest and of difficulty which call for consideration; and so on. Perhaps there are some that confusedly shield themselves against the responsibilities of faith and unbelief by such thoughts. All that such thoughts prove, however, is that those who cherish them have never yet realized that what we are dealing with in the Gospel is GOD. When God speaks in Christ, He reveals His gracious will without qualification. And without qualification, we have to believe in it, or refuse to believe, and so decide the controversy between ourselves and Him. God has not come into the world in Christ . . . to be talked about, but to become the supreme reality on the life of men, or to be excluded from that place.

James Denny

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A Quote by J. B. Phillips on books, christianity, controversy, practice, projects, sacred, study, thought, work, and worship

It is a singularly unpleasant thought that a book about Holy Communion is more likely to produce disagreement and controversy than one written on almost any other Christian subject. It seems a truly terrible thing that this Sacred Appointment, which was surely meant to unite, in actual practice divides Christians more sharply than any other part of their worship. Christians of various denominations may, and frequently do, work together on social projects, they may study the Scripture together, and they may ... pray together. But the moment attendance at the Lord's Table is suggested, up go the denominational barriers...

J. B. Phillips (1906 - 1982)

Source: Appointment with God

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