Douglas Wilson quotes

  • God gave us minds to think with and hearts to thank with. Instead we use our hearts to think about the world as we would like it to have been, and we use our minds to come up with rationalizations for our ingratitude. We are a murmuring, discontented, unhappy, ungrateful people. And because we think we want salvation from our discontents...
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Ungrateful People #Heart #Thinking

  • A great reformation and revival-it will happen the same way the early Christians conquered Rome. Their program of conquest consisted largely of two elements: gospel preaching and being eaten by lions, a strategy that has not yet captured the imagination of the the contemporary church.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Christian #Two #Rome

  • Become the kind of person the kind of person you would like to marry would like to marry.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Kind #Persons

  • To say that someone is a conservative does not tell us what he is interested in conserving.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Doe #Conservative

  • Honor must start in the heart, but if it ends there, it isn’t honor. Honor must be expressed through words, symbols, actions, or gestures. Honor is among the most incarnational of the virtues. It must have feet and hands.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Heart #Hands #Feet

  • As you read, allow your reading to cluster around your interests.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Reading #Interest

  • Use plants to bring life
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Garden #Use #Plant

  • I see the same coffee table everywhere. It's mass marketing.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Coffee #Marketing #Tables

  • Yeah, I spent about 20 years in a dorm room. It took me a while to graduate.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Years #Dorms #Dorm Rooms

  • Masculinity is the glad assumption of sacrificial responsibility.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Responsibility #Assumption #Masculinity

  • Pace yourself in your reading. A little bit every day really adds up. If you read during sporadic reading jags, the fits and starts will not get you anywhere close to the amount of reading you will need to do. It is far better to walk a mile a day than to run five miles every other month. Make time for reading, and make a daily habit of it, even if it is a relatively small daily habit.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Running #Reading #Littles

  • Stories in themselves are not automatically good; it has to be the right kind of story told by the right kind of person.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Stories #Kind #Persons

  • Immodest and attractive is easy. Modest and repulsive is easy too. But modest and attractive is an art form.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Art #Easy #Attractive

  • I believe firmly in plodding. Productivity is more a matter of diligent, long-distance hiking than it is one-hundred-yard dashing. Doing a little bit now is far better than hoping to do a lot on the morrow. So redeem the fifteen minute spaces. Chip away at it.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Distance #Believe #Hiking

  • I write in order to make the little voices in my head go away. Thus far it hasn't worked.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Writing #Voice #Order

  • Education is the process of selling someone on books.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Educational #Book #Selling

  • If no God, mankind is a set of bi-pedal carbon units of mostly water. And nothing else
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Water #Pedals #Carbon

  • How is it possible to live like a machine and bear fruit like a tree?
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Tree #Machines #Fruit

  • We're able to influence younger generations on design and art. They might not have realized they were an artist.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Art #Design #Generations

  • I want to get the point across that you may not have money to give to a charity, whether that is Ronald McDonald House or Broadway Cares or DIFFA, but you can help RAISE money or give your time and talents.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Mcdonalds #Giving #House

  • Whether the Bible is Law or Gospel depends on the spiritual condition of the one hearing it. If someone is regenerate and loves God, then the whole Bible is Gospel to him. If someone is unregenerate and hates God, the whole Bible is Law to him, the whole thing condemns him.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Spiritual #Hate #Law

  • Whether it was working on theatre sets or stage lighting, I didn't realize most all of the skills I was exposed to were going to come in handy later on when I became a designer.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Skills #Theatre #Realizing

  • What people respond to in my room makeovers is the daring design - fearless colors, bold fabrics and occasionally outlandish decor.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Color #People #Design

  • Designing is a lot like a high-wire act - if the tightrope walker is only six inches off the ground, where's the excitement?
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Design #Wire #Six

  • I enjoy talking to fans.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Talking #Fans #Enjoy

  • I've had rooms that didn't come out to my liking.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Rooms

  • I'm having the time of my life and I'm glad people are enjoy it.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #People #Enjoy #Glad

  • Your deep interests should always have a dog-eared place on your nightstand.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Dog #Should #Interest

  • If it does not come at the last to gladness, then to hell with it.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Doe #Lasts #Hell

  • The medievalist has the capacity, and the desire, to harmonize. He believes the planets sing in harmony; why cannot technology also sing?
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Believe #Technology #Desire

  • How would you describe the spiritual aroma of your home? The source of this aroma is the relationship between husband and wife. Many can fake an attempt at keeping God’s standards in some external way. What we cannot fake is the resulting, distinctive aroma of pleasure to God. Most marriage books address the mere externals of marriage, without seeking to understand the heart issues. Godly marriages proceed from an obedient heart, and the greatest desire of an obedient heart is the glory of God, not the happiness of the household.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Spiritual #Husband #Book

  • I am the young, edgy New Yorker.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Young

  • But for you to make this move would reveal the two fundamental tenets of true atheism. One: There is no God. Two: I hate Him.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Atheist #Hate #Moving

  • Beware of anyone who claims to be neutral, for they always have an agenda.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Agendas #Claims

  • For the people of God, the Word of God leaves pleasant bruises.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #People #Bruises #Word Of God

  • God picks us up where we are, not where we should have been
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Should

  • Wealth is a gift from God, and pride is bequeathed to us from the devil.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Pride #Devil #Wealth

  • You don't have the right to be left alone with that abortion decision. The child is present...you are not alone.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Children #Abortion #Decision

  • It's a character I've created. Actually, that's pretty much the opposite of me, off a farm in the Midwest.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Character #Opposites #Agriculture

  • We cannot pursue a classical and Christian education as a fad. We are not purchasing intellectual hula hoops for the kids.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Christian #Kids #Intellectual

  • If you keep the law of God, you are not described in Scripture as a pinched legalist, but rather as happy (Prov. 29:18).
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Law #Scripture

  • If boys don't learn, men won't know.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Boys #Men

  • Ripping up carpet is easy, tiling is the issue.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Issues #Easy #Carpet

  • I'm very flattered, but I don't think I'm the sexiest man on the planet.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Men #Thinking #Planets

  • I'm opinionated. I always stick to my design plan. I don't waver.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Design #Sticks #Plans

  • Being in the design industry, I've tended to meet more people who are affected by HIV and AIDS.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #People #Design #Hiv

  • In Acts 14:1, we are told, "At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Gentiles believed." This is what should be sought in Christian schools, not just teaching, but effective teaching. Christian content alone is insufficient. It must be presented in a certain way, and that way cannot be reduced to technique. Nevertheless, God has graciously made it possible to bring people the truth by how the truth is presented.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Christian #Teaching #School

  • I gave the couple a hint of a design that would work great with the bones of their home. They weren't ready for it, and they embarrassed themselves and that's too bad.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Couple #Work #Home

  • I've made an incredible amount of money stealing fans from homeowners.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Fans #Incredibles #Stealing

  • There is no such thing as a guilty pleasure.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Guilty #Pleasure #Guilty Pleasure

  • I know people dont think I work.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Thinking #People

  • The TSA must think we're mushrooms. You know, the way they are trying to keep us in the dark, and the way they keep feeding us a fertilizing agent that comes from the south end of a north-bound cow.
    -- Douglas Wilson

    #Dark #Thinking #Tsa