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The Internet has many sites where one can browse through quotations. Greeting cards, likewise, depend on inspirational quotations to drive sales. Problem is, the quotes are often inaccurately attributed. But here is a quote that we got right. It comes straight from God: "They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength ...."
For material based on today's gospel text, see "The Mulligan Moment," February 6, 2000, at HomileticsOnline.com.
Arthur Schopenhauer was a famous buzzkill.
The 19th-century philosopher wrote essays like "The Fullness of Nothingness" and "On the Vanity and Suffering of Life." He saw life as "a pendulum between suffering and boredom" and the world itself as a form of hell.
In short, Artie was not the sort of guy you'd invite to plan your next birthday party -- funeral maybe, but not anything involving joy.
That hasn't stopped people from sticking quotes attributed to Schopenhauer in birthday cards for people of a certain age, however. ...