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QUOTES BY REV. C. J. BELL


"The educated may require knowledge,
but true wisdom is a gift of God."

 

TO PARENTS
"The foundation for solving the drug crime, gangs, teenage pregnancy, welfare, and illiteracy problems is not the church house, school house, courthouse, state house, or White House, but YOUR HOUSE."

WAR ON POVERTY
"We have spent $5 trillion for the "WAR ON POVERTY". Nevertheless, the poor are still with us. We must come to the realization that we will never win the "WAR ON POVERTY" until we win the "WAR ON IGNORANCE".

POLITICIANS
"Don't ever VOTE FOR A POLITICIAN who wears a BELT and SUSPENDERS. If he can't trust his PANTS to STAY UP on HIM, you probably can't trust HIM to STAND UP for YOU."

BUSING
"The BUSING of our children is the ULTIMATE FORM OF CHILD ABUSE."

LAY-A-WAY
"STEAL-A-WAY has almost replaced LAY-A-WAY in our Department and other stores."

PAUL AND SILAS
"A very fascinating coincident took place when I was a member of a church in California. "Believe it or not, PAUL shot Silas."

GOVERNOR MIKE FOSTER
"In our great country, if we look hard enough, we just might find his EQUAL as a Governor, but not his SUPERIOR."

LIFE
"Half of LIFE is IF."

SHOES AND SPOUSE
"Please don't let anybody choose your SHOES or your SPOUSE. SHOES you must WEAR and SPOUSE you must BEAR."

BLACKS
"With just a hop, skip, and jump from the 21st Century, BLACKS are still RUNNING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION."

YOUNG BOYS
"PULL UP YOUR PANTS and stop showing us how much POSTERIOR you have and show us how much INTERIOR you have."

WELFARE REFORM
"The TAXPAYERS of this nation are saying to the WELFARE RECIPIENTS what the HEN said to the ROOSTER, "I'm tired of LAYING EGGS while you do the BOOGIE-WOOGIE."

SLAVERY AND SUCCESS
"If Blacks are going to blame SLAVERY for our FAILURES, who are BLACKS going to give credit to for the BLACKS that are SUCCESSES?"

FOR AND TO
"Everything GOOD TO US is not GOOD FOR US."
A 350-pound woman walked up to me at a local supermarket and said, "C. J., I would rather hear you speak than to eat". I told my wife, Lillian, "if I was blind I would believe her."

PRESIDENTIAL RACE
"Well, this is really a tough decision to make. My lovely wife Lillian, is a longtime Democrat and I am a longtime Republican. Lillian finds so much wrong with BOB DOLE'S "Bridge TO THE PAST" and I find so much wrong with PRESIDENT CLINTON'S "Bridge TO THE FUTURE'. Well, I guess I will end up voting for the HERO and Lillian will vote for the ZERO. The next time I see political analyst Jim Leggett, I will ask him what he thinks of my analysis."

EDUCATION
"EDUCATION has never made a FOOL out of anyone, EDUCATION only polished them so you could see them better."

VILLAGE VS. FAMILY
"The slogans of political parties that say, "IT TAKES A VILLAGE" vs. "IT TAKES A FAMILY" to raise a child are both right. A VILLAGE without healthy FAMILIES is empty, and FAMILIES without a caring VILLAGE is frightening."

PRAYER IN SCHOOL
"Sad, but true, it is more acceptable in many of our nation's schools for students to shoot dice hollering "SEVEN or ELEVEN" than to let them PRAY to their GOD IN HEAVEN."

PUNISH AND REWARD
"Nobody should be PUNISHED nor REWARDED because of the color of their skin."

GOD AND PEOPLE
"Some people are more concerned about what PEOPLE think about them than they are of what GOD knows about them."

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH
"There is no doubt about it, the "NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH" remains a strong deterrent to crime, but at times, we need someone to "WATCH THE NEIGHBOR".

BLACKS AND WHITES
"BLACKS that don't trust anybody that is WHITE must have never had a prescription filled by a WHITE person, and WHITES that don't trust anybody BLACK must have never eaten a meal cooked by a BLACK person."

COUSIN BOB
"COUSIN BOB, one of my favorite cousins called me and told me he had a GRAND OPENING and GRAND CLOSING of his little Grocery Store within a three week period. Naturally, I was curious to know why. COUSIN BOB'S reply was, "Cousin C. J., I had one cashier who was honest, but couldn't count and she gave my profit away and the other one could count, but she stole my profit away."

ABORTION
"I'm opposed to ABORTION! There is a law against murder. "At some point, we are going to have to give some choice to an unborn human being. If there is no regard for the sanctity of human life before it is born, there is no regard for the sanctity of human life after it is born."

LOVE
"Have you ever wondered whether or not you are IN LOVE or INSANE?"

TWO OR THREE
"Jesus said, "where TWO or THREE gather together in my name, I will be in the midst". I believe that, but it wouldn't hurt if those TWO or THREE would be any of these: Roy O. Martin Jr., Joe D. Smith, Dr. John Deming, Robert Bolton or Carl Guillory."

BLACKS WORST ENEMIES
"BLACKS WORST ENEMIES are not "WHITE" PEOPLE, but WHITE COCAINE, WHITE SALT, WHITE SUGAR, and cigarette tobacco wrapped in WHITE PAPER."

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING
"Dr. Martin Luther King had a DREAM but many of our Leaders have a SCHEME."

BLACKS ANNUAL INCOME
"Sad, but true, we have 30 million BLACK people in America with a combined ANNUAL INCOME of $400 billion and we're still sitting in white-owned hotels talking about WHITE RACISM that disturbs us."

BLACKS KILLING BLACKS
"If BLACKS don't stop KILLING BLACKS, we are going to have over-crowded CEMETERIES instead of over-crowded jails."

STREET NAMES
"We don't need another STREET named after Dr. Martin Luther King, but what we really need is some KINGS on the STREETS."

UNCLE BUBBER
"My dear old UNCLE BUBBER put his hand on my shoulder when I was growing up as a youngster in my hometown, Oakdale, Louisiana and said, "C.J., you can be anything you want to be in this life. Take me for example; when I was a youngster about your age, I never thought I would be a prophet, but today, I IS ONE, and I can spell PROPHET: "P-R-O-F-I-T".

AMERICA
"AMERICA IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. But AMERICA will not remain the GREATEST COUNTRY if she cannot under all circumstances, hire the best qualified person regardless of race or sex. Japan and other countries can."

SLAVERY AND EDUCATION
"We have many Blacks that seriously believe that their SLAVE HISTORY have them BEHIND IN SCHOOL, but their SLAVE HISTORY haven't kept them BEHIND in buying Lincoln Continentals, Cadillacs, and other luxury cars. Misplaced priorities and values are the roots of our problems."

FOOL AND MULE
"Only a FOOL would bet on a MULE in the KENTUCKY DERBY."

ROTARY CLUB
"When I was first invited to speak to our DOWNTOWN ROTARY CLUB, I fell on my knees and asked GOD, "what can I say to all of the millionaires and millionairesses here?" GOD'S reply to me was "tell them that you are broke".

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