1. "By themselves, character and integrity do not accomplish anything. But their absence faults everything else. Here, therefore, is the one area where weakness is a disqualification by itself rather than a limitation on performance capacity and strength."
- Peter F. Drucker, The Effective Executive
2. "All humans at some time experience injustice, assault, disqualification, invasion and betrayal. No person is completely shielded. We need not trace our family trees very far back or study for long what life was like for our forbears to uncover humanity's abusiveness. The inherited scars of our multigenerational families exist in our family systems as we know them today. The abuse of the past often exists as the shame of today, and the shame is perpetuated through our patterns of interaction."
- Merle A. Fossum, Facing Shame: Families in Recovery
3. "Men never fail to dwell on maternity as a disqualification for the possession of many civil and political rights. Suggest the idea of women having a voice in making laws and administering the Government in the halls of legislation, in Congress, or the British Parliament, and men will declaim at once on the disabilities of maternity in a sneering contemptuous way, as if the office of motherhood was undignified and did not comport with the highest public offices in church and state. It is vain that we point them to Queen Victoria, who has carefully reared a large family, while considering and signing..."
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton, The Woman's Bible: A Classic Feminist Perspective
4. "You may reply that we in the Western world extend to all religions the right to believe, speak, act, and teach what they please. But that is not really true, when you carefully examine the facts. And, with little if any exception, it is only a political and legal matter at best. It is not a concession publicly granted because religious teachings are regarded as possibly constituting a body of knowledge. And this is usually agreed to by Christians themselves. Even institutions of higher education that self-identify as Christian do not think of or present themselves as possessing a body of knowledge that secular schools do not have. They do not say that the secular schools lack knowledge of reality. They fear public disqualification from the knowledge and research game if they say that."
- Dallas Willard, Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge
5. "God often uses failure to make us useful. When Jesus called the disciples, He did not go out and find the most qualified and successful people. He found the most willing, and He found them in the workplace. He found a fisherman, a tax collector, and a farmer. The Hebrews knew that failure was a part of maturing in God. The Greeks used failure as a reason for disqualification. Sadly, in the Church, we often treat one another in this way. This is not God's way. We need to understand that failing does not make us failures. It makes us experienced. It makes us more prepared to be useful in God's Kingdom -- if we have learned from it. And that is the most important ingredient for what God wants in His children."
- Os Hillman, Today God Is First: 365 Meditations on Christ Kingdom Principles in the Workplace
6. "When a Christian, Sharon, for instance, tries to present objectively good reasons for a position and is greeted with a claim of disqualification on the grounds of bias, the proper response is this: Tell the other person that she has changed the subject from the issue to the messenger, that while the Christian appreciates the attention and focus on her inner drives and motives, she thinks that the dialogue should get refocused on the strength of the case just presented. Perhaps at another time they could talk about each other’s personal motivations and drives, but for now, a case, a set of arguments has been presented and a response to those arguments is required."
- J.P. Moreland, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview
7. "Materialism wars against our souls in a twofold manner. First, it makes us discontent and envious of others. Second, it leads us to pamper and indulge our bodies so that we become soft and lazy. As we become soft and lazy in our bodies, we tend to become soft and lazy spiritually. When Paul talked about making his body his slave, so that after having preached to others he himself would not be disqualified, he was not thinking about physical disqualification, but spiritual. He knew well that physical softness inevitably leads to spiritual softness. When the body is pampered and indulged, the instincts and passions of the body tend to get the upper hand and dominate our thoughts and actions. We tend to do not what we should do, but what we want to do, as we follow the cravings of our sinful nature."
- Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness