Quotes

Favorite Quotes:

Alphabetized by Author’s Last Name:


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ANONYMOUS

“Good, Better, Best, Never let it rest until your good is better, and your better best.”;

A Christian is:
a mind through which Christ thinks;
a heart through which Christ loves;
a voice through which Christ speaks;
a hand through which Christ helps.

AUGUSTINE

“Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all.”
– Augustine

“He that loveth little prayeth little, he that loveth much prayeth much.”
– Augustine

“Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.”
– Augustine


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BLANTON, SMILEY

“To be happy, drop the words ‘if only’ and substitute instead ‘next time.’”
– Smiley Blanton, M.D.

BUNYAN, JOHN

“When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words than thy words be without heart”
– John Bunyan

BOONE, ALDA

“We never know where life is going to take us or what is going to happen, but all we can do is make the best of it.”
– Alda Boone

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CHAMBERS, OSWALD

“Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard a thing for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot, as the manna did when it was hoarded. God will never let you hold a spiritual thing for yourself; it has to be given back to Him that He may make it a blessing to others.”
– Oswald Chambers

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DRUMMOND, HENRY

“Talent develops itself in solitude; the talent of prayer, of faith, of meditation, of seeing the unseen”
– Henry Drummond

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ELLIOT, ELISABETH

“Maturity starts with the willingness to give oneself. Childishness is characterized by self-centeredness. It is only the emotionally and spiritually mature who are able to lay down their lives for others, those who are ‘masters of themselves that they might be the servants of others.”
– Elisabeth Elliot

ELLIOT, JIM

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”
– Jim Elliot

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FULTON, ANDY

Ask the question, “What is the lasting value in sin?”
— Andy Fulton

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HANSEL, TIM

If your security is based on something that can be taken away from you—you will constantly be on a false edge of security.”
– Tim Hansel

The men who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.
– Elisabeth Harrison

HENRY, MATTHEW

“It ought to be the business of everyday to prepare for our final day.”
– Matthew Henry

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LEWIS, C. S.

“If Christianity were something we were making up, of course we could make it easier. But it is not. We cannot compete in simplicity with people who are inventing religions. How could we? We are dealing with fact. Of course anyone can be simple if he has no facts to bother about
– C. S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)

“Unless we return to the crude and nursery-like belief in objective values, we perish. If we do, we may live, and such a return might have one minor advantage. If we believed in the absolute reality of elementary moral platitudes, we should value those who solicit our votes by other standards than have recently been in fashion. While we believe that good is something to be invented, we demand of our rulers such qualities as ‘vision’, ‘dynamism’, ‘creativity’, and the like. If we returned to the objective view we should demand qualities much rarer, and much more beneficial—virtue, knowledge, diligence and skill. ‘Vision’ is for sale, or claims to be for sale, everywhere. But give me a man who will do a day’s work for a day’s pay, who will refuse bribes, who will not make up his facts, and who has learned his job.”
– C.S. Lewis

“There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians ever imagine that they are guilty themselves….The essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil; Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind…As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.
– C. S. Lewis

“God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than of any other slackers. If you are thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you you are embarking on something, which is going to take the whole of you, brains and all. But, fortunately, it works the other way round. Anyone who is honestly trying to be a Christian will soon find his intelligence being sharpened. One of the reasons why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself. That is why an uneducated believer like Bunyan was able to write a book that has astonished the whole world.”
– C.S. Lewis

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn, and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”
– C. S. Lewis

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”
– C. S. Lewis

“Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.”
– C. S. Lewis.

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing yet had been done.”
– C. S. Lewis

“I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God. The lack of it has brought us to our present low estate. The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain.”
– C. S. Lewis

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a sunhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the son shines on it.”
– C. S. Lewis

“He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on.  There is no other.”
– C. S. Lewis

“When you are arguing against Him, you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all.”
– C. S. Lewis

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world”.
– C. S. Lewis

“The full acting out of the self’s surrender to God therefore demands pain: this action, to be perfect, must be done from the pure will to obey, in the absence, or in the teeth, of inclination”.
– C. S. Lewis

“I am perfectly convinced that whatever the gospels are they are not legends.  I have read a great deal of legend and I am quite clear they are not that sort of thing….Christ bent down and scribbled in the dust with His finger.  Nothing comes of this.  No one has based any doctrine on it.  And the act of inventing little irrelevant details to make an imaginary scene more convincing is purely a modern art.”
– C. S. Lewis

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
– C. S. Lewis

“The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is ‘to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.’ But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.”
– C. S. Lewis

“We may note in passing that He was never regarded as a mere moral teacher. He did not produce that effect on any of the people who actually met Him. He produced mainly three results—Hatred—Terror—Adoration. There was no trace of people expressing mild admiration.”
– C. S. Lewis

“When the author walks on the stage the play is over. God is going to invade, all right…something so beautiful to some of us and so terrible to others that none of us will have any choice left? For this time it will be God without disguise…it will be too late then to choose your side. There is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up.”
– C. S. Lewis

“We are to be re-made. All the rabbit in us is to disappear—the worried, conscientious, ethical rabbit as well as the cowardly and sensual rabbit. We shall bleed and squeal as the handfuls of fur come out; and then, surprisingly, we shall find underneath it all a thing we have never yet imagined: a real Man, an ageless god, a son of God, strong, radiant, wise, beautiful, and drenched in joy.”
– C. S. Lewis

“If Christianity is untrue, then no honest man will want to believe it, however helpful it might be: if it is true, every honest man will want to believe it, even if it gives him no help at all.”
– C. S. Lewis

“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling ‘darkness’ on the wall of his cell…”
– C. S. Lewis

“This Man (Jesus) suddenly remarks one day, ‘No one need fast while I am here.’  Who is this Man who remarks that His mere presence suspends all normal rules?”
– C. S. Lewis

“God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome.  What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them.”
– C. S. Lewis

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
– C. S. Lewis

“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
– C. S. Lewis

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
– C. S. Lewis

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.”
– C. S. Lewis

“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life or death to you.”
– C. S. Lewis

“If you read history you will find out that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.”
– C. S. Lewis

“The only thing Christianity can not be…is moderately important.”
– C. S. Lewis

“Sainthood lies in the habit of referring the smallest actions to God.”
– C. S. Lewis

LITTAUER, FLORENCE

“. . . Keep alert, Keep reading, Keep thinking, know that God will give you a ministry when he feels you are ready. Don’t wait until you can see the handwriting on the wall; use every available mental moment to prepare today for God’s call tomorrow”
– Florence Littauer (It takes so little to be above average.)

“Some of us don’t want to practice or prepare until the final target is right before us and we can see the bull’s eye and yet God often does not reveal His ultimate plan until he sees that we are ready. He does not reach down for the idle mind, the lazy body or the empty spirit. He wants someone who is preparing, for the future even when she can’t see the target.
– Florence Littauer (It takes so little to be above average.)

“Today begin to look toward the goal of being all God made you to be.”
– Florence Littauer (It takes so little to be above average.)

“[On Handling Criticism] First, Is there any validity to what the person has said? . . . Second, ask yourself, how can I benefit from this criticism? . . . The final question to ask yourself is What is motivating this person to say what she [or he] did? . . . “
– Florence Littauer (Can I control my changing emotions?)

LUTHER, MARTIN

“It is the duty of every Christian to be Christ to his neighbor.
– Martin Luther

“I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all. But whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”
– Martin Luther

LUTZER, ERWIN W.

“Our outward imperfections are a reminder of God’s priorities. He is concerned with character; not the deception of outward beauty.”
– Erwin W. Lutzer

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MacDONALD, GEORGE

“There is more hid in Christ than we shall ever learn, here or there either; but they that begin first to inquire will soonest be gladdened with revelation; and with them He will be best pleased, for the slowness of His disciples troubled Him of old. To say that we must wait for the other world, to know the mind of Him who came to this world to give Himself to us, seems to me the foolishness of a worldly and lazy spirit. The Son of God is the teacher of men, giving to them of His Spirit — that Spirit which manifests the deep things of God, being to a man the mind of Christ.”
– George MacDonald

MEYER, F.B.

“Make a daily, definitive, audible consecration of yourself to God. Say it aloud: ‘Lord, today I give myself anew to you.’”
– F. B. Meyer

MOODY, DWIGHT L.

“In Proverbs we read: ‘He that winneth souls is wise.’ If any man, women, or child by a godly life and example can win one soul to God, his life will not have been a failure. He will have outshone all the mighty men of his day, because he will have set a stream in motion that will flow on and on forever and ever.”
– Dwight L. Moody
MÜLLER, GEORGE

“Oh, this is a reality, not a fable, that the Lord Jesus Christ is our friend. And we should not be satisfied till we are brought to this.”
– George Müller

“It is not enough for the believer to begin to pray, nor to pray correctly; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray. We must patiently, believingly continue in prayer until we obtain an answer. Further, we have not only to continue in prayer until the end, but we have also to believe that God does hear us and will answer our prayers. Most frequently we fail in not continuing in prayer until the blessing is obtained, and in not expecting the blessing. Those who are disciples of the Lord Jesus should labor with all their might in the work of God as if everything depended upon their own endeavors. Yet, having done so, they should not in the least trust in their labor and efforts, nor in the means that they use for the spread of the truth, but in God alone; and they should with all earnestness seek the blessing of God in persevering, patient, and believing prayer. Here is the great secret of success, my Christian reader. Work with all your might, but never trust in your work. Pray with all your might for the blessing in God, but work at the same time with all diligence, with all patience, with all perseverance. Pray, then, and work. Work and pray. And still again pray, and then work. And so on, all the days of your life. The result will surely be abundant blessing. Whether you see much fruit or little fruit, such kind of service will be blessed.”
– George Müller

MURRAY, ANDREW

“God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to him.”
– Andrew Murray

“Prayer and the word are inseparably linked together. Power in the use of either depends upon the presence of the other. The word gives me guidance for prayer, telling me what God will do for me. It shows me the path of player, telling me how God would have me come. It gives me the power of prayer, the courage to accept the assurance that I will be heard. And it brings me the answer to prayer, as it teaches what God will do for me. And so, prayer prepares the heart for receiving the word from God himself, for the teaching of the spirit which gives spiritual understanding and for the faith that carries out God’s will.
– Andrew Murray (In the Inner Life)

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ORTLUND, ANNE

“In my heart I do have a fear . . . I long to grow more Godly with each passing day. Call it the fear of the Lord, being in awe of him and scared to death of any sin that would mar my life at this point..”
– Anne Ortlund
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BLAISE PASCAL

“There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every person and it can never be filled by any created thing. It can only be filled by God, made known through Jesus Christ.”
– Blaise Pascal

PITTMAN, R. CARTER

“George Mason was indeed a strange man. He seemed to believe that there was no limit to what a man might do if it didn’t matter who got the credit. Abnegation of self is not a creed. It is not a philosophy. It is a way of Life. It was Mason’s Way.”
– R. Carter Pittman

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REARDON, PATRICK HENRY

“Suppose for a moment that God began taking from us the many things for which we failed to give thanks. Which of our limbs and which of our faculties would be left? Would I still have my hands and my mind? And what about loved ones? If God were to take from me all those persons and things for which I have not given thanks, who or what would be left of me?”
– Patrick Henry Reardon

ROGERS, DALE EVANS

“Recognizing the right of the Master Potter to shape our lives according to His design is a humbling experience. You have to be humble before God, know that He is God, and know that only He can make your life really count for His glory before you will be willing to accept His shaping. For Christians, it means accepting our weakness, our earthiness, our mistakes, and letting the Master Potter have His way, tough as it may sometimes seem.”
– Dale Evans Rogers

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SCHAEFFER, EDITH

“Children are meant to understand compassion and comfort because they have received compassion and comfort – and this should be in the family setting. A family should be a place where comfort is experienced and understood, so that the people are prepared to give comfort to others.”
– Edith Schaeffer

“Satan is not very original. His subtle question in really the same through the centuries, and in this century. Every human being who has ever heard or read the words in the Bible hears Satan’s question at one time or another: “Did God really say this? Is this really the Word of God? Can you trust this as being truth? Or _______? He implants the doubt that is the forerunner of denial that God’s communication to man is true truth.”
– Edith Schaeffer (TaOL – The Art of Life)

“When someone loves you very much and gives you a gift that cost them a lot, not just money but a lot of time, you would hurt that person very much if you just kicked the gift and said, “I don’t believe you love me.” Just think for a while of how God feels when people turn and kick away his gift.

“God is a Person, and He feels, as well as thinks, and acts. How do you think God feels when people just say, “I don’t believe God loves people,” or “I don’t believe God is even there at all”? We ought to spend more time telling God how much we appreciate Him, and ask him to help us make other people understand how great and wonderful and loving He is. He is our Father, when we have come to be His children, and we ought to tell other people what a wonderful Father He is! You see, God really does love people, and He really is love. Because God is holy and perfectly just, sin needs to be punished. Jesus paid for His gift by taking the punishment we deserve upon Himself. Jesus loved to enough to die in our place.

Today lots of people are teaching that there is no such thing as truth at all, or that if something seems true today, it won’t be true tomorrow. You see, this is Satan’s special lie today, and so since all of you will meet some people who believe nothing is true, or will read books, or hear TV programs that say this, it is more important than ever to know not only that there is truth, but to know what the truth is. That is why it is important for families to read together what God says in His written Word, the Bible.”
– Edith Schaeffer (TaOL)

“Never forget this . . . at any point in life, in a thousand different kinds of situation, the answer to the prayer, “Use me, Lord, I want to be greatle used of Thee,” can be the hardest thing you have ever faced. It is the answer to this prayer that brings exhaustion of a variety of kinds, and that brings a cost to be paid that almost smashes you , and me. There is a cost to being “used mightily for the Lord” and there always was. Whether that cost is dying in a concentration camp, as Dr. Hoste did in China, or having a physical or nervous breakdown, the reality of having been used is not wiped out by the resultant cost. We are in battle, and winning a skirmish brings scars and sometimes deep wounds.

If you are raising your eyebrows in doubt of this, go back and read Paul’s list of the difficulties he went through. His prison epistles were not a “breeze” for him to write, chained and without nourishing food, let alone any that tasted good! Paul did not hide his difficulties but rather says, “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia” (2 Corinthians 1:8a). If he was under pressures far beyond his ability to endure, why are we so loath to mention pressures, whatever sort they may be? We do each other a terrible disservice if we end on a crescendo of glory and never mention the cost God’s servants have always had woven into their piece of the battle or their section of The Tapestry.”
– Edith Schaeffer (TaOL)

“The thing about real life is that important events don’t announce themselves. Trumpets don’t blow, drums don’t beat to let you know, you are going to meet the most important person you’ve ever met, or read the most important thing you are ever going to read or have, or spend the most important week you are ever going to spend. Usually something that is going to change your whole life is a memory before you can stop and be impressed about it. You don’t usually have a chance to get excited about that sort of thing . . . ahead of time!”
– Edith Schaeffer (TaOL)

STAM, BETTY SCOTT

“Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes, all my own desires and hopes, and accept thy will for my life. I give myself, my life, my all, utterly to thee to be thine forever. Fill me and seal me with thy Holy Spirit, use me as thou wilt, send me where thou wilt, work out thy whole will in my life at any cost, now and forever. “
– Betty Scott Stam

STUDD, C. T.

Only one life; will soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.
– C. T. Studd

“We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.”
– Ben Sweetland

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TIRABASSI, BECKY

Prayer is not:
•   Prayer is not a monologue to a deaf God, but a conversation with a God who hears prayer.
•   Prayer is not helping God with an answer; it is asking God to help. It is not telling God what to do; it is telling him my needs. It isn’t so much for the disciplined as for the undisciplined.
•   Prayer is not necessarily meant to be an easy joy ride, but it definitely is a spiritual discipline that produces joy.
•   Prayer is not just coming to Jesus; it is letting Jesus come into me!
•   Prayer is not only for the educated, seminary scholar; it is for anyone who will practice, persevere, and plan to pray!
•       Prayer is not a substitute for time in the Word; it will lead to the Word.
•       Prayer is not for the impatient, but for the one who waits!
•       Prayer is not a place to boast, but a place to confess. Prayer is not my motivating God, but God’s motivating me.
•       Prayer is not a waste of time, it is an appointment with the King of Kings!
– Becky Tirabassi

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WASHINGTON, GEORGE

“Men Judged their condition less by what it actually was than by comparison.”
– George Washington

“The purpose of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”
– Westminster Shorter Catechism.

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