Notable Quotables



“It has been said… truly that the Church exists for those outside of itself. The Church must never be in any sense a little huddle of pious people, shutting their doors against the world, lost in prayer and praise, connoisseurs of preaching and liturgy, busy mutually congratulating themselves on the excellence of their Christian experience.” — William Barclay
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” — Edmund Burke
“Freedom is not a gift to the world. It is the Almighty God’s gift to every man and woman in this world.” — George W. Bush
“Doubt is not always a sign that a man is wrong; it may be a sign that he is thinking.” –Oswald Chambers
“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” –Marie Curie
““What then are we afraid of? Can we have too much of God? Is it a
misfortune to be freed from the heavy yoke of the world, and to bear the
light burden of Jesus Christ? Do we fear to be too happy, too much
delivered from ourselves, from the caprices of our pride, the violence of
our passions, and the tyranny of this deceitful world?”–François
Fénelon (1651-1715)
“Our Adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry and crowds. If he can keep us engaged in “muchness” and “manyness,” he will rest satisfied.” –Richard J. Foster
“To know the will of God is the highest of all wisdom.” –Billy Graham
“Be to the world a sign that while we as Christians do not have all the answers, we do know and care about the questions.” — Billy Graham
“Do you want to know a truth that in the momentous challenges of our modern
world will be at once a quest to inspire you, an anchor to hold you fast, a
rich fare to nourish you, and a relationship you will prize above all
others? Listen to Jesus of Nazareth; answer his call.”– Os Guinness, The Call
“The cosmic scope of its themes, the majestic imagery of its poetry, and the warm drama of its narrative only partially account for the enduring worth of the Book of Genesis.” – Robert Ibach, Jr.
“Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.”–Danny Kaye
“A man can accept what Christ has done without knowing how it works; indeed, he certainly won’t know how it works until he’s accepted it..”–C. S. Lewis
“God made us, invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on gasoline, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. 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. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” — C. S. Lewis
“If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” — C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty or mercy which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful until it became risky.” — C. S. Lewis
“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.” –C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
“What makes you as a miniscule minority with your misguided notion of the separation of church and state, think you can supercede the will of the majority when it is legally and morally based?” – Rush Limbaugh
“I’ve discovered that people are just as happy as they’ve decided to be.”– Abraham Lincoln
“No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens.” — Abraham Lincoln
“If you have men who will come only if there is a good road, don’t send them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.” — David Livingstone, (19th century Scottish explorer and missionary in Africa – “Dr. Livingston, I presume?”)
“In the long run, if we train people to be consumers instead of communers, we’ll end up with customers instead of disciples. It might fill up an auditorium, but it’ll never turn the world upside down for Christ.” — Greg Laurie, The Upside Down Church
“We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.”–Longfellow
“To knife through our pretense, cowardice, and evasions, to see the truth about ourselves and the true state of our souls before God — this requires enormous courage and ruthless trust in the merciful love of the redeeming God.” — Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust
“Everybody has a vocation to some form of life work. But behind that and
deeper than that, everybody has a vocation to be a person, to be fully and
deeply a human being, to be Christlike. And the second thing is more
important than the first.” — Brennan Manning, Lion and the Lamb
“A candle loses nothing of itself when lighting other candles.”– Thomas Jefferson
“Those who saw the risen Christ remained persuaded that life was worth living and death a triviality– an attitude curiously unlike that of the modern defeatist, who is firmly persuaded that life is a disaster and death (rather inconsistently) a major catastrophe.” –Dorothy Sayers
“As Christians, we must understand that there is no word so meaningless as the word “god” until it is defined. No word has been used to reach absolutely opposite concepts as much as the word “god”. Consequently, let us not be confused. There is much “spirituality” about us today that would elate itself to the word god or to the idea god; but this is not what we are talking about. Biblical truth and spirituality is not a relationship to the word god, or to the idea god. It is a relationship to the one who is there, which is an entirely different concept.” — Francis A. Schaeffer, The God Who is There
“There is no greater burden than great potential.”–Charles M. Schulz
“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”
– Mother Teresa
“How tragic that we in this dark day have had our seeking done for us by our teachers. Everything is made to center upon the initial act of `accepting’ Christ (a term, incidentally, which is not found in the Bible) and we are not expected thereafter to crave any further revelation of God to our souls. We have been snared in the coils of a spurious logic which insists that if we have found Him we need no more seek Him.” –A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
“There is little chance of renewal if all that we have is the arrangement by which one speaks and the others listen. One trouble with this conventional system is that the speaker never knows what the unanswered questions are, or what reservations remain in the layman’s mentality.” –Elton Trueblood
“We all understand, when we give our minds carefully to the question, that to be an effective Christian it is not enough to be an individual believer. Inadequate as the fellowship of the Church may be, in many generations, including our own, there is not the slightest chance of Christian vitality without it.” — Elton Trueblood, The Company of the Committed
“The Gospels cannot explain the Resurrection; it is the Resurrection which alone explains the Gospels.” – John S. Whale
“Healthy feelings, properly ordered among themselves, are essential to a good life. So if we are to be formed in Christlikeness, we must take good care of our feelings and not just let them ‘happen.'” – Dallas Willard, Renovation of the Heart
“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.”–Old Indian Proverb

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