90 – Quotes that Explain a Lot about God and Life
Over many years I, like you, have heard thousands of quotes that capture and summarize the essence of life. Like poetry, these pithy statements compress thousands of pages into a few magical words. Here are a few I’ve collected that I find myself returning to often….
“The wisdom of the years is confusing. Only the wisdom of eternity is edifying.” Soren Kierkegaard.
“Every time a man knocks on the door of a brothel he is looking for God.” G. K. Chesterson
“Men are idol factories.” John Calvin
“Are all who call themselves Christian, Christian?” Soren Kierkegaard
“The Fall is an offense to human reason, but once accepted, it makes perfect sense of the human condition.”Blaise Pascal
“Study with your Bible in one hand and your newspaper in the other.” Karl Barth
“Trust God, and have a great back up plan.” Rod Cooper
“Love God, and do what you want.” St. Augustine
“He whom God loveth, He beateth the hell out of.” Jamie Buckingham
One day St. Francis was hoeing his garden. Someone asked, “Francis, if you knew Christ was coming tomorrow what would you do?” He said, “I would finish hoeing my garden.”
After an amazing violin performance a man said to the violinist, “That gave me goose bumps. It must give you a lot of joy to play like that.” She said innocently, “Yes, sometimes I get goose bumps myself.”
“Where is the joy?” Jack Miller
“Our problem is not that we desire too much but too little.” C. S. Lewis
“Either these are not the gospels or we are not Christians.” (I think) Henry VIII’s biographer was given the gospels, and said this upon returning them to their owner.
“I believe the sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.” Blaise Pascal
“All men seek happiness. There are no exceptions…. This is the motive of every act of every man, including those who go and hang themselves.” Blaise Pascal
“Man’s search for meaning is the chief motivation of his life.” Victor Frankl
“A responsible round does not go too short or too far.” An artillery axiom
“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” African proverb
“In 40 years I have not spent 15 minutes without thinking of Jesus.” Charles Spurgeon
“Sticking to one woman is a small price to pay for so much as having seen one woman.” G. K. Chesterson
“If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” Former Senator Alan Simpson
“Every now and then go away — even briefly, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer; since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power.” Leonardo da Vinci
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” Aldous Huxley
“It takes a lot of truth to float an error.” Charles MacKenzie
“I heard in American there was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I found the gold but I lost the rainbow.” wealthy American immigrant
“On the plains of hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to wait…and waiting, died.” George W. Cecil, 1923
“As a Jew, I have had nothing but the greatest and most profound respect for Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He was, after all, Jewish — born Jewish, died Jewish. I think Jesus Christ was the greatest single individual of both millenniums and He had more profound effect on mankind than any individual ever born. If there’s one person in history I would like to interview, it would be Jesus.” Larry King
T. S. Elliot, “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
J.C. Ryle, “He must dig down very low if he would build high.”
“One of the hardest things in the world is to stop being the prodigal son without turning into the elder brother.” John Ortberg
“Have you ever noticed how many men in the Bible failed in the second half of life? Our enemy is so cunning that he will wait forty or even fifty years to set a trap.” Joe Aldrich
“Christianity has not so much been tried and found wanting, as it has been found difficult and left untried.” G. K. Chesterton
“We ought to be so on fire for Jesus that if a mosquito bit us on the hand, it would fly away singing, ‘There’s power in the blood!'” Alvin Reid
“If we knew we were to die at twelve o’clock tomorrow night, would we have to step up our evangelistic program, or could we in all good conscience carry on just as we are?” Ray Comfort
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I have treated many hundreds of patients. Among those over 35, there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life.” Carl Jung
“Your system is perfectly designed to produce the result you are getting.” Fredrick Taylor, the father of Scientific Management
“Jesus brought forth men’s greatest efforts by the promise of obstacles not rewards.” Bruce Barton
“I can find ten more who will die for the Bible for every one who will actually read it.” Charles Spurgeon
“It will be gone before you know it. The fingerprints on the wall appear higher and higher. Then, suddenly, they disappear.” Dorothy Euslin
“As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.” Andrew Carnegie
“It is rightly called the deceitfulness of sin because it deceives under the appearance of good. This phrase ‘deceitfulness of sin’ ought to be understood in a much wider sense, so that the term includes even one’s own righteousness and wisdom. For more than anything else one’s own righteousness and wisdom deceive one and work against faith in Christ, since we love the flesh and the sensations of the flesh and also riches and possessions, but we love nothing more ardently than our own feelings, judgment, purpose, and will, especially when they seem to be good.” Martin Luther, commenting on Hebrews 3:13
“Each generation of the church in each setting has the responsibility of communicating the gospel in understandable terms, considering the language and thought forms of that setting.” Francis Schaeffer
“One of the greatest reasons people cannot mobilize themselves is that they try to accomplish great things. Most worthwhile achievements are the result of many little things done in a single direction.” Nido Quebin
“You cannot discover new lands unless you leave shore for a very long time.” Andre Gide
“Many Christians estimate difficulties in light of their own resources, and thus attempt little and often fail in the little they attempt. All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on his power and presence being with them.” Hudson Taylor
“God’s work done God’s way will not lack God’s supply.”
“God prepares great men for great tasks by great trials.” J. K. Gressett
“Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.” William Carey, cobbler, 1792, founder of mission movement
1. Which of these quotes most resonates with you right now, and why? What scriptures can you think of that support this truth?
2. What practical change can you make this week on the basis of what you’ve learned?
Business leader, author, and speaker, Patrick Morley helps men to think more deeply about their lives, to be reconciled with Christ, and to be equipped for a larger impact on the world.
©2001. Patrick M. Morley. All rights reserved. This may be reproduced with proper attribution for non-commercial purposes.