Good quotations are often similar to biblical proverbs: short, succinct statements which are easy to understand and to remember. Often they are "micro" sermons in themselves with clear relevance to Christian living and understanding. While the inclusion of a quotation on this page does not imply that all the writings of the person quoted are recommended, the quote itself hopefully has clear veracity and value. New quotations will be added periodically.
“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.” – Mark Twain
“You will never do anything in this world without courage.” – Aristotle
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” – C. S. Lewis
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston Churchill
“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher
“Great men are they who see that the spiritual is stronger than any material force.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” - Henry David Thoreau
“I have always said...that the studious perusal of the sacred volume will make better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands.” - Thomas Jefferson's words recorded by Daniel Webster
“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” – Abraham Lincoln
“All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honour; duty; mercy; hope.” –Winston Churchill
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein
“Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.” – Soren Kierkegaard
“Talent develops itself in solitude; character in the stream of life.” – Goethe
“Jesus promised those who would follow him only three things ... that they would be absurdly happy, entirely fearless, and always in trouble.” – John Ortberg,If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat.
“God’s order is that we put him first, others next, self last. Sin is the reversal of the order.” – John Stott, Basic Christianity.
“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.” – Mother Teresa, Come Be My Light.
“Wickedness, when you examine it, turns out to be the pursuit of some good in the wrong way.” – C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.
“Whereas the world reckons greatness by the number of people that serve a man, God reckons greatness by the number of people a man serves.” – Donald Mansell, New Every Morning.
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." – A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy.
“But unless we stress continually that God himself is the gospel, people will fall in love with the mailman – whether his name is forgiveness of sins or eternal life or heaven or ministry or miracles ...” – John Piper, God is the Gospel.
“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.” – Max Lucado, He Still Moves Stones.
“All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be.” – C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters.
“The pronouns 'my' and 'mine' look innocent enough in print, but their constant and universal use is significant. They express the real nature of the old Adamic man better than a thousand volumes of theology could do." – A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God.
“Just as David could not fight in the armor of King Saul, we are called to fight in the way God has equipped us uniquely." – N.T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense.
“Prayer has become for me much more than a shopping list of requests to present to God. It has become a realignment of everything. …In prayer, I shift my point of view away from my own selfishness. I climb above timberline and look down at the speck that is myself. I gaze at the stars and recall what role I, or any of us, play in a universe beyond comprehension. Prayer is the act of seeing reality from God’s point of view.” – Philip Yancey, Prayer: Does it Make a Difference?
“What God gets out of our lives – and, indeed, what we get out of our lives – is simply the person we become.” – Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy.
"Prayers are not always…'granted.' This is not because prayer is a weaker kind of causality, but because it is a stronger kind ... That is why God has retained a discretionary power of granting or refusing it. Except on that condition prayer would destroy us." – C. S. Lewis, “Work and Prayer,” in God in the Dock.
"Preach the Gospel constantly. If necessary, use words." – Frequently attributed to Francis of Assisi, but the origin of the quote is uncertain.