Quotations

God’s Qualities

“Whatever you do, He will make good of it. But not the good He had prepared for you if you had obeyed him.” ― C.S. Lewis, Perelandra

Live your life with purpose

“Every man dies, not every man really lives.” — William Wallace

“Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.” — e. e. cummings

“Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.” –Benjamin Franklin

“You got to live before you can afford to die.”– John Steinbeck; Grapes of Wrath

“Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it. For the greatest things grow by God’s Law out of the smallest. But to live your life you must discipline it. You must not fritter it away in ‘fair purpose, erring act, inconstant will’ but make your thoughts, your acts, all work to the same end and that end, not self but God. That is what we call character.” – Florence Nightingale

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” — William Shakespeare

“It is hard; but the sort of compromise we’re hankering after is harder — in fact, it is impossible. We are like eggs at present. And we cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” — C. S. Lewis

“No one doubts that an ordinary man can get on with this world: but we demand not strength enough to get on with it, but strength enough to get it on. Can he hate it enough to change it, and yet love it enough to think it worth changing? Can he look up at its colossal good without once feeling acquiescence? Can he look up at its colossal evil without once feeling despair? Can he, in short, be at once not only a pessimist and an optimist, but a fanatical pessimist and a fanatical optimist? Is he enough of a Christian to die to it?” – Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.” – G. K. Chesterton

“God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him” — Hudson Taylor

“Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” — Johnny Cash

“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” — James Dean

“It is not length of life, but depth of life.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.” –Vincent Van Gogh

“The greatest risk of all, far and away probably more than all the other necessary risks, is the risk of failing to act.” – Gary Hansen

“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” –Ray Bradbury

Look heavenward

“Those who build beneath the stars build too low.” — Johnathan Edwards

“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.” — C. S. Lewis

“Living to glorify God means doing everything… for Him, His way, to point to His greatness and to reflect His goodness.” — Joshua Harris

Have the humility and courage to love

“People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. People who really want help may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway. Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway.” – Mother Teresa

“At the moment of death, we will not be judged by the amount of work we have done but by the weight of love we have put into our work. This love should flow from self-sacrifice, and it must be felt to the point of hurting.” — Mother Teresa

“True courage is not about being fearless; it’s about overcoming fear, going ahead with something worthwhile even though you’re terrified.” – Cus D’Amato

“This is the world from which Jesus came to redeem us, to give us faith in his Father’s love so that we do not need to assert ourselves and our innocence and our righteousness, so that we can relax and confess the truth about ourselves, so that we can stop judging ourselves and others, because we know that it doesn’t matter: God loves us anyway, so that we are liberated enough to risk … loving and being loved by others, liberated enough to know that we belong to each other because we belong to God.” — Herbert McCabe

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” — C. S. Lewis

Friendship

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” – C. S. Lewis

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C. S. Lewis

“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.” —  Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Do you know what friendship is… it is to be brother and sister; two souls which touch without mingling, two fingers on one hand.” — Victor Hugo

Make important decisions carefully

“Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear.” –Thomas Jefferson

“We must give lengthy deliberation to what has to be decided once and for all.” — Publilius Syrus

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” — Rene Descartes

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” — Socrates

“Doubt is useful for a while. We must all pass through the garden of Gethsemane. If Christ played with doubt, so must we. If Christ spent an anguished night in prayer, if He burst out from the Cross, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” then surely we are also permitted doubt. But we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.” – Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Think and then speak

“First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.” — Epictetus

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant.” — Dr. Seuss

“Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.” — William Shakespeare

“If you want to feel deeply, you have to think deeply. Too often we separate the two. We assume that if we want to feel deeply, then we need to sit around and, well, feel. But emotion built on emotion is empty. True emotion- emotion that is reliable and does not lead us astray- is always a response to reality, to truth.” – Joshua Harris

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” — Mark Twain

“He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero.” — Johann Kasper Lavater

Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards.” — Lewis Carroll

“The words of the tongue should have three gatekeepers:  Is it true?  Is it kind? Is it necessary?” ― Arabian proverb

“Peace if possible, truth at all costs.” — Martin Luther

“The most valuable of all talents is never using two words when one will do.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Why need I volumes, if one word suffice?” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” — Unknown

“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.” — Winston Churchill

Character is more important than reputation

“Criticism is something we can avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, being nothing.” – Aristotle

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” — John Wooden

“A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.” — Mark Twain

“The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” – Anne Frank

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss

“You should not live one way in private, another in public.” — Publilius Syrus

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” — Stevie Wonder

“Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and the angels know of us.” — Thomas Paine

Give what you have

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

“If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full.” – John Piper

“I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up by asking Him to do His work through me.” — Hudson Taylor

“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” — Leo Buscaglia

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have faith

“Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reasons as once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes. I know that by experience. Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable. This rebellion of your moods against your real self is going to come anyway. That is why Faith is such a necessary virtue: unless you teach your moods “where they get off,” you can never be either a sound Christian or even a sound atheist, but just a creature dithering to and fro, with its beliefs really dependent on the weather and the state of its digestion.” — C. S. Lewis

“The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.” — George Mueller

“To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe tastings.” — George Mueller

“All sin is a symptom of faithlessness or uncertainty about being loved, as all belief is an affirmation of that love.” – Herbert McCabe

Keep a teachable heart and open mind

“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 can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used to create them” — Albert Einstein

“Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.” — Benjamin Frnaklin

“Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” — Benjamin Frnaklin

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” — George Bernard Shaw

“It is better to learn late than never.” — Publilius Syrus

“The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.” — Leo Tolstoy

“I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabrics of their life” — Leo Tolstoy

Be Happy

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” — Audrey Hepburn

“Our obedience is God’s pleasure when it proves that God is our treasure. This is good news, because it means very simply that the command to obey is the command to be happy in God. The commandments of God are only as hard to obey as the promises of God are hard to believe. The Word of God is only as hard to obey as the beauty of God is hard to cherish.” — John Piper

“The happiness of the creature consists in rejoicing in God, by which also God is magnified and exalted” — Johnathan Edwards

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” — J. M. Barrie

The treasure of reading

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” — Albert Einstein

“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.” — Audrey Hepburn

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” — Mark Twain

“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” — Rene Descartes

“I cannot live without books.” — Thomas Jefferson

The pleasure of writing

“As to the pure mind all things are pure, so to the poetic mind all things are poetical.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” – The Giver by Lois Lowry

“What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music.” — Soren Kierkegaard

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” — William Wadsworth

Education

“It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.” – Rene Descartes

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” — Winston Churchill

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” — Albert Einstein

“I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves – you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories.” — Ray Bradbury

“School was mostly something to be endured; I don’t think I learned nearly as much from my formal education as from the books I read instead of doing homework, the daydreams which took me on exciting adventures in which I was intrepid and fearless, and graceful, the stories Mother told me, and the stories I wrote. It was in my solitudes that I had a hand in the making of the present Madeleine.” –Madeleine L’Engle, The Summer of the Great-Grandmother

Random

“Paris is always a good idea.” — Audrey Hepburn

“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.” — Audrey Hepburn

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.” — J. M. Barrie

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” — J. M. Barrie

“Grow up; become an adult. But don’t ever become a grown-up.” — J. M. Barrie

“I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then.” — Lewis Carroll

“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” — Lewis Carroll

“With freedom, flowers, books and the moon, who could not be happy?” — Oscar Wilde

“Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving may not be fore you.” — Unknown

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