Favorite Quotes

“Tears without truth is shallow; truth without tears is insincere.”


Jesus said, “My purpose is to give you a rich and satisfying life.”


“Do the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, for the right reasons.”


“Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬


“…glory built upon a lie soon becomes a most unpleasant incumbrance…How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and how hard it is to undo that work again!” Mark Twain


“God will not ask or expect you to do anything new until He has first made it desirable and possible for you to do it.” Richard Rohr


“But who shall dare to measure loss and gain in this wise? Defeat may be victory in disguise; The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.” Longfellow‬‬


“It is dangerous to make everyone go forward by the same road.” St. Ignatius of Loyola


“I have no theory, no plan, no strategy, no gimmicks, no idea of what will come.  I feel rather naked…I will begin as soon as possible.” Christianity Rediscovered, Vince Donovan, Tanzania, 1966


“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and postive action.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


“We are to learn to understand ourselves now as those who have been placed on the way and no longer can do anything other than walk in it.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer


“The moral imagination is built on a quality of interaction with reality that respects complexity and refuses to fall into forced containers of dualism and either-or categories.” John Paul Lederach


“The Lion of God…you work in your own little corner of the world and consider your work so important while all along someone else is working on a much wider scale.  You find out, again, that you are not the lion; the lion is God…The inescapable conclusion is that the whole process is really out of our control…there is a Spirit moving through the whole earth, and control rests with the Spirit…the Spirit blows where it wills.”  (John 3:6-8)  Vince Donovan, Christianity Rediscovered


“More than ever I find myself in the hands of God. This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth. But now there is a difference; the initiative is entirely with God. It is indeed a profound spiritual experience to know and feel myself so totally in God’s hands.”  Pedro Arrupe


For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭23-25‬ NLT)


“This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”  Jesus (‭John‬ ‭6‬:‭29‬ NLT)


“…the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” (‭Micah‬ ‭6‬:‭8‬ NLT)


“A man is no better than what he leaves behind…” Cecil B. DeMille


“There is still time…[to be a] true friend, the champion of the rights of man, freed from racial prejudice, who accord to other peoples equal to themselves in rights and in hopes, the right to lead their own lives.” André Trocmé


“I will show you both what I can, and what I cannot, do. “You see,” said Aslan, “They will not let us help them.  They have chosen cunning instead of belief.  Their prison is only in their own minds, yet they are in that prison…”


“The only backbone to our actions, if they are to be moral, is responsibility. Responsibility to something higher than my family, my firm, my country, my success—responsibility to the order of being where all our actions are indelibly recorded and where, and only where, they will be properly judged.” Václav Havel


“God, help me to see others not as my enemies or as ungodly but rather as thirsty people.” Henri Nouwen


“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; aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in.’ Aim at earth and you get neither.” C.S. Lewis


“…when in the dark night of suffering sagacity cannot see a handbreadth ahead of it, then faith can see God, since faith sees best in the dark.” Kierkegaard


“Nobody’s better than you, but you’re better than nobody.” Thomas Jefferson


“Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.” Ludwig Wittgenstein


“I had my back toward the light, and my face toward the things on which the light falls.” Augustine


“It was by following the sun’s rays that I reached the sun.” Leo Tolstoy

“Parenthood offers many lessons in patience and sacrifice. But ultimately, it is a lesson in humility. The very best thing about your life is a short stage in someone else’s story. And it is enough.” Michael Gerson

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