St. Francis' Prayer - "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."
Francis Bacon - "Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read."
Francis Bacon - "A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion."
Francis Bacon - "All good moral philosophy is but the handmaid of religion."
Francis Bacon - "But men must know that in this theater of man's life it is reserved only for God and the angels to be lookers on."
Francis Bacon - "He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other."
Francis Bacon - "Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing."
Francis Bacon - "There are two books laid before us to study, to prevent our falling into error; first, the volume of Scriptures, which reveal the will of God; then the volume of the Creatures, which express His power."
Francis Bacon - "There never was found, in any age of the world, either philosophy, or sect, or religion, or law, or discipline, which did so highly exalt the good of the community, and increase private and particular good as the holy Christian faith. Hence, it clearly appear that it was one and the same God that gave the Christian law to men, who gave the laws of nature to the creatures."
Francis Marion - "Who can doubt that God created us to be happy, and thereto made us to love one another? It is plainly written as Gospel. The heart is sometimes so embittered that nothing but Divine love can sweeten it, so enraged that devotion can only becalm it, and so broken down that it takes all the forces of heavenly hope to raise it. In short, the religion of Jesus Christ is the only sure and controlling power over sin."
Francis Schaeffer - "All men bear the image of God. They have value not because they are redeemed, but because they are God's creation in God's image."
Francis Schaeffer - "It is only as we consciously bring each victory to His feet, and keep it there as we think of it - and especially as we speak of it - that we can avoid the pride of that victory, which can be worse than the sin over which we claim to have had the victory."
Francis Schaeffer - "If there is no absolute beyond man's ideas, then there is no final appeal to judge between individuals and groups whose moral judgments conflict. We are merely left with conflicting opinions."
Francis Schaeffer - "If there is no absolute moral standard, then one cannot say in a final sense that anything is right or wrong."
Francis Scott Key - "The patriot who feels himself in the service of God, who acknowledges Him in all his ways has the promise of Almighty direction, and will find his Word in his greatest darkness, 'a lantern to his feet and a lamp unto his paths.' He will therefore seek to establish for his country in the eyes of the world, such a character as shall make her not unworthy of the name of a Christian nation..."
Franklin D. Roosevelt - "We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation, without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic... Where we have been the truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts, we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity."
Franklin Graham - "I believe when we are in the Lord's will and following Christ, we are His responsibility, and He will look after us. Until He has accomplished His purpose through us, nothing can touch us without His permission - we're 'bullet-proof', so to speak."
Franklin Pierce - "It must be felt that there is no national security but in the nation's humble, acknowledged dependence upon God and his overruling providence."
Franz Joseph Haydn - "When I think of my God, my heart dances within me for joy, and then my music has to dance, too."
Fred Stoecker - "Praise is God's sunlight in the heart, it destroys sin germs. It ripens the fruits of the Spirit. It is the oil of gladness that lubricates life's activities. It keeps the heart pure and the eye clear. Praise is essential to the knowledge of God and His will. The strength of a life is the strength of it's song. Pressure is permitted to strengthen the attitude and spirit of praise. It takes a man to sing in the dark when the storm and battle are raging, and it is such singing that makes the man."
Fred Thomas - "Beauty is often birthed in struggle."
Frederick Buechner - "It is as impossible for man to demonstrate the existence of God as it would be for even Sherlock Holmes to demonstrate the existence of Arthur Conan Doyle."
Frederick Buechner - "Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredome and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladneess: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace."
Frederick Buechner - "Much as we wish, not one of us can bring back yesterday or shape tomorrow. Only today is ours, and it will not be ours for long, and once it is gone it will never in all time be ours again. Thou only knowest what it holds in store for us, yet even we know something of what it will hold. The chance to speak the truth, to show mercy, to ease another's burden. The chance to resist evil, to remember all the good times and good people of our past, to be brave, to be strong, to be glad."
Frederick Buechner - "Stop trying to protect, to rescue, to judge, to manage the lives around you... Remember that the lives of others are not your business. They are their business. They are God's busineess... Even your own life is not your business. It also is God's Business. Leave it to God."
Frederick Buechner - "To confess your sins to God is not to tell God anything God doesn't already know. Until you confess them, however, they are the abyss between you. When you confess them, they become the Golden Gate Bridge."
Frederick Buechner - "The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and in turn another until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt."
Frederick Buechner - "The love for equals is a human thing - of friend for friend, brother for brother. It is to love what is loving and lovely. The world smiles. The love for the less fortunate is a beautiful thing - the love for those who suffer, for those who are poor, the sick, the failures, the unlovely. This is compassion, and it touches the heart of the world. The love for the more fortunate is a rare thing - to love those who succeed where we fail, to rejoice without envy with those who rejoice, the love of the poor for the rich... The world is always bewildered by its saints. And then there is the love for the enemy - love for the one who does not love you but mocks, threatens, and inflicts pain. The tortured's love for the torturer. This is God's love. It conquers the world."
Frederick Buechner - "The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."
Frederick Buechner - "What we hunger for perhaps more than anything else is to be known in our full humanness, and yet that is often just what we also fear more than anything else. It is important to tell at least from time to time the secret of who we truly are and fully are... because otherwise we run the risk of losing track of who we truly and fully are and little by little come to accept instead the highly edited version which we put forth in hope that the world will find it more acceptable than the real thing. It is important to tell our secrets too because it makes it easier... for other people to tell us a secret or two of their own."
"Fredrich Nietzche - "He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how."
Fyodor Dostoevsky - "Beauty is not only a terrible thing, it is a mysterious thing. There God and the Devil strive for mastery, and the battleground is the heart of men."
Fyodor Dostoevsky - "If there is no God, then everything is permissible."
Fyodor Dostoevsky - "If you were to destroy the belief in immortality in mankind, not only love but every living force on which the continuation of all life in the world depended, would dry up at once."