Patrick Henry - "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here."
Patrick Henry - "Whether this will prove a blessing or a curse, will depend upon the use our people will make of the blessings which a gracious God hath bestowed on us. If they are wise, they will be great and happy. If they are of a contrary character, they will be miserable. Righteousness alone can exalt them as a nation. Reader! Whoever thou art, remember this: and in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, an encourage it in others."
Paul Blanshard - "In religious matters it is now fashionable to define tolerance as the absence of criticism of any standard religion. All too often, this absence of criticism degenerates into a conspicuous absence of thought."
Paul Copan - "The scriptures are basically a narrative of God's interaction with human kind. If we lose this notion of God's desire for relationship with human beings, we're in danger of losing the heart of the Christian faith. Doctrines, of course, will flow from that, but when the scriptures call us to Believe, we're being called to put our trust in Someone, not just agree with a bunch of doctrine. Demons could do that. We are to commit ourselves to Christ."
Paul Lemoine - "The theory of evolution is impossible. At base, in spirit of appearances, no one any longer believes in it... Evolution is a kind of dogma which the priests no longer believe, but which they maintain for their people."
Paul Miller - "Anxiety wants to be God but lacks God's wisdom, power, or knowledge."
Paul Miller - "As my friend Cathie reflected on why this is true in her own life, she observed, 'I make the jump from optimism to darkness so quickly because I am not grounded in a deep, abiding faith that God is in the matter, no matter what the matter is. I am looking for pleasant results, not deeper realities."
Paul Miller - "Don't be embarrassed by how needy your heart is and how much it needs to cry out for grace. Just start praying."
Paul Miller - "If God is sovereign, then he is in control of all the details of my life. If he is loving, then he is going to be shaping the details of my life for my good. If he is all-wise, then he's not going to do everything I want because I don't know what I need. If he is patient, then he is going to take the time to do all this."
Paul Miller - "Jesus never used his power to show off. He used his power for love. So he wasn't immediately noticeable. Humility makes you disappear, which is why we avoid it."
Paul Miller - "Majesty and humility are such an odd fit. This is one reason we struggle with prayer. We just don't think God could be concerned with the puny details of our lives. We either believe he's too big or that we're not that important. No wonder Jesus told us to be like little children! Little children are not daunted by the size of their parents. They come, regardless."
Paul Miller - "There is far too much depth in people to be able to capture love easily. Likewise, there is far too much depth in God to capture prayer easily."
Paul Miller - "We can't do battle with evil without letting God destroy the evil in us as well. The world is far too intertwined."
Paul Miller - "You cannot go on 'explaining away' for ever; you will find that you have explained explanation itself away. You cannot go on 'seeing through' things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it... If you see through everything, then everything is transparent. But a wholly transparent world is an invisible world. To 'see through' all things is the same as not to see."
Paul Miller - "You don't experience God; you get to know him. You submit to him. You enjoy him. He is, after all, a person."
Peter Kreeft - "Subtract miracles from Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, or Toaism, and you have essentially the same religion left. Subtract miracles from Christianity, and you have nothing but the cliches and platitudes most American Christians get weekly (and weakly) from their pulpits."
Peter Kreeft (and Ronald K. Tacelli) - "A man walking through a wall is a miracle. A man both walking and not walking through a wall at the same time and in the same respect is a contradiction. God can perform miracles but not contradictions - not because his power is limited, but because contradictions are meaningless."
Peter Kreeft (and Ronald K. Tacelli)- "The resurrection is of crucial practical importance because it completes our salvation. Jesus came to save us from sin and its consequence, death. The resurrection also sharply distinguishes Jesus from all other religious founders. The bones of Abraham and Muhammad and Buddha and Confucius and Lao-Tzu and Zoroaster are still here on earth. Jesus' tomb is empty. The existential consequences of the resurrection are incomparable. It is the concrete factual, empirical proof that: life has hope and meaning; "love is stronger than death"; goodness and power are ultimately allies, not enemies; life wins in the end; God has touched us right here where we are and has defeated our last enemy; we are not cosmic orphans, as our modern secular worldview would make us. And these existential consequences of the resurrection can be seen by comparing the disciples before and after. Before, they ran away, denied their Master and huddled behind locked doors in fear and confusion. After, they were transformed from scared rabbits into confident saints, world-changing missionaries, courageous martyrs and joy-filled touring ambassadors for Christ."
Peter Stoner - "We find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 10 to the 17th power. That would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. In order to help us comprehend this, we take 10 to the 17th power silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They will cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote them according to their own wisdom. Now these prophecies were either given by inspiration of God or the prophets just wrote them as they thought they should be. In such a case the prophets had just one chance in 10 to the 17th power. of having them come true in any man, but they all came true in Christ. This means that the fulfillment of these eight prophecies alone proves that God inspired the writings of those prophecies to a definiteness which lacks only one chance in 10 to the 17th power of being absolute."
Peter Stoner - "We find that the chances that any one man fulfilled all 48 prophecies to be 1 in 10 to the 157th power. This is really a large number and it represents an extremely small chance. Let us try to visualize it. The silver dollar, which we have been using, is entirely too large. We must select a smaller object. The electron is about as small an object as we know of. It is so small that it will take 2.5 times 10 to the 15th power of them laid side by side to make a line, single file, one inch long. If we were going to count the electrons in this line one inch long, and counted 250 each minute, and if we counted day and night, it would take us 19,000,000 years to count just the one-inch line of electrons. If we had a cubic inch of these electrons and we tried to count them it would take us, counting steadily 250 each minute, 19,000,000 times 19,000,000 times 19,000,000 years or 6.9 times 10 to the 21st power years. With this introduction, let us go back to our chance of 1 in 10 to the 157th power. Let us suppose that we are taking this number of electrons, marking one, and thoroughly stirring it into the whole mass, then blindfolding a man and letting him try to find the right one. What chance has he of finding the right one? What kind of a pile will this number of electrons make? They make an inconceivably large volume."
Peter Van Inwagen - "Each of our beliefs and assertions represent the World as being a certain way, and the belief or assertion is true if the World is that way, and false if the World is not that way. It is, as one might put it, up to our beliefs and assertions to get the World right; if they don't, they're not doing their job, and that's their fault and no fault of the World's. Our beliefs and assertions are thus related to the World as a map is related to the territory: it is up to the map to get the territory right, and if the map doesn't get the territory right, that's the fault of the map and no fault of the territory."
Philip Brooks - "Do not pray for easy lives, pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be a miracle."
Philip Exner - "Don't think about what other people think about you, because most people don't."
Philip Shaff - "His [Jesus'] zeal never degenerated into passion, nor His constancy into obstinacy, nor his benevolence into weakness, nor His tenderness into sentimentality. HIs unworldliness was free from indifference and unsociability, His dignity from pride and presumption, His affectibility from undue familiarity, His self-denial from moroseness, His temperance from austerity. He combined child-like innocency with manly strength, absorbing devotion to God with untiring interest in the welfare of man, tender love to the sinner with uncompromising severity against sin, commanding dignity with winning humility, fearless courage with wise caution, unyielding firmness with sweet gentleness."
Philip Schaff - "The resurrection of Christ is therefore emphatically a test question upon which depends the truth or falsehood of the Christian religion. It is either the greatest miracle or the greatest delusion which history records."
Philip Schaff - "This Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon; without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all the philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of schools, He spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, He set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and songs of praise, that the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times."
Philip Yancey - "A person who lives in faith must proceed on incomplete evidence, trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse."
Philip Yancey - "How would telling people to be nice to one another get a man crucified? What government would execute Mister Rogers or Captain Kangaroo?"
P. J. O'Rourke - "I'm a member of the 1960's generation. We didn't have any wisdom. We were the moron generation. We were the generation that believed we could stop the Vietnam War by growing our hair long and dressing like circus clowns. We believed drugs would change everything - which they did, for John Belushi. We believed in free love. Yes, the love was free, but we paid a high price for the sex. My generation spoiled everything for you. It has always been the special prerogative of young people to look and act weird and shock grown-ups. But my generation exhausted the Earth's resources of the weird. Weird clothes - we wore them. Weird beards - we grew them. Weird words and phrases - we said them. So, when it came your turn to be original and look and act weird, all you had left was to tattoo your faces and pierce your tongues. Ouch. That must have hurt. I apologize."
Publius Cornelius Tacitus - "To plunder, butcher, steal, these things they misname empire: they make a desolation and call it peace."
Randy Alcorn - “God is grooming us for leadership. He’s watching to see how we demonstrate our faithfulness. He does that through his apprenticeship program, one that prepares us for Heaven. Christ is not simply preparing a place for us; he is preparing us for that place.”
Randy Alcorn - "The cost of redemption cannot be overstated. The wonders of grace cannot be overemphasized. Christ took the hell He didn't deserve so we could have the heaven we don't deserve."
Randy Alcorn - "Tomorrow's character is made out of today's thoughts. Temptation may come suddenly, but sin does not."
Ravi Zacharias - "As questioners, we think we understand evil and its nature. We only do to a limited extent - and it is like seeing a candle when God sees the devastating power of evil as a lightning bolt to the soul. We only grasp in small measure how heinous evil is. We look at the symptoms; God looks at the disease. We look at the rape as a violation of one person; God looks at the violation of the one as the violation of the very image of God. We look at moral issues that hurt society; God looks at the profane heart that desecrates everything in the process. We look at laws that will make life mutually livable; God looks at the regenerate heart that will make life in itself pleasurable."
Ravi Zacharias - "Having killed God, the atheist is left with no reason for being, no morality to espouse, no meaning to life, and no hope beyond the grave."
Ravi Zacharias - "I have little doubt that the single greatest obstacle to the impact of the gospel has not been its inability to provide answers, but the failure on our part to live it out."
Ravi Zacharias - "Love is a commitment that will be tested in the most vulnerable areas of spirituality. a commitment that will force you to make some very difficult choices. It is a commitment that demands that you deal with your lust, your greed, your pride, your power, your desire to control, your temper, your patience and every area of temptation that the Bible clearly talks about. It demands the quality of commitment that Jesus demonstrates in His relationship to us."
Ravi Zacharias - "To allow God to be God we must follow Him for who He is and what He intends, and not for what we want and what we prefer."
Ravi Zacharias - "The denial of an objective moral law, based on the compulsion to deny the existence of God, results ultimately in the denial of evil iteself."
Richard Baxter - "Fe men are apt to believe that which they would not have to be true, and fewer would have that to be true, which they apprehend to be against them."
Richard Baxter - "It is true, that men may have Christ whenever they are willing to comply with His terms. But if you are not willing now, how can you think you shall be willing hereafter?"
Richard Baxter - "Till men are deeply humbled, they can part with Christ and Salvation for a lust, for a little wordly gain, for that which is less than nothing. But when God hath enlightened their consciences, and broken their hearts, then they would give a world for Christ."
Richard Baxter - "'Tis hard preaching a stone into tears, or making a rock to tremble."
Richard Baxter - "The devils never had a Savior offered to them, but you have; and do you yet make light of Him?"
Richard Baxter - "The heart is naturally hard, and grows harder by custom in sin, especially by long abuse of mercy, neglect of the means of grace, and resisteing the spirit of grace."
Richard Baxter - "What we most value, we shall think no pains too great to gain."
Reinhold Niebuhr - "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference..."
Richard Foster - "And so I urge you to still every motion that is not rooted in the Kingdom."
Richard Foster - "Because we lack a divine Center our need for security has led us into an insane attachment to things."
Richard Foster - "He is inviting you - and me - to come home, to come home to where we belong, to come home to that for which we were created. His arms are stretched out wide to receive us. His heart is enlarged to take us in."
Richard Foster - "In intellectual honesty, we should be willing to study and explore the spiritual life with all the rigor and determination we would give to any field of research."
Richard Foster - "Jesus Christ and all the writers of the New Testament call us to break free of mammon lust and live in joyous trust... They point us toward a way of living in which everything we have we recieve as a gift, and everything we have is cared for by God, and everything we have is available to others when it is right and good. This reality frames the heart of Christian simplicity. It is the means of liberation and power to do what is right and to overcome the forces of fear and avarice."
Richard Foster - "Today the heart of God is an open wound of love. He aches over our distance and preoccupation. He mourns that we do not draw near to Him. He grieves that we have forgotten Him. He weeps over our obsession with muchness and manyness. He longs for our presence."
Richard Lewontin - "We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so-stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, the materialism is an absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door."
Rick Husband - "Don't die before your dead! Don't let anything stand in your way of God's appointed purpose for your life."
Rick Husband - "I try to be the best husband and father I possibly can. And it doesn't mean I get to spend as much time with my family as I'd like, but I do the best I can. Even if you do get to be an astronaut and get to go and do a lot of interesting things, at some point that will come to an end. If in the process you short change your family or compromise your values along the way, when you get through on the other side, it won't really be worth it. At least not to me."
Robert Boyle - "Our Saviour would love at no less rate than death; and from the supereminent height of glory, stooped and debased Himself to the sufferance of the extremest of indignities, and sunk himself to the bottom of abjectness, to exalt our condition to the contrary extreme."
R. C. Sproul - "I don't always feel His presence. But God's promises do not depend upon my feelings; they rest upon His integrity."
R. C. Sproul - "It's dangerous to assume that because a man is drawn to holiness in his study that he is thereby a holy man. I am sure that the reason that I have a deep hunger to learn of the holiness of God is precisely because I am not holy."
R. C. Sproul - "No Christian can avoid theology. Every Christian has a theology. The issue, then, is not, dowe want to have a theology? That's a given. The real issue is, do we have a sound theology.? Do we embrace true or false doctrine?"
R. C. Sproul - "Unbelief is judged by Jesus not as an intellectual error but as a hostile act of prejudice against God himself."
Rodney 'Gypsy' Smith - "There are five Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the Christian, and some people will never read the first four."
Ronald Reagan - "America was founded by people who believed that God was their rock of safety. I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it's all right to keep asking if we're on His side."
Ronald Reagan - "Government must not supersede the will of the people or the responsibilities of the people. The function of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves."
Ronald Reagan - "I know that it is often difficult to stand up for one's beliefs when they are being harshly challenged. But as one who has seen many challenges over a long lifetime, I can assure you that personal faith and conviction are strengthened, not weakened, in adversity."
Ronald Reagan - "In 1962, the Supreme Court in the New York prayer case banned the... saying of prayers. In 1963, the Court banned the reading of the Bible in our public schools. From that point on, the courts pushed the meaning of the ruling ever outward, so that now our children are not allowed voluntary prayer. We even had to pass a law - pass a special law in the Congress just a few weeks ago - to allow student prayer groups the same access to school rooms after classes that a Young Marxist Society, for example, would already enjoy with no opposition... The 1962 decision opened the way to a flood of similar suits. Once religion had been made vulnerable, a series of assaults were made in one court after another, on one issue after another. Cases were started to argue against tax-exempt status for churches. Suits were brought to abolish the words 'Under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance, and to remove 'In God We Trust' from public documents and from our currency. Without God there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience... without God there is a coarsening of the society; without God democracy will not and cannot long endure... If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under."
Ronald Reagan - "The family has always been the cornerstone of American society. Our families nurture, preserve, and pass on to each succeeding generation the values we share and cherish, values that are the foundation for our freedoms. In the family we learn our first lessons of God and man, love and discipline, rights and responsibilities, human dignity and human frailty. Our families give us daily examples of these lessons being put into practice. In raising and instructing our children, in providing personal and compassionate care for the elderly, in maintaining the spiritual strength of religious commitment among our people - in these and other ways, America's families make immeasurable contributions to America's well-being. Today more than ever, it is essential that these contributions not be taken for granted and that each of us remember that the strength of our families is vital to the strength of our nation."
Ronald Reagan - "I know that it is often difficult to stand up for one's beliefs when they are being harshly challenged. But as one who has seen many challenges over a long lifetime, I can assure you that personal faith and conviction are strengthened, not weakened, in adversity."
Ronald Reagan - “Sometimes when I'm faced with an atheist, I am tempted to invite him to the greatest gourmet dinner that one could ever serve, and when we have finished eating that magnificent dinner, to ask him if he believes there's a cook.”
Roger Williams - "Having bought truth dear, we must not sell it cheap, not the least grain of it for the whole world."
Roger Williams - "When they have opened a gap in the hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the church and the wilderness of the world, God hath ever broke down the wall itself, removed the candlestick, and made his garden a wilderness, as at this day. And that therefore if He will e'er please to restore His garden and paradise again, it must be of necessity be walled in peculiarly unto Himself from the world...and that be saved out of the world are to be transplanted out of the wilderness of the World."
Roy Lessin - "Just think, you're not here by chance, but by God's choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. He compares you to no one else - you are one of a kind. You lack nothing that His grace can't give you. He has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfill His special purpose for this generation."
Ralph Waldo Emerson - "God offers every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take what you please - you can never have both."
Samuel Adams - "A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader... If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security."
Samuel Adams - "How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!"
Samuel Adams - "Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, of inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity and universal philanthropy, and, in subordination to these great principles, the love of their country; of instructing them in the art of self-government without which they never can act a wise part in the government of societies, great or small; in short, of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system."
Samuel Adams - "The right to freedom being the gift of the Almighty... The rights of the colonists as Christians... may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institution of The Great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament."
Samuel Chase - "Religion is of general and public concern, and on its support depend, in great measure, the peace and good order of government, the safety and happiness of the people. By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christianity are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty."
Samuel Gordon - "Philosophically there must be a hell. That is the name for the place where God is not; for the place where they will gather together who insist on leaving God out. God out! There can be no worse hell than that! God away! Man held back by no restraints!"
Samuel Gordon - "The heart of God hungers to redeem the world."
Samuel Gordon - "We cannot know a man's mental processes. THis is surely true, that if in the very last half-twinkling of an eye a man look up towards God longingly, that look is the turning of the will to God. And that is quite enough."
Sara Williams - "The song goes, 'I say tomato, you say tomatoe, why can't we just get along?' but I say tomato, you say potato, one of us is wrong."
Sara Williams - "You know that saying, 'not talking about ... would be like ignoring the elephant in the room'? Well, not talking about God is like shutting your eyes and ignoring the dark."
Saul Bellow - "Everyone needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door."
Senate Judiciary Committee report by Mr. Badger in 1853 - "The clause speaks of 'an establishment of religion'. What is meant by that expression? It referred, without doubt, to that establishment which existed in the mother-country... endowment at the public expense, peculiar privileges to its members, or disadvantages or penalties upon those who should reject its doctrines or belong to other communities - such law would be a 'law respecting an establishment of religion...' They intended, by this amendment, to prohibit 'an establishment of religion' such as the English Church presented, or any thing like it. But they had no fear or jealousy of religion itself, nor did they wish to see us an irreligious people... They did not intend to spread over all the public authorities and the whole public action of the nation the dead and revolting spectacle of atheistic apathy. Not so had the battles of the Revolution been fought and the deliberations of the Revolutionary Congress been conducted... We are a Christian people... not because the law demands it, not to gain exclusive benefits or to avoid legal disabilities, but from choice and education; and in a land thus universally Christian, what is to be expected, what desired, but that we shall pay due regard to Christianity."
Simon Greenleaf - "All that Christianity asks of men...is that they would be consistent with themselves; that they would treat its evidence as they treat the evidence of other things; and that they would try and judge its actors and witnesses, as they would deal with their fellow men, when testifying to human affairs and actions, in human tribunals. Let the witnesses be compared with themselves, with each other, and with surrounding facts and circumstances; and let their testimony be sifted, as if it were given in a court of justice, on the side of the adverse party, the witness being subjected to rigorous cross-examination. The result, it is confidently believed, will be an undoubting conviction of their integrity, ability, and truth."
Simon Greenleaf - "If a close examination of the evidences of Christianity may be expected of one class of men more than another, it would seem incumbent upon lawyers who make the law of evidence one of our peculiar studies. Our profession leads us to explore the mazes of falsehood, to detect its artifices, to pierce its thickest veils, to follow and expose its sophistries, to compare the statements of different witnesses with severity, to discover truth and separate it from error."
Simon Greenleaf - "On the Divine character of the Bible, I think no man who deals honestly with his own mind and heart can entertain a reasonable doubt. For myself, I must say, that having for many years made the evidences of Christianity the subject of close study, the result has been a firm and increasing conviction of the authenticity and plenary inspiration of the Bible. It is indeed the Word of God."
Simon Greenleaf - "The religion of Jesus Christ... not only solicits the grave attention of all, to whom its doctrines are presented, but it demands their cordial belief as a matter of vital concernment. These are no ordinary claims; and it seems hardly possible for a rational being to regard them with even a subdued interest; much less to treat them with mere indifference and contempt."
Smith Wigglesworth - "Great faith is the product of great fights. Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests. Great triumphs can only come out of great trials."
Soren Kirkegaard - God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful; he makes saints out of sinners.
Soren Kirkegaard - Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Soren Kirkegaard - Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
Soren Kirkegaard - "People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid."
Soren Kirkegaard - Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own.
Soren Kirkegaard - Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
Stephen Jay Gould - "The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology."
Steven Ambrose - "It is through history that we learn who we are and how we got that way, why and how we changed, why the good sometimes prevailed and sometimes did not."
Steven Ambrose - "The measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience; but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Steven Levine - "If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?"
Mother Teresa of Calcutta - "God hasn't called me to be successful. He's called me to be faithful."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta - "How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love ,that is, to give until it hurts her plans or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts. By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion... Please don't kill the child. I want the child. please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child.... If we remember that God loves us, and that we can love others as He loves us, then America can become a sign of peace for the world. From here, a sign of care for the weakest of the weak - the unborn child - must go out to the world. If you become a burning light of justice and peace in the world, then really you will be true to what the founders of this country stood for."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta - "It is impossible to love God without loving our neighbor."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta - "I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta - "Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta - "The greatest disease in the West today is not tuberculosis or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different king of poverty - it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There's a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta - "We are taught from the very first moment to discover Christ under the distressing disguixe of the poor, the sick, the outcasts. Christ presents Himself to us under every disguise: the dying, the paralytic, the leper, the invalid, the orphan."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta - "We can do no great things, only small things with great love."
Teresa of Avila - "Lord, how you afflict your lovers! But everything is small in comparison to what you give them afterwards."
Terry Williams - "When I find that it is not clear to me what God's will is for me, like where He wants you to go, I find that you should go out and find as many keys to as many doors as you can, so when the door does come, you will be ready for it."
Theodore Roosevelt - "A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education."
Theodore Roosevelt - "It is not the critic who counts... the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short against and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause."
Theodore Roosevelt - "The great historian should also be a great moralist. It is no proof of impartiality to treat wickedness and goodness on the same level."
Theodore Roosevelt - "The true Christian is the true citizen, lofty of purpose, resolute in endeavor, ready for a hero's deeds, but never looking down on his task because it is cast in the day of small things; scornful of baseness, awake to his own duties as well as to his rights, following the higher law with reverence, and in this world doing all that in his power lies, so that when death comes he may feel that mankind is in some degree better because he lived."
Thomas Edison - "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
Thomas a Kempis - "Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be."
Thomas a Kempis - "By two wings is man lifted above earthly things, even by simplicity and purity. Simplicity ought to be in the intention, purity in the affection."
Thomas a Kempis - "Fight like a man. Habit is overcome by habit."
Thomas a Kempis - "Hence we must support one another, console one another, mutually help, counsel, and advise, for the measure of every man's virtue is best revealed in time of adversity - adversity that does not weaken a man but rather shows what he is."
Thomas a Kempis - "If God were our one and only desire we would not be so easily upset when our opinions do not find outside acceptance."
Thomas a Kempis - "If you desire to know or learn anything to your advantage, then take delight in being unknown and unregarded. A true understanding and humble estimate of oneself is the highest and most valuable of all lessons. To take no account of oneself but always to think well and highly of others is the highest wisdom and perfection."
Thomas a Kempis - "I have often heard, that it is safer to hear and to take counsel, than to give it."
Thomas a Kempis - "In the Cross is salvation; in the Cross is life; in the Cross is protection against our enemies; in the Cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness; in the Cross is strength of mind; in the Cross is joy of spirit; in the Cross is excellence of virtue; in the Cross is perfection of holiness. There is no salvation of soul, nor hope of eternal life, save in the Cross."
Thomas a Kempis - "Learned arguments do not make a man holy and righteous, whereas a good life makes him dear to God."
Thomas a Kempis - "Love flies, runs, leaps for joy; it is free and unrestrained. Love gives all for all, resting in One who is highest above all things, from whom every good flows and proceeds. Love does not regard the gifts, but turns to the Giver of all good gifts. Love knows no limits, but ardently transcends all bounds. Love feels no burden, takes no account of toil, attempts things beyond its strength; love sees nothing as impossible, for it feels able to achieve all things. Love therefore does great things; it is strange and effective; while he who lacks love faints and fails."
Thomas a Kempis - "Love is swift, sincere, pious, pleasant, gentle, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, longsuffering, manly and never seeking her own; for wheresoever a man seeketh his own, there he falleth from love."
Thomas a Kempis - "No man doth safely rule, but he that hath learned gladly to obey."
Thomas a Kempis - "Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing stronger or higher or wider, nothing is more pleasant, nothing fuller, and nothing better in heaven or on earth, for love is born of God and cannot rest except in God."
Thomas a Kempis - "Remain tranquil and prepare to bear still greater trials. All is not lost even though you be troubled oftener or tempted more grievously. You are a man, not God. You are flesh, not an angel. How can you possibly expect to remain always in the same state of virtue when the angels in heaven and the first man in paradise failed to do so? I am He who rescues the afflicted and brings to My divinity those who know their own weakness."
Thomas a Kempis - "The more humble and obedient to God a man is, the more wise and at peace he will be in all that he does."
Thomas a Kempis - "The more the flesh is wasted by affliction, so much more is the Spirit strengthened by inward grace."
Thomas Heyward Jr. - "Hell is where everyone is doing his own thing. Paradise is where everyone is doing God's thing."
Thomas Heyward Jr. - "Love...asks that you disavow your attempt to enlarge your own identity by diminishing that of others. It asks that you cease your effort to safeguard your own claims as well-being by assuming the inferiority of others' claims. It asks, actually, that you die."
Thomas Jefferson - "An eloquent preacher of your religious society, Richard Mote, in a discourse of much emotion and pathos, is said to have exclaimed aloud to his congregation that he did not believe there was a Quaker, Presbyterian, Methodist, or Baptist in heaven, having paused to give his hearers time to stare and wonder. He added, that in heaven, God knew no distinctions..."
Thomas Jefferson - "Be it enacted, that no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or beliefs....all people shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion"
Thomas Jefferson - "God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?"
Thomas Jefferson - "He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions."
Thomas Jefferson - "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
Thomas Jefferson - "My views... are the result of a life of inquiry and reflection, and very different from the anti-christian system imputed to me by those who know nothing of my opinions. To the corruptions of Christianity, I am, indeed, opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian in the only sense in which he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrine in preference to all others..."
Thomas Jefferson - "No power over the freedom of religion...[is] delegated to the United States by the Constitution."
Thomas Jefferson - "Perfect happiness, I believe, was never intended by the Deity to be the lot of one of his creatures of this world; but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it, is what I steadfastly believe. The most fortunate of us, in our journey through life, frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which may greatly afflict us; and, to fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and misfortunes, should be one of the principal studies and endeavors of our lives. The only method of doing this is to assume a perfect resignation to the Divine will, to consider that whatever does happen, must happen; and that, by our uneasiness, we cannot prevent the blow before it does fall, but we may add to its force after it has fallen."
Thomas Jefferson - "The Christian Religion, when divested of the rags in which they have enveloped it, and brought to the original purity and simplicity of its benevolent institutor, is a religion of all others most friendly to liberty, science, and the freest expansion of the human mind."
Thomas Jefferson - "The only foundation for useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion."
Thomas Jefferson - "The order of nature [is] that individual happiness shall be inseparable from the practice of virtue."
Thomas Jefferson - "The precepts of philosophy and of the Hebrew code, laid hold of actions only. (Jesus) pushed his scrutinies into the heart of man, erected his tribunal in the regions of his thoughts, and purified the waters at the fountain head."
Thomas Merton - "Why do we have to spend our lives striving to be something that we would never want to be, if we only knew what we wanted? Why do we waste our time doing things which... are just the opposite of what we were made for?"
Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson - "Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave."
Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson - "Oh God, let this terrible war quickly come to an end that we may all return home and engage in the only work that is worthwhile - and that is the salvation of men."
Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson - "When we take our meals, there is the grace. When I take a draught of water, I always pause... to lift up my heart to God in thanks and prayer for the water of life. Whenever I a letter... I send a petition along with it, for God's blessing upon its mission and upon the person to whom it is sent. When I (open) a letter... I stop to pray to God that He may prepare me for its contents... When I go to my class-room and await the arrangement of the cadets in their places, that is my time to intercede with God for them."
Thorton Wilder - "The very angels themselves cannot persuade the wretched and blundering children on earth as can one human being broken on the wheels of living. In Love's service, only wounded soldiers can serve."
Tim Lahaye - "If chance be the Father of all flesh, disaster is his rainbow in the sky, and when you hear, State of emergency! Sniper kills Ten! Troops on Rampage! Whites go Looting! Bomb Blasts School! It is but the sound of man worshipping his maker."
Timothy Keller - "An idol is something that we look to for things that only God can give. Idolatry functions widely inside religious communities when doctrinal truth is elevated to the position of a false god. This occurs when people rely on the rightness of their doctrine for their standing with God rather than on God himself and his grace. It is a subtly but deadly mistake. The sign that you have slipped into this form of self-justification is that you become what the book of Proverbs calls a 'scoffer'."
Timothy Keller - "It came to him like a thunderbolt that God's grace was as much theirs as it was his. Why? Because grace is grace. If it is truly grace, then no one was worthy of it at all, and that made all equal."
Timothy Keller - "When love of one's people becomes an absolute, it turns into racism. When love of equality turns into a supreme thing, it can result in hatred and violence toward anyone who has led a privileged life. It is the settled tendency of human societies to turn good political causes into counterfeit gods."
T. K. Whipple "Our forefathers had civilization inside themselves, the wild outside. We live in the civilization they created, but within us the wilderness still lingers. What they dreamed, we live, and what they lived, we dream."
Tom Campbell Clark - "The Founding Fathers believed devoutly that there was a God and that the unalienable rights of man were rooted - not in the state, nor the legislature, nor in any other human power - but in God alone."
Tom Hopkins - "The number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying."
Tupac Shakur - "Why am I fighting to live, if I'm just living to fight? Why am I trying to see, when there ain't nothing in sight? Why am I dying to live, if I'm just living to die?