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 Aquinas - “We shall first try to manifest the truth that faith professes and reason investigates, setting forth demonstrative and probable arguments, so that the truth may be confirmed and the adversary convinced.”
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."
T.S. Eliot - We shall not cease from exploration/And the end of all our exploring/Will be to arrive where we started/And know the place for the first time.
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?