Christian Quotes

The Christian missionary may preach the gospel to the poor naked heathen, but the spiritual heathen who populate Europe have as yet heard nothing of Christianity. - Carl Gustav Jung

The Bible is not my book and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long complicated statements of Christian dogma. - Abraham Lincoln

If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today. - Mohandas K. 'Mahatma' Gandhi

Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey the laws; trust in Providence. - Saint Augustine of Hippo

It cometh into court and pleads the cause Of creatures dumb and unknown to the laws; And this shall make, in every Christian clime, The bell of Atri famous for all time. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The word 'Christianity' is already a misunderstanding, in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross. (The Antichrist, 1895) - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Needless to say since Christ's expiation not one single Christian has been known to sin, or die. - Voltaire

War on the other hand is such a terrible thing, that no man, especially a Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of starting it. - Leo Tolstoy

If you will protest courageously, and yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written in future generations, the historians will have to pause and say, 'There lived a great people, a black people, who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

My heart I give you, Lord, eagerly and entirely.- John Calvin

When we have reached this total deprivation what shall we do? Abide in simplicity and peace, as Job on his ash heap, repeating, Blessed are the poor in spirit; those who have nothing have all, since they have God.- Jean-Pierre de Caussade

God felt, God tasted and enjoyed is indeed God, but God with those gifts which flatter the soul, God in darkness, in privation, in forsakenness, in sensibility, is so much God, that he is so to speak God bare and alone. Shall we fear this death, which is to produce in us the true divine life of grace?- François Fénelon

To reach satisfaction in all, desire its possession in nothing. To come to possess all, desire the possession of nothing. To arrive at being all, desire to be nothing. To come to the knowledge of all, desire the knowledge of nothing.- John of the Cross

Prayer is continual abandonment to God.- Sadhu Sundar Singh


Every thing that a man leans upon but God, will be a dart that will certainly pierce his heart through and through. He who leans only upon Christ, lives the highest, choicest, safest, and sweetest life.- Thomas Brooks

I had rather be in hell with Christ, then be in heaven without him.- Martin Luther

Watch against lip religion. Above all abide in Christ and he will abide in you.- Robert Murray M'Cheyne

You have nothing to do in life except to live in union with Christ.- Rufus Mosely

Abide in Jesus, the sinless one - which means, give up all of self and it's life, and dwell in God's will and rest in his strength. This is what brings the power that does not commit sin.- Andrew Murray


Abortion is 'the great modern sin.- Karl Barth

Concerning abortion, the Didache refers to 'child murderers, who go the way of death, who slay God's image in the womb.'- Didache

How great, therefore, the wickedness of human nature is! How many girls there are who prevent conception and kill and expel tender fetuses, although procreation is the work of God.- Martin Luther

It is not possible to speak of the right to choose when a clear moral evil is involved, when what is at stake is the commandment, Do not kill!- Mother Teresa

Guilty? Yes, no matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; but oh! thrice guilty is he who, for selfish gratification, heedless of her prayers, indifferent to her fate, drove her to the desperation which impels her to crime.- Susan B. Anthony


Procrastination and worry are the twin thieves that will try to rob you of your brilliance - but even the smallest action will drive them from your camp.- Gil Atkinson

No man has a right to lead such a life of contemplation as to forget in his own ease the service due to his neighbor; nor has any man a right to be so immersed in active life as to neglect the contemplation of God.- Augustine of Hippo

There is no such thing as great talent without great will-power.- Honoré de Balzac

We never become truly spiritual by sitting down and wishing to become so.- Phillips Brooks

If any man should ask me what is the first, second, and third part of being a Christian, I must answer 'Action!'- Thomas Brooks

A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.- John Calvin

You can either take action, or you can hang back and hope for a miracle. Miracles are great, but they are so unpredictable.- Peter Drucker

The smallest things become great when God requires them of us; they are small only in themselves; they are always great when they are done for God, and when they serve to unite us with Him eternally.- François Fénelon

The vision must be followed by the venture, It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.- Vance Havner

Iron rust from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in the cold weather becomes frozen; even so does in action sap the vigor of the mind.- Leonardo da Vinci

Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act. - Maxwell Maltz

One drop of water helps to swell the ocean; a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.- Hannah More


In all trouble you should seek God. You should not set Him over against your troubles, but within them. God can only relieve your troubles if you in your anxiety cling to Him. Trouble should not really be thought of as this thing or that in particular, for our whole life on earth involves trouble; and through the troubles of our earthly pilgrimage we find God.- Augustine of Hippo

We are always in forge, or on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.- H.W. Beecher

Adversity is the trial of principal. Without it a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.- Henry Fielding

That which does not kill you makes you stronger.- Viktor Frankl

God would not rub so hard if it were not to fetch out the dirt that is ingrained in our natures. God loves purity so well He had rather see a hole than a spot in His child's garments.- William Gurnall

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.- Horace

Never forget that God test his real friends more severely than his lukewarm ones.- Kathryn Hulme

See that you are not suddenly saddened by the adversities of this world, for you do not know the good they bring, being ordained in the judgments of God for the everlasting joy of the elect.- John of the Cross

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.- Helen Keller

Only in the winter can you tell which trees are truly green. Only when the winds of adversity blow can you tell whether an individual or a country has steadfastness.- John F. Kennedy

Adversity is the diamond dust heaven polishes its jewels with.- Robert Leighton

They gave our Master a crown of thorns. Why do we hope for a crown of roses?- Martin Luther

Afflictions are but the shadow of God's wings.- George Macdonald


Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it.- Agatha Christie

The man who does not learn to wait upon the Lord and have his thoughts molded by Him will never possess that steady purpose and calm trust, which is essential to the exercise of wise influence upon others, in times of crisis and difficulty.- D.E. Hoste

Let no man give advice to others that he has not first given himself.- Seneca

He that gives good advice, builds with one; 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

Advice like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take.- Josh Billings

In those days he was wiser than he is now - he used frequently to take my advice.- Winston Churchill

Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

No gift is more precious than good advice.- Erasmus

He that won't be counseled can't be helped.- Benjamin Franklin

No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.- Ben Johnson

He who can take advice is sometimes superior to him who can give it.- Karl von Knebel


Saints spring and thrive most internally, when they are most externally afflicted. Afflictions are the mother of virtue.- Thomas Brooks

In times of affliction we commonly meet with the sweetest experiences of the love of God.- John Bunyan

Blessed is he who bears affliction with thankfulness.- Abba Copres

Through Christ's satisfaction for sin, the very nature of afflictions changed with regard to believers. As death, which was, at first, the wages of sin, is now become a bed of rest (Is. 57:2); so afflictions are not the rod of God's anger, but the gentle medicine of a tender father.- Tobias Crisp

God's wounds cure, sin's kisses kill.- William Gurnall

Not to be afflicted is a sign of weakness; for, therefore God imposes no more on me, because He sees I can bear no more.- Joseph Hall

Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces. Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions.- Matthew Henry

The sorest afflictions never appear intolerable, but when we see them in the hand of God, Who dispenses them; when we know that it is our loving Father who abases and distresses us; our sufferings will lose their bitterness and become even a matter of consolation.- Brother Lawrence


Be careful what you set your heart upon - for it will surely be yours.- James Baldwin

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.- Omar Bradley

To reach the height of our ambition is like trying to reach the rainbow; as we advance it recedes.- Edmund Burke

The longer I live, the stronger becomes my conviction that the truest difference between the success and the failure, between the strong and the weak, between the big and the small man, that separates the boys and the men, is nothing but a powerful aim in life, a purpose once fixed and then death or victory. And no perfect speech or manners, no culture or education, no pull or influence, can make a two-legged creature a man without it.- Thomas Buxton

If you can dream it, you can do it.- Walt Disney

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.- Albert Einstein

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do.- Hellen Keller

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.- Robert F. Kennedy

Set yourself earnestly to discover what you are made to do, and then give yourself passionately to the doing of it.- Martin Luther King Jr.

As Christians, I challenge you. Have a great aim - have a high standard - make Jesus your ideal...make Him an ideal not merely to be admired but also to be followed.- Eric Liddell


But if these beings guard you, they do so because they have been summoned by your prayers.- Ambrose

An angel can illumine the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision, and by bringing within his reach some truth which the angel himself contemplates.- Thomas Aquinas

Besides each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.- Basil the Great

They, above all, are pre-eminently worthy of the name angel because they first receive the divine light, and through them are transmitted to us the revelations which are above us.- Dionysius the Areopagite


To seek to extinguish anger utterly is but a bravery of the Stoics. We have better oracles: 'Be angry, but sin not.' 'Let not the sun go down upon your wrath.'- Francis Bacon

Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.- Henry Ward Beecher

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrong.- Charlotte Brontë

No matter how just your words may be, you ruin everything when you speak with anger.- John Chrysostom

Just as the winds whip up the sea, so does anger stir confusion in the mind.- John Climacus

Be not angry, for anger leads to murder, nor jealous nor contentious nor wrathful; for of all these things murders are engendered.- Didache

The sun must not set upon anger, much less will I let the sun set upon the anger of God towards me.- John Donne

Beware the fury of a patient man.- John Dryden

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.- Benjamin Franklin

You cannot acquire the gift of peace if by your anger you destroy the peace of the Lord.- Gregory the Great

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