FAITH

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”― C.S. Lewis

“Some people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said.”Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.”― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“Part of leadership is preparing those who follow to someday go on ahead without you.”
― Rev. Kellen Roggenbuck

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”― John Lennon

“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.”
― Jon Katz

“I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it.”― Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia

“If he’s not calling you, it’s because you are not on his mind. If he creates expectations for you, and then doesn’t follow through on little things, he will do same for big things. Be aware of this and realize that he’s okay with disappointing you. Don’t be with someone who doesn’t do what they say they’re going to do. If he’s choosing not to make a simple effort that would put you at ease and bring harmony to a recurring fight, then he doesn’t respect your feelings and needs. “Busy” is another word for “asshole.” “Asshole” is another word for the guy you’re dating. You deserve a fcking phone call.”― Greg Behrendt

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
― Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

“God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.”
― Elbert Hubbard

“And still, after all this time,
The sun never says to the earth,
“You owe Me.”

Look what happens with
A love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky.”
― Hafez

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
― Corrie ten Boom

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.”
― C. JoyBell C.

“Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith.”
― Lauren Kate, Torment

“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.”― Max Lucado, He Still Moves Stones
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”― Mahatma Gandhi

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast…. be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust…. and don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

“Do not be afraid; our fate
Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.”
― Dante Alighieri, Inferno

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
― C.S. Lewis

“Some people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said.

“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.”
― C. JoyBell C.

“Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith.”
― Lauren Kate, Torment

“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.”
― Max Lucado, He Still Moves Stones

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast…. be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust…. and don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

“Do not be afraid; our fate
Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.”
― Dante Alighieri, Inferno

“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.”
― Paulo Coelho, Brida

“I’m about to make a wild, extreme and severe relationship rule: the word busy is a load of crap and is most often used by assholes. The word “busy” is the relationship Weapon of Mass Destruction. It seems like a good excuse, but in fact in every silo you uncover, all you’re going to find is a man who didn’t care enough to call. Remember men are never to busy to get what they want.”
― Greg Behrendt

“I talk to God but the sky is empty.”
― Sylvia Plath

“Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.”
― Joni Eareckson Tada, The God I Love

“A star falls from the sky and into your hands. Then it seeps through your veins and swims inside your blood and becomes every part of you. And then you have to put it back into the sky. And it’s the most painful thing you’ll ever have to do and that you’ve ever done. But what’s yours is yours. Whether it’s up in the sky or here in your hands. And one day, it’ll fall from the sky and hit you in the head real hard and that time, you won’t have to put it back in the sky again.”
― C. JoyBell C.

“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”
― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

“I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?”
― C.S. Lewis

“Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.”
― Helen Keller

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

“A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you’ve changed, by believing. Once you’ve changed, other things start to follow. Isn’t that the way it works?”
― Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard
“No matter how old you are now. You are never too young or too old for success or going after what you want. Here’s a short list of people who accomplished great things at different ages
1) Helen Keller, at the age of 19 months, became deaf and blind. But that didn’t stop her. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
2) Mozart was already competent on keyboard and violin; he composed from the age of 5.
3) Shirley Temple was 6 when she became a movie star on “Bright Eyes.”
4) Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote the diary of Anne Frank.
5) Magnus Carlsen became a chess Grandmaster at the age of 13.
6) Nadia Comăneci was a gymnast from Romania that scored seven perfect 10.0 and won three gold medals at the Olympics at age 14.
7) Tenzin Gyatso was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in November 1950, at the age of 15.
8) Pele, a soccer superstar, was 17 years old when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil.
9) Elvis was a superstar by age 19.
10) John Lennon was 20 years and Paul Mcartney was 18 when the Beatles had their first concert in 1961.
11) Jesse Owens was 22 when he won 4 gold medals in Berlin 1936.
12) Beethoven was a piano virtuoso by age 23
13) Issac Newton wrote Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica at age 24
14) Roger Bannister was 25 when he broke the 4 minute mile record
15) Albert Einstein was 26 when he wrote the theory of relativity
16) Lance E. Armstrong was 27 when he won the tour de France
17) Michelangelo created two of the greatest sculptures “David” and “Pieta” by age 28
18) Alexander the Great, by age 29, had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world
19) J.K. Rowling was 30 years old when she finished the first manuscript of Harry Potter
20) Amelia Earhart was 31 years old when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
21) Oprah was 32 when she started her talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind
22) Edmund Hillary was 33 when he became the first man to reach Mount Everest
23) Martin Luther King Jr. was 34 when he wrote the speech “I Have a Dream.”
24) Marie Curie was 35 years old when she got nominated for a Nobel Prize in Physics
25) The Wright brothers, Orville (32) and Wilbur (36) invented and built the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight
26) Vincent Van Gogh was 37 when he died virtually unknown, yet his paintings today are worth millions.
27) Neil Armstrong was 38 when he became the first man to set foot on the moon.
28) Mark Twain was 40 when he wrote “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, and 49 years old when he wrote “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
29) Christopher Columbus was 41 when he discovered the Americas
30) Rosa Parks was 42 when she refused to obey the bus driver’s order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger
31) John F. Kennedy was 43 years old when he became President of the United States
32) Henry Ford Was 45 when the Ford T came out.
33) Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote “The Hunger Games”
34) Charles Darwin was 50 years old when his book On the Origin of Species came out.
35) Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 years old when he painted the Mona Lisa.
36) Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became president.
37) Ray Kroc Was 53 when he bought the McDonalds Franchise and took it to unprecedented levels.
38) Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote “The Cat in the Hat”.
40) Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III was 57 years old when he successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009. All of the 155 passengers aboard the aircraft survived
41) Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started the KFC Franchise
42) J.R.R Tolkien was 62 when the Lord of the Ring books came out
43) Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became President of the US
44) Jack Lalane at age 70 handcuffed, shackled, towed 70 rowboats
45) Nelson Mandela was 76 when he became President”
― Pablo

“Keep Going

Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“There’s so much to be grateful for, words are poor things.”
― Marilynne Robinson, Home

“Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

“What was love, really? Flowers, chocolate, and poetry? Or was it something else? Was it being able to finish someone’s jokes? Was it having absolute faith that someone was there at your back? Was it knowing someone so well that they instantly understood why you did the things you did—and shared those same beliefs?”
― Richelle Mead, Last Sacrifice

“Now very much against her will, she thought of the way Jace had looked at her then, the blaze of faith in his eyes, his belief in her. He had always thought she was strong. He had showed it in everything he did, in every look and every touch. Simon had faith in her too, yet when he’d held her, it had been as if she were something fragile, something made of delicate glass. But Jace had held her with all the strength he had, never wondering if she could take it–he’d known she was as strong has he was.”
― Cassandra Clare, City of Glass

“You can never really know someone completely. That’s why it’s the most terrifying thing in the world, really—taking someone on faith, hoping they’ll take you on faith too. It’s such a precarious balance, It’s a wonder we do it at all. And yet..”
― Libba Bray

“Be Brave and Take Risks: You need to have faith in yourself. Be brave and take risks. You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”
― Carl Sagan

“Doubt everything. Find your own light.”
― Gautama Buddha

“I dont think that we’re meant to understand it all the time. I think that sometimes we just have to have faith.”
― Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember

“In this hour, I do not believe that any darkness will endure.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”
― Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place

“Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone, or abandoned, I find myself thinking, “Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody.” … [My dark side says,] I am no good… I deserve to be pushed aside, forgotten, rejected, and abandoned. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved.” Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen

“Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you’ve done will have mattered as much.”
― Lisa Wingate

“Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry…I’m here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.”
― Charles M. Schulz

“Patience Is Not the Ability to Wait:
Patience is not the ability to wait. Patience is to be calm no matter what happens, constantly take action to turn it to positive growth opportunities, and have faith to believe that it will all work out in the end while you are waiting.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“belief is the death of intelligence.”
― Robert Anton Wilson, Cosmic Trigger: Die letzten Geheimnisse der Illuminaten oder An den Grenzen des erweiterten Bewusstseins

“Well, it’s true that I have been hurt in my life. Quite a bit. But it’s also true that I have loved, and been loved. and that carries a weight of its own. A greater weight, in my opinion. It’s like that pie chart we talked about earlier. in the end, I’ll look back on my life and see that the greatest piece of it was love. The problems, the divorces, the sadness… those will be there too, but just smaller slivers, tiny pieces.”
― Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”
― Thomas Merton

“Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.”
― Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: a True Story

“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous. (quoted by Carol Lynn Pearson in Consider the Butterfly)”
― Deepak Chopra, Synchrodestiny: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence to Create Miracles

“Love meant jumping off a cliff and trusting that a certain person would be there to catch you at the bottom.”
― Jodi Picoult, Second Glance

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”
― Joseph Campbell

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”
― Abraham Lincoln

“Whether or not you believe in God, you must believe this: when we as a species abandon our trust in a power greater than us, we abandon our sense of accountability. Faiths… all faiths… are admonitions that there is something we cannot understand, something to which we are accountable. With faith we are accountable to each other, to ourselves, and to a higher truth. Religion is flawed, but only because man is flawed. The church consists of a brotherhood of imperfect, simple souls wanting only to be a voice of compassion in a world spinning out of control.”
― Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

“Some things have to be believed to be seen.”
― Madeleine L’Engle

“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”
― G.K. Chesterton

“You picked a lemon, throw it away lemonade is overrated. Freaks should remain at the circus, not in your apartment. You already have one asshole. You don’t need another. Make a space in your life for the glorious things you deserve. Have faith.”
― Greg Behrendt, He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

“The Simple Path
Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith
Faith is Love
Love is Service
The Fruit of Service is Peace”
― Mother Teresa

“Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be… a prudent insurance policy.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert

“To be rejected by someone doesn’t mean you should also reject yourself or that you should think of yourself as a lesser person. It doesn’t mean that nobody will ever love you anymore. Remember that only ONE person has rejected you at the moment, and it only hurt so much because to you, that person’s opinion symbolized the opinion of the whole world, of God.”
― Jocelyn Soriano, Mend My Broken Heart

“We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone.”
― Martin Luther

“There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . . Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .”
― Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.”
― Edward Teller

“If we can just let go and trust that things will work out they way they’re supposed to, without trying to control the outcome, then we can begin to enjoy the moment more fully. The joy of the freedom it brings becomes more pleasurable than the experience itself.”
― Goldie Hawn

“The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God.”
― Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith

“Work without love is slavery.”
― Mother Teresa

“No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.”
― R.A. Salvatore, Streams of Silver

“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.”
― Orson F. Whitney

“There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“You were made by God and for God and until you understand that, life will never make sense.”
― Rick Warren

“I believe in intuitions and inspirations…I sometimes FEEL that I am right. I do not KNOW that I am.”
― Albert Einstein

“Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.”
― Beatrix Potter

“If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.”
― Roopleen

“Why must people kneel down to pray? If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I’d do. I’d go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I’d look up into the sky—up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I’d just feel a prayer.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“Faith is universal. Our specific methods for understanding it are arbitrary. Some of us pray to Jesus, some of us go to Mecca, some of us study subatomic particles. In the end we are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves.”
― Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

“Faith ― acceptance of which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove.”
― Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code

“As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Faith consists in believing what reason cannot.”
― Voltaire, The Works: Voltaire

“there is a God, there always has been. I see him here, in the eyes of the people in this [hospital] corridor of desperation. This is the real house of God, this is where those who have lost God will find Him… there is a God, there has to be, and now I will pray, I will pray that He will forgive that I have neglected Him all of these years, forgive that I have betrayed, lied, and sinned with impunity only to turn to Him now in my hour of need. I pray that He is as merciful, benevolent, and gracious as His book says He is.”
― Khaled Hosseini

“There will always be someone willing to hurt you, put you down, gossip about you, belittle your accomplishments and judge your soul. It is a fact that we all must face. However, if you realize that God is a best friend that stands beside you when others cast stones you will never be afraid, never feel worthless and never feel alone.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

“You can’t know, you can only believe – or not.”
― C.S. Lewis

“No. Don’t give up hope just yet. It’s the last thing to go. When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.”
― Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four

“My soul is in the sky.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made. ”
― Roger A. Caras

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”
― Alan W. Watts

“There’s a reason we refer to “leaps of faith” – because the decision to consent to any notion of divinity is a mighty jump from the rational over to the unknowable, and I don’t care how diligently scholars of every religion will try to sit you down with their stacks of books and prove to you through scripture that their faith is indeed rational; it isn’t. If faith were rational, it wouldn’t be – by definition – faith. Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be… a prudent insurance policy.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.
Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”
― Thomas Merton

“Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“About once or twice every month I engage in public debates with those whose pressing need it is to woo and to win the approval of supernatural beings. Very often, when I give my view that there is no supernatural dimension, and certainly not one that is only or especially available to the faithful, and that the natural world is wonderful enough—and even miraculous enough if you insist—I attract pitying looks and anxious questions. How, in that case, I am asked, do I find meaning and purpose in life? How does a mere and gross materialist, with no expectation of a life to come, decide what, if anything, is worth caring about?

Depending on my mood, I sometimes but not always refrain from pointing out what a breathtakingly insulting and patronizing question this is. (It is on a par with the equally subtle inquiry: Since you don’t believe in our god, what stops you from stealing and lying and raping and killing to your heart’s content?) Just as the answer to the latter question is: self-respect and the desire for the respect of others—while in the meantime it is precisely those who think they have divine permission who are truly capable of any atrocity—so the answer to the first question falls into two parts. A life that partakes even a little of friendship, love, irony, humor, parenthood, literature, and music, and the chance to take part in battles for the liberation of others cannot be called ‘meaningless’ except if the person living it is also an existentialist and elects to call it so. It could be that all existence is a pointless joke, but it is not in fact possible to live one’s everyday life as if this were so. Whereas if one sought to define meaninglessness and futility, the idea that a human life should be expended in the guilty, fearful, self-obsessed propitiation of supernatural nonentities… but there, there. Enough.”
― Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

“Yes, I understand why things had to happen this way. I understand his reason for causing me pain. But mere understanding does not chase away the hurt. It does not call upon the sun when dark clouds have loomed over me. Let the rain come then if it must come! And let it wash away the dust that hurt my eyes!”
― Jocelyn Soriano, Mend My Broken Heart

“When you are in troubled and worried and sick at heart
And your plans are upset and your world falls apart,
Remember God’s ready and waiting to share

The burden you find much to heavy to bear–

So with faith, “Let Go and Let GOD” lead your way

Into a brighter and less troubled day”
― Helen Steiner Rice

“Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.”
― Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

“God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one”
― Jalaluddin Rumi, The Essential Rumi

“Sometimes when you lose your way, you find YOURSELF.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“The most confused you will ever get is when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Rejection is an opportunity for your selection.”
― Bernard Branson

“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”
― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“I know of no society in human history that ever suffered because its people became too desirous of evidence in support of their core beliefs.”
― Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation

“Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.”
― Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman

“Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael

“The chief beauty about time
is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you,
as perfect, as unspoiled,
as if you had never wasted or misapplied
a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour
if you choose.”
― Arnold Bennett

“Because you believed I was capable of behaving decently, I did.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

“Never lose faith in yourself, and never lose hope; remember, even when this world throws its worst and then turns its back, there is still always hope.”
― Pittacus Lore, The Power of Six

“Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it’s going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

“Realize that if a door closed, it’s because what was behind it wasn’t meant for you.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, Faith looks up”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“Faith can be very very dangerous, and deliberately to implant it into the vulnerable mind of an innocent child is a grievous wrong.”
― Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He can deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their soals, and pour out peace.”
― Ezra Taft Benson

“God will never give you anything you can’t handle, so don’t stress.”
― Kelly Clarkson

“If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full.”
― John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life Study Guide

“when we are powerless to do a thing, it is a great joy that we can come and step inside the ability of Jesus”
― Corrie ten Boom

“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ would take the slums out of people, and then they would take themselves out of the slums.
The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.”
― Ezra Taft Benson

“[God] will not be used as a convenience. Men or nations who think they can revive the Faith in order to make a good society might just as well think they can use the stairs of heaven as a shortcut to the nearest chemist’s shop.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

“When God is going to do something wonderful, He or She always starts with a hardship; when God is going to do something amazing, He or She starts with an impossibility. ”
― Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

“This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek.”
― Terry Tempest Williams, Leap

“We have a choice. We have two options as human beings. We have a choice between conversation and war. That’s it. Conversation and violence. And faith is a conversation stopper.”
― Sam Harris

“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy… It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.”
― David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

“For in grief nothing “stays put.” One keeps on emerging from a phase, but it always recurs. Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a spiral?
But if a spiral, am I going up or down it?
How often — will it be for always? — how often will the vast emptiness astonish me like a complete novelty and make me say, “I never realized my loss till this moment”? The same leg is cut off time after time.”
― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

“Head up, heart open. To better days!”
― T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”

“من قال لك أن درب الجنة معبد بالورود؟”
― أحمد خيري العمري, إدرينالين

“Having faith in God did not mean sitting back and doing nothing. It meant believing you would find success if you did your best honestly and energetically.”
― Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth

“When all is said and done, the life of faith is nothing if not an unending struggle of the spirit with every available weapon against the flesh.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

“It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.”
― Abraham Lincoln

“Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless, but divine works is showing them their worth to the One who matters.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”
― Jim Valvano

“You have as much laughter as you have faith.”
― Martin Luther

“Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert

“It’s OKAY to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“When every hope is gone, ‘when helpers fail and comforts flee,’ I find that help arrives somehow, from I know not where. Supplication, worship, prayer are no superstition; they are acts more real than the acts of eating, drinking, sitting or walking. It is no exaggeration to say that they alone are real, all else is unreal.”
― Mahatma Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments With Truth

“You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret— you return to the beauty you have always been.”
― Aberjhani, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

“When faith replaces doubt, when selfless service eliminates selfish striving, the power of God brings to pass His purposes.”
― Thomas S. Monson

“Regardless of what I think about Islam or Wicca or any other religion, the fact is that it’s a group of people. Every faith has its ceremonies. And since it’s made up of people, every faith also has its assholes.”
― Jim Butcher, White Night

“There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.”
― Alfred Tennyson

“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”
― Anonymous, Holy Bible: The New King James Version

“You cannot reason people out of a position that they did not reason themselves into.”
― Ben Goldacre, Bad Science

“I had to deny knowledge in order to make room for faith.”
― Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason

“When someone you love says goodbye you can stare long and hard at the door they closed and forget to see all the doors God has open in front of you.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Love is happiness, but only when you believe it will last forever. Even though every time it turns out to be a lie, it’s only faith that gives love its strength and its joy.”
― Sergei Lukyanenko, Night Watch

“Don’t you believe in flying saucers, they ask me? Don’t you believe in telepathy? — in ancient astronauts? — in the Bermuda triangle? — in life after death?
No, I reply. No, no, no, no, and again no.
One person recently, goaded into desperation by the litany of unrelieved negation, burst out “Don’t you believe in anything?”
Yes”, I said. “I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I’ll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be.”
― Isaac Asimov

“Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God.”
― A.W. Tozer

“Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come.”
― Jeffrey R. Holland

“Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.”
― Paul Tillich

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
― Thomas Aquinas

“Go where your best prayers take you.”
― Frederick Buechner

“Life is such unutterable hell, solely because it is sometimes beautiful. If we could only be miserable all the time, if there could be no such things as love or beauty or faith or hope, if I could be absolutely certain that my love would never be returned: how much more simple life would be. One could plod through the Siberian salt mines of existence without being bothered about happiness. Unfortunately the happiness is there. There is always the chance (about eight hundred and fifty to one) that another heart will come to mine. I can’t help hoping, and keeping faith, and loving beauty. Quite frequently I am not so miserable as it would be wise to be.”
― T.H. White, Ghostly, Grim and Gruesome

“It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you.”
― Timothy J. Keller

“True love is taking the risk that it won’t be a happily-ever-after. True love is joining hands with the man who loves you for who you are, and saying, “I’m not afraid to believe in you.”
― Cara Lockwood, I Do — But I Don’t

“In order to have faith in his own path, he does not need to prove that someone else’s path is wrong.”
― Paulo Coelho, Warrior of the Light

“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
― Anonymous, The Holy Bible: New American Standard Version, NASB

“This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don’t get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can’t do anything, don’t get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it’s ready to come undone. You have to realize it’s going to be a
long process and that you’ll work on things slowly, one at a time.”
― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

“We live by faith and not by sight.”
― Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

“Most lives are not distinguished by great achievements. They are measured by an infinite number of small ones. Each time you do a kindness for someone or bring a smile to his face, it gives your life meaning. Never doubt your value, little friend. The world would be a dismal place without you in it. (tweaked version of a passage from Scandal in Spring)”
― Lisa Kleypas, Scandal in Spring

“I am not worried, Harry,” said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. “I am with you.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“When everything gets answered, it’s fake.”
― Sean Penn

“Faith in faith’ he answered himself. ‘It isn’t necessary to have something to believe in. It’s only necessary to believe that somewhere there’s something worthy of belief.”
― Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination

“I’ve got a theory, it could be bunnies…

I’ve got a theor-

Bunnies aren’t just cute like everybody supposes
They’ve got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses.
And what’s with all the carrots-?
What do they need such good eyesight for anyway?
Bunnies, bunnies it must be bunnies!

…or maybe midgets…”
― Joss Whedon

“Wait on the Lord” is a constant refrain in the Psalms, and it is a necessary word, for God often keeps us waiting. He is not in such a hurry as we are, and it is not his way to give more light on the future than we need for action in the present, or to guide us more than one step at a time. When in doubt, do nothing, but continue to wait on God. When action is needed, light will come.”
― J.I. Packer, Knowing God

“With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides,
flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one
end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist
attacks, “Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of
the Pledge of Allegiance?”
― Jay Leno

“There are those who scoff at the schoolboy, calling him frivolous and
shallow: Yet it was the schoolboy who said ‘Faith is believing what you
know ain’t so’.”
― Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson

“The word I think of is precarious. I am struck by how precarious it all is. How the things that hold us are only as strong as the faith we have in them.”
― David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility

“Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.”
― Kahlil Gibran

“Love is as simple as the absence of self given to another. God, when invited, fills the void of any unrequited love; hence loving is how one is drawn closer to God no matter its most horrific repercussions.”
― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

“In the darkness, he is invisible, but I can still feel him beside me. Sometimes you don’t have to see something to know it is there.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, Forever

“Silent solitude makes true speech possible and personal. If I am not in touch with my own belovedness, then I cannot touch the sacredness of others. If I am estranged from myself, I am likewise a stranger to others.”
― Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

“If you’ve got the truth you can demonstrate it. Talking doesn’t prove it.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

“A man who is intimate with God is not intimidated by man.”
― Leonard Ravenhill

“My feelings are not God. God is God. My feelings do not define truth. God’s word defines truth. My feelings are echoes and responses to what my mind perceives. And sometimes – many times – my feelings are out of sync with the truth. When that happens – and it happens every day in some measure – I try not to bend the truth to justify my imperfect feelings, but rather, I plead with God: Purify my perceptions of your truth and transform my feelings so that they are in sync with the truth.”
― John Piper, Finally Alive: What Happens When We Are Born Again?

“What is it with science these days? Everyone is so quick to believe in it, in all these new scientific discoveries, new pills for this, new pills for that. Get thinner, grow hair, yada, yada, yada, but when it requires a little faith in something you all go crazy.’ He shook his head, ‘If miracles had chemical equations then everyone would believe.”
― Cecelia Ahern, The Gift

“If it can be verified, we don’t need faith… Faith is for that which lies on the other side of reason. Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.”
― Madeleine L’Engle

“A priest once quoted to me the Roman saying that a religion is dead when the priests laugh at each other across the altar. I always laugh at the altar, be it Christian, Hindu, or Buddhist, because real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter.”
― Alan W. Watts

“You should read something else.”
Why would he have done that to him?”
I don’t know,” she said.
Do you ever feel like Job?”
She smiled, a little twinkle in her eyes.
Sometimes.”
But you haven’t lost your faith?”
No,” I knew she hadn’t, but I think I was losing mine.
Is it because you think you might get better?”
No,” she said,”its because its the only thing I have left.”
― Nicholas Sparks

“I have one desire now – to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Through Gates of Splendor

“Have you ever noticed that when your mind is awakened or drawn to someone new, that person’s name suddenly pops up everywhere you go? My friend Sophie calls it coincidence, and Mr. Simpless, my parson friend, calls it Grace. He thinks that if one cares deeply about someone or something new one throws a kind of energy out into the world, and “fruitfulness” is drawn in. ”
― Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone one who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
― Anonymous, The New Testament

“You can feel the whole world and still feel lost in it. So many people are in pain– no matter how smart or accomplished–they cry, they yearn, they hurt. But instead of looking down on things, they look up, which is where I should have been looking, too. Because when the world quiets to the sound of your own breathing, we all want the same things: comfort, love and a peaceful heart.”
― Mitch Albom

“Lord, when I feel that what I’m doing is insignificant and unimportant, help me to remember that everything I do is significant and important in your eyes, because you love me and you put me here, and no one else can do what I am doing in exactly the way I do it.”
― Brennan Manning, Souvenirs of Solitude: Finding Rest in Abba’s Embrace

“It is our wounds that create in us a desire to reach for miracles. The fulfillment of such miracles depends on whether we let our wounds pull us down or lift us up towards our dreams.”
― Jocelyn Soriano, Mend My Broken Heart

“You’re gonna have to serve somebody; well, it may be the devil, or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody…”
― Bob Dylan
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“Real change is difficult at the beginning. Without the familiar to rely upon, you may not in as much command as you had once been. When things are not going your way, you will start doubting yourself. Stay positive, keep the faith, and keep moving forward – your breakthrough may be just around the corner.”
― Roy T. Bennett

“Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore, seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
― Anonymous, Holy Bible: New International Version

“Give me the storm and tempest of thought and action, rather than the dead calm of ignorance and faith! Banish me from Eden when you will; but first let me eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge!”
― Robert G. Ingersoll, The Works Of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. Iii

“Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

“I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels.”
― Pearl S. Buck

“It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.”
― Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

“Faith is why I’m here today and faith is why I made it through.”
― Jonathan Anthony Burkett, Neglected But Undefeated: The Life Of A Boy Who Never Knew A Mother’s Love

“Sometimes I think it is my mission to bring faith to the faithless, and doubt to the faithful.”
― Paul Tillich

“Everyone would like to have stronger faith. By themselves, the scriptures may not strengthen your faith, but being faithful to what they teach, does. In other words, faith cannot be separated from faithfulness.”
― John Bytheway, When Times Are Tough: 5 Scriptures That Will Help You Get Through Almost Anything

“I could not believe in a God that would challenge faith like this.”
― Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

“Being in a hurry. Getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me. I cannot think of a single advantage I’ve ever gained from being in a hurry. But a thousand broken and missed things, tens of thousands, lie in the wake of all the rushing…. Through all that haste I thought I was making up time. It turns out I was throwing it away.”
― Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

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“ويكفيك عِزًا وكرامة أنك إذا أردتَ مقابلة سيدك أن يكون الأمر بيدك ، فما عليك إلا أن تتوضأ وتنوي المقابلة قائلًا : اللَّه أكبر ، فتكون في معية اللَّه عز وجل في لقاء تحدد أنت مكانه وموعده ومدته ، وتختار أنت موضوع المقابلة ، وتظل في حضرة ربك إلى أن تنهي المقابلة متى أردتَ .
فما بالك لو حاولت لقاء عظيم من عظماء الدنيا ؟ وكم أنت ملاقٍ من المشقة والعنت ؟ وكم دونه من الحُجّاب و الحراس؟ ثم بعد ذلك ليس لك أن تختار لا الزمان و المكان و لا الموضوع ولاغيره!”
― محمد متولي الشعراوي, كيف تقرأ القرآن الكريم وتحفظه

“It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable.”
― Maya Angelou

“Care more for a grain of faith than a ton of excitement.”
― Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Although it is very easy to marry a wife, it is very difficult to support her along with the children and the household. Accordingly, no one notices this faith of Jacob. Indeed, many hate fertility in a wife for the sole reason that the offspring must be supported and brought up. For this is what they commonly say: ‘Why should I marry a wife when I am a pauper and a beggar? I would rather bear the burden of poverty alone and not load myself with misery and want.’ But this blame is unjustly fastened on marriage and fruitfulness. Indeed, you are indicting your unbelief by distrusting God’s goodness, and you are bringing greater misery upon yourself by disparaging God’s blessing. For if you had trust in God’s grace and promises, you would undoubtedly be supported. But because you do not hope in the Lord, you will never prosper.”
― Martin Luther, The Sermons of Martin Luther: 7 Volumes

“Faith is like radar that sees through the fog — the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.”
― Corrie ten Boom

“Reason is in fact the path to faith, and faith takes over when reason can say no more.”
― Thomas Merton

“Faith, the least exclusive club on Earth, has the craftiest doorman. Every time I’ve stepped through its wide-open doorway, I find myself stepping out on the street again.”
― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

“Take all that you can of this book upon reason, and the balance on faith, and you will live and die a happier man. (When a skeptic expressed surprise to see him reading a Bible)”
― Abraham Lincoln

Shepherd Book: What are we up to, sweetheart? River: Fixing your Bible. Book: I, um…
“Shepherd Book: What are we up to, sweetheart?
River: Fixing your Bible.
Book: I, um… What?
River: Bible’s broken. Contradictions, false logistics – doesn’t make sense.
Shepherd Book: No, no. You-you-you can’t…
River: So we’ll integrate non-progressional evolution theory with God’s creation of Eden. Eleven inherent metaphoric parallels already there. Eleven. Important number. Prime number. One goes into the house of eleven eleven times, but always comes out one. Noah’s ark is a problem.
Shepherd Book: Really?
River: We’ll have to call it early quantum state phenomenon. Only way to fit 5000 species of mammal on the same boat.
Shepherd Book: River, you don’t fix the Bible.
River: It’s broken. It doesn’t make sense.
Book: It’s not about making sense. It’s about believing in something, and letting that belief be real enough to change your life. It’s about faith. You don’t fix faith, River. It fixes you.”
― Ben Edlund

“If you’re serious about sanctification, you can expect to experience heart-wrenching moments that try your faith, your endurance, and your patience.”
― Sheri Dew, If Life Were Easy, It Wouldn’t Be Hard: And Other Reassuring Truths

“Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“But there were some things I believed in. Some things I had faith in. And faith isn’t about perfect attendance to services, or how much money you put on the little plate. It isn’t about going skyclad to the Holy Rites, or meditating each day upon the divine.
Faith is about what you do. It’s about aspiring to be better and nobler and kinder than you are. It’s about making sacrifices for the good of others – even when there’s not going to be anyone telling you what a hero you are.”
― Jim Butcher, Changes

“It’s our faith that activates the power of God.”
― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

“I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.”
― Martin Luther

“Faith is not Desire. Faith is Will. Desires are things that need to be satisfied, whereas Will is a force. Will changes the space around us,…”
― Paulo Coelho, The Witch Of Portobello

“I was a terrible believer in things,but I was also a terrible nonbeliever in things. I was as searching as I was skeptical. I didn’t know where to put my faith,or if there was such a place,or even what the word faith meant, in all of it’s complexity. Everything seemed to be possibly potent and possibly fake.”
― Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

“To ‘choose’ dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool-Aid.”
― Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

“Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces.”
― Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible

“There’s a long road of suffering ahead of you. But don’t lose courage. You’ve already escaped the gravest danger: selection. So now, muster your strength, and don’t lose heart. We shall all see the day of liberation. Have faith in life. Above all else, have faith. Drive out despair, and you will keep death away from yourselves. Hell is not for eternity. And now, a prayer – or rather, a piece of advice: let there be comradeship among you. We are all brothers, and we are all suffering the same fate. The same smoke floats over all our heads. Help one another. It is the only way to survive.”
― Elie Wiesel, Night

“If you can see the invisible, God will do the impossible.”
― Joel Osteen

“و الأهم هو أن كل الصلوات ستصل الى الله في نهاية الأمر, مهما كانت اللغة أو المذهب”
― سنان أنطون, يا مريم

“In order to share one’s true brilliance one initially has to risk looking like a fool: genius is like a wheel that spins so fast, it at first glance appears to be sitting still.”
― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

“Sometimes it’s easy to lose faith in people. And sometimes one act of kindness is all it takes to give you hope again.”
― Randa Abdel-Fattah, Does My Head Look Big In This?

“We never know when our last day on earth will be. So, love with full sincerity, believe with true faith, and hope with all of your might. Better to have lived in truth and discovered life, than to have lived half heartedly and died long before you ever ceased breathing. ”
― Cristina Marrero

“Life is doubt,
And faith without doubt is nothing but death.”
― Miguel de Unamuno

“I’m a Christian first, and a mean-spirited, bigoted conservative second, and don’t you ever forget it. You know who else was kind of “divisive” in terms of challenging the status quo and the powers-that-be of his day? Jesus Christ.”
― Ann Coulter, If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans

“No matter how many people believe or don’t believe in you, you must be
the ultimate believer in yourself!”
― Pablo

“True faith rests upon the character of God and asks no further proof than the moral perfections of the One who cannot lie.”
― A.W. Tozer

“A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.”
― Arthur C. Clarke, The Exploration of Space

“Faith don’t come in a bushel basket, Missy. It come one step at a time. Decide to trust Him for one little thing today, and before you know it, you find out He’s so trustworthy you be putting your whole life in His hands.”
― Lynn Austin, Candle in the Darkness

“There is something more powerful than any army. Something strong enough to topple kings, and even Darklings. Do you know what that thing is?”
I shook my head, inching away from him.
“Faith,” he breathed, his black eyes wild. “Faith.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

“That which can be destroyed by the truth should be.”
― P.C. Hodgell, Seeker’s Mask

“Accidents. It’s all about the accidents.”
― Gayle Forman, Just One Year

“أتعلم لو كنت بقربي الآن ؟
لكنت ضممتك إلي بكل ما أوتيت من عشق وشوق إليك ..
ووضعت رأسي على قلبك الذي لطالما أدمنت هواه حد الثمالة !
وسألتك بوجع هذه الأرض وماحوت :
بربك لمَ أبعدتني عنك ؟”
― نجلاء حسن, طرف غترته

“I perceive God everywhere in His works. I sense Him in me; I see Him all around me.”
― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Faith is the very first thing you should pack in a hope chest.”
― Sarah Ban Breathnach

“The deep roots never doubt spring will come.”
― Marty Rubin

“All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.”
― Martin Luther

“What you do matters — but not much. What you are matters tremendously.”
― Catherine de Hueck Doherty

“The search for God is a reversal of the normal, mundane worldly order. In search for God, you revert from what attracts you and swim toward that which is difficult. You abandon your comforting and familiar habits with the hope (the mere hope!) that something greater will be offered you in return for what you have given up.. if we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be.. a prudent insurance policy.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“My father chose my name , and my last name was chosen by my ancestors . That’s enough, I myself choose my way”
― Ali Shariati

“When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.”
― Patrick Overton, The leaning tree: [poems]

“ضع في يدي القيد ألهب أضلعي
بالسوط ضع عنقي على السكين

لن تستطيع حصار فكري ساعة
أو محو إيماني و نور يقيني

فالنور في قلبي و قلبي في يدي
ربي و ربي ناصري و معنيني”
― Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

“My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it Himself.”
― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

“Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.”
― Frederick Buechner

“Confidence is like a dragon where, for every head cut off, two more heads grow back.”
― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

“I think of how life takes unexpected twists and turns, sometimes through sheer happenstance, sometimes through calculated decisions. In the end, it can all be called fate, but to me, it is more a matter of faith.”
― Emily Giffin, Love the One You’re With

“Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.”
― Mother Teresa

“Fear is the glue that keeps you stuck. Faith is the solvent that sets you free.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Faith and Reason are like two wings of the human spirit by which is soars to the truth.”
― Pope John Paul II

“Faith does not need to push the river because faith is able to trust that there is a river. The river is flowing. We are in it.”
― Richard Rohr

“Love- the infatuation kind- ‘he’s so handsome, she’s so beautiful’- that can shrivel. As soon as something goes wrong, that kind of love can fly out the window. ”
― Mitch Albom

“Faith is, at one and the same time, absolutely necessary and altogether impossible.”
― Stanisław Lem

“A few songs with Him might change the way you sing. Forever.”
― Max Lucado, Next Door Savior

“Man is manifestly not the measure of all things. This universe is shot through with mystery. The very fact of its being, and of our own, is a mystery absolute, and the only miracle worthy of the name.”
― Sam Harris, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

“To have faith requires courage, the ability to take a risk, the readiness even to accept pain and disappointment. Whoever insists on safety and security as primary conditions of life cannot have faith; whoever shuts himself off in a system of defense, where distance and possession are his means of security, makes himself a prisoner. To be loved, and to love, need courage, the courage to judge certain values as of ultimate concern – and to take the jump and to stake everything on these values.”
― Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving

“I believe in my mask– The man I made up is me
I believe in my dance– And my destiny”
― Sam Shepard

“True faith manifests itself through our actions.”
― Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

“The only thing that stands between a person and what they want in life is the will to try it and the faith to believe it is possible.”
― Rich DeVos

“Life isn’t meant to be lived perfectly…but merely to be LIVED. Boldly, wildly, beautifully, uncertainly, imperfectly, magically LIVED.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“History dressed up in the glow of love’s kiss turned grief into beauty.”
― Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

“Oh what a wonderful soul so bright inside you. Got power to heal the sun’s broken heart, power to restore the moon’s vision too.”
― Aberjhani, Songs from the Black Skylark zPed Music Player

“We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn’t come naturally. It’s a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith.”
― Charles R. Swindoll

“There are some places in life where you can only go alone. Embrace the beauty of your solo journey.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“I wouldn’t burden any decent system of faith by participating in it… I’m not agnostic. Just nonpartisan. Theological Switzerland, that’s me.”
― Jim Butcher, Death Masks

“The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.”
― Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene

“ولو إستطعت أن أعود بعجلة الزمان إلى الوراء ،
لما إخترتك لي عاشقاً !
ولأبقيتك عابراً غريباً يزور مدائني
دون أن يحدث بداخلي أي ضجيج !”
― نجلاء حسن, قلب صام عن هوى الرجال

“Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.”
― John Henry Jowett

“All things are inconstant except the faith in the soul, which changes all things and fills their inconstancy with light.”
― James Joyce

“There is no conclusive evidence of life after death, but there is no evidence of any sort against it. Soon enough you will know, so why fret about it?”
― Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

“What is belief – what is faith – if you don’t continue it after failure?”
― Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire

“I want neither a terrorist spirituality that keeps me in a perpetual state of fright about being in right relationship with my heavenly Father nor a sappy spirituality that portrays God as such a benign teddy bear that there is no aberrant behavior or desire of mine that he will not condone. I want a relationship with the Abba of Jesus, who is infinitely compassionate with my brokenness and at the same time an awesome, incomprehensible, and unwieldy Mystery. ”
― Brennan Manning

“Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now.”
― A.W. Tozer

“Any faith that must be supported by the evidence of the senses is not real faith.”
― A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy

“Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.”
― E.B. White

“It must be comforting, to have a faith like that. To believe so concretely that there’s someone—something— out there watching guard, keeping us safe, testing us only with what we can handle.”
― Hannah Harrington, Saving June

“Faith is not so much something we believe; faith is something we live.”
― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Disbelief is more resistant than faith because it is sustained by the senses.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, Of Love and Other Demons

“Never, ever stop believing in magic, no matter how old you get. Because if you keep looking long enough and don’t give up, sooner or later you’re going to find Mary Poppins.”
― Steve Kluger, My Most Excellent Year

“Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.”
― Martin Luther

“I was taught to strive not because there were any guarantees of success but because the act of striving is in itself the only way to keep faith with life.”
― Madeleine K. Albright, Madam Secretary: A Memoir

“I learned that the search for God is a Dark Night, that Faith is a Dark Night. And that’s hardly a surprise really, because for us each day is a dark night. None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, and yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.”
― Paulo Coelho, Brida

“I know how much you grieve over those who are under your care: those you try to help and fail, those you cannot help. Have faith in God and remember that He will is His own way and in His own time complete what we so poorly attempt. Often we do not achieve for others the good that we intend but achieve something, something that goes on from our effort. Good is an overflow. Where we generously and sincerely intend it, we are engaged in a work of creation which may be mysterious even to ourselves – and because it is mysterious we may be afraid of it. But this should not make us draw back. God can always show us, if we will, a higher and a better way; and we can only learn to love by loving. Remember that all our failures are ultimately failures in love. Imperfect love must not be condemned and rejected but made perfect. The way is always forward, never back.”
― Iris Murdoch, The Bell

“He showed me a sketch he’d drawn once during meditation. It was an androgynous human figure, standing up, hands clasped in prayer. But this figure had four legs, and no head. Where the head should have been, there was only a wild foliage of ferns and flowers. There was a small, smiling face drawn over the heart.
To find the balance you want,” Ketut spoke through his translator, “this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded so firmly on the earth that it’s like you have four legs, instead of two. That way, you can stay in the world. But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart, instead. That way, you will know God.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“If we submit everything to reason our religion will be left with nothing mysterious or supernatural. If we offend the principles of reason our religion will be absurd and ridiculous . . . There are two equally dangerous extremes: to exclude reason, to admit nothing but reason.”
― Blaise Pascal, Pensées

“Leap, and the net will appear.”
― Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

“We know enough at this moment to say that the God of Abraham is not only unworthy of the immensity of creation; he is unworthy even of man.”
― Sam Harris

“Even the merest gesture is holy if it is filled with faith.”
― Franz Kafka

“Nobody wants to look like a fool. Nine times out of ten, that
reason alone keeps people from allowing themselves to believe.”
― Darynda Jones, First Grave on the Right

“We never know how God will answer our prayers, but we can expect that He will get us involved in His plan for the answer. If we are true intercessors, we must be ready to take part in God’s work on behalf of the people for whom we pray.”
― Corrie ten Boom

“God does not require that we be successful only that we be faithful.”
― Mother Teresa

“I love the recklessness of faith. First you leap, and then you grow wings.”
― William Sloane Coffin Jr., Credo

“Addiction” might be the best word to explain the lostness that so deeply permeates society. Our addiction make us cling to what the world proclaims as the keys to self-fulfillment: accumulation of wealth and power; attainment of status and admiration; lavish consumption of food and drink, and sexual gratification without distinguishing between lust and love. These addictions create expectations that cannot but fail to satisfy our deepest needs. As long as we live within the world’s delusions, our addictions condemn us to futile quests in “the distant country,” leaving us to face an endless series of disillusionments while our sense of self remains unfulfilled. In these days of increasing addictions, we have wandered far away from our Father’s home. The addicted life can aptly be designated a life lived in “a distant country.” It is from there that our cry for deliverance rises up.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

“Challenge a person’s beliefs, and you challenge his dignity, standing, and power. And when those beliefs are based on nothing but faith, they are chronically fragile. No one gets upset about the belief that rocks fall down as opposed to up, because all sane people can see it with their own eyes. Not so for the belief that babies are born with original sin or that God exists in three persons or that Ali is the second-most divinely inspired man after Muhammad. When people organize their lives around these beliefs, and then learn of other people who seem to be doing just fine without them–or worse, who credibly rebut them–they are in danger of looking like fools. Since one cannot defend a belief based on faith by persuading skeptics it is true, the faithful are apt to react to unbelief with rage, and may try to eliminate that affront to everything that makes their lives meaningful.”
― Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

“I must confess that I lost faith in the sanity of the world”
― H.G. Wells, The Island of Dr. Moreau

“Faith strikes me as intellectual laziness.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

“If merely ‘feeling good’ could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.”
― William James

“But to mean it when I say that I want my life to count for His glory is to drive a stake through the heart of self – a painful and determined dying to me that must be a part of every day I live.”
― Louie Giglio

“Loving another person is a wonderful thing, and if that love is sincere, no one ends up tossed into a labyrinth. You have to have more faith in yourself.”
― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

“The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.”
― Eric Hoffer

“At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.”
― Roopleen, Words to inspire the winner in YOU

“Faith in God includes Faith in God’s timing.”
― Neal A. Maxwell

“But for me the sweetest contact with God has no form. I close my eyes, look within, and enter a deep soft silence. The infinity of God’s creation embraces me.”
― Michael Jackson, Dancing the Dream

“Say I feel all sad and self-indulgent, then get stung by a wasp, my misery feels quite abstract and I long just to be in spiritual pain once more – ‘damn you tiny assassin, clad in yellow and black, how I crave my former innocence where melancholy was my only trial’.”
― Russell Brand, Articles of Faith

“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
― Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

“Conscious faith is freedom. Emotional faith is slavery. Mechanical faith is foolishness.”
― G.I. Gurdjieff

“My father taught me that you can you read a hundred books on wisdom and write a hundred books on wisdom, but unless you apply what you learned then its only words on a page. Life is not lived with intentions, but action.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Faith and science, I have learned, are two sides of the same coin, separated by an expanse so small, but wide enough that one side can’t see the other. They don’t know they are connected.”
― Mary E. Pearson, The Adoration of Jenna Fox

“We are not on this planet to ask forgiveness of our deities”
― Scott Cunningham, Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

“The man who was once starved may revenge himself upon the world not by stealing just once, or by stealing only what he needs, but by taking from the world an endless toll in payment of something irreplaceable, which is the lost faith.”
― Anaïs Nin

“To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.”
― Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

“The more you go with the flow of life and surrender the outcome to God, and the less you seek constant clarity, the more you will find that fabulous things start to show up in your life.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“I can only say that I am nothing but a poor sinner, trusting in Christ alone for salvation.”
― Robert E. Lee

“There’s something really cool about knowing that your destiny is SO big that you’re not meant to share it with anyone. At least not yet.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“When you are down to nothing, God is up to somethng. It is up to you to reach out to find what God is up to for you.”
― Robert Schuler

“Faith is a fine invention
When gentlemen can see,
But microscopes are prudent
In an emergency.”
― Emily Dickinson

“I will not attack your doctrines nor your creeds if they accord liberty to me. If they hold thought to be dangerous – if they aver that doubt is a crime, then I attack them one and all, because they enslave the minds of men.
I attack the monsters, the phantoms of imagination that have ruled the world. I attack slavery. I ask for room — room for the human mind.”
― Robert G. Ingersoll, The Ghosts and Other Lectures

“My faith is big enough to accept all of God’s wonders.”
― Kirsten Miller, The Eternal Ones

“There had to be dark and muddy waters so that the sun could have something to background it’s flashing glory.”
― Betty Smith
Shine your soul with the same egoless humility as the rainbow and no matter where
“Shine your soul with the same
egoless humility as the rainbow
and no matter where you go
in this world or the next,
love will find you, attend you, and bless you.”
― Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry

“Does your love reach this far, God? And if it extends to heaven and beyond… why can’t it seem to find me?”
― Jenny B. Jones, There You’ll Find Me

“Pactum serva” – “Keep the faith”
― Horace

“Our kindness may be the most persuasive argument for that which we believe.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley

“Faith doesn’t mean you never doubt. It only means you never act upon your doubts.”
― Orson Scott Card, Sarah

“Faith is a great thing, and really religious people would like us to believe that faith and knowing are the same thing, but I don’t believe that myself. Because there are too many different ideas on the subject. What we know is this: When we die, one of two things happens. Either our souls and thoughts somehow survive the experience of dying or they don’t. If they do, that opens up every possibility you could think of. If they don’t, it’s just blotto. The end.”
― Stephen King, Pet Sematary

“Science tells me God must exist.
My mind tells me I’ll never understand God.
My heart tells me I’m not meant to.

[Vittoria Vetra]”
― Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

“No matter what argument you make against evolution, the response is Well, you know, it’s possible to believe in evolution and believe in God. Yes, and it’s possible to believe in Spiderman and believe in God, but that doesn’t prove Spiderman is true.”
― Ann Coulter, Godless: The Church of Liberalism

“Surrender is the ultimate sign of strength and the foundation for a spiritual life. Surrendering affirms that we are no longer willing to live in pain. It expresses a deep desire to transcend our struggles and transform our negative emotions. It commands a life beyond our egos, beyond that part of ourselves that is continually reminding us that we are separate, different and alone. Surrendering allows us to return to our true nature and move effortlessly through the cosmic dance called life. It’s a powerful statement that proclaims the perfect order of the universe.

When you surrender your will, you are saying, “Even though things are not exactly how I’d like them to be, I will face my reality. I will look it directly in the eye and allow it to be here.” Surrender and serenity are synonymous; you can’t experience one without the other. So if it’s serenity you’re searching for, it’s close by. All you have to do is resign as General Manager of the Universe. Choose to trust that there is a greater plan for you and that if you surrender, it will be unfolded in time.

Surrender is a gift that you can give yourself. It’s an act of faith. It’s saying that even though I can’t see where this river is flowing, I trust it will take me in the right direction.”
― Debbie Ford, Spiritual Divorce: Divorce as a Catalyst for an Extraordinary Life

“Depression is about anger, it is about anxiety, it is about character and heredity. But it is also about something that is in its way quite unique. It is the illness of identity, it is the illness of those who do not know where they fit, who lose faith in the myths they have so painstakenly created for themselves. […] It is a plague – especially if you add in its various forms of expression, like alcoholism, anorexia, bulimia, drug addiction, compulsive behaviour of one kind or another. They’re all the same things: attempts to avoid disappearance, or nothingness, or chaos.”
― Tim Lott, Scent Of Dried Roses

“What we call rational grounds for our beliefs are often extremely irrational attempts to justify our instincts.”
― Thomas Henry Huxley

“The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day.”
― Amy Gatliff

“A competitive and insecure woman will tell you that “true love” is never giving up on someone you’re in love with. A confident and spiritual woman knows that “moving on” doesn’t mean you never loved someone. She realizes that letting go is what God needs her to do because both your happiness and hers requires taking different journeys for spiritual growth. Letting go is sometimes the hardest thing, but it is the most “real love” you will ever experience.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Our hearts of stone become hearts of flesh when we learn where the outcast weeps.”
― Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

“You need to have faith in yourself. Be brave and take risks. You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.”
― Roy T. Bennett

“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
(John 11:25-26)”
― Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

“Low self-esteem causes me to believe that I have so little worth that my response does not matter. With repentance, however, I understand that being worth so much to God is why my response is so important. Repentance is remedial work to mend our minds and hearts, which get bent by sin.”
― John Ortberg Jr., The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You

“Faith is not about finding meaning in the world, there may be no such thing — faith is the belief in our capacity to create meaningful lives.”
― Terry Tempest Williams, Leap

“But maybe it’s what the world needs. A little less sense, and a little more faith.”
― Rachel Joyce, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

“Aura, I’m really patient, but I’m not a bloody saint.”
― Jeri Smith-Ready, Shade

“Gifts of grace come to all of us. But we must be ready to see and willing to receive these gifts. It will require a kind of sacrifice, the sacrifice of believing that, however painful our losses, life can still be good — good in a different way then before, but nevertheless good. I will never recover from my loss and I will never got over missing the ones I lost. But I still cherish life. . . . I will always want the ones I lost back again. I long for them with all my soul. But I still celebrate the life I have found because they are gone. I have lost, but I have also gained. I lost the world I loved, but I gained a deeper awareness of grace. That grace has enabled me to clarify my purpose in life and rediscover the wonder of the present moment.”
― Gerald L. Sittser, A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss

“Perhaps evil is the crucible of goodness… and perhaps even Satan – Satan, in spite of himself – somehow serves to work out the will of God.”
― William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist

“The way of Jesus cannot be imposed or mapped — it requires an active participation in following Jesus as he leads us through sometimes strange and unfamiliar territory, in circumstances that become clear only in the hesitations and questionings, in the pauses and reflections where we engage in prayerful conversation with one another and with him.”
― Eugene H. Peterson, The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way

“Love without hope will not survive.
Love without faith changes nothing.
Love gives power to hope and faith.”
― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

“Science adjusts its views based on what’s observed
Faith is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved.”
― Tim Minchin

“What we are waiting for is not as important as what happens to us while we are waiting. Trust the process.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“To believe that what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: It comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur.”
― Henry Miller

“[The] insistence on the absolutely indiscriminate nature of compassion within the Kingdom is the dominant perspective of almost all of Jesus’ teaching.
What is indiscriminate compassion? ‘Take a look at a rose. Is is possible for the rose to say, “I’ll offer my fragrance to good people and withhold it from bad people”? Or can you imagine a lamp that withholds its rays from a wicked person who seeks to walk in its light? It could do that only be ceasing to be a lamp. And observe how helplessly and indiscriminately a tree gives its shade to everyone, good and bad, young and old, high and low; to animals and humans and every living creature — even to the one who seeks to cut it down. This is the first quality of compassion — its indiscriminate character.’ (Anthony DeMello, The Way to Love)…
What makes the Kingdom come is heartfelt compassion: a way of tenderness that knows no frontiers, no labels, no compartmentalizing, and no sectarian divisions.”
― Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

“What do people fear most about death? I asked the reb.
“Fear?” he thought for a moment. ‘Well, for one thing, what happens next? Where do we go? Is it what we imagined?”
That’s big.
“Yes. But there’s something else.”
What else?
He leaned forward.
“Being forgotten,” he whispered.”
― Mitch Albom

“We fall from womb to tomb, from one blackness and toward another, remembering little of the one and knowing nothing of the other … except through faith.”
― Stephen King, Danse Macabre

“God moves in mysterious ways
His wonders to performs”
― William Cowper, The Poetical Works Of William Cowper

“If faith never encounters doubt, if truth never struggles with error, if good never battles evil, how can faith know its own power? In my own pilgrimage, if I had to choose between a faith that has stared doubt in the eye and made it blink, or a naive faith that has never known the firing line of doubt, I will choose the former every time.”
― Gary Parker

“We’re stronger than we think.”
― Joe Kelly, I Kill Giants

“The difference between faith and insanity is that faith is the ability to hold firmly to a conclusion that is incompatible with the evidence, whereas insanity is the ability to hold firmly to a conclusion that is incompatible with the evidence.”
― William Harwood, Dictionary of Contemporary Mythology

“Do not ask directions from the people around you. Ask directions from the person who called you.”
― Bo Sánchez

“Living in a world such as this is like dancing on a live volcano.”
― Kentetsu Takamori

“In prison, I fell in love with my country. I had loved her before then, but like most young people, my affection was little more than a simple appreciation for the comforts and privileges most Americans enjoyed and took for granted. It wasn’t until I had lost America for a time that I realized how much I loved her. ”
― John McCain, Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir

“When you aren’t sincere you need to pretend, and by pretending you end up believing yourself; that’s the basic principle of every faith.”
― Alberto Moravia, The Time of Indifference

“Faith is a cop-out. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can’t be taken on its own merits. It is intellectual bankruptcy.”
― Dan Barker, Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist

“Unless you are willing to do the ridiculous, God will not do the miraculous. When you have God, you don’t have to know everything about it; you just do it.”
― Mother Angelica

“Why did they believe? Because they saw miracles. Things one man took as chance, a man of faith took as a sign. A loved one recovering from disease, a fortunate business deal, a chance meeting with a long lost friend. It wasn’t the grand doctrines or the sweeping ideals that seemed to make believers out of men. It was the simple magic in the world around them.”
― Brandon Sanderson, The Hero of Ages

“In Love’s service, only wounded soldiers can serve.”
― Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

“Does trust have to be earned. Or is it simply a matter of faith?”
― Nicholas Sparks, At First Sight

“They say time is money, but that’s not true. Time is life. And if I want the fullest life, I need to find fullest time… the busyness of your life leaving little room for the source of your life…

God gives us time. And who has time for God?

Which makes no sense.”
― Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

“Confidence in others’ honesty is no light testimony of one’s own integrity.”
― Michel de Montaigne

“The soul hardly ever realizes it, but whether he is a believer or not, his loneliness is really a homesickness for God.”
― Hubert Van Zeller

“[Y]ou have to stop loving and pursuing Christ in order to sin. When you are pursuing love, running toward Christ, you do not have opportunity to wonder, *Am I doing this right?* or *Did I serve enough this week?* When you are running toward Christ, you are freed up to serve, love, and give thanks without guilt, worry or fear. As long as you are running, you’re safe.”
― Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

“And here is the point, about myself and my co-thinkers. Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.”
― Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

“Much of what we called “depression” was really dissatisfaction, a result of setting a bar impossibly high or expecting treasures we weren’t willing to work for.”
― Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: a True Story

“By what men think, we create the world around us, daily new.”
― Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon

“اعذرني !!
لن ألوث طهري ونقائي لمجرد إرضائك ،
ولن أدنس مبادئي لأكسب شرف قربك مني ..
ولن أنزع رداء الطفولة من روحي من ذاتي من وجداني ..
لأكون في نظرك أنثى كاملة النضوج
هذه أنا إن أردتني بطهري بطفولتي بنقائي بوفائي بعطائي !!
وإن لم ترغب بنجلائك كما هي ..
إذهب إليهن وغادرني
فكثيرات ياسيدي من هن بحجم رغباتك !
وقليلات / قليلات من هن بحجم نقائي !”
― نجلاء حسن, طرف غترته

“We tend to be preoccupied by our problems when we have a heightened sense of vulnerability and a diminished sense of power. Today, see each problem as an invitation to prayer.”
― John Ortberg Jr., The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You

“Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.”
― Kahlil Gibran

“Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.”
― Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

“If you place [your bet] with God, you lose nothing, even if it turns out that God does not exist. But if you place it against God, and you are wrong and God does exist, you lose everything.”
― Peter Kreeft, Pocket Handbook of Christian Apologetics

“Your least favorite virtue, or nominee for the most overrated one? Faith. Closely followed—in view of the overall shortage of time—by patience.”
― Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

“Today is today, only today…
tomorrow…it will only be yesterday.”
― L. Curt Erler

“Faith is accepting what makes no sense, what we cannot prove, but know down deep in our souls is real.”
― Megan McCafferty, Bumped

“يبدو اننا جميعا بحاجة كي نؤمن بأحد ما أو شيء ما. فالحياة دون معنى او اتجاه بائسة حقا. ويبدو
انه يتوجب ان نحيا من اجل هدف او شيء ما عزيز علينا ونموت من اجله، سواء كان هذا الهدف او الشيء مبدأ سياسي او خطة حياتية او أمة او
حلما او فكرة او مالا او اسرة. اعتقد ان التقديس هو جبلة في الانسان، وأن قدرنا هو أن نكون عبيدا سواء شئنا ذلك ام ابينا.”
― Jeffrey Lang, Even Angels Ask: A Journey to Islam in America

“Reason excludes faith,” Alessandro responded, watching the blood-red mite as it made a dash for the rim. “It’s deliberately limited. It won’t function with the materials of religion. You can come close to proving the existence of God by reason, but you can’t do it absolutely. That’s because you can’t do anything absolutely by reason. That’s because reason depends on postulates. Postulates defy proof and yet they are essential to reason. God is a postulate. I don’t think God is interested in the verification of His existence, and, therefore, neither am I. Anyway, I have professional reasons to believe. Nature and art pivot faithfully around God. Even dogs know that.”
― Mark Helprin

“The faith is not the problem, Bernadette. The problem is the faithful.”
― Robert Ferrigno, Prayers for the Assassin

“Daughter, we didn’t need your note – or a prince’s visit – to tell us you’d done nothing wrong. We know the daughter we raised. We fear for your future, but never for your character. You take our love and our trust wherever you wander.
Father.”
― Gail Carson Levine, Fairest

“Faith and love are apt to be spasmodic in the best minds. Men live the brink of mysteries and harmonies into which they never enter, and with their hands on the door-latch they die outside.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“أنا أخبئ بين أقفاص صدري أوجاع نساء الأرض ودموع الصغار ،
أنا أحمل على عاتقي خيبات ثكلى !
وفي حنجرتي تستقر حشرجة حزن مدوية ..
أنا الأنثى التي تقام كل ليلة على مدائن قلبها
مآتم الخذلان !
وبالرغم من ذلك الأسى المفرط .. .
تبتسم وتمضي دونما إكتراث !”
― نجلاء حسن, قلب صام عن هوى الرجال

“Have faith in your skills. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Faith makes all things possible. Love makes them easy.”
― D.L. Moody

“It’s a good sign but rare instance when, in a relationship, you find that the more you learn about the other person, the more you continue to desire them. A sturdy bond delights in that degree of youthful intrigue. Love loves its youth.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“For all works and things, which are either commanded or forbidden by God and thus have been instituted by the
supreme Majesty, are ‘musts.’ Nevertheless, no one should be dragged to them or away from them by the hair, for I can drive no man to heaven or beat him into it with a club.”
― Martin Luther

“if someone has just hurt you or broken your heart, if someone has just died, all the grace you need is there-waiting for you to receive it. As long as we are pulled inward-despair and self attention, we aren’t free to reach for God’s grace. If we mean to leave ourselves alone, we must keep a hand free.”
― Eugenia Price

“Our lives are the only meaningful expression of what we believe and in Whom we believe. And the only real wealth, for any of us, lies in our faith.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley

“Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.”
― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

“Because salvation is by grace through faith, I believe that among the countless number of people standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands (see Revelation 7:9), I shall see the prostitute from the Kit-Kat Ranch in Carson City, Nevada, who tearfully told me that she could find no other employment to support her two-year-old son. I shall see the woman who had an abortion and is haunted by guilt and remorse but did the best she could faced with grueling alternatives; the businessman besieged with debt who sold his integrity in a series of desperate transactions; the insecure clergyman addicted to being liked, who never challenged his people from the pulpit and longed for unconditional love; the sexually abused teen molested by his father and now selling his body on the street, who, as he falls asleep each night after his last ‘trick’, whispers the name of the unknown God he learned about in Sunday school.

‘But how?’ we ask.

Then the voice says, ‘They have washed their robes and have made them white in the blood of the Lamb.’

There they are. There *we* are – the multitude who so wanted to be faithful, who at times got defeated, soiled by life, and bested by trials, wearing the bloodied garments of life’s tribulations, but through it all clung to faith.

My friends, if this is not good news to you, you have never understood the gospel of grace.”
― Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out

“Hearts rebuilt from hope resurrect dreams killed by hate.”
― Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams


“Your faith will not fail while God sustains it; you are not strong enough to fall away while God is resolved to hold you.”
― J.I. Packer, Knowing God

“Trust and faith bring joy to life and help relationships grow to their maximum potential.”
― Joyce Meyer, Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind

“To ignore, repress, or dismiss our feelings is to fail to listen to the stirrings of the Spirit within our emotional life. Jesus listened. In John’s Gospel we are told that Jesus was moved with the deepest emotions (11:33)… The gospel portrait of the beloved Child of Abba is that of a man exquisitely attuned to His emotions and uninhibited in expressing them. The Son of Man did not scorn of reject feelings as fickle and unreliable. They were sensitive antennae to which He listened carefully and through which He perceived the will of His Father for congruent speech and action.”
― Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belong

عيمة
“ففي قرارة نفسي اليوم
إيمان عميق جدًا
إيمان لا يتزعزع
بأنَّ المحبة وحدها هي المفتاح”
― Mikhail Naimy – ميخائيل نعيمة, نجوى الغروب

“As we come to grips with our own selfishness and stupidity, we make friends with the impostor and accept that we are impoverished and broken and realize that, if we were not, we would be God. The art of gentleness toward ourselves leads to being gentle with others — and is a natural prerequisite for our presence to God in prayer.”
― Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

“You don’t get to advertise all the good that your religion does without first scrupulously subtracting all the harm it does and considering seriously the question of whether some other religion, or no religion at all, does better.”
― Daniel C. Dennett

“Faith is realizing that you always get what you need.”
― Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Celebrating Silence: Excerpts from Five Years of Weekly Knowledge 1995-2000

“True wisdom consists in two things: Knowledge of God and Knowledge of Self.”
― John Calvin

“And when all your faith is gone let it be me, if it’s a friend you need let it be me”
― Ray Lamontagne

“Faith is an organ of knowledge, and love an organ of experience.”
― A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy

“The closer one approaches to God, the simpler one becomes.”
― Teresa of Ávila

“Instead of being encouraged to feel completely protected, loved, honored, and respected by the Divine Force, you’ve been taught that you’re being judged. Because you’ve been taught that, you feel guilt and fear. But guilt and fear do not open you connection to the Divine; they only serve to close your heart. The reality is that God’s way is love, and you can see this for yourself.”
― Michael A. Singer, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

“Dream big. Wake up. Take the first step into the unknown.”
― Roy T. Bennett

“There isn’t any questioning the fact that some people enter your life, at the exact point of need, want or desire – it’s sometimes a coincendence and most times fate, but whatever it is, I am certain it came to make me smile.”
― Nikki Rowe

“أمقت تلك المسافات التي تفصلني عنك ،
أتذمر من تلك المواقيت التي تسرقني منك ..
أسخط على أعين تتأملك / على أنامل تلمسك
على أنفاسك وهي تستنشقك !
على نبضاتك وهي تستشعرك ، على ثيابك وهي تعانقك”
― نجلاء حسن, قلب صام عن هوى الرجال

“The aim of all Christian education, moreover, is to train the believer in an adult faith that can make him a “new creation”, capable of bearing witness in his surroundings to the Christian hope that inspires him.”
― Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis: On the Eucharist as the Source and Summit of the Church’s Life and Mission

“Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

“The whole war between the atheist and the theist comes down to this: the atheist believes a ‘what’ created the universe; the theist believes a ‘who’ created the universe.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“لا تستهين بنفسك ، حتى لو كنت قطرة ، محاولاتك المستمرة .. بصبر
تستطيع أن تفتت الصخر”
― Hany Adeeb

“Though I do not believe in the order of things, still the sticky little leaves that come out in the spring are dear to me, the blue sky is dear to me, some people are dear to me, whom one loves sometimes, would you believe it, without even knowing why; some human deeds are dear to me, which one has perhaps long ceased believing in, but still honors with one’s heart, out of old habit…”
–Ivan Karamazov”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Too much faith is the worst ally. When you believe in something literally, through your faith you’ll turn it into something absurd. One who is a genuine adherent, if you like, of some political outlook, never takes its sophistries seriously, but only its practical aims, which are concealed beneath these sophistries. Political rhetoric and sophistries do not exist, after all, in order that they be believed; rather, they have to serve as a common and agreed upon alibi. Foolish people who take them in earnest sooner or later discover inconsistencies in them, begin to protest, and finish finally and infamously as heretics and apostates. No, too much faith never brings anything good…”
― Milan Kundera

“Faith is not a blind thing; for faith begins with knowledge. It is not a speculative thing; for faith believes facts of which it is sure. It is not an unpractical, dreamy thing; for faith trusts, and stakes its destiny upon the truth of revelation.”
― Charles Haddon Spurgeon, All of Grace

“Solitude is used to teach us how to live with other people. Rage is used to show us the infinite value of peace. Boredom is used to underline the importance of adventure & spontaneity. Silence is used to teach us to use words responsibly. Tiredness is used so that we can understand the value of waking up. Illness is used to underline the blessing of good health. Fire is used to teach us about water. Earth is used so that we can understand the value of air. Death is used to show us the importance of life.”
― Paulo Coelho, Warrior of the Light

“In her way, she was a hard one. Faith in any sort of natural justice was nothing but a night light; she knew of that. Whatever she did, she would end the same way with everyone does: flat on her back with a tube in her nose, wondering, “Is this all?”
― Thomas Harris, Red Dragon
“Managing stress is about controlling the way you respond to events and having an open mind about the things that stress you. Learn to talk to God during the day and ask Him to give you peace and to help you with your problems”
― Michele Woolley, God’s Favor – Breath Of Heaven

“Devotion is diligence without assurance. Faith is a way of saying, ‘Yes, I pre-accept the terms of the universe and I am voicing in advance what I am presently incapable of understanding.’ There is a reason that we refer to leaps-of-faith, because the decision to consent to any notion of divinity is a mighty jump from the rational over to the unknowable, and I don’t care how diligently scholars of every religion will try to sit you down with their stacks of books and prove that their faith is rational; it isn’t. If they were rational, it wouldn’t be – by definition – faith. Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face first and full speed into the dark.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“Lihat, ini Arok, yang tetap mempertahankan Tumapel. Dia dan pasukannya akan mempertahankannya sampai titik darah terakhir. Bukan karena imbalan uang, emas dan perak dan singgasana. Hanya karena kesetiaan pada janji.”
― Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Arok Dedes

“Let the world know what you live for…not what you fall for!”
― John Paul Warren

“I plead with you–never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.”
― Pope John Paul II, Pope John Paul II: In My Own Words

“Intellect is a part of a good faith. Intellect is the light, the heart is the direction.”
― Tariq Ramadan

“Your heart’s strength is measured by how hard it holds on. Your self worth and faith is measured by finally letting go. However, your peace is measured by how long you don’t look back.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“We live in a culture that has, for centuries now, cultivated the idea that the skeptical person is always smarter than one who believes. You can almost be as stupid as a cabbage as long as you doubt.”
― Dallas Willard, Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God

“There can only be two basic loves… the love of God unto the forgetfulness of self, or the love of self unto the forgetfulness and denial of God.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“Have faith have faith. When you have nothing else have faith.”
― Francine Rivers, A Voice in the Wind

“Anyone who is having troubles should pray. Anyone who is happy should sing praises. Anyone who is sick should call the church’s elders. They should pray for and pour oil on the person in the name of the Lord. And the prayer that is said with faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will heal that person. And if the person has sinned, the sins will be forgiven. Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so God can heal you. When a believing person prays, great things happen. (James 5:13-16)”
― Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

“Faith is like love: it does not let itself be forced.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Belief doesn’t rest on proof or existence…it rests on faith…without faith there is nothing.”
― Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

“I am as sure as I live that nothing is so near to me as God. God is nearer to me than I am to myself; my existence depends on the nearness and the presence of God.”
― Meister Eckhart

“The majority of my patients consisted not of believers but of those who had lost their faith.”
― C.G. Jung

“Believe to the end, even if all men went astray and you were left the only one faithful; bring your offering even then and praise God in your loneliness.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

“Mr. Langdon, I did not ask if you believe what man says about God. I asked if you believed in God. There is a difference. Holy scripture is stories…legends and history of man’s quest to understand his own need for meaning. I am not asking you to pass judgment on literature. I am asking if you believe in God. When you lie out under the stars, do you sense the divine? Do you feel in your gut that you are staring up at the work of God’s hands?”
― Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

“Of course you don’t believe in fairies. You’re fifteen. You think I believed in fairies at fifteen? Took me until I was at least a hundred and forty. Hundred and fifty, maybe. Anyway, he wasn’t a fairy. He was a librarian. All right?”
― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections

“When you see no present advantage, walk by faith and not by sight. Do God the honor to trust Him when it comes to matters of loss for the sake of principle.”
― Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“What looks like politics, and imagines itself to be political, will one day unmask itself as a religious movement.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“To many people, free will is a license to rebel not against what is unjust or hard in life but against what is best for them and true.”
― Dean Koontz, The Darkest Evening of the Year

“As Emmanuel, Cardinal Suhard says, “To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda, nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. It means to live in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist.”
― Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

“Fatigue is here, in my body, in my legs and eyes. That is what gets you in the end. Faith is only a word, embroidered.”
― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

“If the Almighty directs our steps, we’ve no need to look back over our shoulders.”
― Liz Curtis Higgs, Here Burns My Candle

“The Bible makes it clear that every time that there is a story of faith, it is completely original. God’s creative genius is endless.”
― Eugene H. Peterson

“Believe more deeply. Hold your face up to the light,even though for the moment you do not see.”
― Bill Wilson

“At such times, the heart of man turns instictively towards his Maker. In prosperity, and whenever there is nothing to injure or make him afraid, he remembers Him not, and is ready to defy Him; but place him in the midst of dangers, cut him off from human aid, let the grave open before him, then it is, in the time of his tribulation, that the scoffer and unbelieving man turns to God for help, feeling there is no other hope, or refuge, or safety, save in his protecting arm.”
― Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave

“Faith is believing in something you know isn’t true.”
― Tom Robbins, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas

“It is argued that because they believed thoroughly in a just, moral God they could put there faith there and let the smaller insecurities take care of themselves. But I think that because they trusted themselves and respected themselves as individuals, because they knew beyond doubt that they were valuable and potential moral units- because of this they could give God their own courage and dignity and then receive it back. Such things have disappeared perhaps because men do not trust themselves anymore, and when that happens there is nothing left except perhaps to find some strong sure man, even though he may be wrong, and to dangle from his coat-tails.”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“It is not as much about who you used to be, as it is about who you choose to be.”
― Sanhita Baruah

“Love only fails when we fail to love.”
― Tyler Edwards, Zombie Church: Breathing Life Back Into the Body of Christ

“I believe in evolution in the sense that a short-tempered man is the successor of a crybaby.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“God never said that we wouldn’t have unfair situations, that we wouldn’t experience loss. But He promised if we would stay in faith, He would restore everything that was stolen.”
― Joel Osteen

“What I have a problem with is not so much religion or god, but faith. When you say you believe something in your heart and therefore you can act on it, you have completely justified the 9/11 bombers. You have justified Charlie Manson. If it’s true for you, why isn’t it true for them? Why are you different? If you say “I believe there’s an all-powerful force of love in the universe that connects us all, and I have no evidence of that but I believe it in my heart,” then it’s perfectly okay to believe in your heart that Sharon Tate deserves to die. It’s perfectly okay to believe in your heart that you need to fly planes into buildings for Allah.”
― Penn Jillette

“Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.”
― Gregory Peck

“The sorrow of God lies in our fear of Him, our fear of life, and our fear of ourselves. He anguishes over our self-absorption and self-sufficiency… God’s sorrow lies in our refusal to approach Him when we sinned and failed.”
― Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

“I’ve always been bad. Probably I shall be bad again, punished again. But the worse I am, the more I need God. I can’t shut myself out from His mercy. … Or it may be a private bargain between me and God, that if I give up this one thing I want so much, however bad I am, He won’t quite despair of me in the end.”
― Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

“My nature has always been to fight. My faith forces me to forgive.”
― Cindy Martinusen Coloma, Caleb + Kate

“They said that I should lose my ideals and begin to believe in the methods of practical politicians. Now, I have not lost my ideals in the least; my faith in fundamentals is exactly what it always was. What I have lost is my childlike faith in practical politics.”
― G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

“If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they’d immediately go out.”
― William Blake

“Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every
generation may not come that far, but none comes further.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“It would be the height of absurdity to label ignorance tempered by humility “faith”!
(Institutio III.2.3)”
― John Calvin

“No one could really hate a saint, could they? They can’t really hate God either. When they want to Hate Him and His saints they have to find something like themselves and pretends it’s God and hate that.”
― Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred And Profane Memories Of Captain Charles Ryder

“It is not easy to convey a sense of wonder, let alone resurrection wonder, to another. It’s the very nature of wonder to catch us off guard, to circumvent expectations and assumptions. Wonder can’t be packaged, and it can’t be worked up. It requires some sense of being there and some sense of engagement.”
― Eugene H. Peterson

“هل تعلمين أن الناس لا يعرفون عنا سوى نهاياتنا ؟عندما نموت ,نصبح رمزًا للجهاد والمقاومة. والرمز لا حياة شخصية لديه ولا احتياجات, لديه هدف فقط , من أجله يعيش ومن أجله يموت, بهذا المعنى نكون “مخلوقات ظل” تهفوا إلى “النور” نكون قد عبرنا إلى منطقة النور حين نستشهد. كينونتنا منذ زمن هي كينونة هذا “الرمز” كل نفس يتردد في صدورنا هو في سبيل الله. فكيف نعود إلى حياة البشر الفانين؟ نحيا لنأكل ونقرأ ونتفسح وننام .. لنعيد الكرة في اليوم التالي “التكرار” تلك الكلمة المقيتة. أليس التكرار هو طابع جهنم؟ جسد يحترق ثم يُكسَى لحمًا ليحترق مرة أخرى كأن شيئًا لم يكن؟”
― خولة حمدي, في قلبي أنثى عبرية

“If humor and rumor are needed more than faith and truth,
then it tells me something about the kind of world we live today.”
― Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

“I told him I had once lost everything I had, too, and that I think that can be God’s way of building walls around us to force us to look up at Him.”
― Kimberly Novosel, Loved

“The goal of prayer is to live all of my life and speak all of my words in the joyful awareness of the presence of God.
Prayer becomes real when we grasp the reality and goodness of God’s constant presence with ‘the real me.’ Jesus lived his everyday life in conscious awareness of his Father.”
― John Ortberg Jr., The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You

“Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Matthew 10:34
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
― Anonymous, Holy Bible: New International Version

“The nature of the enemy’s warfare in your life is to cause you to become discouraged and to cast away your confidence. Not that you would necessarily discard your salvation, but you could give up your hope of God’s deliverance. The enemy wants to numb you into a coping kind of Christianity that has given up hope of seeing God’s resurrection power.”
― Bob Sorge, Glory: When Heaven Invades Earth

“I asked myself what I believed. I had never prayed a lot. I hoped hard, wished hard, but I didn’t pray. I had developed a certain distrust of organised religion growing up, but I felt I had the capacity to be a spiritual person, and to hold some fervent beliefs. Quite simply, I believed I had a responsibility to be a good person, and that meant fair, honest, hardworking and honorable. If I did that, if I was good to my family, true to my friends, if I gave back to my community or to some cause, if I wasn’t a liar, a cheat, or a thief, then I believed that should be enough. At the end of the day, if there was indeed some Body or presence standing there to judge me, I hoped I would be judged on whether I had lived a true life, not on whether I believed in a certain book, or whether I’d been baptised.”
― Lance Armstrong, It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life

“Christian spirituality was not a children’s story. It wasn’t cute or neat. It was mystical and odd and clean, and it was reaching into dirty. There was wonder in it and enchantment.”
― Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

“When your only regret is if anyone thinks you regret anything – that is the definition of conviction.”
― Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

“I am thankful when I am hungry because then I know that when I eat, the food will taste better. Life has taught me that my true contentment rests in hope, and the pleasure itself is secondary. It is self-awareness, not happiness, that maintains peace.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Although, I admit, I desire,
Occasionally, some backtalk
From the mute sky, I can’t honestly complain:
A certain minor light may still
Lean incandescent

Out of kitchen table or chair
As if a celestial burning took
Possession of the most obtuse objects now and then — ”
― Sylvia Plath, The Collected Poems

“there comes a time
when you have to let go
all the words
all the teaching
and trust the infinite”
― Billy Doyle, The Mirage of Separation

“All you have to go on is the faith of a kiss.”
― Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt

“Suffering provides the gym equipment on which my faith can be exercised.”
― Joni Eareckson Tada, Suffering: Making Sense of Suffering 5pk

“The geometry of judgment is a circle. Hate is a snake that turns to consume itself from the tail, a circle that diminishes to a point, then to nothing. Pride is such a snake, and envy, and greed. Love, however, is a hoop, a wheel, that rolls on forever. We are rescued by those whom we have rescued. The saved become the saviors of their saviors.”
― Dean Koontz, The Darkest Evening of the Year

“Faith is not believing in my own unshakable belief. Faith is believing an unshakable God when everything in me trembles and quakes.”
― Beth Moore, Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free From Spiritual Strongholds

“with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26″).”
― Michele Woolley, God’s Favor – Breath Of Heaven

“To my mind, faith is like being in the sun. When you are in the sun, can you avoid creating a shadow? Can you shake that area of darkness that clings to you, always shaped like you, as if constantly to remind you of yourself? You can’t. This shadow is doubt. And it goes wherever you go as long as you stay in the sun. And who wouldn’t want to be in the sun?”
― Yann Martel, Beatrice and Virgil

“Just because you can explain it doesn’t mean it’s not still a miracle.”
― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

“To truly try means to accept God’s love, his healing, to accept the world can be ugly, but your heart doesn’t have to be. It takes courage, Finley the warrior. You haven’t held on to your anger and bitterness in search of healing, but as a banner of your hurt. Because it’s real and visible and strong, ” she said. “But so is God’s love and so are those arms he’s holding out for you.”
― Jenny B. Jones, There You’ll Find Me

“The world’s greatest achievers have been those who have always stayed focussed on their goals and have been consistent in their efforts.”
― Roopleen, Words to inspire the winner in YOU

“Faith is not the clinging to a shrine but an endless pilgrimage of the heart.”
― Abraham Joshua Heschel

“Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. And, I suppose I should add, it is traditionalism that gives tradition such a bad name.”
― Jaroslav Pelikan, The Vindication of Tradition: The 1983 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities

“I decided I would fill the emptiness in me with God and with paint.”
― Kimberly Novosel

“I will tell you why we have these extraordinary minds and souls, Miss Whittaker,” he continued, as though he had not heard her. “We have them because there is a supreme intelligence in the universe, which wishes for communion with us. This supreme intelligence longs to be known. It calls out to us. It draws us close to its mystery, and grants us these remarkable minds, in order that we try to reach for it. It wants us to find it. It wants union with us, more than anything.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, The Signature of All Things

“A pure heart is superlatively rare and even more attractive.”
― J.S.B. Morse, Now and at the Hour of Our Death

“You can’t confuse childlike faith with childish thinking.”
― John F. MacArthur Jr.

“The Bible is the greatest of all books; to study it is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.”
― Charles C. Ryrie

“I have always been a firm believer in God and the power of prayer, though to be honest, my faith has made for alist of questions I definitely want answered after I’m gone.”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

“Do we know our poor people? Do we know the poor in our house, in our family? Perhaps they are not hungry for a piece of bread. Perhaps our children, husband, wife, are not hungry, or naked, or dispossessed, but are you sure there is no one there who feels unwanted, deprived of affection?”
― Mother Teresa, Heart of Joy

“Maybe that’s why life is so precious. No rewind or fast forward…just patience and faith.”
― Cristina Marrero

“Faith in God is an opening up, a letting go, a deep trust, a free act of love – but sometimes it was so hard to love.”
― Yann Martel

“With faith, there are no questions; without faith, there are no answers.”
― Yisroel Meir Ha-Cohen

“But what really matters is not what you believe but the faith and conviction with which you believe…”
― Knut Hamsun, Mysteries

“All religions are based on obsolete terminology.”
― Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire

“Ask and it shall be given you,'” I began. “‘Seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.’ We have the same message in the Book of Saint John,” I said, sounding for all the world like a preacher….”
Well, but how could I just stop there? Those words were worse than nothing if I didn’t tell what they meant to Grandpa. Looking at the long rough box, I spoke timid, in a mumbled voice. Not preachified at all. “Grandpa didn’t think Jesus meant, by that, that we should ast God for things, or for special favors. He said we could trust that in the nature of things, without astin’, we’ll get lots of blessin’s and happy surprises and maybe a miracle or two. When Jesus said ast and you’ll get it, He meant things of the spirit, not the flesh. Right now for instance, I could ast, ‘Lord please raise Grandpa from the dead,’ but it wouldn’t happen. But I can say, ‘Please, God, comfort me,’ and I’ll get heart’s ease. Grandpa said Jesus meant us to ast for hope, forgiveness, and all that. Ast, ‘Hep us not be scared, hep us not be greedy, give us courage to try.” I was really carried away. “Ast any such and God will give it to you. But don’t ast Him not to let fire burn, or say spare me from death. At least, uh, that’s what Grandpa said.”
― Olive Ann Burns, Cold Sassy Tree

“Guys like him, the ones who grip the Bible so tight they leave fingernail grooves, they’re the ones who are the most scared of their dark side. Always going too far the other way, fighting for the Lord, often just because it gives them an excuse to fight. ”
― David Wong

“When we try to focus our thought upon One who is pure uncreated being we may see nothing at all, for He dwelleth in light that no man can approach unto. Only by faith and love are we able to glimpse Him as He passes by our shelter in the cleft of the rock.”
― A.W. Tozer

“Find what you want. I will find you.”
― Lloyd Alexander, Westmark

“Faith—is the Pierless Bridge
Supporting what We see
Unto the Scene that We do not—
Too slender for the eye
It bears the Soul as bold
As it were rocked in Steel
With Arms of Steel at either side—
It joins—behind the Veil
To what, could We presume
The Bridge would cease to be
To Our far, vacillating Feet
A first Necessity.”
― Emily Dickinson

“A family in my sister’s neighborhood was recently stricken with a double tragedy, when both the young mother and her three-year-old son were diagnosed with cancer. When Catherine told me about this, I could only say, shocked, “Dear God, that family needs grace.” She replied firmly, “That family needs casseroles,” and proceeded to organize the entire neighborhood into bringing that family dinner, in shifts, every single night, for an entire year. I do not know if my sister fully recognizes that this IS grace.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“I’ve learned that no matter how inspired, fired up and motivated you might be, the dark clouds will always set in”
― Bernard Kelvin Clive, Your Dreams Will Not Die

“Omnipotent-benevolent simply means that God is all-powerful and well-meaning.’
‘I understand the concept. It’s just . . . there seems to be a contradiction.’
‘Yes. The contradiction is pain. Man’s starvation, war, sickness . . .’
‘Exactly!’ Chartrand knew the camerlengo would understand. ‘Terrible things happen in this world. Human tragedy seems like proof that God could not possibly be both all-powerful and well-meaning. If He loves us and has the power to change our situation, He would prevent our pain, wouldn’t He?’
The camerlengo frowned. ‘Would He?’
Chartrand felt uneasy. Had he overstepped his bounds? Was this one of those religious questions you just didn’t ask? ‘Well . . . if God loves us, and He can protect us, He would have to. It seems He is either omnipotent and uncaring, or benevolent and powerless to help.’
‘Do you have children, Lieutenant?’
Chartrand flushed. ‘No, signore.’
‘Imagine you had an eight-year-old son . . . would you love him?’
‘Of course.’
‘Would you let him skateboard?’
Chartrand did a double take. The camerlengo always seemed oddly “in touch” for a clergyman. ‘Yeah, I guess,’ Chartrand said. ‘Sure, I’d let him skateboard, but I’d tell him to be careful.’
‘So as this child’s father, you would give him some basic, good advice and then let him go off and make his own mistakes?’
‘I wouldn’t run behind him and mollycoddle him if that’s what you mean.’
‘But what if he fell and skinned his knee?’
‘He would learn to be more careful.’
The camerlengo smiled. ‘So although you have the power to interfere and prevent your child’s pain, you would choose to show your love by letting him learn his own lessons?’
‘Of course. Pain is part of growing up. It’s how we learn.’
The camerlengo nodded. ‘Exactly.”
― Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

“Allah tests our patience and our fortitude. He tests out strength of faith. be patient and there will endless rewards for you, insha’Allah” – Utaz Badr”
― Leila Aboulela, Lyrics Alley

“We see them as they cannot, will not, see each other–we see his heart in the way he looks at her; we see her soul calling out for his every touch. It would be so easy if they could only see inside each other as we can.
And yet, there is beauty in the way they find each other: slowly, in a fragile dance of sidelong glances and accidental touches. To see them come together, souls binding without knowing each other as we do, without being certain of what the other’s heart holds, is to learn something new…
Faith.”
― Amie Kaufman, Their Fractured Light

“God made you the way He wanted you to be and He does not make mistakes. He has a plan for your life that is much bigger than you can imagine.”
― Michele Woolley, God’s Favor – Breath Of Heaven

“It is not great faith, but true faith, that saves; and the salvation lies not in the faith, but in the Christ in whom faith trusts…It is not the measure of faith, but the sincerity of faith, which is the point to be considered.”
― Charles Haddon Spurgeon, All of Grace

“Mithorden said it well,” she said finally. “It’s worshipping death. They say they follow light. But, in the end, they’re really following desolation, division, the end of things. You should hear their prophecies — war, destruction, only special chosen people are spared.” She felt sad and angry. Worse, she wondered to what ends people who believed these things would go to assert their views.”
― Robert Fanney

“God never talks. But the devil keeps advertising, Father. The devil does a lot of commercials.”
― William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist

“القرآن هادي البشرية ومرشدها ونور الحياة ودستورها ، ما من شيء احتاجه البشر إلا بيَّنه اللَّه فيه نصًا أو إشارة أو إيماءً ، عَلِمه مَنْ عَلِمه ، وجهله من جهله”
― محمد متولي الشعراوي, كيف تقرأ القرآن الكريم وتحفظه

“The greatest joys in life are found not only in what we do and feel, but also in our quiet hopes and labors for others.”
― Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

“God is going to send you someone that will rescue you. Then one day you will rescue them in return and together your story will rescue others. He has always been a God of rescues and a maker of warriors for his grace. You only need to believe that you are part of something greater than you know.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“When you let go of control and commit yourself to happiness, it is so easy to offer compassion and forgiveness. This propels you from the past, into the present. People that are negative, spend so much time trying to control situations and blame others for their problems. Committing yourself to staying positive is a daily mantra that states, “I have control over how I plan to react, feel, think and believe in the present. No one guides the tone of my life, except me!”
― Shannon L. Alder

“I’m not a Wiccan. I’m not big on churches of any kind, despite the fact that I’ve spoken, face-to-face, with an archangel of the Almighty.

But there were some things I believed in. Some things I had faith in. And faith isn’t about perfect attendance to services, or how much money you put on the little plate. It isn’t about going skyclad to the Holy Rites, or meditating each day upon the divine.

Faith is about what you do. It’s about aspiring to be better and nobler and kinder than you are. It’s about making sacrifices for the good of others–even when there’s not going to be anyone telling you what a hero you are.

Faith is a power of its own, and one even more elusive and difficult to define than magic.”
― Jim Butcher, Changes

“For dear me, why abandon a belief
Merely because it ceases to be true”
― Robert Frost

“Peace has to be created, in order to be maintained. It is the product of Faith, Strength, Energy, Will, Sympathy, Justice, Imagination, and the triumph of principle. It will never be achieved by passivity and quietism.”
― Dorothy Thompson

“…and when is enough proof enough?”
― Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

“For if there’s no everlasting God, there’s no such thing as virtue, and there’s no need of it.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

“Faith, hope and charity go together. Hope is practised through the virtue of patience, which continues to do good even in the face of apparent failure, and through the virtue of humility, which accepts God’s mystery and trusts him even at times of darkness. Faith tells us that God has given his Son for our sakes and gives us the victorious certainty that it is really true: God is love! It thus transforms our impatience and our doubts into the sure hope that God holds the world in his hands and that, as the dramatic imagery of the end of the Book of Revelation points out, in spite of all darkness he ultimately triumphs in glory. Faith, which sees the love of God revealed in the pierced heart of Jesus on the Cross, gives rise to love. Love is the light—and in the end, the only light—that can always illuminate a world grown dim and give us the courage needed to keep living and working. Love is possible, and we are able to practise it because we are created in the image of God. To experience love and in this way to cause the light of God to enter into the world—this is the invitation I would like to extend with the present Encyclical.”
― Pope Benedict XVI, God Is Love: Deus Caritas Est

“إحدى يديه كانت منهمكة بالعبث في خصلات شعري
والأخرى كان ينفث بها سيجارته ،
إلتقطتها منه بغضب وبإمتعاض ممقوت
وهمست له :
دعها تلك اللعينة فلن أسمح بأن تشاركني فيك !”
― نجلاء حسن, قلب صام عن هوى الرجال

“Though wrong gratifies in the moment, good yields its gifts over a lifetime.”
― Desmond Tutu

“Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right.”
― Marian Wright Edelman

“Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.”
― Roy Bennett

“A common mistake we make is that we look for God in places where we ourselves wish to find him, yet even in the physical reality this is a complete failure. For example, if you lost your car keys, you would not search where you want to search, you would search where you must in order to find them.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“I love you,” was his reply. “I make myself keep on loving you, despite what you do. I’ve got to love you. We all have to love you, and believe in
you, and think you are looking out for our best interests. But look at us, Momma, and really see us.”
― V.C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic

“We can’t believe what we believe to be untrue, and we can’t love what we believe to be unreal.”
― Peter Kreeft, Pocket Handbook of Christian Apologetics

“Perhaps there is supranatural: reason beyond the normal definitions of fact or data-based logic; something that only makes sense if you can see a bigger picture of reality. Maybe that is where faith fits in.”
― William Paul Young, The Shack

“REFLECTIONS OF TRUTH

Where you find Truth
Is where you find your reflection
And where you find your reflection
Is where you find love
And where you find love
Is where you find light
And where you find light
Is where you find faith
And where you find faith
Is where you find purpose
And where you find purpose
Is where you find happiness
And where you find happiness
Is where you find Truth
And when you find Truth
Truth will set you free.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Christianity is not about how much faith you have. Its about Who your faith is in.”
― Mike Donahey

“Grace will follow us even when we are going the wrong way”
― Ricky Maye, An Emerging Spirituality

“A phenomenon often seen. A sceptic adhering to a believer; that is as simple as the law of the complementary colours. What we lack attracts us. Nobody loves the light like the blind man…”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables – anthology

“In essence I find that the foundation of modern conservatism is driven by a clinging to God in fear of the world, whereas the foundation of modern liberalism is a clinging to the world in fear of God; albeit, the true foundation should be one’s clinging to God in fear of God.”
― Criss Jami, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile

“* نجلاء ..
نجلااااء …
نجلااااااااء … .
– الساعة الآن التاسعة صباحاً إنهضي
وإنفضي عن وسادتكِ رذاذ الأحلام ،
كان هذا صوتها أمي لتفيقني من ذاك
الحلم الذي كنت أهذي به كل ليلة !
تمنيت حينها لو أصيبت ذاكرتي بغيبوبة عن
واقع لا يحتويه ،
عن واقع لا يعانق وجوده !
أفقت وكعادتي أمضي إلى طريق مجهول
ومسافات غريبة أحمل حقائب أحلامي
وأجمع بها لوحاتي وأمل أتسكع به
على دهاليز مدينتي الباريسية !”
― نجلاء حسن, قلب صام عن هوى الرجال

“He had in those days imagined himself capable of extraordinary heroisms and endurances which would make the girl he loved forget the awkward hands and the spotty chin of adolescence. Everything had seemed possible. One could laugh at daydreams, but so long as you had the capacity to daydream there was a chance that you might develop some of the qualities of which you dreamed. It was like the religious discipline: words however emptily repeated can in time form a habit, a kind of unnoticed sediment at the bottom of the mind, until one day to your own surprise you find yourself acting on the belief you thought you didn’t believe in.”
― Graham Greene, The Ministry of Fear

“სამხრეთის კედელზე მაცხოვრის ერთადერტი თვალდახრილი და სახედაფხეკილი ფრესკის ქვეშ ვიღაც ლაზღანდარა ათეისტს მუშაირა ჰქონდა გამართული თვითონ მაცხოვართან.
უცხვირპირო და უთვალო,
როგორ გიწამო, უფალო?!-
კომკავშირელი ათეისტი. ასე აწერდა ხელს ლექსის ატორი. ცოტა ქვევით უფლის პასუხი იყო, ასევე ლურსმნით ამოკაწრული:
კომკავშირელო, თუ არ გწამს,
სახარება და ღმერთიო,
ამ სიმაღლეზე მეორედ,
გთხოვ, აღარ ამოეთრიო!-
იესო ქრისტე. ასე აწერდა ხელს პასუხის ავტორი.”
― Nodar Dumbadze, მარადისობის კანონი

“Some people are angels sent to you by God at your weakest moments.”
― Megan Wilson

“Concerning the Gods, there are those who deny the very existence of the Godhead; others say that it exists, but neither bestirs nor concerns itself not has forethought far anything. A third party attribute to it existence and forethought, but only for great and heavenly matters, not for anything that is on earth. A fourth party admit things on earth as well as in heaven, but only in general, and not with respect to each individual. A fifth, of whom were Ulysses and Socrates, are those that cry: —
I move not without Thy knowledge!”
― Epictetus

“The test of faith is whether I can make space for difference. Can I recognize God’s image in someone who is not in my image, who language, faith, ideal, are different from mine? If I cannot, then I have made God in my image instead of allowing him to remake me in his.”
― Jonathan Sacks, The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations

“Never doubt God in the darkness what he has given us in the light.”
― Francine Rivers, A Voice in the Wind

“I’m only a tool, beloved. Not your Savior”
― Francine Rivers, Redeeming Love

“While believing strongly, without evidence, is considered a mark of madness or stupidity in any other area of our lives, faith in God still holds immense prestige in our society. Religion is the one area of our discourse where it is considered noble to pretend to be certain about things no human being could possibly be certain about. It is telling that this aura of nobility extends only to those faiths that still have many subscribers. Anyone caught worshipping Poseidon, even at sea, will be thought insane.”
― Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation

“We live by revelation, as Christians, as artists, which means we must be careful never to get set into rigid molds. The minute we begin to think we know all the answers, we forget the questions, and we become smug like the Pharisee who listed all his considerable virtues, and thanked God that he was not like other men.

Unamuno might be describing the artist as well as the Christian as he writes, “Those who believe they believe in God, but without passion in the heart, without anguish of mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, and even at times without despair, believe only in the idea of God, and not in God himself.”
― Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

“We don’t look at the stars in the universe and say how tragic they are, how bruised they are, even though that is what they are. We look at them and speak of the beauty they contain. The inspiration they give us. Even though stars are the scars of the universe we don’t see them as these broken pieces of gaseous matter, we see them as these majestic astrological blessings that give hope to billions. What if you saw yourself in that same light, or better yet what if you saw others in a similar way.”
― Ricky Maye, Barefoot Christianity

“When he says we’re forgiven, let’s unload the guilt. When he says we’re valuable, let’s believe him. . . . When he says we’re provided for, let’s stop worrying. God’s efforts are strongest when our efforts are useless”
― Max Lucado, Grace for the Moment: Inspirational Thoughts for Each Day of the Year

“How do you know it’ll be pleasurable?” He got on the bed and lay down.
Breath a whisper, she came closer and tied one wrist to the headboard. The cat growled but didn’t try to make him wrench free.
“Because just looking at you gives me the most extreme pleasure I’ve ever felt.”
“Christ, baby, tie me up before you start talking like that.”
― Nalini Singh, Visions of Heat

“On every level of life, from housework to heights of prayer, in all judgment and efforts to get things done, hurry and impatience are sure marks of the amateur.”
― Evelyn Underhill

“My lack of faith in God is not a dilapidated house.
It does not need to be razed to the ground or burned down to cinders.
I refuse to be the wounded woman on a cross
that you crucify with your disapproval like nails;
I will only be the woman who believes in thunderstorms
the same way lightning loves the tops of trees it strikes
every time it gets tired of being pent up in an unforgiving sky,
the only difference is that I believe these are natural weather phenomenons,
not God’s belly rumbling or synapses firing.
When my doorway is filled with groups of people
wielding religious conversion pamphlets like crossbows,
I will be the martyr who steps aside to let the arrows
crack through the plaster in my wall instead of piercing my chest.
This is not a eulogy to the believer I could have been.
This is a battle cry to the believer I always have been,
believer in sunsets like splashes of paint, handholding
like willow branches brushing one another, new mornings
after old nights spent drowning in despair, believer
in love as an entire language instead of a single word.
Just because my beliefs align themselves on a different spectrum
does not mean they are the wrong wavelength or color.
And even though I think the universe was created by the Big Bang
instead of a God with magic dust shooting from his fingertips,
my universe does not contain fewer stars.”
― Meggie Royer

“Common sense is no match for the voice of God.”
― Jon Krakauer, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

“Faith doesn’t get you around problems in life and relationships, it gets you through it.”
― Jonathan Anthony Burkett, Friends 2 Lovers: The Unthinkable

“The truth of our faith becomes a matter of ridicule among the infidels if any Catholic, not gifted with the necessary scientific learning, presents as dogma what scientific scrutiny shows to be false.”
― Thomas Aquinas

“But what of faith? What of fidelity and loyalty? Complete trust? Faith is not granted by tangible proof. It comes from the heart and the soul. If a person needs proof of god’s existence, then the very notion of spirituality is diminished into sensuality and we have reduced what is holy into what is logical.-Drizzt Do’urden”
― R.A. Salvatore, Siege of Darkness

“For me the most radical demand of Christian faith lies in summoning the courage to say yes to the present risenness of Jesus Christ.”
― Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

“Fear tries to get us to give up but faith takes us all the way through to victory”
― Joyce Meyer

“To learn a belief without the belief is to sing a song without the tune.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Telling

“God is the ultimate judge of what is truly in our souls. But we are requiered to forgive everyone.”
― Bree Despain, The Dark Divine

“Faith never stays put. It’s always challenging always questioning. That’s what makes it real.”
― Patrick Carman, Thirteen Days to Midnight

“Elder mocked me for praying once, and i spent an hour berating him for that. He ended up throwing up his hands, laughing, and telling me i could believe whatever i wanted if i was going to hold onto my beliefs so hard.”
― Beth Revis, A Million Suns

“And remember this most of all: when it is darkest, that is when you can see the stars most clearly.”
― Kathleen McGowan, The Poet Prince

“بربك لا تبكِ بكاء المظلوم !
إن زرت أوطاني يوماً ولمحت نوافذ إنتظاري مغلقة
وأبواب فقدي لك مؤصدة ،
بربك لا تبكِ بكاء المظلوم !
إن إحتفلوا بيوم ميلادك وبحثت عن صوتي بينهم ..
ولم تجده ؟ وبحثت عن هداياي من بين هداياهم ولم تصلك”
― نجلاء حسن, قلب صام عن هوى الرجال

“Regardless of your chosen faith, at the end of your life’s journey, your heart will be measured in two ways. One, the weight of your conscience must far outweigh the weight of a feather. Two, any impurities in your heart must weigh no more than one feather. The purer your heart, the lighter your spirit will be. The lighter your spirit, the closer to light it will float. The closer to light it is permitted to go, the higher it will float. The higher it floats, the closer to God you will be. Heaven has seven layers. The vibrations of your good deeds, which will be reflected by the weight of your conscience and the purity of your heart, will determine the layer in which your soul will reside. Your goal is to make your heart as light as a feather. The heavier the heart, the more chained to this hell it will remain.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“God wants to dance with us. The goal of dancing is NOT to learn the steps. The goal of dancing is to enjoy your partner. We learn the steps but only so we don’t have to look down at our feet. We are free to look into the eyes of the one we love.”
― Nicole Johnson, Fresh Brewed Life A Stirring Invitation To Wake Up Your Soul

“I used to think mercy meant showing kindness to someone who didn’t deserve it, as if only the recipient defined the act. The girl in between has learned that mercy is defined by its giver. Our flaws are obvious, yet we are loved and able t love, if we choose, because there is that bit of the divine still smoldering in us.”
― Susan Meissner, The Shape of Mercy

“God will bring the right person into your life at the right time. Always believe that! If they are not there, God isn’t finished yet!”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Well, see, I think it’s that most people don’t like that lonely feeling. People don’t like looking up and feeling small or lost. That’s what I think prayer is all about. It doesn’t matter which stories they believe in, they’re all doing the same thing, kind of casting a line out to outer space, like there’s something out there to connect to. It’s like people make themselves part of something bigger that way, and maybe it makes them less afraid.”
― Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones

“I say to myself: “Who are you to measure infinite power?”
― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“God is so immense that if he were ‘too visible,’ people would give forced compliance without expressing their heart. So God made it possible, in enormous love, for us to live as if he were not there.”
― John Ortberg Jr., The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You

“Any situation, circumstance or challenge is just a distraction and as you remain true to your goals and trust in God they will fall away”.”
― Michele Woolley, God’s Favor – Breath Of Heaven

“All right, God, say that You are really there. You have put me in this fix. You want to test me. Suppose I test You? Suppose I say that You are not there? You’ve given me a supreme test with my parents and with these boils. I think that I have passed Your test. I am tougher than You. If You will come down here right now, I will spit into Your face, if You have a face. And do You shit? The priest never answered that question. He told us not to doubt. Doubt what? I think that You have been picking on me too much so I am asking You to come down here so I can put You to the test! I waited. Nothing. I waited for God. I waited and waited. I believe I slept.”
― Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye

“A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving nightmare
to the jeweled vision of a life started anew.”
― Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry

“Science only goes so far, then comes God.
– Noah Calhoun-”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

“The life of faith is not a life of mounting up with wings, but a life of walking and not fainting.”
― Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

“Let us here observe, that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things, never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation.”
― Joseph Smith Jr.

“Interestingly, God’s remedy for Elijah’s depression was not a refresher course in theology but food and sleep… Before God spoke to him at all, Elijah was fed twice and given a good chance to sleep. Only then, and very gently, did God confront him with his error. This is always God’s way. Having made us as human beings, He respects our humanness and treats us with integrity. That is, He treats us true to the truth of who we are. It is human beings and not God who have made spirituality impractical.”
― Os Guinness, God in the Dark

“The desire for a strong faith is not the proof of a strong faith, rather the opposite. If one has it one may permit oneself the beautiful luxury of skepticism: one is secure enough, fixed enough for it.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

“Out of the cacophony of random suffering and chaos that can mark human life, the life artist sees or creates a symphony of meaning and order. A life of wholeness does not depend on what we experience. Wholeness depends on how we experience our lives.”
― Desmond Tutu

“knowledge, absolutely sure of its infallibility, is faith”
― Yevgeny Zamyatin, We

“Faith is the flame that eliminates fear.”
― Suzy Kassem

“What is seen is not the Truth
What is cannot be said
Trust comes not without seeing
Nor understanding without words
The wise comprehends with knowledge
To the ignorant it is but a wonder
Some worship the formless God
Some worship his various forms
In what way He is beyond these attributes
Only the Knower knows
That music cannot be written
How can then be the notes
Say Kabir, awareness alone will overcome illusion.”
― Kabir

“Faith is the cure that heals all troubles. Without faith there is no hope and no love. Faith comes before hope, and before love. (Sheikh Muhammad ibn Zaidi bani Tihama)”
― Paul Torday, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

“The problem with certainty is that it is static; it can do little but endlessly reassert itself. Uncertainty, by contrast, is full of unknowns, possibilities, and risks. (65)”
― Stephen Batchelor, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

“O Diabo, invejoso, fez o homem confundir fé com religião e amor com casamento.”
― Machado de Assis

“He must trust, and he must have faith. And so he builds, because what is building, and rebuilding and rebuilding again, but an act of faith?”
― Dave Eggers

“A human being always acts and feels and performs in accordance with what he imagines to be true about himself and his environment…For imagination sets the goal ‘picture’ which our automatic mechanism works on. We act, or fail to act, not because of ‘will,’ as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination.”
― Maxwell Maltz, New Psycho-Cybernetics

“Now how can anybody look at that and not believe in God? I mean, how can anybody look at this and not believe there is some higher power, some divine force at work in the universe greater than Man, some god that created it, that created all this, that created us?”
― Katharine Hepburn

“We are not sheep or cows. God didn’t create fences for us or boundaries to contain our nationalities. Man did. God didn’t draw up religious barriers to separate us from each other. Man did. And on top of that, no father would like to see his children fighting or killing each other. The Creator favors the man who spreads loves over the man who spreads hate. A religious title does not make anyone more superior over another. If a kind man stands by his conscience and exhibits truth in his words and actions, he will stand by God regardless of his faith. If mankind wants to evolve, we must learn from our past mistakes. If not, our technology will evolve without us.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Maybe, if you can’t get someone out of your head they were never meant to leave. Perhaps, they were meant to help change you into the person you have been waiting to become.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“And now we step to the rhythm of miracles.
–from The Light, That Never Dies”
― Aberjhani, Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

“George MacDonald gives me renewed strength during times of trouble–times when I have seen people tempted to deny God–when he says, “The Son of God suffered unto death, not that men might not suffer, but that their sufferings might be like his.”
― Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

“faith gaped at him”how the hell did you do this?”
He looked at her as if she’d asked the dumbest question in history. “I’m brilliant.”
― Dianne Sylvan, Queen of Shadows

“He can heal me. I believe He will. I believe I’m going to be an old surely Baptist preacher. And even if He doesn’t…that’s the thing: I’ve read Philippians 1. I know what Paul says. I’m here let’s work, if I go home? That’s better. I understand that.”
― Matt Chandler

“Holiness is the strength of the soul. It comes by faith and through obedience to God’s laws and ordinances. God then purifies the heart by faith, and the heart becomes purged from that which is profane and unworthy. When holiness is achieved by conforming to God’s will, one knows intuitively that which is wrong and that which is right before the Lord. Holiness speaks when there is silence, encouraging that which is good or reproving that which is wrong.”
― James E. Faust

“You’ll only fall if you doubt your balance.”
― Willa Okati, By Your Side

“All was in God’s plan, and he had to accept even as he didn’t understand.”
― Barbara Cameron, A Time to Love

“If you hold a candle close to you, its flame rises. And if you hold it away from you, its flame shrinks. The same way you hold a candle close to you, keep all your plans, aspirations, projects, and dreams close to you too. Do not share your plans or goals until you complete them, because as you hold your candle away from you, your goals will shrink in the eyes of others. Envy, jealousy, and resentment will put out your flame before it grows.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“My faith in the expertise of physicists like Richard Feynman, for instance, permits me to endorse—and, if it comes to it, bet heavily on the truth of—a proposition that I don’t understand. So far, my faith is not unlike religious faith, but I am not in the slightest bit motivated to go to my death rather than recant the formulas of physics. Watch: E doesn’t equal mc2, it doesn’t, it doesn’t! I was lying, so there!”
― Daniel C. Dennett, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

“The man who has faith in logic is always cuckolded by reality.”
― Alexander Theroux, Darconville’s Cat

“Even if things aren’t going the way we want right now, we will always get through it.”
― Stacey T. Hunt, Most Wanted

“We can say that true gratitude does not give rise to the debtor’s ethic because it gives rise to faith in future grace. With true gratitude there is such a delight in the worth of God’s past grace, that we are driven on to experience more and more of it in the future…it is done by transforming gratitude into faith as it turns from contemplating the pleasures of past grace and starts contemplating the promises of the future. ”
― John Piper

“We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community

“Whatever negative things people think and say about you is enough to bring you down provided you belief that it carries a weight that can push you hard. Don’t agree to accept what critics say; be prepared to silence them by doing what they think you can’t do!”
― Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes

“As the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, so the denial of God is the height of foolishness.”
― R.C. Sproul, Essential Truths of the Christian Faith

“Indeed, a quick glance around this broken world makes it painfully obvious that we don’t need more arguments on behalf of God; we need more people who live as if they are in covenant with Unconditional Love, which is our best definition of God. (p. 21)”
― Robin R. Meyers, Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus

“Even now, there are still days so beautiful, I almost believe in God.”
― Ann Hood, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief

“People will always notice something about you. It might be the way you walk or the way you talk, or just simply your personality. Live each day in the way you want to be remembered. Live in such a way that people will be inspired by those unique qualities that you have and strive to live better lives for themselves.”
― Amaka Imani Nkosazana

“I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by him. I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind self security. Let every man and woman know, by the whispering of the Spirit of God to themselves, whether their leaders are walking in the path the Lord dictates, or not.”
― Brigham Young

“I believe in God the way I believe in quarks. People whose business it is to know about quantum physics or religion tell me they have good reason to believe that quarks and God exist. And they tell me that if I wanted to devote my life to learning what they’ve learned, I’d find quarks and God just like they did.”
― Mary Doria Russell, The Sparrow

“There are 6 reasons that a person does anything: Love, faith, greed, boredom, fear… revenge.”
― Ally Carter, Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover

“Whatever your passion is, keep doing it. Don’t waste time chasing after success or comparing yourself to others. Every flower blooms at a different pace. Excel at doing what your passion is and only focus on perfecting it. Eventually people will see what you are great at doing, and if you are truly great, success will come chasing after you.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Guidance, like all God’s acts of blessing under the covenant of grace, is a sovereign act. Not merely does God will to guide us in the sense of showing us his way, that we may tread it; he wills also to guide us in the more fundamental sense of ensuring that, whatever happens, whatever mistakes we may make, we shall come safely home. Slippings and strayings there will be, no doubt, but the everlasting arms are beneath us; we shall be caught, rescued, restored. This is God’s promise; this is how good he is.”
― J.I. Packer, Knowing God

“Hardships are the Lord’s greatest blessings to the believer. Without them we would love the Lord only for what He does for us. Our troubles teach us to love Him for who He is.” Sister Norton in “The Preacher’s Bride”
― Jody Hedlund

“Faith is not something that goes against the evidence, it goes beyond it. The evidence is saying to us, ‘There is another country. There is something beyond mere reason’.”
― Alister E. McGrath

“Da used to say that lies were easy, but trust was hard. Trust is like faith: it can turn people into believers, but every time it’s lost, trust becomes harder and harder to win back.”
― Victoria Schwab, The Unbound

“In seven days God had created the Earth. In a single day mankind had turned it upside down.”
― Kristina McMorris, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

“Without the voice of reason, every faith is its own curse.”

(History Will Teach Us Nothing)”
― Sting, Nothing Like the Sun

“Beware the religion that turns you against another one. It’s unlikely that it’s really religion at all.”
― Joan D. Chittister, God Speaks in Many Tongues: Meditate with Joan Chittister

“And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”
― Thomas Jefferson

“Break my heart for what breaks yours
Everything I am for Your Kingdom’s cause
As I walk from earth into eternity”
― Hillsong United

“The doing of something productive regardless of the outcome is an act of faith. The doing of a small something when a large something is too much for us is perhaps especially an act of faith. Faith means going forward by whatever means we can.”
― Julia Cameron, Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance

“Always have faith in yourself and the universe, for one will not get you anywhere without the other. Both must be equally strong to reach your desires, for they are the wings that will lift you to your dreams.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“To be honest with you, I don’t have the words to make you feel better, but I do have the arms to give you a hug, ears to listen to whatever you want to talk about, and I have a heart; a heart that’s aching to see you smile again.
lines from Love Vs Destiny…”
― Atul Purohit

“You are entitled to know that two entities occupy your body. One of these entities is motivated by and responds to the impulse of fear. The other is motivated by and responds to the impulse of faith. Will you be guided by faith or will you allow fear to overtake you?”
― Napoleon Hill, Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success

“Bombs have kill-radiuses; churches should have love-radiuses–anyone within twenty miles of a church should know it.”
― Tyler Edwards, Zombie Church: Breathing Life Back Into the Body of Christ

“This is the story of how Dad lived with his lung cancer. But it is much more. Through his illness and the miracles we experienced, I came to see that Dad’s was not just a journey. It was a journey home. Home to God. ”
― Joseph M. Hanneman, The Journey Home: My Father’s Story of Cancer, Faith and Life-Changing Miracles

“Of course, in our train of thought, we would all like to think we’re on the right track, or at least the same railroad company as the right track.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“I often ask myself, ‘Who would Jesus vote for?’ Then I start to think that he wouldn’t vote at all; however, it would not be out of apathy or disinterest, but out of perfection and light. As a miracle worker, I think he would, by the power of God’s teachings, the perseverance and the truth, influence in a modern sense whoever is put into office how to best serve his fellow men. One, like his skeptics, may find that impractical. But there is a message in that no man in power can slow the momentum of the will of God, and the miracles of his teachings will be forever victorious.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“And if there is no god?
You act as if there is, and it’s the same thing.”
― Janet Fitch, White Oleander

“The problem that we are facing in the church today is that we have so many Christians who have made a decision to believe in Jesus but not a commitment to follow Him. We have people who are planning to, meaning to, trying to, wanting to, going to, we just don’t have people who are doing it.”
― Tyler Edwards, Zombie Church: Breathing Life Back Into the Body of Christ

“My belief is that, morally, God and Satan are vaguely on the same page. According to the common understanding of Satan’s origins, holiness must be in his blood: but a corrupted formula. The vital difference is that God is willing to offer grace for our sins; he delights in grace. God is the one and only holy and just punisher of sin, yes, but that is partly so because punishment for the sake of punishment is not something he loves. Whereas Satan, as the accuser, and as it is written, actually seeks God’s permission to punish; he, being a seasoned legalist, delights in finding wrongs and will defy his own morality just to expose immorality. This is why both the anti-religious soul and the violently religious soul are, whether consciously or unconsciously, and sadly enough, glorifying their biggest hater: Satan is not only a lawless lover of punishing lawlessness, but also the greatest theologian of us all. He loves wickedness, but only because he loves punishing wickedness.”
― Criss Jami, Healology

“It isn’t for the moment you are struck that you need courage, but for that long uphill climb back to sanity and faith and security.”
― Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Love taught me to die with dignity that I might come forth anew in splendor. Born once of flesh, then again of fire, I was reborn a third time to the sound of my name humming haikus in heaven’s mouth.”
― Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

“If God is omnipotent and omniscient, why didn’t he start the universe out in the first place so it would come out the way he wants? Why’s he constantly repairing and complaining? No, there’s one thing the Bible makes clear: The biblical God is a sloppy manufacturer. He’s not good at design, he’s not good at execution. He’d be out of business, if there was any competition.”
― Carl Sagan, Contact

“Some people say they will not believe in anything they can’t see. What a catastrophe to not have any faith at all! You live only less than a half of life, if you will only believe in the things that you can see. Life is lived by those who have much faith and believe in many unseen things. If you believe in nothing that you cannot see, think about how much there is that you choose to turn your face away from! You can’t see your soul and you cannot prove that it exists, therefore if you call yourself one who believes in nothing unseen, then you will forever deny your soul its existence, for the existence of the soul dwells in love, trust, anger, passion, faith, belief, strength; the soul is forever nourished by things that are unseen! And so we have too many empty bodies walking around! Bodies with souls inside that are half-dead and dying.”
― C. JoyBell C.

“It is hard to see how a great man can be an atheist. Without the sustaining influence of faith in a divine power we could have little faith in ourselves. We need to feel that behind us is intelligence and love. Doubters do not achieve; skeptics do not contribute; cynics do not create. Faith is the great motive power, and no man realizes his full possibilities unless he has the deep conviction that life is eternally important, and that his work, well done, is a part of an unending plan.”
― Calvin Coolidge

“While you are going through your trial, you can recall your past victories and count the blessings that you do have with a sure hope of greater ones to allow if you are faithful.”
― Ezra Taft Benson

“We are not asked to SEE,” said Amy. “Why need we when we KNOW?” We know–not the answer to the inevitable Why, but the incontestable fact that it is for the best. “It is an irreparable loss, but is it faith at all if it is ‘hard to trust’ when things are entirely bewildering?”
― Elisabeth Elliot, A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael

“Always listen to the voice of your conscience. If your conscience conflicts with your faith, question everything.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“The question the doubter does not ask is whether faith was really useless or simply not used. What would you think of a boy who gave up learning to ride a bicycle, complaining that he hurt himself because his bicycle stopped moving so he had no choice but to fall off? If he wanted to sit comfortably while remaining stationary, he should not have chosen a bicycle but a chair. Similarly faith must be put to use, or it will become useless.”
― Os Guinness, God in the Dark

“I have one life and one chance to make it count for something . . . I’m free to choose what that something is, and the something I’ve chosen is my faith. Now, my faith goes beyond theology and religion and requires considerable work and effort. My faith demands — this is not optional — my faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.”
― Jimmy Carter

“Nobody can turn you into a slave unless you allow them. Nobody can make you afraid of anything, unless you allow them. Nobody can tell you to do something wrong, unless you allow them. God never created you to be a slave, man did. God never created division or set up any borders between brothers, man did. God never told you hurt or kill another, man did. So why is man your god, and not the Creator?”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Each day gives the opportunity for you to be treated right, to feel worthy, and to be successful. It’s a choice you have to make, a faith you have to embrace, and a standard you have to set.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“To fear is to have more faith in your antagonist than in Christ.”
― D.L. Moody, The Overcoming Life

“As we grow detached from things, we come (with God’s help) to master our desires, and we give the mastery over to God. Discipline and divine grace heal the intellect and the will of the effects of concupiscence. We can begin to see things clearly.”
― Scott Hahn, Lord, Have Mercy: The Healing Power of Confession

“Faith, Princess,” the Prism Cat repeated. “It is a highly underrated weapon against the dark things in this world.”
― Terry Brooks, A Princess of Landover

“Spiritual pain is when you can’t stand another moment not knowing the real truth, and when you finally do know you can’t let go.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“When Lincoln was asked if God was on the Union’s side, Lincoln’s unvarying response was that what was really important was whether they were on God’s side.”
― Joe L. Wheeler, Abraham Lincoln, a Man of Faith and Courage: Stories of Our Most Admired President

“because God has spoken, and everything else is commentary.”
― Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith

“Orthodoxy is idolatry if it means holding the ‘correct opinions about God’ – ‘fundamentalism’ is the most extreme and salient example of such idolatry – but not if it means holding faith in the right way, that is, not holding it at all but being held by God, in love and service. Theology is idolatry if it means what we say about God instead of letting ourselves be addressed by what God has to say to us. Faith is idolatrous if it is rigidly self-certain but not if it is softened in the waters of ‘doubt.”
― John D. Caputo, What Would Jesus Deconstruct?: The Good News of Postmodernism for the Church

“Some acts of faith, I believe, have the power to grant us something infinitely wiser than we imagine”
― Ursula Hegi, Floating in My Mother’s Palm

“It was just like him, she thought; with him, a happy ending was always a foregone conclusion. But such was the power of his faith that when she was with him; she found herself believing in happy endings, too.”
― Sharon Kay Penman, When Christ and His Saints Slept

“Christianity, like genius, is one of the hardest concepts to forgive. We hear what we want to hear and accept what we want to accept, for the most part, simply because there is nothing more offensive than feeling like you have to re-evaluate your own train of thought and purpose in life. You have to die to an extent in your hunger for faith, for wisdom, and quite frankly, most people aren’t ready to die.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Something about being rejected at Church Camp felt so much more awful than being rejected at school. ”
― Craig Thompson, Blankets

“A disciple: I am worried about human suffering all over the world. What is the solution?Spiritual leader: The solution to our miseries lie within central atom of our being, ‘I’. Once this central atom transcends to ‘WE’, human sufferings can be resolved.”
― Santosh Kalwar, Quote Me Everyday

“Peaceful disputes are maintained when men sincerely believe that they are morally, logically correct about the issues at hand. It is when neither side is really certain that wars are instigated.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“You will never get everything in life but you will get enough.”
― Sanhita Baruah

“Dr. Keller begins pacing. “I don’t think we’ve been hearing Faith just right. Her guard…the words..they sound alike.”
What do you mean?”
Your daughter,” Dr. Keller says flatly. “I think she’s seeing God.”
― Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith

“Fatigue can make it hard to have faith. Too much busyness can make it hard to have faith. Too much of too little solitude can impact faith. For that matter, so can a bout of hunger or overwork, anything carried to an extreme. Faith thrives on routine. Look at any monastery and you will see that. Faith keeps on keeping on.”
― Julia Cameron, Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance

“There are some who are still weak in faith, who ought to be instructed, and who would gladly believe as we do. But their ignorance prevents them…we must bear patiently with these people and not use our liberty; since it brings to peril or harm to body or soul…but if we use our liberty unnecessarily, and deliberately cause offense to our neighbor, we drive away the very one who in time would come to our faith. Thus St. Paul circumcised Timothy (Acts 16:3) because simple minded Jews had taken offense; he thought: what harm can it do, since they are offended because of ignorance? But when, in Antioch, they insisted that he out and must circumcise Titus (Gal. 2:3) Paul withstood them all and to spite them refused to have Titus circumcised… He did the same when St. Peter…it happened in this way: when Peter was with the Gentiles he ate pork and sausages with them, but when the Jews came in, he abstained from this food and did not eat as he did before. Then the Gentiles who had become Christians though: Alas! we, too, must be like the Jews, eat no pork, and live according to the law of Moses. But when Paul learned that they were acting to the injury of evangelical freedom, he reproved Peter publicly and read him an apostolic lecture, saying: “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?” (Gal. 2:14). Thus we, too, should order our lives and use our liberty at the proper time, so that Christian liberty may suffer no injury, and no offense be given to our weak brothers and sisters who are still without the knowledge of this liberty.”
― Martin Luther

“Faith keeps our ships moving, while empathy and the memories of our experiences lead to wisdom.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Each moment of worry, anxiety or stress represents lack of faith in miracles, for they never cease.”
― T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”

“The primary purpose of prayer is not to make requests. The primary purpose is to praise, to sing, to chant. Because the essence of prayer is a song, and man cannot live without a song.
Prayer may not save us. But prayer may make us worthy of being saved.”
― Abraham Joshua Heschel, Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays

“to have faith is precisely to lose one’s mind so as to win God.”
― Søren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death

“A farmer is helpless to grow grain; all he can do is provide the right conditions for the growing of grain. He cultivates the ground, he plants the seed, he waters the plants, and then the natural forces of the earth take over and up comes the grain…This is the way it is with the Spiritual Disciplines – they are a way of sowing to the Spirit… By themselves the Spiritual Disciplines can do nothing; they can only get us to the place where something can be done.”
― Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

“Honey, nobody ever knows someone completely. You have to just enjoy what you do know and have faith in the rest.”
― Erin McCarthy, Hard and Fast

“It is extremely important for you to believe in yourselves not only for what you are now but for what you have the power to become. Trust in the Lord as He leads you along. He has things for you to do that you won’t know about now but that will unfold later. If you stay close to Him, You will have some great adventures. You will live in a time where instead of sometimes being fulfilled, many of them will actually be fulfilled. The Lord will unfold your future bit by bit.”
― Neal A. Maxwell

“But everything I have to give, I’ll give to you”
― Ray Lamontagne

“I mean that the reason God seems to act in ways that make no sense to us is that our perceptions are wrong. Our expectations are subtly twisted. We long for things that harm us and run from the things that grow and heal us. We think good is bad and bad is good. God acts rightly, but to us, it seems confusing. Or sometimes plain wrong.”
― Tessa Afshar, Pearl in the Sand

“Maybe we are a little crazy. After all, we believe in things we don’t see. The Scriptures say that faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Heb. 11:1). We believe poverty can end even though it is all around us. We believe in peace even though we hear only rumours of wars. And since we are people of expectation, we are so convinced that another world is coming that we start living as if it were already here.”
― Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

“The only thing that guarantees an open-ended collaboration among human beings, the only thing that guarantees that this project is truly open-ended, is a willingness to have our beliefs and behaviors modified by the power of conversation.”
― Sam Harris

“In God’s eyes, a man who teaches one truth and nothing else is more righteous than a man who teaches a million truths and one lie.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“because it seemed too simple to accept that life was an act of faith.”
― Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

“We can follow a steady upward course in a world of change without fear, welcoming opportunities”
― Henry B. Eyring

“Really, there was only one sensible thing to do. Stay the course. Pray it through, day by day, minute by minute. The Lord had an answer and it would surely come. (p. 203)”
― Janice Hanna, Love Finds You in Poetry, Texas

“We need faith and the mind of the Lord Jesus to recognize something of lasting value in even our most ordinary tasks.”
― Philip Yancey

“On every level of life, from housework to heights of prayer, in all judgement and effort to get things done, hurry and impatience are sure marks of the amateur.”
― Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

“In order that love be fully satisfied, It is necessary that It lower Itself and that It lower Itself to nothingness and transform this nothingness into fire.”
― Teresa of Ávila

“practice only envisioning yourself at the finish line and be unrelenting and fervent in racing towards that finish line. Undue preoccupation and fixation with the how’s, whens, and what ifs will not only derail and further distance you from your destination, but will also feed your mind with those fatal seeds of doubt that make failure inevitable” ~ Awaken and Unleash your Victor”
― Ogor Winnie Okoye

“Faith is simply whatever is real to us.”
― Elizabeth Kostova, The Swan Thieves

“~ Faith lightens the path your shadowed mind has to walk ~”
― Michelle Horst, Visions and Shadows

“God doesn’t expect us to be a walking encyclopedia of biblical knowledge. He wants us to know Him, to be in a relationship with Him. This means not only hearing but allowing our understanding of God to change the way we live. Like the wise builder who laid the foundation of his house on the rock, we learn to let our knowledge of God change us.”
― Tyler Edwards, Zombie Church: Breathing Life Back Into the Body of Christ

“It was by faith, nothing wavering, that Joseph saw God our Eternal Father and Jesus Christ, His Son.”
― Thomas S. Monson

“I couldn’t care less about evidence and proof and assurances. I just want God. I want God inside me. I want God to play in my bloodstream the way sunlight amuses itself on water.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“I see it in your eyes as I see it in hers. Remember, there is always light where there is love and if that is what is meant to happen between the two of you, then it was destined.”
― L.G. Castillo, Lash

“One often has to do what they have to do in order to do what they want to do; however if you only do what you want to do then you will never do what you have to do!”
― C. Moorer, From Failure to Promise: An Uncommon Path to Professoriate

“If you search for God you will find him and He will not give up on you”.”
― Michele Woolley, God’s Favor – Breath Of Heaven

“To love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and our neighbor as ourself.”
― Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

“نصف فائدة السجود تتمثل في الطلب بحدّ ذاته ، في النية السليمة الواضحة .”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“In fact, it was all I could do to stop myself from saying, ‘I’ve always been a big fan of your work …”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“Your faith was strong, but you needed proof…”
― Leonard Cohen

“There is never a moment when God is not in control. Relax! He’s got you covered.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“What was the opposite of linkage blindness? What described being certain of something without any kind of evidence?
…The term was faith.”
― Barry Lyga, I Hunt Killers

“Adam understood, then, that Gansey and Blue’s awe changed this place. Ronan and Adam may have seen this place as magical, but Gansey and Blue’s wonder made it holy.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Just above our terror, the stars painted this story in perfect silver calligraphy. And our
“Just above our terror, the stars painted this story
in perfect silver calligraphy. And our souls, too often
abused by ignorance, covered our eyes with mercy.”
― Aberjhani, I Made My Boy Out of Poetry

“It is certain that an atom of goodness on the path of faith is never lost.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi

This world’s anguish is no different from the love we insist on holding back.
“This world’s anguish is no different
from the love we insist on holding back.”
― Aberjhani, Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

“The human ego is the ugliest part of man. We lift up men who only show us darkness, and put down those brave enough to show us the light. Likewise, people engage in darkness when it is light outside, and acknowledge the light only when it is dark. We abandon those fighting for us to cheer behind those fighting against us. And, we only remember good people and God when it is convenient for us, and take them for granted because their doors are always open – only to chase after closed doors and personalities void of substance and truth.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“There is no one true church, no one chosen people.”
― Terry Tempest Williams, Leap

“For centuries the church has stood by while science picked away at religion bit by bit. Debunking miracles. Training the mind to overcome the heart. Condemning religion as the opiate of the masses. They denounce God as a hallucination – a delusional crutch for those too weak to accept that life is meaningless. I could not stand by while science presumed to harness the power of God himself! Proof, you say? Yes, proof of science’s ignorance! What is wrong with the admission that something exists beyond our understanding? The day science substantiates God in a lab is the day people stop needing faith!”
― Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

“Remember, an easy question can have an easy answer. But a hard question must have a hard answer. And for the hardest questions of all, there may be no answer – except faith.”
― Charles Sheffield, Brother to Dragons

“Trusting God’s grace means trusting God’s love for us rather than our love for God. […] Therefore our prayers should consist mainly of rousing our awareness of God’s love for us rather than trying to rouse God’s awareness of our love for him, like the priests of Baal on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:26-29).”
― Peter Kreeft, Prayer for Beginners

“Faith requires following the power of a whisper.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“The paradox in Christian truth is invariably due to the fact that it is the truth that exists for God. The standard of measure and the end is superhuman; and there is only one relationship possible: faith.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“(about William Blake)

[Blake] said most of us mix up God and Satan. He said that what most people think is God is merely prudence, and the restrainer and inhibitor of energy, which results in fear and passivity and “imaginative death.”

And what we so often call “reason” and think is so fine, is not intelligence or understanding at all, but just this: it is arguing from our *memory* and the sensations of our body and from the warnings of other people, that if we do such and such a thing we will be uncomfortable. “It won’t pay.” “People will think it is silly.” “No one else does it.” “It is immoral.”

But the only way you can grow in understanding and discover whether a thing is good or bad, Blake says, is to do it. “Sooner strangle an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires.”

For this “Reason” as Blake calls it (which is really just caution) continually nips and punctures and shrivels the imagination and the ardor and the freedom and the passionate enthusiasm welling up in us. It is Satan, Blake said. It is the only enemy of God. “For nothing is pleasing to God except the invention of beautiful and exalted things.” And when a prominent citizen of his time, a logical, opining, erudite, measured, rationalistic, Know-it-all, warned people against “mere enthusiasm,” Blake wrote furiously (he was a tender-hearted, violent and fierce red-haired man): “Mere enthusiasm is the All in All!”
― Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit

“This is a God who is not identified with the help of a dictionary but through a relationship.”
― Kathleen Norris, Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith

“The lust of the flesh directs these desires [of personal union], however, to satisfaction of the body, often at the cost of a real and full communion of persons.”
― Pope John Paul II, Blessed Are the Pure of Heart: Catechesis on the Sermon on the Mount and Writings of St. Paul

“When we find that God’s ways always coincide with our own ways, it’s time to question who we’re really worshipping, God or ourselves. The latter moves the nature of godliness from the King to our servant to a slave, a deduction into the realm of selfhood and then the lower, slavehood. It’s a spiritual mathematics in that men who need God in his godhood are humble yet strong and spiritually ambitious while men who need a slave in their selfhood are ultimately paralyzed and will remain paralyzed.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“I guarantee you that after you die you will not say ‘I spent too much time praying; I wish I had watched more TV instead.”
― Peter Kreeft, Prayer for Beginners

“Redeemed humanity is still young, it has hardly come to its full strength. But already there is joy enough in the little finger of a great saint such as yonder lady to waken all the dead things of the universe into life.”
― C.S. Lewis

“But we have seen how brightly light shines in the dark, how sweetly music fills the quiet. All these years you have known only shadow and silence, and we have so much to show you. To save you.

I am not worth saving.

We are all worth saving.

How can you know?

We cannot ever know, not truly.

But we have faith.”
― Amie Kaufman, Their Fractured Light

“Never stop believing that your dreams are eternal.”
― Truth Devour, Unrequited
“Forgiveness without understanding is like faith without proof.”
― Jessica Francis Kane, The Report

“What is false about hope?”
― Mitch Albom, The First Phone Call from Heaven

“Trustful people are the pure at heart, as they are moved by the zeal of their own trustworthiness.”
― Criss Jami, Healology

“Doa yang tulus dan dengan cinta, adalah kekuatan besar yang bisa menyelamatkan siapa pun, termasuk orang yang mendoakannya.”
― Amanda Inez, Beauty Sleep

“I will not join the rat race because I’m not a rat. And I will not blindly follow a specific faith because I’m not a bat. The only race I’ll take part in is for humans being humane. It’s called the human race, and sadly it’s got the least participants.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“The vermin explain their sin with sanctimonious language like, “We’ve prayed about it and sought counsel, and we feel it’s the right thing to do.” Don’t let it down on them that to the Enemy what they feel is inconsequential. His moral laws don’t give a rip about how any of them feel. The sludgebags have no more power to vote them in and out of existence than they have power to revoke the law of gravity.”
― Randy Alcorn, Lord Foulgrin’s Letters

“A man of God would never burn or harm a temple of any kind – regardless of religion. A true man of God would see every temple or divine mansion built to glorify the Creator – as an extension of the temple closest to his home, regardless of its shape, size, or color. A man who truly recognizes and knows God can see God in all things.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“I guess that’s where faith comes in, the faith of a child to believe in Santa, the faith of an adult to believe in God, maybe faith is what makes something real? Maybe Rose had believed enough to create her own afterlife, maybe that’s the reward of faith…”
― Gillibran Brown, Fun With Dick and Shane

“What I admire about the modern atheist is not at all his logic, but rather his gift of imagination. There will always be the cartoon versions of Christianity further perpetuated by the extremist atheists who do not possess the humility to ask real scholars and theologians its difficult questions. There is little doubt that the atheist has the bigger imagination: the first reason is due to his persistent caricatures of what constitutes a Christian; the second because of his belief that most of his questions are actually rhetorical. From this I can infer that, instead of laughing at one another (the Christian at modern atheist immaturity and the modern atheist at Christian stupidity), we would have a better chance at productivity laughing with one another as we all dumb down what we don’t understand.”
― Criss Jami, Healology

“Talk to me about the truth of religion and I’ll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I’ll listen submissively. But don’t come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don’t understand.”
― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

“عندما يمنحك الله الحياة ، من واجبك (ومن حقك ككائن بشري) أن تجد شيئًا جميلًا فيها ، مهما كان ضئيلًا”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“We were as Hansel and Gretel and we ventured out into the black forest of the world.”
― Patti Smith, Just Kids

“The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
–as quoted in THE RIVER OF WINGED DREAMS”
― Abraham Lincoln

“[I]t is difficult to imagine a set of beliefs more suggestive of mental illness than those that lie at the heart of many of our religious traditions.”
― Sam Harris, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

“The presence of a noble nature, generous in its wishes, ardent in its charity, changes the lights for us: we begin to see things again in their larger, quieter masses, and to believe that we too can be seen and judged in the wholeness of our character.”
― George Eliot, Middlemarch

“The response to war is to live like brothers and sisters. The response to injustice is to share. The response to despair is a limitless trust and hope. The response to prejudice and hatred is forgiveness. To work for community is to work for humanity. To work for peace is to work for a true political solution; it is to work for the Kingdom of God. It is to work to enable every one to live and taste the secret joys of the human person united to the eternal.”
― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

“The only opportunity you will ever have to live by faith is in the circumstances you are provided this very day: this house you live in, this family you find yourself in, this job you have been given, the weather conditions that prevail at the …moment.”
― Eugene H. Peterson

“This day is not a sieve, losing time. With each passing minute, each passing year, there’s this deepening awareness that I am filling, gaining time. We stand on the brink of eternity.”
― Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

“You asked the Holy Spirit for a miracle, and now that you’ve got one you’re trying to argue it away. People who don’t believe in miracles shouldn’t pray for them.”
― David Wilkerson, The Cross and the Switchblade

“Men and women are needed whose prayers will give to the world the utmost power of God; who will make His promises to blossom with rich and full results. God is waiting to hear us and challenges us to bring Him to do this thing by our praying. He is asking us, to-day, as He did His ancient Israel, to prove Him now herewith.” Behind God’s Word is God Himself, and we read: “Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, his Maker: Ask of me of things to come and concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands, command ye me.” As though God places Himself in the hands and at the disposal of His people who pray – as indeed He does. The dominant element of all praying is faith, that is conspicuous, cardinal and emphatic. Without such faith it is impossible to please God, and equally impossible to pray.”
― E.M. Bounds, The Weapon of Prayer

“Self abandoned, relaxed and effortless, I seemed to have laid me down in the dried-up bed of a great river; I heard a flood loosened in remote mountains, I felt the torrent come; to rise I had no will, to flee I had no strength.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“What has happened to create this doubt is that a problem (such as a deep conflict or a bad experience) has been allowed to usurp God’s place and become the controlling principle of life. Instead of viewing the problem from the vantage point of faith, the doubter views faith from the vantage point of the problem. Instead of faith sizing up the problem, the situation ends with the problem scaling down faith. The world of faith is upside down, and in the topsy-turvy reality of doubt, a problem has become god and God has become a problem.”
― Os Guinness

“There are certain mortal moments and minutes that matter. Certain hingepoints in the history of each human. Some seconds are so decisive they shrink the soul, while others are spent, so as to stretch the soul.”
― Neal A. Maxwell

“Perhaps true faith is a form of insanity.”
― Kristine Kathryn Rusch, The Sacrifice

“Deep down under where his heart resided, strangled up in thorny vines of guilt, anger, fear and longing, there lay something deeper in him, something that he couldn’t see but she could.”
― Carol Oates, Ember

“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.”
― Henry Ward Beecher

“The Latin words humus, soil/earth, and homo, human being, have a common derivation, from which we also get our word ‘humble.’ This is the Genesis origin of who we are: dust – dust that the Lord God used to make us a human being. If we cultivate a lively sense of our origin and nurture a sense of continuity with it, who knows, we may also acquire humility.”
― Eugene H. Peterson, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places

“When you SEE into the invisible, you will DARE to do the impossible!”
― John Paul Warren

“Since living is believing, no one can be completely lacking in faith.”
― Kentetsu Takamori, Unlocking Tannisho: Shinran’s Words on the Pure Land Path

“While fear depletes power, faith gives wings for the soul’s elevation.”
― T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”

“Failure is a reality; we all fail at times, and it’s painful when we do. But it’s better to fail while striving for something wonderful, challenging, adventurous, and uncertain than to say, ” I don’t want to try because I may not succeed completely.”
― Jimmy Carter, Sources of Strength: Meditations on Scripture for a Living Faith

“Although the far territory of the extreme can exert an intoxicating pull on susceptible individuals of all bents, extremism seems to be especially prevalent among those inclined by temperament or upbringing toward religious pursuits. Faith is the very antithesis of reason, injudiciousness a crucial component of spiritual devotion. And when religious fanaticism supplants ratiocination, all bets are suddenly off.”
― Jon Krakauer, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

“There is nothing anti-intellectual in the leap of faith, for faith is not believing without proof but trusting without reservation.”
― William Sloane Coffin Jr., Credo

“He that hath the steerage of my course,
Direct my sail.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

“I’ve been a Christian since I was a little girl. But my Christianity is a muddy mess of thoughts and opinions and making God into what works for me-like going shopping at the mall and picking out whatever I want, putting together faith like I would an outfit. Somehow I don’t think the Creator, the I AM, the savior of the world is something we can mix and match to out liking.”
― Cindy Martinusen Coloma, Caleb + Kate

“Leaving your religion and having to invent your own system of values is a big deal, after all.”
― Therese Doucet

“As the essence of courage is to stake one’s life on a possibility, so the essence of faith is to believe the possibility exists.”
― William Salter

“I believed in immaculate conception and spontaneous combustion. I believed in aliens from outer space and vampires, prophecy, and the resurrection of the dead. I had deja vu many times each day. I was thirteen.”
― Kate Braverman, Small Craft Warnings: Stories

“So as I shivered, naked and damp, in front of the bathroom mirror, I raised my eyes skyward. “I hope we’re still okay.”
I got no answer, but then, I didn’t really expect one. Answer or not, it didn’t matter. That’s the thing about faith, I guess.”
― Chloe Neill

“When you are happy, so happy you have no sense of needing Him, so happy that you are tempted to feel His claims upon you as an interruption, if you remember yourself and turn to Him with gratitude and praise, you will be — or so it feels— welcomed with open arms. But go to Him when your need is desperate, when all other help is vain, and what do you find? A door slammed in your face, and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside. After that, silence.”
― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

“The older I grow and the more I abandon myself to God’s will, the less
I value intelligence that wants to know and will that wants to do; and
as the only element of salvation I recognize faith, which can wait patiently,
without asking too many questions.”
― Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

“You can’t give somebody faith. They either got it or they don’t.”
― Karen Marie Moning, Iced

“Belief creates the actual fact.”
― William James

“Faith is a luxury for those who are able to ignore what the rest of us must see every day. Pessimism, distrust, and irony are the holy trinity of my religion, irony in particular.”
― Brando Skyhorse, The Madonnas of Echo Park

“Reading a book about something can be an obstacle to doing it because it gives you the impression that you are doing what you are only thinking about doing. It is tempting to remain in the comfortable theater of our imagination instead of the real world, to fall in love with the idea of becoming a saint and loving God and neighbor instead of doing the actual work, because the idea makes no demands on you. It is like a book on a shelf. But, as Dostoyevsky says, ‘love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams’ (The Brothers Karamazov).”
― Peter Kreeft, Prayer for Beginners

“That the stars guide us, but do not compel us. It is our free will that determines the outcome of all things. God does impose his will on us, rather he makes it known and allows us to choose if we will follow it.”
― Kathleen McGowan, The Poet Prince

“The worse I am, the more I need God. I can’t shut myself out from His mercy. That is what it would mean; starting a life with you, without Him.
Julia to Charles”
― Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

“those who have loved are those that have found God”
― Guru Nanak

“The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said, When Allah loves a people, He tries them.”
― Leila Aboulela, Lyrics Alley

“Christian hands never clasp
and He doesn’t give gifts for gain
because a gift can never stop being a gift –
it is always meant to be given.”
― Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

“Stone, steel, dominions pass,
Faith too, no wonder;
So leave alone the grass
That I am under.”
― A.E. Housman, More Poems

“I can’t make those two realities — what I’ve lost and what I’ve found — fit together in some tidy pattern of divine causality. I just have to hold them on the one hand and on the other, just like that.”
― Kate Braestrup, Here If You Need Me: A True Story

“The most important lesson that we’re supposed to be learning right now is how completely lost we are without God. If we don’t learn this lesson, then our lives are going to have zero meaning. (Stronger: Forty Days of Metal and Spirituality)”
― Brian “Head” Welch

“Stop counting your losses and start counting your blessings. Only then will you discover that losses are always easier to point out and count than blessings. And that your blessings will always outnumber your losses, for they are truly immeasurable.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Faith to me is trusting in every evidence that something is―that it is possible, that it is significant, that it is real.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year

“The sun is still there… even if clouds drift over it. Once you have experienced the reality of sunshine you may weep, but you will never feel ice about your heart again.”
― Elizabeth Goudge, The White Witch

“Come Judgment Day, we may find that Mumbo Jumbo the God of the Congo was the Big Boss all along.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

“Is it folly to believe in something that is intangible? After all, some of the greatest intangibles are Love, Hope, and Wonder.
Another is Deity.
The choice to be a fool is yours.”
― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

“But I don’t know how to fight. All I know how to do is stay alive.”
― Alice Walker

“Спомням си как през летните следобеди, които прекарвах там, баба ми, привършила домашната работа, сядаше до прозореца на светло и вадеше от своя скришен сандък една огромна Библия с твърди корици, обвита с тогавашния официозен вестник “Работническо дело” по конспиративни причини. Вече знаех, че комунизмът и Библията никак не се обичаха.”
― Georgi Gospodinov, Невидимите кризи

“If the Creator stood before a million men with the light of a million lamps, only a few would truly see him because truth is already alive in their hearts. Truth can only be seen by those with truth in them. He who does not have Truth in his heart, will always be blind to it.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Realizing the seriously ruthless, venomous habits and agendas of evil always instills a more fierce passion and longing for a closer God. Men, out of pride, may claim their own authorities over what constitutes good and evil; they may self-proclaim a keen knowledge of subjective morality through religion or science. But that is only if they are acknowledging the work of evil as a cartoon-like, petty little rain cloud in the sky that merely wants to dampen one’s spirits. On the contrary, a man could be without a doubt lit with the strength, the peace, and the knowledge of the gods, his gods, but when or if the devils grow weary in unsuccessful attempts to torment him, they begin tormenting his loved ones, or, if not his loved ones, anyone who may attempt to grasp his philosophies. No matter how godly he may become, God is, in the end, his only hope and his only grace for the pressures built around him – it is left up to a higher authority and a more solid peace and a wider love to eclipse not just one’s own evils but all evils for goodness to ultimately matter. If all men were gods, each being would dwell in a separate prison cell, hopeless, before finally imploding into nothingness.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“If you have abandoned one faith, do not abandon all faith. There is always an alternative to the faith we lose. Or is it the same faith under another name?”
― Graham Greene

“When we look for success, it should be for the sole purpose of boasting sincerely in Christ. There’s no other reason for it. Success is only worth it when the more intense it gets for you, the more you find yourself bragging for his glory rather than your own.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“We try too much and trust too little. Count the times God’s Book tells us to “try.” Now count the times it tells us to “trust.”
― Peter Kreeft, Prayer for Beginners

“The language of light can only be decoded by the heart.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“I guess this thing we call faith is a climb. I always wanted to think of it as a big slide straight into the arms of God who waits at the bottom to catch us. But instead, He’s a God who’s on top of things – & like any mountain you climb, the closer we get to Him, the steeper the terrain.”
― Lisa Samson

“Regardless of your chosen faith, at the end of your life’s journey, your heart will be measured in two ways. One, the weight of your conscience must far outweigh the weight of a feather. Two, any impurities in your heart must weigh no more than one feather.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Shoulders are from God, and burdens too.”
― Isaac Bashevis Singer, Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories

“He who has not God in himself cannot feel His absence.”
― Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace

“For he who loves God without faith reflects on himself, while the person who loves God in faith reflects on God.”
― Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling

“But all the while, there was one thing we most needed even from the start, and certainly will need from here on out into the New Jerusalem: the ability to take our freedom seriously and act on it, to live not in fear of mistakes but in the knowledge that no mistake can hold a candle to the love that draws us home. My repentance, accordingly, is not so much for my failings but for the two-bit attitude toward them by which I made them more sovereign than grace. Grace – the imperative to hear the music, not just listen for errors – makes all infirmities occasions of glory.”
― Robert Farrar Capon, Between Noon & Three: Romance, Law & the Outrage of Grace

“Feet sandaled with dreams tread paths of vision leading to wisdom’s sharp peaks.”
― Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

“Hope and faith goes hand-in-hand, because without hope there is no faith. The same goes with want and needs, without any wants, there no need to have a need”
― Temitope Owosela

“May the sun come, it’s a new day; In the pure land of fantasy; That our darkness enlightened”
― Miguel Torga

“Her heart felt as if it were breaking in her breast, bleeding and bleeding, young and fierce. From grief over the warm and ardent love which she had lost and still secretly mourned; from anguished joy over the pale, luminous love which drew her to the farthest boundaries of life on this earth. Through the great darkness that would come, she saw the gleam of another, gentler sun, and she sensed the fragrance of the herbs in the garden at world’s end.”
― Sigrid Undset, The Wife

“He does not regard the quantity of faith, but the quality. He does not measure its degree, but its truth. He will not break any bruised reed, nor quench any smoking flax. He will never let it be said that any perished at the foot of the cross.”
― J.C. Ryle

“Then I knew that the sign I had asked for was not a little thing, not a passing nod of recognition, and a phrase came back to me from my childhood of the veil of the temple being rent from top to bottom.”
― Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

“Men cannot expect to do ill and fare well, but to find that done to them which they did to others.”
― Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible

“That was the last cruel irony of Tobias’s life: that he doomed the woman he would have died to save.”
― Cassandra Clare, The Lost Herondale

“It may be a procession of faithful failures that enriches the soil of godly success. Faithful actions are not religious acts. They are not even necessary actions undertaken by people of faith. Faithful actions, whether they are marked by success or they end in failure, are actions that are compelled by goodness.”
― Desmond Tutu

“How do we remain faithful to our own spiritual imagination and not betray what we know in our own bodies? The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy.”
― Terry Tempest Williams, Leap

“I believe we are more ready to embrace our lives in the here and now when we are able to recognize the continuity between the immanence of God in our world and eternity. Rather than simply waiting to be liberated to another time or place, we are being invited to collaborate in the healing and redemption of our world.”
― Mark Scandrette, Soul Graffiti: Making a Life in the Way of Jesus

“All communication involves faith; indeed, some linguisticians hold that the potential obstacles to acts of verbal understanding are so many and diverse that it is a minor miracle that they take place at all.”
― Terry Eagleton, Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate

“Love and faith are not common companions. More commonly power and fear consort with faith….Power is not to be crossed; one must respect and obey. Power means strength, whereas love is a human frailty the people mistrust. It is a sad fact of life that power and fear are the fountainheads of faith.”
― Saul D. Alinsky, Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals

“The universe contains many planets which make it what it is – a unified system. In addition, our bodies contain many organs, and each part is congruent to a planet in our solar system. The universe we see out our eyes is a mirror of what is within us. This is what God meant by making man in his image. We are all made as a reflection of God and that reflection of him is within us. Furthermore, not only are all religions connected to the same Truth, or Cosmic Heart, but this concept is also mirrored in the pantheons of ancient religions, where each of the many gods simply represented one set of characteristics of the ONE. And in all cases, these many gods symbolized the planets, therefore mimicking the different parts of the universe and the ONE God’s many mirrors (He Who is All). The structure behind all polytheistic religions of the past and present is one and the same. They are all built on the same foundation as Nature.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Dusty, dark, cold, and hard, coal has no beauty of its own, but when it is consummated by fire it is beautiful and becomes what it was designed to be.”
― Frederica Mathewes-Green, At the Corner of East and Now: A Modern Life in Ancient Christian Orthodoxy

“As goes the family, so goes the faith; as goes the faith, so goes the culture.”
― Kenneth L. Gentry Jr., The Greatness of the Great Commission: The Christian Enterprise in a Fallen World

“Ultimately we have nothing to fear. Jesus loves us, and he invites us to be confident in that love. As we seek to obey Him, we are not called to assess the risk involved and determine whether or not obedience will be beneficial or safe for us. We are simply called to trust and obey.”
― Dan Baumann, A Beautiful Way: An Invitation to a Jesus-Centered Life

“God really performs the miracle of multiplying our time, but only if we give it to him first.”
― Peter Kreeft, Prayer for Beginners

“We do matter. To believe that our lives are meaningful is the essence of faith. We are not as large, or as bright, or as eternal as the stars, but we carry humankind’s message of love across the galaxy. We are the first. We are the world makers. Our nourishment is hope. Like the tender reed shaking in the wind, we will reach up to a new sun.”
― Amy Kathleen Ryan, Glow

“Nothing but prayer can make saints because nothing but God can make saints, and we meet God in prayer. Prayer is the hospital for souls where we meet Doctor God.”
― Peter Kreeft, Prayer for Beginners

“The only way God can strengthen his presence in our will is to weaken his presence in our feelings. Otherwise we would become spiritual cripples, unable to walk without emotional crutches. This is why he gives us dryness, sufferings, and failures.”
― Peter Kreeft, Prayer for Beginners

“sometime life is full of joy,and sometime life is full of pain and tears
but we have to defeat it”
― Meena Khan

“Nothing will get you into trouble so deep or as sad as faith.”
― Rick Bass, The Watch

“It is debatable whether blind faith is truly faith at all. Faith is the perceptive gray area where scientific facts meet an individual’s experiential truths – the extreme of the former is left feeling in the dark whereas the latter is caught blinded by the light. By proper scientific method, it is intellectually dishonest for me to declare the existence of God with utmost certainty, but to my individual spirit, I would be intellectually dishonest to deny the existence of God even for a second. This leaves the best of both worlds, as the believer is called to be able to give reasons for his faith, a deviation from mere fantasy.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“I said, “Where’s all that delivering God’s supposed to do?”
He snorted. “You’re right, the only deliverance is the one we get for ourselves. The Lord doesn’t have any hands and feet but ours.”
“That doesn’t say much for the Lord.”
“It doesn’t say much for us, either.”
― Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings

“The true value of a man is not determined by his possession, supposed or real, of Truth, but rather by his sincere exertion to get to the Truth. It is not possession of the Truth, but rather the pursuit of Truth by which he extends his powers and in which his ever-growing perfectibility is to be found. Possession makes one passive, indolent, and proud.”
― Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

“The conflicting missions of the two armies seemed to have no fog, no gray, only black-and-white clarity. I had lived my life in terms of compromise, rule-bending, trade-offs, concessions, bargaining, striking deals, finding middle ground. In these two great armies, there was no such thing. Good was good, and evil was evil, and they shared no common ground.”
― Randy Alcorn, Edge of Eternity

“Solitude is the soil in which genius is planted, creativity grows, and legends bloom; faith in oneself is the rain that cultivates a hero to endure the storm, and bare the genesis of a new world, a new forest.”
― Mike Norton, White Mountain

“Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.
But no, that is not quite accurate. There is one place where her absence comes locally home to me, and it is a place I can’t avoid. I mean my own body. It had such a different importance while it was the body of H.’s lover. Now it’s like an empty house.”
― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

“Faith moves mountains, but only knowledge moves them to the right place…”
― Joseph Goebbels

“People think of faith as being something that you don’t really believe, a device in helping you believe simply it. Of course that is quite wrong. As Pascal says, faith is a gift of God. It is different from the proof of it. It is the kind of faith God himself places in the heart, of which the proof is often the instrument…
He says of it, too, that it is the heart which is aware of God, and not reason. That is what faith is: God perceived by the heart, not be reason.”
― Malcolm Muggeridge, The End of Christendom

“It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.”
― G.K. Chesterton

“Grace is the celebration of life, relentlessly hounding all the non-celebrants in the world. It is a floating, cosmic bash shouting its way through the streets of the universe, flinging the sweetness of its cassations to every window, pounding at every door in a hilarity beyond all liking and happening, until the prodigals come out at last and dance, and the elder brothers finally take their fingers out of their ears.”
― Robert Farrar Capon, Between Noon & Three: Romance, Law & the Outrage of Grace

“Do you know, the only people I can have a conversation with are the Jews? At least when they quote scripture at you they are not merely repeating something some priest has babbled in their ear. They have the great merit of disagreeing with nearly everything I say. In fact, they disagree with almost everything they say themselves. And most importantly, they don’t think that shouting strengthens their argument.”
― Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio

“Have faith in the Yankees my son. Think of the great DiMaggio.”
― Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

“Whatever has befallen you was not meant to escape you, and whatever has escaped you was not meant to befall you.”
― عائض القرني

“القرآن الكريم ليس إعجازًا في البلاغة فقط ، ولكنه يحوي إعجازًا في كل ما يمكن للعقل البشري أن يحوم حوله ، فكل مفكر متدبر في كلام اللَّه يجد إعجازًا في القرآن الكريم . فالذي درس البلاغة رأى الإعجاز البلاغي ، والذي تعلم الطب وجد إعجازًا طبيًا في القرآن الكريم . وعالم النباتات رأى إعجازًا في آيات القرآن الكريم ، وكذلك عالم الفلك .”
― محمد متولي الشعراوي, كيف تقرأ القرآن الكريم وتحفظه

“Some communities don’t permit open, honest inquiry about the things that matter most. Lots of people have voiced a concern, expressed a doubt, or raised a question, only to be told by their family, church, friends, or tribe: “We don’t discuss those things here.”

I believe the discussion itself is divine. Abraham does his best to bargain with God, most of the book of Job consists of arguments by Job and his friends about the deepest questions of human suffering, God is practically on trial in the book of Lamentations, and Jesus responds to almost every question he’s asked with…a question.”
― Rob Bell, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”
― Sarah Ban Breathnach

“At times , he didn’t understand the meaning of the Koran’s words . But he said he liked the enhancing sounds the arabic words made as they rolled off his tongue . He said they comforted him , eased his heart . “They’ll comfort you too . Mrariam jo , ” he said . “You can summon then in your time of your need , and they won’t fail you . God’s words will never betray you , my girl . (pg.17)”
― Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns

“The Church does not dispense the sacrament of baptism in order to acquire for herself an increase in membership but in order to consecrate a human being to God and to communicate to that person the divine gift of birth from God.”
― Hans Urs von Balthasar, Unless You Become Like This Child

“We do know that no person can be saved except through Christ. We do not know that only those who know Him can be saved by Him.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“Religious people tend to encounter, among those who are not, a cemented certainty that belief in God is a crutch for the weak and the fearful…Now the belief in God may turn out at the last trump to be a mistake. Meantime, let us be quite clear, it is not merely the comfort of the simple–though it is that too, much to its glory–it is a formidable intellectual position with which most of the first-class minds of the human race, century in and century out, have concurred, each in his own way….speaking of crutches–Freud can be a crutch, Marx can be a crutch, rationalism can be a crutch, and atheism can be two canes and a pair of iron braces. We none of us have all the answers, nor are we likely to have. But in the country of the halt, the man who is surest he has no limp may be the worst-crippled.”
― Herman Wouk, This Is My God: The Jewish Way of Life

“Floating there I held onto faith. Because you can’t know who might cross your path or who will take your breath away. You can’t know what friends might actually become sisters because they stayed by your side. You can’t know when there’ll be an unexpected detour that’ll take you to the place where you were always meant to be.”
― Holly C. Corbett, The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World.

“We worship…the powers that speak to our souls, if it seems they do. We do so knowing there is more to the world, and the half-world, and perhaps worlds beyond, than we can grasp. We always knew that. We can’t even stop children from dying, how would we presume to understand the truth of things? Behind things? Does the presence of one power deny another? [p. 176]”
― Guy Gavriel Kay, Sailing to Sarantium

“Religion doesn’t just cloud our minds. It asks us to deliberately deceive ourselves– to replace reason with its opposite, faith. And when men operate on faith, they can no longer be reasoned with, which makes them more dangerous than any sane man, good or evil.”
― James L. Sutter, Death’s Heretic

“I need no master to punish me in order to behave as I ought. If I did, I would be no more than a child who obeys his father’s rules only because he fears the whip, and not because he actually means good.”
― Christopher Paolini, Inheritance

“You know, it’s a sad and unfortunate state of affairs that you have to live in a world where eight-year-olds refuse to believe in anything that they cannot touch or measure, and anyone who happens to see a thing that is invisible to most people is immediately branded a lunatic.”
― Caitlín R. Kiernan, Daughter of Hounds

“How could anyone love Him? What did you just tell me yourself about the world? Don’t you see, everybody hates God now. It’s not that God is dead in the twentieth century. It’s that everybody hates Him! At least I think so.”
― Anne Rice, Memnoch the Devil

“The greatest joy is joy in God. This is plain from Psalm 16:11: “You [God] will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” Fullness of joy and eternal joy cannot be improved. Nothing is fuller than full, and nothing is longer than eternal. And this joy is owing to the presence of God, not the accomplishments of man. Therefore, if God wants to love us infinitely and delight us fully and eternally, he must preserve for us the one thing that will satisfy us totally and eternally; namely, the presence and worth of his own glory. He alone is the source of full and lasting pleasure. Therefore, his commitment to uphold and display his glory is not vain, but virtuous. God is the one being for whom self-exaltation is an infinitely loving act. If he revealed himself to the proud and self-sufficient and not to the humble and dependent, he would belittle the very glory whose worth is the foundation of our joy. Therefore, God’s pleasure in hiding this from “the wise and intelligent” and revealing it to “infants” is the pleasure of God in both his glory and our joy.”
― John Piper, The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God’s Delight in Being God

“Each of them had done their best. Matt was still his friend. For Meredith, maybe the day would come when she could look at him and not think “inhuman” — or at least not think it immediately and constantly. Maybe Bonnie, the moth, would be able to stay away from the unholy flame. Now, there was something to worry about. He could all too easily see Bonnie taking a walk on the very wild side with Damon. His brother had a soft spot for her already, she knew. But if either of them had a problem, he already knew what he had to do to find a plan for a solution.

Just look up.”
― L.J. Smith, The Vampire Diaries: Blood Will Tell

“The truth is, the Devil’s job is easy.”
― Tyler Edwards, Zombie Church: Breathing Life Back Into the Body of Christ

“Let us keep in mind that we do not have to go to the scriptures inorder to approach God. We do not have to find the right scripture inorder to talk to God”.”
― Thurman L. Faison, To The Spiritually Inclined

“PRAISE FOR ‘THE JOURNEY HOME’
Many saints are known and praised by all. We pray to them in litanies and celebrate their feast days. But the vast majority of holy men and women live heroic lives quietly before God.

Loyal to family, lovers of God, servants in the Church, these unsung saints live everyday life as an example for us. David Hanneman is one such man. His story is exemplary and should be told to the world. He not only lived a noble life, but also suffered with heroism and grace as he passed into glory.

This is a story to encourage and bless us all. We are thankful to Joseph Hanneman for sharing his father and making his story known to us who need such examples to encourage us as we face the difficulties and challenges of life.”
― Stephen K. Ray

“Only add
Deeds to thy knowledge answerable; add faith;
Add virtue, patience, temperance; add love,
By name to come called charity, the soul
Of all the rest: then wilt thou not be loath
To leave this Paradise; but shalt possess
A paradise within thee, happier far.”
― John Milton

“We may not know what lies ahead of us in the future years, nor even in the days or hours immediately beyond. But for a few yards, or possibly only a few feet, the track is clear, our duty is plain, our course is illumined. For that short distance, for the next step, lighted by the inspiration of God, go on! (“Three Parables—The Unwise Bee, the Owl Express, and Two Lamps”, Ensign, Feb. 2003, 8 – https://new.lds.org/ensign/2003/02/th…)”
― James E. Talmage

“Sitting calmly on a ship in fair weather is not a metaphor for having faith; but when the ship has sprung a leak, then enthusiastically to keep the ship afloat by pumping and not to seek the harbor–that is the metaphor for having faith. (Concluding Unscientific Postscript)”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“-We need more love, to supersede hatred, -We need more strength,
to resist our weaknesses,
-We need more inspiration,
to lighten up our innermind.
-We need more learning,
to erase our ignorance,
-We need more wisdom,
to live longer and happier,
-We need more truths, to suppress deceptions,
-We need more health,
to enjoy our wealth,
-We need more peace, to stay in harmony with our brethren
-We need more smiles,
to brighten up our day,
-We need more hero’s, and not zero’s,
-We need more change of ourselves, to change the lives of others,
-We need more understanding,
to tackle our misunderstanding,
-We need more sympathy,
not apathy,
-We need more forgiveness,
not vengeance,
-We need more humility to be lifted up,
-We need more patience and not undue eagerness,
-We need more focus, to avoid distraction,
-We need more optimism,
not pessimism
-We need more justice,
not injustice,
-We need more facts, not fiction,
-We need more education,
to curb illiteracy,
-We need more skills, not incompetence,
-We need more challenges,
to make attempts,
-We need more talents,
to create the extraordinary,
-We need more helping hands,
not stingy folks,
-We need more efforts,
not laziness,
-We need more jokes, to forget our worries, -We need more spirituality,
not mean religion,
-We need more freedom,
not enslavement,
-We need more peacemakers,
not revolutionaries…with these, we create an heaven on earth.”
― Michael Bassey Johnson

“They knew how to live with nature and get along with nature. They didn’t try too hard to be all men and no animal. That’s the mistake we made when Darwin showed up. We embraced him and Huxley and Freud, all smiles. And then we discovered that Darwin and our religions didn’t mix. Or at least we didn’t think they did. We were fools. We tried to budge Darwin and Huxley and Freud. They wouldn’t move very well. So, like idiots, we tried knocking down religion. We succeeded pretty well. We lost our faith and went around wondering what life was for. If art was no more than a frustrated outflinging of desire, if religion was no more than self-delusion, what good was life? Faith had always given us answer to all things. But it all went down the drain with Freud and Darwin. We were and still are lost people.”
― Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles

“Focus on faith and grow your roots strong and deep so no one can make you believe in something that is not good for your soul.”
― Molly Friedenfeld

“I think this is what we all want to hear: that we are not alone in hitting the bottom, and that it is possible to come out of that place courageous, beautiful, and strong.”
― Anna White, Mended: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Leaps of Faith

“Frantic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith but in doubt. It is when we are unsure that we are doubly sure. ”
― Reinhold Niebuhr

“The more a nation gets into darkness, the more it’s going to hate the light. The more it’s going to run from the light. And we have a generation of people who have given themselves to darkness, and they’ve embraced atheism, because it gets them away from moral responsibility to God.”
― Ray Comfort

“But miracles are not for the asking; they come only when the stern eyes of God droop shut for a moment, and Our Lady takes advantage of His inattention to grant an illicit mercy. God…is an Anglican, whereas Our Lady is of the True Faith; the two of Them have an uneasy relationship, unable to agree on anything, except that if They divorce, the Devil will leap gleefully into the breach.”
― Michel Faber, The Crimson Petal and the White

“You can do anything you want to do, if you want to do it bad enough.”
― Tim Carter my dad

“BLACK AND WHITE
I was born into
A religion of Light,
But with so many other
Religions and
Philosophies,
How do I know which
ONE
Is right?

Is it not
My birthright
To seek out the light?
To find Truth
After surveying all the proof,
Am I supposed
To love
Or fight?
And why do all those who
Try to guide me,
Always start by dividing
And multiplying me –
From what they consider
Wrong or right?
I thought,
There were no walls
For whoever beams truth and light.
And how can one speak on Light’s behalf,
lf all they do
Is act black,
But talk WHITE?”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Then I almost pity Judd.” Leaning in, she whispered, “Make him uncomfortable. Don’t take no for an answer. Push. Push him until he loses control. Remember, fire melts ice.”

Brenna looked into those eerie night-sky eyes as Faith drew back. “Could be a dangerous game.”

“You don’t seem to be the kind of woman content with safe and easy.”

“No.” She also wasn’t the kind of woman who gave up at the first obstacle. Judd might be categorically Psy, but she was a SnowDancer.”
― Nalini Singh, Caressed by Ice

“I accept the Organic Trinity of Mineral, Vegetable, and Animal with as much authority as I accept the Holy Trinity. Both are sacred.”
― Terry Tempest Williams, Leap

“When you trust your inner guidance and begin moving in the direction of your dreams (aligned with your individual gifts) you will be cloaked in an armor bestowed upon you by your guardian angel.”
― Charles F. Glassman

“Many people seek fellowship because they are afraid to be alone…let him who cannot be alone beware of community. He will do harm to himself and to the community. Alone you stood before God when he called you; alone you had to answer that call; alone you had to struggle and pray; and alone you will die and give an account to God. You cannot escape yourself, for God has singled you out.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“I had another reason for seeking Him, for trying to espy His face, a professional one. God and literature are conflated in my mind. Why this is, I’m not sure. Perhaps because great books seem heavensent. Perhaps because I know that each nove is a puny but very valiant attempt at godlike behavior. Perhaps because there is no difference between the finest poetry and most transcendent mysticism. Perhaps because writers like Thomas Merton, who are able to enter the realm of the spirit and come away with fine, lucid prose. Perhaps because of more secular writers, like John Steinbeck, whose every passage, it seems to me, peals with religiousity and faith. It once occured to me that literature — all art really — is either talking to people about God, or talking to God about people.”
― Paul Quarrington, The Boy on the Back of the Turtle: Seeking God, Quince Marmelade, and the Fabled Albatross

“Make rules and follow rules as needed, but don’t focus on riles. Focus on faith. Focus on grace. Focus on Jesus.”
― Judah Smith, Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human

“Before you have faith you must believe, and before you believe there must be evidence of some sort to persuade the mind. Faith is remembering that evidence and holding to it against all that seems to challenge or contradict it.”
― John Christopher, The Prince in Waiting

“At the tattoo parlor, my friend worked with needle and ink applying a design to the skin on his client’s back, as the three of us sat discussing our spiritual desires and ambivalence about religion. In the midst of our conversation, the man under the needle turned and said, ‘Jesus is cool, it’s just that they have f***ed with Jesus. I mean, Christianity was at its best when it was secret and hidden and you could die for it.’ This profound, if crass, statement recognizes that the power of the gospel lay in its ability to be a counter-cultural and revolutionary force – not only a story to believe, but a distinctive way of life. The man’s comment prompted me to consider the questions: Am I in some measure complicit in the domestication of Jesus?”
― Mark Scandrette, Soul Graffiti: Making a Life in the Way of Jesus

“Faith and science, I have learned, are two sides of the same coin, separated by an expanse so small, but wide enough that one side can’t see the other. They don’t even know they’re connected. Father and Lily were two sides of the same coin, I’ve decided, and maybe I am the space in between.”
― Mary E. Pearson, The Adoration of Jenna Fox

“With no positivity, there is no hope; with no negativity, there is no improvement.”
― Criss Jami, Healology

“The parent is protector and trainer, but never the ultimate teacher. Every parent is responsible for teaching their kid basic moral conduct, manners, the difference between love and hate, and right from wrong. However, after maturity, the child must set off to seek knowledge on their own. Religion is never to be forced. And you cannot threaten your child with hell and tell them your religion is the only right way. There is no one right way. The many ways to the Creator are as varied as the colors of a rainbow.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“I’ve got my own moral compass to steer by
A guiding star beats a spirit in the sky
And all the preaching voices –
Empty vessels ring so loud
As they move among the crowd
Fools and thieves are well disguised
In the temple and market place

Like a stone in the river
Against the floods of spring
I will quietly resist

Like the willows in the wind
Or the cliffs along the ocean
I will quietly resist

I don’t have faith in faith
I don’t believe in belief
You can call me faithless
I still cling to hope
And I believe in love
And that’s faith enough for me

I’ve got my own spirit level for balance
To tell if my choice is leaning up or down
And all the shouting voices
Try to throw me off my course
Some by sermon, some by force
Fools and thieves are dangerous
In the temple and market place

Like a forest bows to winter
Beneath the deep white silence
I will quietly resist

Like a flower in the desert
That only blooms at night
I will quietly resist”
― Rush

“A pineapple is a compilation of berries that grow and fuse together. When joined, they create a single fruit. And within each eyelet, contains a location where a flower may grow. I see the Creator of all existence as the crown on a pineapple, and all religions of the world as the spiky eyelets, where each eyelet symbolizes a different religion or race under the same crown. Each garden of faith may have different perspectives of God, yet every garden belongs to the same God.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Thus we arrive at the singular conclusion that of all the information passed by our cultural assets it is precisely the elements which might be of the greatest importance to us and which have the task of solving the riddles of the universe and of reconciling us to the sufferings of life — it is precisely those elements that are the least well authenticated of any.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion

“Human life is under the absolute dominion of two mighty principles, fear and hope, and that any one who can make these serve his ends may be sure of rapid fortune.”
― Lucian of Samosata

“Are we alone? Over time, you will come up with various answers to that same nagging question. Eventually one day it will occur to you that this endless asking is the answer you have been looking for. The fact that we have an ongoing dialogue with the universe is proof enough that there is “something” out there.”
― Veronique Vienne, The Art of the Moment: Simple Ways to Get the Most from Life

“Always listen to your conscience. If your conscience conflicts with your faith, question everything.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“If we rely on anything else besides faith to maintain the practice of the presence of God, we will certainly fail, whether this is our feelings, or experiences, or sincerity, or good intentions, or reasonings, or plans. The reason these things will fail while faith will not fail is that all these things depend on us, while faith depends on God. It is a gift of God.”
― Peter Kreeft, Prayer for Beginners

“He is cured by faith who is sick of fate.”
― James Joyce, Finnegans Wake

“Similar to a butterfly, I’ve gone through a metamorphosis, been released from my dark cocoon, embraced my wings, and soared!”
― Dana Arcuri, Reinventing You: Simple Steps to Transform Your Body, Mind, & Spirit

“And here she was. Lying on the floor of a dusty, empty, locked room thinking how grateful she felt.
She smiled, though it hurt tremendously to do so, thinking how blessed she had been to have spent twelve years with the most precious gifts from God. She felt honored that they called her mother. She knew she had done the best she could teaching them about life and love, faith and family.
Margo lay slowly dying from the wounds inflicted by a monster, but she was at peace. Because though the devil meant it for evil, God turned it to good.”
― Karen Luellen, Winter’s Awakening: The Metahumans Emerge

“Faith is the surrender of the mind, it’s the surrender of reason, it’s the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other animals. It’s our need to believe and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. … Out of all the virtues, all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated”
― Christopher Hitchens

“No stars gleam as brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky. No water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the desert sand. And no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs through adversity. Tested faith brings experience. You would never have believed your own weakness had you not needed to pass through trials. And you would never have known God’s strength had His strength not been needed to carry you through.”
― Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Everywhere we shine death and life burn into something new…”
― Aberjhani, Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

“Souls reconstructed with faith transform agony into peace.”
― Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

“That’s for the best. Otherwise they might realize they’re in prison. It can’t be helped. You women are used to harems and prisons. A person can spend his whole life between four walls. If he doesn’t think or feel that he’s a prisoner, then he’s not a prisoner. But then there are people for whom the whole planet is a prison, who see the infinite expanse of the universe, the millions of stars and galaxies that remain forever inaccessible to them. And that awareness makes them the greatest prisoners of time and space.”
― Vladimir Bartol, Alamut

“In silence the three of them looked at the sunset and thought about God.”
― Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib

“Faith is only as good as the one in whom it’s invested.”
― Lee Strobel, The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ

“Where humanity
sowed faith, hope, and unity,
joy’s garden blossomed.”
― Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

“Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.”
― George Iles

“Our forgiving love toward men is the evidence of God’s forgiving love in us. It is a necessary condition of the prayer of faith.”
― Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer

“Intellect takes us along in the battle of life to a certain limit, but at the crucial moment it fails us. Faith transcends reason. It is when the horizon is the darkest and human reason is beaten down to the ground that faith shines brightest and comes to our rescue.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“The purpose that you wish to find in life, like a cure you seek, is not going to fall from the sky. …I believe purpose is something for which one is responsible; it’s not just divinely assigned.”
― Michael J. Fox, Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

“Take God at His Word – because winning the battle doesn’t require
physical brawn, but spiritual brains!”
― Pedro Okoro, Crushing the Devil: Your Guide to Spiritual Warfare and Victory in Christ

“فأي مقدور من المقدورات تضيق به قوة الله وحكمته، وأي عقل من العقول الإنسانية يستطيع أن يبدع في تصوراته وتخيلاته الذهنية فوق ما تبدع يد القدرة في مصنوعاتها وآثارها، وهل الصور والخيالات التي تمتلئ بها أذهاننا وتموج بها عقولنا إلا رسوم ضئيلة لحقائق هذا الكون وبدائعه، ولو أن سامعا سمع وصف منظر الشمس عند طلوعها، أو مهبط الليل عند نزوله، أو جمال غابة من الغابات، أو شموخ جبل من الأجبال، ثم رأى بعد ذلك عيانا، ما كان يراه تصورا وخيالا، لعلم أن جمال الكائنات فوق جمال التصورات، وحقائق الموجودات فوق هواتف الخيلات، لذلك أعتقد أني ما تخيلت هذه السعادة التي أقدرها لنفسي إلا لأنها كائن من الكائنات الموجودة و أنها آتية لا ريب فيها.”
― مصطفى لطفي المنفلوطي, ماجدولين

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”
― Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

“You develop faith by doing things that require faith.”
― John H. Groberg

“The day you learn to be publically specific in your prayer, that is the day you will discover power.”
― David Wilkerson, The Cross and the Switchblade

“[at CMC West Coast 2011, on 1 Samuel 14] If just a few of you would step up and be like Jonathan … as you step out in faith, you know what’s going to happen? There’ll be people like Saul who’ll say, “God’s doing something through that guy, God’s doing something through that girl. I want to be a part of that.”
― Francis Chan

“My righteousness is just as good as Jesus’ righteousness, because it IS Jesus’ righteousness!”
― E.W. Kenyon

“On the subject of who is to blame for our disunity – “The easy conclusion- that
the devil is at work trying to destroy the church- is true, but itʼs not the whole story. Of
course the enemy is at work doing that. But closer examination shows that much of
the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the church itself-on believers in god-and
how our own devilish deeds have alienated other followers of God. Sadly, weʼve done
the devilʼs work for him.”
― Ed Galisewski

“Commonly men will only be brave as their fathers were brave, or timid.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“Lincoln grew immeasurably as he came to think of himself as an “instrument of God’s will.”
― Joe L. Wheeler, Abraham Lincoln, a Man of Faith and Courage: Stories of Our Most Admired President

“Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult.”
― Julia Cameron

“Destroy what you have become and become what you did destroy/”
― Muhammed Bhikha

“Grace saved my life; it can revolutionize yours.”
― Jay Bakker, Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self & Society

“Have faith in your beliefs”
― Michael Christos Zeis

“Of course the cat will growl and spit at the operator and bite him if she can. But the real question is whether he is a vet or a vivisector.”
― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

“God is perceived by the heart, not by your reason. But what is reason? Your heart simplifying God’s guidance to fit your own needs.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“It is a part of our nature to survive. Faith is an instinctive response to aspects of existence that we cannot explain by any other means, be it the moral void we perceive in the universe, the certainty of death, the mystery of the origin of things, the meaning of our lives, or the absence of meaning. These are basic and extremely simple aspects of existence, but our limitations prevent us from responding in an unequivocal way and for that reason we generate an emotional response, as a defense mechanism. It’s pure biology.”
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel’s Game

“We are called to service in the kingdom of God. The Christian life is not about what you claim. It is about what you believe. True belief cannot be separated from what we do.”
― Tyler Edwards, Zombie Church: Breathing Life Back Into the Body of Christ

“The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens”
― Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas: The Most Holy Book

“Glory be to Him who changes others and remains Himself unchanged!”
― Anonymous, The Arabian Nights

“Flowers don’t tell, they show. That’s the way good books should be too.”–Stephanie Skeem. Author of Flotsam”
― Stephanie Skeem

“A faith that does not result in activity of any kind is a dead faith; it is empty, worthless, insincere.”
― Derek Prince

“Remember that our Heavenly Father knows us perfectly and knows what’s best for us . . . . Surely, His knowledge is greater than ours. We just have to have faith in Him. If we don’t, well, that doesn’t change what happened, it just makes us more miserable because we refuse to trust His will. Our Heavenly Father wants us to have joy. And happiness. But we need to look for those opportunities that give us joy. If we don’t, what would be the purpose for existing?”
― Jeri Gilchrist, Out of Nowhere

“A faith that hasn’t been tested can’t be trusted.”
― Adrian Rogers

“Authentic faith leads us to treat others with unconditional seriousness and to a loving reverence for the mystery of the human personality. Authentic Christianity should lead to maturity, personality, and reality. It should fashion whole men and women living lives of love and communion. False, manhandled religion produces the opposite effect. Whenever religion shows contempt or disregards the rights of persons, even under the noblest pretexts, it draws us away from reality and God.”
― Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out

“كل إنسان في حاجة إلى أن يؤمن بشيء ، تصديق خدعة برغبتنا هو نوع آخر من الايمان”
― بتول الخضيري, غايب

“God has arranged strange ways for some of us to find him. Sometimes He brings us on long physical journeys; sometimes He leaves us at home and makes the journey internal. Yours has been both. You have gone a long way and struggled a great deal, but I can see from your eyes that it was not for nothing.”
― Abigail J. Hartman, The Soldier’s Cross

“Faith isn’t absence of doubt. It’s belief without proof, not without question.”
― Rosemary Clement-Moore, Hell Week

“Faith is a quiet certainty that there is both a higher purpose to life and a higher power that oversees that purpose. Faith is knowing that we do not have to go it alone during our darkest hours and, even when we feel utterly victimized and weak, there is still something brighter, purer, and more potent than anything we can imagine that cares enough to reach out and offer a shoulder for us to lean upon. The object of faith takes many forms and many names, but the universal truth is faith itself.”
― Michelle Belanger, The Ghost Hunter’s Survival Guide: Protection Techniques for Encounters with the Paranormal

“Thus Milton refines the question down to a matter of faith,” said Coleridge, bringing the lecture to a close, “and a kind of faith more independent, autonomous – more truly strong, as a matter of fact – than the Puritans really sought. Faith, he tells us, is not an exotic bloom to be laboriously maintained by the exclusion of most aspects of the day to day world, nor a useful delusion to be supported by sophistries and half-truths like a child’s belief in Father Christmas – not, in short, a prudently unregarded adherence to a constructed creed; but rather must be, if anything, a clear-eyed recognition of the patterns and tendencies, to be found in every piece of the world’s fabric, which are the lineaments of God. This is why religion can only be advice and clarification, and cannot carry any spurs of enforcement – for only belief and behavior that is independently arrived at, and then chosen, can be praised or blamed. This being the case, it can be seen as a criminal abridgement of a person’s rights willfully to keep him in ignorance of any facts – no piece can be judged inadmissible, for the more stones, both bright and dark, that are added to the mosaic, the clearer is our picture of God.”
― Tim Powers, The Anubis Gates

“It takes years and maturity to make the discovery that the power of faith is nobler than the power of doubt; and that there is a celestial wisdom in the ingenuous propensity to trust, which belongs to honest and noble natures.”
― Harriet Beecher Stowe, The Pearl of Orr’s Island: A Story of the Coast of Maine

“For several centuries, the Celtic church of Ireland was spared the Greek dualism of matter and spirit. They regarded the world with the clear vision of faith. When a young Celtic monk saw his cat catch a salmon swimming in shallow water, he cried, “The power of the Lord is in the paw of the cat!”
― Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out

“[A] great deal of what we believe we do not know firsthand; instead we have faith in the knowledge of specialists.”
― Terry Eagleton, Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate

“Some nonreligious people are disgruntled by the word “faith,” feeling that it has no connection to them. But we all have faith. Broadly speaking, “faith” does not apply only to belief in the supernatural. We have faith in our life, for example, believing we will live to see tomorrow, or in our health, believing we have years of healthy life ahead of us. Husbands and wives, parents and children have faith in one another.”
― Kentetsu Takamori, Unlocking Tannisho: Shinran’s Words on the Pure Land Path

“من شأن السجود أن يصبح باردًا ويغرق في الملل المألوف إن تركت انتباهك يشت عنه .
ولكن إن حافظت على تركيزك ، فإنك تتحمل بذلك مسؤولية الحفاظ على روحك”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“It’s better to dare to dream big and achieve half of your dreams than to dream small dreams and achieve all”
― Bernard Kelvin Clive, Your Dreams Will Not Die

“Each day is a gift
To embrace and welcome”
― Karen Hackel, The Whisper of Your Soul

“We will experience the life we have the faith to experience.”
― Julia Cameron, Faith and Will: Weathering the Storms in Our Spiritual Lives

“The force that played havoc with the cortisol in my blood was the same force that helped my body recover; if I felt better one day and worse the next, it was unchanged. It chose no side. It gave the girl next to me in the hospital pneumonia; it also gave her white blood cells that would resist the infection. And the atoms in those cells, and the nuclei in those atoms, the same bits of carbon that were being spun into new planets in some corner of space without a name. My insignificance had become unspeakably beautiful to me. That unified force was a god too massive, too inhuman, to resist with the atheism in which I had been brought up. I became a zealot without a religion.”
― G. Willow Wilson

“…those who break the law should be loved more and not less for their sin, for if we do not forgive then is sin added to sin and the end is death.”
― Elizabeth Goudge, The White Witch

“Could a body broken and blood spilled two thousand years ago restore my own damaged life?”
― Frederica Mathewes-Green, At the Corner of East and Now: A Modern Life in Ancient Christian Orthodoxy

“Believe, my child. Faith is the food of survival.”
― Tobsha Learner, The Witch of Cologne

“Real faith comes when you facing a problem you can’t help, you can’t change, and you can’t work it out”
― Cynthia A. Patterson, It Had to Happen

“…the ongoing suspicion that scientific discoveries or rigorous biblical scholarship will undermine faith is a tacit admission that faith is threatened by knowledge, because it is ultimately constructed on weak or faulty assumptions and, like the proverbial house of cards, needs to be “protected” from collapsing. (p. 21)”
― Robin R. Meyers, Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus

“… the mind was designed not to defend what we want, but to discover what is ultimately true, which should shape our wants and satisfy them more deeply with God. The purpose of the mind is not to rationalize subjective preferences, but to recognize objective reality and to help the heart revel in God.”
― John Piper, The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God’s Delight in Being God

“You didn’t just automatically become a Christian, did you? You weren’t made a Christian by just going to church. Just like you are not made a car by sitting in a garage all day! You have to make a decision.”
― Corallie Buchanan, Watch Out! Godly Women on the Loose

“Any profession of faith…entrusts the mind and heart to a truth that cannot be proven but can be lived.”
― Luke Timothy Johnson, The Creed: What Christians Believe and Why it Matters

“Sometimes asking God for a reason for something is like asking Him why the sky is blue. There is a complex, scientific reason for it, Claire, but most children, including you, are content with knowing it is blue because it is. If we understood everything about everything, we would have no need for faith.”
― Susan Meissner, Why the Sky Is Blue

“So tell me, since it makes no factual difference to you and you can’t prove the question either way, which story do you prefer? Which is the better story, the story with animals or the story without animals?’ Mr. Okamoto: ‘That’s an interesting question?’ Mr. Chiba: ‘The story with animals.’ Mr. Okamoto: ‘Yes. The story with animals is the better story.’ Pi Patel: ‘Thank you. And so it goes with God.”
― Yann Martel

“Regardless of your faith, you can never escape uncertainty.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Atheists are my brothers and sisters of a different faith, and every word they speak speaks of faith. Like me, they go as far as the legs of reason will carry them — and then they leap.”
― Yann Martel

“Faith is about going through hell, coming out with some scars, and becoming a wiser person from the lessons you’ve learned along the way. You must take the scars of your past and appreciate them for what they have taught you. You also have to take the scars, the lessons of your past and not let them control your future….”
― James A. Murphy, The Waves of Life Quotes and Daily Meditations

“So many things which once had distressed or revolted him — the speeches and pronouncements of the learned, their assertions and their prohibitions, their refusal to allow the universe to move — all seemed to him now merely ridiculous, non-existent, compared with the majestic reality, the flood of energy, which now revealed itself to him: omnipresent, unalterable in its truth, relentless in its development, untouchable in its serenity, maternal and unfailing in its protectiveness.”
― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Hymn of the Universe

“Faith as the state of being ultimately concerned implies love, namely, the desire and urge toward the reunion of the seperated.”
― Paul Tillich, Dynamics of Faith

“Reading about the response of people in stories, plays, poems, helps us to respond more courageously and openly at our own moments of turning.”
― Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

“Thoughts frame your portrait, action paints it.”
― Charles F. Glassman, Brain Drain The Breakthrough That Will Change Your Life

“Being the light of the world is about being a broken, exploding, scarred star and shining a light of hope and inspiration to everyone around you.”
― Ricky Maye, Barefoot Christianity

“If I could take a bite of the whole world
And feel it on my palate
I’d be more happy for a minute or so…
But I don’t always want to be happy.
Sometimes you have to be
Unhappy to be natural…

Not every day is sunny.
When there’s been no rain for a while, you pray for it to come.
So I take unhappiness with happiness
Naturally, like someone who doesn’t find it strange
That there are mountains and plains
And that there are cliffs and grass…

What you need is to be natural and calm
In happiness and in unhappiness,
To feel like someone seeing,
To think like someone walking,
And when it’s time to die, remember the day dies,
And the sunset is beautiful, and the endless night is beautiful…
That’s how it is and that’s how it should be…”
― Alberto Caeiro, The Keeper of Sheep

“At any given moment, your circumstances can change. You may not be where you want to be right now. You may not even be doing what you prefer to do. But, if you change your way of thinking and realize that you have all the opportunities available to you just like each one of us. You can begin to focus on what you want to achieve and make it happen”
― Amaka Imani Nkosazana

“Don’t settle for anyone just to have a someone. Be patient. Have faith and wait for the right one.”
― Elizabeth Bourgeret

“You can actually create the life you want. It all depends on how daring you desire it.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“In the end, only God can see the heart of an individual and distinguish the difference between legalistic deadweight and the passion of holy solemnity.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“We all go through hard times in life. It’s a part of being alive and it’s the reality we all have to deal with. There are times we forget our value as a person because we are so blinded with these thoughts of loneliness, emptiness and ego. Somewhere along the road we become numbed with all the frustrations and dissatisfaction. But life itself isn’t always about darkness and sadness, Life is also filled with colors and that makes it beautiful. Along this path of darkness there’s always light waiting to be seen by our daunted hearts. Our heart is gifted to see this light. It may be hiding behind those circumstances that we encounter; in a stranger we just met at an unexpected place; a family who has been always there but you just ignored because of your imperfect relationship with them; it might be a long time friend you have or a friend you just met. Open your heart and you will see how blessed you are to have them all in your life. Sometimes they are the light that shines your path in some dark phases of life. Don’t lose hope”
― Chanda Kaushik

“Everything we do for God will be the overflow of intimacy with God.”
― Dan Baumann, A Beautiful Way: An Invitation to a Jesus-Centered Life

“She fixed a smile that she hoped looked authentic. Pretending to be content continued to be hard work.”
― Stacy Hawkins Adams, Lead Me Home

“Lovelessness is a huge sin in the church. The four primary personalities in the New Testament- Jesus, Paul, Peter, and John- all four of them say that love is the most important thing. But the only time love really counts is when something unlovely happens.”
― Jeff Chu

“For years I was deathly afraid of my own weaknesses, but when I closed my eyes and let myself be vulnerable to them it allowed miracles to take place. Miracles that were only alive when I accessed my BLIND faith.”
― Bethany Brookbank, Write like no one is reading

“All over India, all over the world, as the sun or the shadow of darkness moves from east to west, the call to prayer moves with it, and people kneel down in a wave to pray to God. Five waves each day – one for each namaaz – ripple across the globe from longitude to longitude. The component elements change direction, like iron filings near a magnet – towards the house of God in Mecca.”
― Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy

“Faith is secured by adversity, but endangered by security.”
― Margaret Jensen

“He who stands by his heart has God in him. Our conscience is what unites us with God.”
― Suzy Kassem

“…they needed someone to explain, to spin, the parts of the tale that couldn’t be suppressed. Someone reputable and educated. Someone brilliant yet absolutely committed to the faith. Someone like my father.”
― Martha N. Beck

“Faith doesn’t always come naturally but as we take those steps of faith, we notice little by little that our faith has grown and it isn’t as hard as we first thought. ”
― Jacqueline Winslow

“Imani ni nia ya kujua kisichoweza kujulikana na hupeleka watu kwenye ukweli. Kuamini hupotosha, na ni nia ya kudharau kinachoweza kujulikana.”
― Enock Maregesi

“Aquí hay algo más que recordar: la esperanza te mantiene viva. Incluso cuando estás muerta, es lo único que te mantiene viva.”
― Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

“I’m always talking to God about whether or not he exists – that’s how I know I’m a theist.”
― Criss Jami, Healology

“Kuamini (mbali na imani, ambayo ni nia ya kujua kisichoweza kujulikana) ni kwa ajili ya vitu usivyoweza kuvielezea. Unaamini kwamba siku moja dawa ya UKIMWI au saratani itapatikana mahali fulani, ilhali huwezi kufanya majaribio ya kisayansi kulithibitisha hilo. Unaweza kusubiri hata miaka mia, lakini kama bado dawa haijapatikana, unaweza kusubiri hata miaka mingine mia. Kuamini ni kujifanya kujua (na mara nyingi kujifanya kujua ni uongo) na kuamini hakuhitaji maarifa. Kujua kunahitaji maarifa na ni kuamini unakoweza kukuthibitisha. Ukiniuliza kama simu yangu ipo mfukoni nitakwambia ndiyo ipo, kwa sababu nitaingiza mkono mfukoni na kuitoa na kuiona. Siamini kama ipo mfukoni, najua.”
― Enock Maregesi

“Sometimes, the scariest thing you will ever have to do is trust God to fight the battles you can no longer fight.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“The more I read arguments for atheism, the more I am convinced it takes a very strong faith to be an atheist. And atheism seems to me the least reasonable of all faiths.”
― Corrado Ghinamo, The Beautiful Scientist: A Spiritual Approach to Science

“In the beginning there was faith – which is childish; trust – which is vain; and illusion – which is dangerous.”
― Elie Wiesel, Night

“The faithful man perceives nothing less than opportunity in difficulties. Flowing through his spine, faith and courage work together: Such a man does not fear losing his life, thus he will risk losing it at times in order to empower it. By this he actually values his life more than the man who fears losing his life. It is much like leaping from a window in order to avoid a fire yet in that most crucial moment knowing that God will appear to catch you.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Sometimes in life we take a leap of faith. Remember, the leap is not about getting from one side to the other. It’s simply about taking the leap….and trusting the air, the universal breath, will support your wings so that you may soar.”
― Kristi Bowman

“By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox.”
― Galileo Galilei

“As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.”
― Winston Churchill

“Many of the most powerful things in life are not tangible. All it takes is for you to close your eyes to see.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Every worldview has to bring together reason and faith.”
― Ravi Zacharias

“We are preaching hope, standing on the bones of the past.”
― John Rucyahana, The Bishop of Rwanda: Finding Forgiveness Amidst a Pile of Bones

“Faithfulness imparts God’s reason for all circumstances. No matter what the world says, losing is no longer an option.”
― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

“I mean that we here are on the wrong side of the tapestry,’ answered Father Brown. ‘The things that happen here do not seem to mean anything; they mean something somewhere else. Somewhere else retribution will come on the real offender. Here it often seems to fall on the wrong person.”
― G.K. Chesterton, The Innocence of Father Brown

“The material world is simply an expression of the mind; that’s what so many fail to see. We’re so dependent on what is before us that we discount our intuition. Yet if one dismisses instinct, how can one understand or believe in a world that exists beyond one’s sight?”
― Megan Chance, The Spiritualist

“Follow the evidence to where it leads, even if the conclusion is uncomfortable.”
― Steven James, The Knight

“Doing what is right to GOD gives you peace not regret”
― Rudzani Ralph

“Men do not turn from God so easily. Not so easily. Deep in each man is the knowledge that something knows of his existence. Something knows, and cannot e fled nor hid from. To imagine otherwise is to imagine the unspeakable. It was never that this man ceased to believe in God. No. It was rather that he came to believe terrible things of him.”
― Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing

“To the knights of faith nobody believes.”
― Dejan Stojanovic, Circling: 1978-1987

“Satisfaction in life doesn’t jump on you, you work for it, you earn it. You will not sit in a place, fold your hands and expect to be satisfied with life.”
― Jaachynma N.E. Agu, The Best Option

“In every ancient religious and sacred text, faith is a verb; a thing to be demonstrated. It is in modern days that we have diluted faith from an act to a philosophy.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.”
― William Ellery Channing

“When has faith ever been about feelings?”
― Camy Tang, Deadly Intent

“It take faith to follow your dreams and courage to reach them.”
― E’yen A. Gardner

“I can only imagine how happy life would be if we could stay so grounded in our faith that we would never waver in our positive attitudes.”
― Tracie Miles, Stressed-Less Living: Finding God’s Peace in Your Chaotic World

“You can never run from your past; it defines who you are today. But, use your Awo given intelligence and enjoy the future…because THAT only comes once.’ VAALBARA The Land of Shadows”
― Michelle Horst

“I ate some emotional soup in my childhood and have spent a lifetime trying to digest it.”
― Billy Ray Chitwood, The Cracked Mirror: Reflections of an Appalachian Son

“When Hope disappears ~ Faith steps in…”
― JerriFaye Thomason

“Logic kills. Faith burns. Better to be the one with the torch than the one on the pyre.”
― Chris Galford, The Hollow March

“Worry looks back, Hope looks forward, but Faith always looks up.”
― Umair Naeem, Drowning Shadows

“Why can we throw a question further than we can pull in an answer?”
― Yann Martel

“Is it not by learning to read the book of nature with the eyes of faith that we come to recognize the drop of divinity that resides in our own souls though hidden, master? In the end is this not faith; to seek the light that takes us further, the light of Christ that brings that to which reason and knowledge alone can never raise itself? This is truth!”
― Adriana Koulias, Temple of the Grail

“To believe in miracles in one thing…to know what miracle you want to manifest right now, and accept it, is another.”
― Michelle Cruz-Rosado

“I have found more inspiration in the cottages of fishermen than in the palaces of the rich.”
― Wilfred Grenfell

“Doubt is a question mark; faith is an exclamation point. The most compelling, believable, realistic stories have included them both.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“We must be careful more than ever what we let our hearts believe in.”
― Solange nicole

“All that we call human history–money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery–[is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“Surely we cannot take an open question like the supernatural and shut it with a bang, turning the key of the madhouse on all the mystics of history. You cannot take the region of the unknown and calmly say that, though you know nothing about it, you know all the gates are locked. We do not know enough about the unknown to know that it is unknowable.”
― G.K. Chesterton

“Some people say it is a shame. Others even imply that it would have been better if the baby had never been created. But the short time I had with my child is precious to me. It is painful to me, but I still wouldn’t wish it away. I prayed that God would bless us with a baby. Each child is a gift, and I am proud that we cooperated with God in the creation of a new soul for all eternity. Although not with me, my baby lives.”
― Christine O’Keeffe Lafser, An Empty Cradle, a Full Heart: Reflections for Mothers and Fathers after Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death

“If the whole universe can be found in our own body and mind, this is where we need to make our inquires. We all have the answers within ourselves, we just have not got in touch with them yet. The potential of finding the truth within requires faith in ourselves.”
― Ayya Khema

“You have to believe what you’re saying if you’re going to convince me. I just can’t break that rule, even if I want to.”
― Ashly Lorenzana

“Faith is always coveted most and needed most urgently where will is lacking; for will, as the affect of command, is the decisive sign of sovereignty and strength. In other words, the less one knows how to command, the more urgently one covets someone who commands, who commands severely—a god, prince, class, physician, father confessor, dogma, or party conscience. From this one might perhaps gather that the two world religions, Buddhism and Christianity, may have owed their origin and above all their sudden spread to a tremendous collapse and disease of the will. And that is what actually happened: both religions encountered a situation in which the will had become diseased, giving rise to a demand that had become utterly desperate for some “thou shalt.” Both religions taught fanaticism in ages in which the will had become exhausted, and thus they offered innumerable people some support, a new possibility of willing, some delight in willing. For fanaticism is the only “strength of the will” that even the weak and insecure can be brought to attain, being a sort of hypnotism of the whole system of the senses and the intellect for the benefit of an excessive nourishment (hypertrophy) of a single point of view and feeling that henceforth becomes dominant— which the Christian calls his faith. Once a human being reaches the fundamental conviction that he must be commanded, he becomes “a believer.”

Conversely, one could conceive of such a pleasure and power of self-determination, such a freedom of the will [ This conception of “freedom of the will” ( alias, autonomy) does not involve any belief in what Nietzsche called “the superstition of free will” in section 345 ( alias, the exemption of human actions from an otherwise universal determinism).] that the spirit would take leave of all faith and every wish for certainty, being practiced in maintaining himself on insubstantial ropes and possibilities and dancing even near abysses. Such a spirit would be the free spirit par excellence.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science

“A voice said, “Climb.” And he said, “How shall I climb?the mountains are so steep that I cannot climb.”
The voice said, “Climb or die.”
He said, “But how?I see no way up those steep ascents. This that is asked is too hard for me.”
The voice said, “Climb, or perish, soul and body of theemind and spirit of thee. There is no second chance for any son of man. Climb or die.”
Then he remembered that he had read in the books of the bravest climbers on the hills of the earth that sometimes they were aware of the presence of a Companion on the mountains who was not one of the earthly party of climbers.

And he rememberd a word in the Book of Mountaineers…it heartened him,for it told him that he was created to walk in precarious places, not on the easy levels of life.”
― Amy Carmichael, A Very Present Help: Life Messages of Great Christans

“There is no doubt that the United States has much to atone for, both domestically and abroad…To produce this horrible confection at home, start with our genocidal treatment of the Native Americans, add a couple hundred years of slavery, along with our denial of entry to Jewish refugees fleeing the death camps of the Third Reich, stir in our collusion with a long list of modern despots and our subsequent disregard for their appalling human rights records, add our bombing of Cambodia and the Pentagon Papers to taste, and then top with our recent refusals to sign the Kyoto protocol for greenhouse emissions, to support any ban on land mines, and to submit ourselves to the rulings of the International Criminal Court. The result should smell of death, hypocrisy, and fresh brimstone.”
― Sam Harris, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

“Tell me,’ asked Stas, ‘what is a wicked deed?’ ‘If anyone takes away Kali’s cow,’ he answered after a brief reflection, ‘that then is a wicked deed.’ ‘Excellent!’ exclaimed Stas, ‘and what is a good one?’ This time the answer came without any reflection: ‘If Kali takes away the cow of somebody else, that is a good deed.’ Stas was too young to perceive that similar views of evil and good deeds were enunciated in Europe not only by politicians but by whole nations.”
― Henryk Sienkiewicz, In Desert and Wilderness

“The risk is too great. A man cannot place too much faith in any one thing, neither a woman, nor a horse, nor a weapon, nor any single thing.”
― Michael Crichton, Eaters of the Dead

“‎Now I think ultimately our hope is certainly that people can feel and taste the goodness of God and to find the salvation in Jesus’s love and sacrifice. Sometimes the biggest barrier to that has been Christians and has been a Church that is numb to the poverty of the world or just sees our Christianity as a ticket into heaven while ignoring the hells of the world around us. And we’re not willing to settle for that kind of Christianity. We believe in a kingdom that begins now and that the kingdom of God Jesus preached is not just something we’re to go to when we die but that we’re to bring down on earth as it is in heaven.”
― Shane Claiborne

“Man’s glory lies not, Lincoln thought, in ‘his goodness,’ for this is often nonexistent. He derives glory, instead, from his being made in the image of the Living God.”
― Joe L. Wheeler, Abraham Lincoln, a Man of Faith and Courage: Stories of Our Most Admired President

“Faith is not a feeling, she says. It’s a set of actions. By taking the actions, you demonstrate more faith than somebody who actually has experienced the rewards of prayer and so feels hope.”
― Mary Karr

“God is writing His story on the pages of our lives.”
― Rick Anderson

“In tough and desperate times when your creativity begs to be birthed, loose the confines of the ground; stand up in your faith and walk atop the waves…”
― Stanice Anderson

“Pain anguish and suffering in human life are always in proportion to the strength with which a man is endowed. We will not pretend to say that Heaven always apportions to a man’s capability of endurance the anguish with which he afflicts him…Suffering is in proportion to the strength which has been accorded in other words the weak suffer more where the trial is the same than the strong.”
― Alexandre Dumas, The Man in the Iron Mask

“Those who find no humor in faith are probably those who find the church a refuge for their own black way of looking at life, although I think many of us find the church a refuge for a lot of our personality faults. Those of us, for example, who never learned to dance feel that the church is an ideal place for us if we can find a church that doesn’t believe in dancing. Then we can get away with never having learned how to dance. You can carry this in all sorts of directions and see that the church is a refuge for what is really a ‘flaw’ in your own makeup.”
― Charles M. Schulz, Charles M. Schulz: Conversations

“This in essence is my goal. To set an example by doing what is good. If I live openly and honestly, I set an example of virtue, humanness, restoration, and healing. I give others permission to join me on my journey despite the fear of failure or the rejection it might elicit when they know they are not alone in their experience. The more of us who amass the courage to embark openly on this path, the more normal this experience becomes, effectively eliminating the tactic of shame and isolation that the enemy so often uses to cause us to falter.”
― Riisa Renee, Breaking the Silence

“We believe that faith is the cure that heals all troubles.”
― Paul Torday, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

“just show a little humility. If you know your weaknesses you will not be enslaved by them.”
― Fiorella De Maria, Poor Banished Children

“Holding his daughter close with one arm, he pointed toward the distant horizon. “As far as you can see—it all belongs to you, Faith. Someday, I’ll take you to the top of a windmill and teach you to dream. When you reach for some of those dreams, you might fall…but your mother and I will be there to catch you because that’s what love means: always being there. I love you, little girl.” He pressed a kiss to his daughter’s cheek. “So much…it hurts. But I reckon that’s part of love, too.”

-Dallas”
― Lorraine Heath, Texas Glory

“Life is full of change, honey. That’s how we learn and grow. When we’re born, the Good Lord gives each of us a Life book. Chapter by chapter, we live and learn.”
― Beth Hoffman, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

“My true religion, my faith in God. He gives me love and compassion. I simply return them by loving and being compassionate towards others. Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple of God. The teachings of God is to love one another as he loves us. We love by respecting and being compassionate, whatever they decide to do with their life”
― Ann Marie Aguilar

“[Knowing God]… call it love, yes, only that can sound too emotional, or call it faith, and that can sound too cerebral. And what is it? Both, and neither… [its] the decision to be faithful, the patient refusal of easy gratifications… of Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane and on the cross, that bloody crown of love and faith. That is how I learn finally of a God who will not be fitted into my catergories and expectations… the living truth too great for me to see, trusting that He will see and judge and yet not turn me away… That is the mercy which will never give us, or even let us be content with less than itself and less than the truth… we have seen the truth enacted in our own world as mercy, grace and hope, as Jesus, the only-begotten, full of grace and truth..”
― Rowan Williams, Tokens of Trust

“I do not know the answers to life’s hard questions, but I do know the One who knows them and that’s sufficient…for now.”
― Toni Sorenson

“When in darkness….strike a match”
― John Paul Warren

“I tried to convince myself once, when I was a teenager, that I felt God. Alone in the sanctuary, accompanying my mom on an evening errand to the church. I stared at the ceiling and drew deep breath as quickly as I could. I told our youth minister in his ball cap that I had felt Him. That I was blessed.
But in the end, it was only the wind and the rain, making noise in the darkness.”
― Darin Bradley, Noise

“Someone has said,”Education is going from an unconscious to conscious awareness of one’s ignorance.”..No one has a corner on wisdom. All the name-dropping in the world does not heighten the significance of our character. If anything, it reduces it. Our acute need is to cultivate a willingness to learn and to remain teachable.”
― Charles R. Swindoll

“I live in the faith that there is a Presence and Power greater than I am that nurtures and supports me in ways I could not even imagine. I know that this Presence is All knowing and All Power and is Always right where I am”
― Ernest Holmes

“Theology, philosophy, metaphysics, and quantum physics are merely ways for God to have his smart people believe in him”
― Jeremy Aldana

“It is easier for a Russian to become an Atheist, than for any other nationality in the world. And not only does a Russian ‘become an Atheist,’ but he actually BELIEVES IN Atheism, just as though he had found a new faith, not perceiving that he has pinned his faith to a negation. Such is our anguish of thirst!”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot

“Faith is a marvel, and yet no human being is excluded from it; for that in which all human life is united is passion, and faith is a passion.”
― Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling

“When God has specially promised the thing, we are bound to believe we shall recieve it when we pray for it. You have no right to put in an ‘if’, and say, ‘Lord, if it be thy will…” This is to insult God. To put an ‘if’ in God’s promise when God has put none there, is tantamount to charging God with being insincere.”
― Charles Grandison Finney

“Having one king, one god, one belief, they can act single-mindedly.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, Voices

“More profoundly, Nihilist “simplification” may be seen in the universal prestige today accorded the lowest order of knowledge, the scientific, as well as the simplistic ideas of men like Marx, Freud, and Darwin, which underlie virtually the whole of contemporary thought and life.

We say “life,” for it is important to see that the Nihilist history of our century has not been something imposed from without or above, or at least has not been predominantly this; it has rather presupposed, and drawn its nourishment from, a Nihilist soil that has long been preparing in the hearts of the people. It is precisely from the Nihilism of the commonplace, from the everyday Nihilism revealed in the life and thought and aspiration of the people, that all the terrible events of our century have sprung.
The world-view of Hitler is very instructive in this regard, for in him the most extreme and monstrous Nihilism rested upon the foundation of a quite unexceptional and even typical Realism. He shared the common faith in “science,” “progress,” and “enlightenment” (though not, of course, in “democracy”), together with a practical materialism that scorned all theology, metaphysics, and any thought or action concerned with any other world than the “here and now,” priding himself on the fact that he had “the gift of reducing all problems to their simplest foundations.” He had a crude worship of efficiency and utility that freely tolerated “birth control”, laughed at the institution of marriage as a mere legalization of a sexual impulse that should be “free”, welcomed sterilization of the unfit, despised “unproductive elements” such as monks, saw nothing in the cremation of the dead but a “practical” question and did not even hesitate to put the ashes, or the skin and fat, of the dead to “productive use.” He possessed the quasi-anarchist distrust of sacred and venerable institutions, in particular the Church with its “superstitions” and all its “outmoded” laws and ceremonies. He had a naive trust in the “natural mom, the “healthy animal” who scorns the Christian virtues–virginity in particular–that impede the “natural functioning” of the body. He took a simple-minded delight in modern conveniences and machines, and especially in the automobile and the sense of speed and “freedom” it affords.

There is very little of this crude Weltanschauung that is not shared, to some degree, by the multitudes today, especially among the young, who feel themselves “enlightened” and “liberated,” very little that is not typically “modern.”
― Seraphim Rose

“In the Bible, the opposite of Sin, with a capital ‘S,’ is not virtue – it’s faith: faith in a God who draws all to himself in his resurrection.”
― Robert Farrar Capon, Between Noon & Three: Romance, Law & the Outrage of Grace

“If you can admit that you haven’t yet understood everything,
faith can fill the emptiness in heart to confront the hesitation.”
― Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

“Perchance you who pronounce my sentence are in greater fear than I who receive it.”
― Giordano Bruno

“There is no great religion without a great schism. All of them have it. And that’s because you’re dealing with something called faith. And faith is not something you can prove; faith is personal opinion. Uh, when you’re dealing with something with certainty, like, y’know, science or logic, you don’t have the–there’s no wiggle room; that’s why history is not filled with warring math cults, y’know, because you can settle the issue; you can prove something to be right or wrong, and that’s the end of the argument: next case. Whereas, when you’re dealing with faith, you can forever argue your point, or another point, because you’re dealing with intangibles. Personally, I think, faith is what you ask of somebody when you don’t have the goods to prove your point.”
― Tom Quinn

“(About changing faith) At our best, Christians embrace it, leaving enough space within orthodoxy for God to surprise us every now and then.”
― Rachel Held Evans, Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions

“If the church is to survive as a place where head and heart are equal partners in faith, then we will need to commit ourselves once again not to the worship of Christ, but to the imitation of Jesus. His invitation was not to believe, but to follow. (p. 145)”
― Robin R. Meyers, Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus

“A purposeless virtue is a contradiction in terms. Virtue, like harmony, cannot exist alone; a virtue must lead to harmony between one creature and another. To be good for nothing is just that. If a virtue has been thought a virtue long enough, it must be assumed to have practical justification – though the very longevity that proves its practicality may obscure it. That seems to be what happened with the idea of fidelity…
Our age could be characterized as a manifold experiment in faithlessness, and if it has as yet produced no effective understanding of the practicalities of faith, it has certainly produced massive evidence of the damage and disorder of its absence.
(pg.115-116, “The Body and the Earth”)”
― Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

“Faith is always supposed to make it harder, not easier, to ignore the plight of our sisters and brothers. (p. 165)”
― Robin R. Meyers, Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus

“Hope and faith underlie a promise,
and love energizes men to realize it.”
― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

“For many, the search for Jesus is initiated from experiencing an event in life so powerful, it awakens the dragons of faith; from pain so deep, it calls on the hidden fears of the soul in an effort to survive. For others it means a serious personal life survey that ultimately forces the confrontation with the futility, anesthetics, and despair in their lives.”
― W. Scott Lineberry, Tragedy and Loss and the Search for Jesus

“My mother believed in God’s will for many years. It was af if she had turned on a celestial faucet and goodness kept pouring out. She said it was faith that kept all these good things coming our way, only I thought she said “fate” because she couldn’t pronounce the “th” sound in “faith”.

And later I discovered that maybe it was fate all along, that faith was just an illusion that somehow you’re in control. I found out the most I could have was hope, and with that I wasn’t denying any possibility, good or bad. I was just saying, If there is a choice, dear God or whatever you are, here’s where the odds should be placed.

I remember the day I started thinking this, it was such a revelation to me. It was the day my mother lost her faith in God. She found that things of unquestioned certainty could never be trusted again.

We had gone to the beach, to a secluded spot south of the city near Devil’s Slide. My father had read in Sunset magazine that this was a good place to catch ocean perch. And although my father was not a fisherman but a pharmacist’s assistant who had once been a doctor in China, he believed in his nenkan, his ability to do anything he put his mind to. My mother believed she had nenkan to cook anything my father had a mind to catch. It was this belief in their nenkan that had brought my parents to America. It had enabled them to have seven children and buy a house in Sunset district with very little money. It had given them the confidence to believe their luck would never run out, that God was on their side, that house gods had only benevolent things to report and our ancestors were pleased, that lifetime warranties meant our lucky streak would never break, that all the elements were now in balance, the right amount of wind and water.”
― Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

“Faith is the door to the full inner life of the Church, a life which includes not only access to an authoritative teaching but above all to a deep personal experience which is at once unique and yet shared by the whole Body of Christ, in the Spirit of Christ.”
― Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite

“…for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works.”
― Frédéric Bastiat

“Lakewalker legends say the gods abandoned the world when the first malice came. And that they will return when the earth is entirely cleansed of its spawn. If you believe in gods.
“Do you?”
“I believe they are not here, yes. It’s a faith of sorts.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, Beguilement

“One, just one, but definitely one of the great benefits of private prayer is that you can’t hide from your motives. In corporate prayer, we can sound like “all that”. We can blow Jesus smoke like nobody’s bizness in a crowd but, get alone with Him, and He won’t let you get away with the fake stuff. Try blowing Jesus smoke in your prayer closet and you’ll cough on it every time. Truth? That penetrating gaze of His hurts, but afterwards, it never fails to heal.”
― Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

“Anti-intellectualism remains strongly entrenched in many parts of the church, but it is grounded in fear, not in faith. (p. 19)”
― Robin R. Meyers, Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus

“The only sweeter than union is reunion.”
― Kathleen McGowan, The Poet Prince

“People have a hunger to experience the spectacular, but the Lord is supernatural.”
― Sherry K. White

“I prefer a world with many beliefs and religions.
It stimulates my faith to keep growing day by day.”
― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

“As I ponder my pilgrim’s progress to Orthodoxy, however, I realize that I didn’t make the trip alone, but in a two-seater. And I wasn’t the one driving.”
― Frederica Mathewes-Green

“Faith” will help put us together on the same direction. Faith is building a relationship with God where he is in control. It is about believing although we do not always see. Do we love God with all our heart, mind, and soul? Can we follow his voice?”
― Phil Mitchell

“My purpose is: What Lord? Where Lord? When Lord? Yes Lord!”
― Christine Brooks-Martin

“S’il n’existait pas Dieu il faudrait l’inventer.” (If God did not exist he would have to be invented.)”
― Voltaire

“As far as God goes, I _am_ a nonbeliever. Still am. But when it comes to a devil—well, that’s something else.”
― William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist

“I am thankful to all the souls, I meet in the journey of life.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“Faith has won it! Fear has lost it! When you get full of faith, the devil gets filled with fear! Keep your faith in light every day and you will keep the devil in fright always!”
― Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes

“But you’d get arguments from all kinds of people that the Bible has got to be perfect. That God would not permit such errors to be made in the Holy Word.”

“I thought God gave everyone free will. Which would presumably – and evidently – include the freedom to be incorrect when translating one language into another.”

“Stop making me think. I’m believing over here.”
― Jim Butcher, White Night

“Pursue your dreams. You will be amazed about what you can achieve.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“We take it for granted that Jesus was not interested in political life: his mission was purely religious. Indeed we have witnessed . . . the ‘iconization’ of the life of Jesus: ‘This is a Jesus of hieratic, stereotyped gestures, all representing theological themes. In this way, the life of Jesus is no longer a human life, submerged in history, but a theological life — an icon.”
― Gustavo Gutiérrez, A Theology of Liberation

“That faith be analyzable does not necessarily imply a method for getting by without it. . . .”
― Julia Kristeva, This Incredible Need to Believe

“Its as if you think you’d never find
Reason and the Sacred intertwined”
― Molière, Tartuffe

“Keep the faith. The vision is always for the appointed time. Be patient, prayerful and wait for the fulfillment of your visions.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“And I don’t believe you dead. How can you be dead if I still feel you? Maybe, like God, you changed into something different that I’ll have to speak to in a different way, but you not dead to me Nettie. And never will you be.”
― Alice Walker, The Color Purple

“The woman had gone down on her knees and was shuffling slowly across the cruel ground towards the group of crosses: the dead baby rocked on her back. When she reached the tallest cross she unhooked the child and held the face against the wood and afterwards the loins: then she crossed herself, not as ordinary Catholics do, but in a curious and complicated pattern which included the nose and ears. Did she expect a miracle? And if she did, why should it not be granted her? the priest wondered. Faith, one was told, could move mountains, and here was faith–faith in the spittle that healed the blind man and the voice that raised the dead. The evening star was out: it hung low down over the edge of the plateau: it looked as if it was within reach: and a small hot wind stirred. The priest found himself watching the child for some movement. When none came, it was as if God had missed an opportunity. The woman sat down, and taking a lump of sugar from her bundle, began to eat, and the child lay quiet at the foot of the cross. Why, after all, should we expect God to punish the innocent with more life?”
― Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory

“The creation of man is evidence for the love of God, the preservation of man is evidence for the patience of God, and Christ is evidence for the forgiveness of God. It is when we are wrapped up in our own little peeves that we begin to displace His benevolence with malevolence.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“There are many faiths, but the spirit is one — in me, and in you, and in him. So that if everyone believes himself, all will be united; everyone be himself and all will be as one.”
― Leo Tolstoy, Resurrection

“Seit wir den Glauben und damit die Wahrheit verloren haben, liegt zwischen Heuchelei und Ehrlichkeit der letzte Unterschied, der uns bleibt.”
― Juli Zeh, Spieltrieb

“Some are professors and others are possessors.”
― Lawrence Kennedy

“Faith doesn’t have to be much. Not any bigger than a mustard seed… That small. Only that much faith you’ll need in me, God says, because I am so big. I am the Great I Am. So have faith in me.”
― Patricia Raybon, I Told the Mountain to Move: Learning to Pray So Things Change

“Hit ain’t sacrilege. Miss Effie Belle says when she cain’t think what to have for dinner, she asts God and right off He gives her an idea. To my thinkin’, thet’s sacrilege.”
Miss Love really laughed. “There’s not a woman in the world who hasn’t prayed what to cook for dinner, Rucker!”
― Olive Ann Burns, Cold Sassy Tree

“A corollary of this has been that Christians have thought that they should only create art with a Pollyanna quality to it: paintings of birds and kittens, movies that extol family life and end happily, songs that are positive and uplifting – in short, works of art that show a world that is almost unfallen where no one experiences conflict and where sin is naughty rather than wicked.”
― Steve Turner, Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts

“The greatest hindrance to growth in faith is comfortable living.”
― John Carey

“Our witness is only as strong as our freedom is real. We can have the most noble convictions in the world, but if we are snarky and impatient when we don’t get our way, those things will interfere with our influence. If we gossip more than we pray, those misspoken words will demolish our influence. If our addictions get in the way of living out our convictions, we’ll have mostly a negative influence.”
― Susie Larson, Embracing Your Freedom: A Personal Experience of God’s Heart for Justice

“Ironically for someone who had so long asserted his own individuality as his first and best defense against insults of any kind, I discovered that faith in myself proved to be the least formidable strength I possessed when confronting alone organized inhumanity on a greater scale than I had conceived possible. Faith in myself was important, and remains important to my self esteem. But I discovered in prison that faith in myself alone, sep0arate from other, more important allegiances , was ultimately no match for the cruelty that human beings could devise when they were entirely unencumbered by respect for the God given dignity of man. This is the lesson I learned in prison. It is, perhaps, the most important lesson I have ever learned.”
― John McCain, Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir

“Religion, like science, is only noteworthy when it emphasizes a matter of what is true rather than whose belief is greater or lesser or which deity works for whom. Sincere religion and tested science are similar in that their assertions can be argued logically and objectively; otherwise, we get false cults and babble.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Your faith is your conscience, and your conscience is your faith. You cannot have faith without a conscience, but you can have a conscience without faith. Man was designed to be good with or without religion, yet the challenge for many is staying good. Some people claim to be religious but have no conscience, while some people without religion are very much aware of their conscience. Therefore, a religious label does not define your character or validate your worth. In the end, all men will be judged by the amount of truth in them and the weight of their hearts. The heavier the conscience, the heavier the truth. The lighter the heart, the higher it goes. The only spiritual currency one has in the afterlife is amassed in the form of light, in that, the amount you have depends on the weight of your words and deeds in the living. Conscience is everything. Conscience is what connects us to the truth and light of the highest power source of all. God. The cosmic heart of the universe.”
― Suzy Kassem

“An ironic religion — one that never claims to be absolutely true but only professes to be relatively beautiful, and never promises salvation but only proposes it as a salubrious idea. A century ago there were people who thought art was the thing that could fuse the terms of this seemingly insuperable oxymoron, and no doubt art is part of the formula. But maybe consumerism also has something to teach us about forging an ironic religion — a lesson about learning to choose, about learning the power and consequences, for good or ill, of our ever-expanding palette of choices. Perhaps . . . the day will come when the true ironic religion is found, the day when humanity is filled with enough love and imagination and responsibility to become its own god and make a paradise of its world, a paradise of all the right choices.”
― Alex Shakar, The Savage Girl

“Jesus’s use of the phrasing “a new commandment” is frequently scanted in light of its implicit ramifications. Because Jesus at the Last Supper has executed the “new covenant” with his disciples, the Great Commandment itself now acquires an unprecedented meaning. Its new meaning belongs to this sudden revelation not merely about who God is but also about what love is. Previously the Great Commandment bade us to love God and our neighbor. Now this love can be comprehended only in an incarnational situation. Its incarnate presence is the activation of profound rhizomic relations that explode from the center toward the ends of the earth. We are commanded to be incarnational in relation to one another just as God at the cross was incarnational in Christ. . . . We are no longer simply Christ’s “followers” – the pre-Easter form of relation to a master-and-teacher that is conventionally called “disciple” – but also perpetual Christ incarnators . . .”
― Carl Raschke, GloboChrist: The Great Commission Takes a Postmodern Turn

“When comprehending how different people truly are, you also comprehend the absolute necessity of some divine authority.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“You have such faith,” he tells me. “Let it be bigger than your fears.”
― Celia McMahon, Skye

“Dream big. Wake up. Take the first step into the unknown.”
― Roy Bennett

“Faith?” The word popped out before I could think about it. “Faith in what? A higher power? The gods? The universe?” My voice cracked at the end, and I realized what this whole thing had done to my faith, if I’d had any to begin with. I realized that the thought of a higher being in charge of all this made me angry.”
― Brodi Ashton, Evertrue

“A man has to have something he can put faith in. Can’t you see that? What I want is someone that will love me; she would have me and I her. Otherwise a man may just go hang himself”
― Erich Maria Remarque, The Road Back

“There are six reasons anyone does anything: Love. Faith. Greed. Boredom. Fear…” he said, ticking them off on his fingers; but he lingered on the last, drawing a deep breath before he said, “Revenge.”
― Ally Carter, Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover

“Do you think I care if Aslan dooms me to death?” said the King. “That would be nothing, nothing at all. Would it not be better to be dead than to have this horrible fear that Aslan has come and is not like the Aslan we have believed in and longed for? It is as if the sun rose one day and were a black sun.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle

“Easily mistaken, it is not about a love for adversity, it is about knowing a strength and a faith so great that adversity, in all its adverse manifestations, hardly even exists.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Sometimes new opportunity means new opposition. Not everything God asks us to do will be comfortable.”
― Joyce Meyer

“Take faith, for example. For many people in our world, the opposite of faith is doubt. The goal, then, within this understanding, is to eliminate doubt. But faith and doubt aren’t opposites. Doubt is often a sign that your faith has a pulse, that it’s alive and well and exploring and searching. Faith and doubt aren’t opposites, they are, it turns out, excellent dance partners.”
― Rob Bell, What We Talk about When We Talk about God

“In the desert, the only god is a well.”
― Vera Nazarian, Dreams of the Compass Rose

“When the door of opportunity of your storehouse opens for you, let faith and hope enter first. When your faith leads the way, you will locate the source of your hidden treasures.”
― Israelmore Ayivor

“Sometimes we can focus so much on nothing that we make it a big something of nothing”
― Ricky Maye, An Emerging Spirituality

“The religionist is a living fossil, embedded in that rock called faith.”
― Robert G. Ingersoll

“She had walked to the brink, abandoning all belief, and just before the bitter end, she was pulled from the abyss by faith.”
― Sage Steadman, Upon Destiny’s Song

“Many were the steps taken in doubt, that saw their shapeless ends in no time. Those who travail in faith today will truimph in joy tomorrow. Let faith lead the way.”
― Israelmore Ayivor

“God existed before every religion; He exists in spite of all religions.”
― Danail Hristov, The End of the Jesus Era

“Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
― Bible KJV

“It takes faith to find personal significance in your relationship with God rather than how much money you earn, how beautiful you look, how many toys you own, how many trophies you collect, or how much territory you conquer and control.”
― Charles R. Swindoll

“Give up isn’t going to help
Keep going on will help”
― Kristopher Raines

“Faith is a process of leaping into the abyss not on the basis of any certainty about where we shall land, but rather on the belief that we shall land.”
― Carter Heyward

“… challenge the church to do better, be more of who Christ wants us to be …”
― Justin Lee, Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate

“All I know is that the closer I get to God, the deeper I get into the Bible, and the heavier the burden seems on my shoulders.”
― Tim LaHaye, Tribulation Force

“Pious people spoke to God, and crazy people imagined that God spoke back.”
― Philip K. Dick, VALIS

“Faith is the choice of the nobler hypothesis.’ Not the noblest, one never knows what that is. But the nobler, the best one can see when the choice is made.”
― Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant As Leader

“Little faith sees God’s hand in great things. Established faith sees God’s hand in little things.”
― Ralph Bouma

“Un sceptique qui adhère à un croyant cela est simple comme la loi des couleurs complémentaires.Ce qui nous manque nous attire.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

“Google, Facebook helps people than people helps people, in today’s world”
― Jeevagan Nagarajan

“No matter how hard it is, or how hard it gets, don’t ever, ever, ever lose hope!”
― Jim Yackel, The Wayfarers | Walking Dreams

“In essence, we are deeper than being; we are character, which contains the conscious forces of love, justice, kindness, faith, and forgiveness.”
― Garey Gordon, The Values Pursued Life: Excellence and Greatness from Within

“He is the light in my life and the rock beneath my feet. (Referring to the Lord Jesus)”
― Kimberly McRae, Living by Faith: Beginning Your Walk as a New Believer

“It’s because we have little faith that we look within instead of without.”
― Ralph Bouma

“بحكم المنطق الداخلي للأشياء يتوازى كل من التطور و الحضارةو العلم والطوبيا مع الإلحاد، بينما يتوازى الخلق والثقافة و الفن و الأخلاق مع الدين.”
― علي عزت بيجوفيتش, الإسلام بين الشرق والغرب

“They all believed in him because of the authenticity of his musical talent and his faith in it.”
― Amit Kalantri, One Bucket of Tears

“Hope is magic. Hope is a gift. Hope is a raft we cling to in the midst of a storm. Hope by nature is an independent of logic. Hope is power outside of the facts.
The human mind longs for something better. Hope is not rational. Yet who need rationality when God is on our side? The capacity of hope is the most significant fact in life.”
― Tommy Tran

“There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human’s mind against the Enemy. He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

“Keep me rather in this cage, and feed me sparingly, if you dare. Anything that brings me closer to illness and the edge of death makes me more faithful. It is only when you make me suffer that I feel safe and secure. You should never have agreed to be a god for me if you were afraid to assume the duties of a god, and we know that they are not as tender as all that. You have already seen me cry. Now you must learn to relish my tears.”
― Pauline Réage

“God, I am trying to recover my faith. Please don’t abandon me in the middle of
this adventure, I prayed, pushing my fears aside.”
― Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

“God tests, but he does not tempt.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Christian love draws no distinction between one enemy and another, except that the more bitter our enemy’s hatred, the greater his need of love. Be his enmity political or religious, he has nothing to expect from a follower of Jesus but unqualified love. In such love there is not inner discord between the private person and official capacity. In both we are disciples of Christ, or we are not Christians at all.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

“The Christian should work as if all depended upon him, and pray as if it all depended upon God.”
― Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Logic cannot comprehend love; so much the worse for logic.”
― N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church

“‎Those who aren’t following Jesus aren’t his followers. It’s that simple. Followers follow, and those who don’t follow aren’t followers. To follow Jesus means to follow Jesus into a society where justice rules, where love shapes everything. To follow Jesus means to take up his dream and work for it.”
― Scot McKnight, One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow

“Any faith that does not command the one who holds it is not a real belief; it is a pseudo belief only. And it might shock some of us profoundly if we were brought suddenly face to face with our beliefs and forced to test them in the fires of practical living.”
― A.W. Tozer, The Root of the Righteous

“Faith is stepping out into the unknown with nothing to guide us but a hand just beyond our grasp.”
― Frederick Buechner, The Magnificent Defeat

“Two natures beat within my breast
The one is foul, the one is blessed
The one I love, the one I hate.
The one I feed will dominate.

-Anonymous”
― Tara Leigh Cobble, Crowded Skies: Letters To Manhattan

“The more you delve into science, the more it appears to rely on faith.”
― Jon Stewart

“Love and respect all people. Hate and destroy all faith.”
― Penn Jillette, God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

“I started having doubts right on top of my certainty.”
― David James Duncan, The Brothers K

“Through the darkest hours of the night
and through the dreamers realm I seek,
Far beyond the starry sky
and beyond galaxies I am free.

Through the grimmest memories
and past a seasons air I cannot breathe,
Far beyond this mortal world
in an afterlife we shall meet.”
― Lee Argus

“There was a time when skepticism was an act of rebellion. Since to a degree I both believe in evolution and have faith, I can only conclude that, as prophesied, to have faith will someday be an act of rebellion.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Celebrating faith over reason is merely a way of denying what is, in favor of embracing any whim that strikes your fancy.”
― Terry Goodkind, Confessor

“Comparing yourself to others does nothing for you. Society has conditioned us to value people who fit a secular mold of perfection”.”
― Michele Woolley, God’s Favor – Breath Of Heaven

“Faith is stronger than so-called reason.”
― Hermann Hesse, The Journey to the East

“God’s plan for your life is happening right now. It doesn’t begin when you get married or when you get your dream job or when everything feels perfect. You are IN the plan. – TLC’s friend Kris (p.159)”
― Tara Leigh Cobble, Crowded Skies: Letters To Manhattan

“There are no atheists in the foxhole.”
― Ernie Pyle

“Faith is the mortar that fills the cracks in the evidence and the gaps in the logic, and thus it is faith that keeps the whole terrible edifice of religious certainty still looming dangerously over our world.”
― Sam Harris, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

“So much had been surrendered! And to such little purpose! There had been mad wilful rejections, monstrous forms of self-torture and self-denial, whose origin was fear and whose result was a degradation infinitely more terrible than that fancied degradation from which, in their ignorance, they had sought to escape (…)”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean it’s not there.”
― Laura Wilson, My Best Friend

“Addressing the concept of man made additions to the faith – “These additions-
standards, practices, and allegiances supposedly created for our spiritual benefit-
have had the opposite effect.”
― Ed Galisewski, A Simpler Faith: Hope For Those Who Struggle With Church

“On the concept of unity- “Thatʼs right-Jesusʼ most pressing concern before
leaving the earth was our unity. He was looking ahead, to every generation of
believer. And as he prayed, he made it clear that our witness as his body in this
fractured , messed-up, chaotic world would depend on our love for another.”
― Ed Galisewski, A Simpler Faith: Hope For Those Who Struggle With Church

“The darker side of the City tried to emphasize the selfish parts of me by encouraging my sense of entitlement and my desire for personal space. But God seemed to whisper that the alternative existed: to let Him grow humility and concern for others in a way I had never experienced, to live out His peace amid whirling chaos. (p.67)”
― Tara Leigh Cobble, Crowded Skies: Letters To Manhattan

“I used to believe in so many things—elves and leprechauns, virgins riding unicorns. I trusted that the world was made up of people who were generally good, though they may have lost their way temporarily. The faith my mother gave me—the words she whispered when she said good night, the idea that gave me hope for the two of us even when we fought bitterly over trivial things, as mothers and daughters do, I guess—was her belief in love, a love so unconditional we could barely scratch at the edges of comprehending it.”
― Elissa Janine Hoole, Kiss the Morning Star

“It seems we are all too vulnerable to having our heart lead us astray from what is right”
― Abigail Reynolds, Impulse and Initiative

“No man succeeds without faith. Whether you call it religious faith or label it something else. I don’t feel anything worthwhile is accomplished without it. When you believe there is a Supreme Being guiding the destiny of this universe and that within each of us there is a little part of that Being, then you will have faith in yourself, in your country, in that Supreme Being, and in humanity itself.”
― Walter Knott

“Every Christian should be both conservative and radical; conservative in preserving the faith and radical in applying it.”
― John R.W. Stott

“Imagine a land where people are afraid of dragons. It is a reasonable fear: dragons possess a number of qualities that make being afraid of them a very commendable response. Things like their terrible size, their ability to spout fire, or to crack boulders into splinters with their massive talons. In fact, the only terrifying quality that dragons do not possess is that of existence.

Now, the people of this land know about dragons because their leaders have warned them about them. They tell stories about cruel dragons with razor teeth and fiery breath. They recount legends of dragons hunting by night on silent wings. In short, the leaders make sure that the people believe in all the qualities of dragons, including that key quality of existence. And then they control the people — when they need to — with their fear of dragons. The people pay a dragon-slaying tax … everyone stays indoors after dark to avoid being snatched by swooping claws … and nobody ever strays out of bounds for fear of being eaten well and truly up.

Perhaps somebody will wonder if dragons aren’t, after all, fictitious because — despite their size — nobody seems to have actually seen one. And so it is necessary from time to time to provide evidence: a burnt tree or two, a splintered rock, the mysterious absence of a villager. The population is controlled by the dragons in its collective mind. It’s contrived superstition, and it is possible because the people do not know enough about the way the world works to know that dragons do not exist.”
― David Whiteland, Book of Pages

“Stories are verbal acts of hospitality.”
― Eugene H. Peterson, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology

“There’s one other thing I’d like to remind you of, my dear. There’ve been many times when you’ve sworn to me that after all that life has dealt you, it was no longer possible for you to believe in anything. I replied that both life and my studies had led me to the same conclusion. I asked you, ‘What is a person permitted, once he’s realized that truth is unattainable and consequently doesn’t exist for him?’ Do you remember your answer?”
“I do, ibn Sabbah. I said something like this: ‘If a person realized that everything people call happiness, love and joy was just a miscalculation based on a false premise, he’d feel a horrible emptiness inside. The only thing that could rouse him from his paralysis would be to gamble with his own face and the face of others. The person capable of that would be permitted anything.”
― Vladimir Bartol, Alamut

“Our duty is found in the revealed will of God in the Scriptures. Our trust must be in the sovereign will of God as He works in the ordinary circumstances of our daily lives for our good and His glory.”
― Jerry Bridges, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts

“The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.”
― John Berry

“In all my travels, I’ve never seen a country’s population more determined to forgive, and to build and succeed than in Rwanda.”
― Rick Warren, The Bishop of Rwanda: Finding Forgiveness Amidst a Pile of Bones

“Prayer [is] the quiet, persistent living of our life of desire and faith in the presence of our God.”
― Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer

“The heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 … obeyed by faith … obedience is the pathway to holiness … no one will become holy apart from a life of faith. Faith enables us to claim the promises of God, but it also enables us to obey the commands of God.”
― Jerry Bridges, Holiness Day by Day: Transformational Thoughts for Your Spiritual Journey

“The beauty of Catholicism is every human being’s right.”
― Matthew Kelly, Our Father

“I see now that my faith was becoming an ally rather than an enemy because I could vent anger freely, even toward God, without fearing retribution.”
― Gerald L. Sittser, A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss

“God gives us not only the truth but also the ability to believe it; not only the new thing to see but also the new eye to see it with.”
― Peter Kreeft, Jesus-Shock

“Everything depends on One Word : “Maktub” !”
― Paulo Coelho

“The truest of all truths is this: You are a child of God. Out of more than six billion people on earth now, He knows your name, what you fear and what you revere. He cares about the things you care about. He wants your happiness and success, and will reach to the farthest corner of the universe to see that you obtain your noblest dreams.”
― Toni Sorenson

“Are you aware of who you really are in relationship to the very God who created the Universe, who scattered the stars and aligned the planets? Only to those who remember and realize that they are literally spirit children of a God who knows and loves them, can the fire of refinement be welcome. Otherwise, pain and adversity are just that, pain and adversity. Fire doesn’t purify; it only burns.”
― Toni Sorenson

“No Temple made by mortal human hands can ever compare to the Temple made by the gods themselves. That building of wood and stone that houses us and that many believe conceals the great Secret Temple from prying eyes, somewhere in its heart of hearts, is but a decoy for the masses who need this simple concrete limited thing in their lives. The real Temple is the whole world, and there is nothing as divinely blessed as a blooming growing garden.”
― Vera Nazarian, Dreams of the Compass Rose

“Things which are accidentally the causes either of hope or fear are called good or evil omens.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“I look for a sign. Where to go next. you never know when you’ll get one. Even the most faithless among us are waiting to be proven wrong.”
― Jillian Lauren, Pretty

“Fidelity is a living, breathing entity. On wobbly footing, it can wander, becoming something different entirely.”
― Kay Goodstadt, Love and Death Over Tea

“I get glimmers of the bad nineteenth-century teaching which has made Mother remove God from the realm of mystery and beauty and glory, but why do people half my age think that they don’t have faith unless their faith is small and comprehensible and like a good old plastic Jesus?”
― Madeleine L’Engle, The Summer of the Great-Grandmother

“The back door of every tomb opens on a hilltop.”
― George MacDonald, Weighed and Wanting

“As prayer without faith is but a beating of the air, so trust without prayer [is] but a presumptuous bravado. He that promises to give, and bids us trust His promises, commands us to pray, and expects obedience to his commands. He will give, but not without our asking.”
― Thomas Lye

“Surprisingly, the Christian faith today is perceived as disconnected from the supernatural world – a dimension that the vast majority of outsiders believe can be accessed and influenced.”
― David Kinnaman, unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity… and Why It Matters

“We are spiritual children of God the Father. We preach it. We sing it. But do we really understand it? Sometimes it’s easy to tell others they are loved, but not so easy to believe it of ourselves — not because we don’t think God loves His children, but because we may feel undeserving of His love. The adversary loves to remind us who we are not. Not pretty. Not smart. Not strong. But God would not have sacrificed His Son to save us if we aren’t worth saving.”
― Toni Sorenson, Women of Christ: Of Infinite Worth

“Boy you really missed the boat. I’ll make it simple, so’s even fuckin you can understand. Papa God growed us up till we could wear long pants; then he licensed his name to dollar bills, left some car keys on the table, and got the fuck outta town”. Water rushes to his eye-holes. “Don’t be lookin up at no sky for help. Look down here, at us twisted dreamers”. He takes hold of my shoulders, spins me around, and punches me towards the mirror on the wall. “You’re the God. Take responsibility. Exercise your power”
― D.B.C. Pierre

“God is not someone you meet when you die. His smiling face will be the first and the most familiar to greet you on the other side of mortality. You’ll recognize Him and know in your heart of hearts that you’re not entering a new sphere, but returning home to the place you’ve always belonged.”
― Toni Sorenson

Faith is the poetry of our dreams; action is the builder of our reality.
“Faith is the poetry of our dreams; action is the builder of our reality.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“Faith without a measure of doubt ain’t worth a brass farthin’.”
― Howard Frank Mosher, Walking to Gatlinburg

“The only truth was whatever you could make someone believe.”
― Megan Chance, The Spiritualist

“Ah, but it is an interesting thing, that these things can so seldom be proved. If I were to perform some piece of, hrmf, magic for you, here in this room, you would claim a thousand ways it could have been done. Indeed, those ways might be exceedingly unlikely, but you would cling to them rather than accept the, mmn, the chance that magic, the eternal inexplicable, might be the true agent, and if you were strong enough in yourself, unafraid, unthreatened, here in your own chambers, well perhaps there would be no magic worked at all. It is a subjective force, you see, whereas the physical laws of the artificers are objective. A gear-train will turn without faith, but magic may not. And so, when your people demand, mmn, proof, there is none, but when you have forgotten and dismissed it, then magic creeps back into the gaps where you do not look for it.”
― Adrian Tchaikovsky, Dragonfly Falling

“True virtue never appears so lovely as when it is most oppressed; and the divine excellency of real Christianity is never exhibited with such advantage as when under the greatest trials; then it is that true faith appears much more precious than gold, and upon this account is “found to praise and honour and glory.”
― Jonathan Edwards, The Religious Affections

“Men will trust in God no further than they know Him; and they cannot be in the exercise of faith in Him one ace further than they have a sight of His fulness and faithfulness in exercise.”
― Jonathan Edwards, The Religious Affections

“You are all soldiers of Christ,” he said, “and now is an opportunity given to you to show that you are worthy soldiers. When the troops of a worldly monarch go into battle they do so with head erect, with proud and resolute bearing, with flashing eye, and with high courage, determined to bear aloft his banner and to crown it with victory, even though it cost them their lives. Such is the mien that soldiers of Christ should bear in the mortal strife now raging round us. Let them show the same fearlessness of death, the same high courage, the same unlimited confidence in their Leader. What matter if they die in His service? He has told them what their work should be. He has bidden them visit the sick and comfort the sorrowing. What if there be danger in the work? Did He shrink from the Cross which was to end His work of love, and is it for His followers to do so? ‘Though you go down into the pit,’ He has said, ‘I am there also’; and with His companionship one must be craven indeed to tremble. This is a noble opportunity for holding high the banner of Christ. There is work to be done for all, and as the work is done, men should see by the calm courage, the cheerfulness, and the patience of those that do it, that they know that they are doing His work, and that they are content to leave the issue, whatever it be, in His hands.”
― G.A. Henty

“Dead men cannot take effective action; their power of influence on others lasts only till the grave. Deeds and actions that energise others belong only to the living. Well, then, look at the facts in this case. The Saviour is working mightily among men, every day He is invisibly persuading numbers of people all over the world, both within and beyond the Greek-speaking world, to accept His faith and be obedient to His teaching. Can anyone, in face of this, still doubt that He has risen and lives, or rather that He is Himself the Life? Does a dead man prick the consciences of men…?”
― Athanasius of Alexandria, On the Incarnation

“It is not as a child that I believe and confess Jesus Christ. My hosanna is born of a furnace of doubt.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Unless there is within us that which is above us, we shall soon yield to that which is about us.”
― P.T. Forsyth

“I take leave to contradict those who say that salvation is an evolution! All that ever can be evolved out of the sinful heart of man is sin-and nothing else! Salvation is the free gift of God, by Jesus Christ, and the work of it is supernatural. It is done by the Lord Himself, and He has power to do it, however weak, no, however dead in sin, the sinner may be!”
― Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Faith may want answers, but somehow it is able to survive without them.”
― Carolyn Custis James, The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules

“Our obedience is God’s pleasure when it proves that God is our treasure. This is good news, because it means very simply that the command to obey is the command to be happy in God. The commandments of God are only as hard to obey as the promises of God are hard to believe. The Word of God is only as hard to obey as the beauty of God is hard to cherish.”
― John Piper, The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God’s Delight in Being God

“The only real fall of man is his noneucharistic life in a noneucharistic world.”
― Alexander Schmemann, For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy

“For when God is said by these things to try men and prove them, to see what is in their hearts and whether they will keep His commandments or no, we are not to understand, that it is for His own information, or that He may obtain evidence Himself of their sincerity (for he needs no trials for His information); but chiefly for their conviction, and to exhibit evidence to their consciences…
So when God tempted or tried Abraham with that difficult command of offering up his son, it was not for His satisfaction, whether he feared God or no, but for Abraham’s own greater satisfaction and comfort, and the more clear manifestation of the favour of God to him.”
― Jonathan Edwards, The Religious Affections

“To make a man a saint, it must indeed be by grace; and whoever doubts this does not know what a saint is, or a man.”
― Blaise Pascal

“This eternal accusation against Christianity I shall write upon all walls, wherever walls are to be found–I have letters that even the blind will be able to see. . . . I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, the one great instinct of revenge, for which no means are venomous enough, or secret, subterranean and small enough,–I call it the one immortal blemish upon the human race…”
― Friedrich Nietzsche, The Anti Christ

“In all of knowable reality, God is unique. He is knowable not like the multiplication table or the table of elements; he alone is knowable as the one totally in control of being known. He is not at the disposal of the human mind. He is known when he wills to be known. Yet he is known in and through created reality, which is known naturally. Therefore the glory of God is exalted most not when we know God apart from observation and reading and study, but when we know God as a result of his free and gracious self-revelation in and through our earnest observation of and meditation on his work and Word in history.”
― John Piper, The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God’s Delight in Being God

“Waiting is an exercise of faith that demonstrates the condition of our hearts. Waiting on God is an act of faith. And faith is what separates the men from the boys.”
― Steve Farrar, God Built (Joseph) – Forged By God…In The Bad And Good Of Life

“It would be unjust toward children to introduce them to Christian teaching and existence only as little pagans and catechumens, in order to leave it up to them to choose the Faith on their own responsibility at a point in time difficult to determine.”
― Hans Urs von Balthasar, Unless You Become Like This Child

“I’M LOSING FAITH IN MY FAVORITE COUNTRY

Throughout my life, the United States has been my favorite country, save and except for Canada, where I was born, raised, educated, and still live for six months each year. As a child growing up in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, I aggressively bought and saved baseball cards of American and National League players, spent hours watching snowy images of American baseball and football games on black and white television and longed for the day when I could travel to that great country. Every Saturday afternoon, me and the boys would pay twelve cents to go the show and watch U.S. made movies, and particularly, the Superman serial. Then I got my chance. My father, who worked for B.F. Goodrich, took my brother and me to watch the Cleveland Indians play baseball in the Mistake on the Lake in Cleveland. At last I had made it to the big time. I thought it was an amazing stadium and it was certainly not a mistake. Amazingly, the Americans thought we were Americans.

I loved the United States, and everything about the country: its people, its movies, its comic books, its sports, and a great deal more. The country was alive and growing. No, exploding. It was the golden age of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The American dream was alive and well, but demanded hard work, honesty, and frugality. Everyone understood that. Even the politicians.

Then everything changed.

Partly because of its proximity to the United States and a shared heritage, Canadians also aspired to what was commonly referred to as the American dream. I fall neatly into that category. For as long as I can remember I wanted a better life, but because I was born with a cardboard spoon in my mouth, and wasn’t a member of the golden gene club, I knew I would have to make it the old fashioned way: work hard and save. After university graduation I spent the first half of my career working for the two largest oil companies in the world: Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell. The second half was spent with one of the smallest oil companies in the world: my own.

Then I sold my company and retired into obscurity. In my case obscurity was spending summers in our cottage on Lake Rosseau in Muskoka, Ontario, and winters in our home in Port St. Lucie, Florida. My wife, Ann, and I, (and our three sons when they can find the time), have been enjoying that “obscurity” for a long time. During that long time we have been fortunate to meet and befriend a large number of Americans, many from Tom Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation.” One was a military policeman in Tokyo in 1945. After a very successful business carer in the U.S. he’s retired and living the dream. Another American friend, also a member of the “Greatest Generation”, survived The Battle of the Bulge and lived to drink Hitler’s booze at Berchtesgaden in 1945. He too is happily retired and living the dream. Both of these individuals got to where they are by working hard, saving, and living within their means. Both also remember when their Federal Government did the same thing.

One of my younger American friends recently sent me a You Tube video, featuring an impassioned speech by Marco Rubio, Republican senator from Florida. In the speech, Rubio blasts the spending habits of his Federal Government and deeply laments his country’s future. He is outraged that the U.S. Government spends three hundred billion dollars, each and every month. He is even more outraged that one hundred and twenty billion of that three hundred billion dollars is borrowed. In other words, Rubio states that for every dollar the U.S. Government spends, forty cents is borrowed. I don’t blame him for being upset. If I had run my business using that arithmetic, I would be in the soup kitchens. If individual American families had applied that arithmetic to their finances, none of them would be in a position to pay a thin dime of taxes.

In this connection I witnessed what I consider to be t”
― Stephen Douglass

“في بعض الأحيان ، نتخلى عن درب ما ، لأننا ببساطة لا نؤمن بها . وهذا سهل ، فكل ما علينا فعله إثبات أن تلك الطريق ليست لنا . لكن الأحداث التي تبدأ بالحصول ، والإلهام الذي يأتينا خلال مسيرتنا ،
يبعثان فينا الخوف من المتابعة”
― Paulo Coelho, Brida

“(Ezekial saw the wheel
(Way up in the middle of the air —
(O Ezekial saw the wheel
(Way in the middle of the air!

(Now the big wheel runs by faith
(And the little wheel runs by the grace of God —

(The above made up by professional hope experts, you might say, because willful, voluntary, intentional hope was the only kind they had in anything like long supply. Faith is not, contrary to the usual ideas, something that turns out to be right or wrong, like a gambler’s bet; it’s an act, an intention, a project, something that makes you, in leaping into the future, go so far, far, far ahead that you shoot clean out of Time and right into Eternity, which is not the end of time or a whole lot of time or unending time, but timelessness, that old Eternal Now. So that you end up living not in the future ((in your intentional “act of faith”)) but in the present. After all.

(Courage is willful hope.)”
― Joanna Russ, On Strike Against God

“Faith is not knowledge of an object but communion with it.”
― Nicolás Gómez Dávila

“A faith to live by, a self to live with, and a purpose to live for.”
― Bob Harrington

“We are not to be occupied with our feelings or symptoms,
or our faith or lack of faith,
but only with what God has said”
― Gordon Lindsay

“Please don’t take my wings…”
― Randall Wallace, Pearl Harbor

“Great faith overcomes laws of nature that govern physical world.”
― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

“Hey, I am thinking of it myself, in this part of world (East), we all do endeavors in praying and are sweating (white liquid) and this is our situation, frustrated , but on the other part of world (West) ,they are enjoying in party and drinking liquor (white liquid) but their situation is that, successful, I do not know that the problem relates to the type of liquid or the way of drinking!!”
― Ali Shariati

“Faith reveals the potential.”
― Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

“The top 10% of the people who are most creative, constructive and thoughtful, do not have much to do with churches. To them the canons of reason come first, making faith secondary and questionable.”
― Joseph Fletcher

“Spiritual victory is not something you earn – it is something you accept. The Christian life is not so much about what you have done – it’s about what Christ has done. It’s not so much about how strong you are – it’s about how strong God is.”
― Alan D. Wright, Lover of My Soul: Delighting in God’s Passionate Love

“I open my heart to her and lay it on the table.”
― Jennifer Haigh, Faith

“I don’t want to base my life on a symbol,” he said resolutely. “I want reality, and the Christian faith has always been rooted in reality. What’s not rooted in reality is the faith of liberal scholars. They’re the ones who are following a pipe dream, but Christianity is not a pipe dream.”
― Gregory A. Boyd

“We have very little faith in the Lord, very little trust. If we trusted the Lord as much as we trust a friend when we ask him to do something for us, neither we as individuals nor our whole country would suffer so much.”
― Thaddeus of Vitovnica, Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

“Life is a misery, death an uncertainty. Suppose it steals suddenly upon me, in what state shall I leave this world? When can I learn what I have here neglected to learn? Or is it true that death will cut off and put an end to all care and all feeling? This is something to be inquired into.

But no, this cannot be true. It is not for nothing, it is not meaningless that all over the world is displayed the high and towering authority of the Christian faith.

Such great and wonderful things would never have been done for us by God, if the life of the soul were to end with the death of the body. Why then do I delay? Why do I not abandon my hopes of this world and devote myself entirely to the search for God and for the happy life?”
― Augustine of Hippo, Confessions

“‎God remains silent so that men and women may speak, protest, and struggle. God remains silent so that people may really become people. When God is silent and men and women cry, God cries in solidarity with them but doesn’t intervene. God waits for the shouts of protest.”
― Elsa Tamez

“…there is therefore now no condemnation for two reasons: you are dead now; and God, as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, has been dead all along. The blame game was over before it started. It really was. All Jesus did was announce that truth and tell you it would make you free. It was admittedly a dangerous thing to do. You are a menace. Be he did it; and therefore, menace or not, here you stand: uncondemned, forever, now. What are you going to do with your freedom?”
― Robert Farrar Capon, Between Noon & Three: Romance, Law & the Outrage of Grace

“I honestly do not know if love vanquishes death as our traditional faiths teach but I do know that our vulnerabilities trump our ideologies and that love leavens the purity and logic of our beliefs propelling us to connect as the fiercely gracious human beings we are.”
― Irwin Kula

“In the pragmatist, streetwise climate of advanced postmodern capitalism, with its scepticism of big pictures and grand narratives, its hard-nosed disenchantment with the metaphysical, ‘life’ is one among a whole series of discredited totalities. We are invited to think small rather than big – ironically, at just the point when some of those out to destroy Western civilization are doing exactly the opposite. In the conflict between Western capitalism and radical Islam, a paucity of belief squares up to an excess of it. The West finds itself faced with a full-blooded metaphysical onslaught at just the historical point that it has, so to speak, philosophically disarmed. As far as belief goes, postmodernism prefers to travel light: it has beliefs, to be sure, but it does not have faith.”
― Terry Eagleton, The Meaning of Life

“What the hell are you getting so upset about?” he asked her bewilderedly in a tone of contrite amusement. “I thought you didn’t believe in God.”
“I don’t,” she sobbed, bursting violently into tears. “But the God I don’t believe in is a good God, a just God, a merciful God. He’s not the mean and stupid God you make Him out to be.”
― Joseph Heller, Catch-22

“Perhaps it is our obligation to be noble before it is our obligation to be happy.”
― Kathleen McGowan, The Poet Prince

“The pure perfect truth of life is that we are here to create heaven on earth, to bring the perfection of what is above down to us, and in doing so to become transformed as human being into something great and beautiful.”
― Kathleen McGowan, The Poet Prince
“Sin embargo, conocí a muchos internados que supieron ser fieles a su dignidad humana hasta el mismo fin. Los nazis lograron degradarlos físicamente, pero no fueron capaces de rebajarlos moralmente.
Gracias a estos pocos, no he perdido totalmente mi fe en la humanidad. Si en la misma jungla de Birkenau no todos fueron necesariamente inhumanos con sus hermanos hombres, indudablemente hay todavía esperanzas.
Esta esperanza es la que me hace vivir.”
― Olga Lengyel

“Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine.”
― Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

“You just don’t have faith!” Frank repeated.
“Well I hope I never get it! It’s like being hit by a hammer in the head!”
― Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars

“But I could tell thee of other things, Inglés, and do not doubt what thou simply cannot see nor cannot hear. Thou canst not hear what a dog hears. Nor canst thou smell what a dog smells. But already thou hast experienced a little of what can happen to man.”
― Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

“Nothing will unfold for us unless we move toward what
looks to us like nothing: faith is a cascade.”
― Alice Fulton

“There’s no guarantee of disaster-free in any world religion,
but love, faith and knowledge give men hope and willpower.”
― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

“What is the basic difference between saying ‘I know that God exists’ and saying ‘I know that love exists’?”
― Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom) of Sourozh

“I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings.”
― Pearl S. Buck

“Promise has faith as premise.
Only men of faith can promise.”
― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

“To come to faith on the basis of experience alone is unwise, though not so foolish as to reject faith altogether because of lack of experience … the quality of a Christian’s experience depends on the quality of his faith, just as the quality of his faith depends in turn on the quality of his understanding of God’s truth.”
― Os Guinness, In Two Minds

“Our greatest challenge today…is to couple conviction with doubt. By conviction, I mean some pragmatically developed faith, trust, or centeredness; and by doubt I mean openness to the ongoing changeability, mystery, and fallibility of the conviction.”
― Kirk J. Schneider

“Jauh lebih menyenangkan merasa bahwa Tuhan mendengarkanmu dan mengatakan tidak, ketimbang merasa tak ada siapa pun yang mendengarkanmu”
― Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: a True Story

“If I were a character in one of my books, I’d be the optimistic one, believing the best and urging others to do the same.”
― Stacy Hawkins Adams, Dreams That Won’t Let Go

“Some things have to be believed to be seen”
― Ralph Hodgson

“Doubter wants proof which contributes nothing to her faith.”
― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

“God blesses to the degree in which you believe.”
― Pamela R. Jeffers, Something Old, New, Borrowed & True

“Just think of what would have happened to poor old Naaman if he had decided to dunk himself only once?”
― Lawana Blackwell, The Courtship of the Vicar’s Daughter

“The question is not, who uses faith and who uses reason? Everyone uses both. The question instead should be, who has the most reasonable faith?”
― J.F. Baldwin

“…he felt God the same way arthritic monks felt rain coming in their joints. He felt only a hint of him.”
― Sue Monk Kidd, The Mermaid Chair

“Judged by the normal standards of human affairs, the lives of men and women of God may look overburdened with suffering, and even inconclusive.”
― Eknath Easwaran, Nonviolent Soldier of Islam: Badshah Khan: A Man to Match His Mountains

“Answers based in truth are the foundation of wisdom.”
― Jayce O’Neal

“I’m just tired of hearing about God all the time. What has He got to do with anything?… I’m not going to be immoral or commit crimes because I don’t believe. I don’t even think about that. I just get so tired of Him getting the credit for things the human race achieves through its own effort. Now, there simply is no God. There’s only man. And it’s he who makes miracles.”
― Lorraine Hansberry

“If you’re waiting until you feel talented enough to make it, you’ll never make it.”
― Criss Jami, Healology
“Take lightly what you hear about individuals. We need not distort trust for our paltry little political agendas. We tend to trust soulless, carried information more than we trust soulful human beings; but really most people aren’t so bad once you sit down and have an honest, one-on-one conversation with them, once, with an open heart, you listen to their explanations as to why they act the way they act, or say what they say, or do what they do.”
― Criss Jami, Healology

“Your comfort zone is a place where you keep yourself in a self-illusion and nothing can grow there but your potentiality can grow only when you can think and grow out of that zone.”
― Rashedur Ryan Rahman

“It seems to me some people just go around lookin’ to get their faith unsettled. That has been the fashion for the last hundred years or so.”
― Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

“You never know who you’re inspiring or uninspiring. People notice more than you think.”
― Amaka Imani Nkosazana

“Special Logan Kiss…
Yeah, but you didn’t know that I’d recited how i felt for you right then, in that moment, in my mins. The words flowed silently, so easily. There’s no mistaking them. When I gave you those kisses, I was telling myself and you….
He peck my nose “I…”
He kisses my forehead “..LOVE..”
My heart swells as
He presses his lips to my chin, then he whispers ” YOU…”
― E.L. Montes, Perfectly Damaged

“We have not reached the consensus that to eat is a basic human right. This is an ethical crisis. This is a crisis of faith.”
― Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Eyes of the Heart: Seeking a Path for the Poor in the Age of Globalization

“Girls aside, the other thing I found in the last few years of being at school, was a quiet, but strong Christian faith – and this touched me profoundly, setting up a relationship or faith that has followed me ever since.

I am so grateful for this. It has provided me with a real anchor to my life and has been the secret strength to so many great adventures since.

But it came to me very simply one day at school, aged only sixteen.

As a young kid, I had always found that a faith in God was so natural. It was a simple comfort to me: unquestioning and personal.

But once I went to school and was forced to sit through somewhere in the region of nine hundred dry, Latin-liturgical, chapel services, listening to stereotypical churchy people droning on, I just thought that I had got the whole faith deal wrong.

Maybe God wasn’t intimate and personal but was much more like chapel was … tedious, judgemental, boring and irrelevant.

The irony was that if chapel was all of those things, a real faith is the opposite. But somehow, and without much thought, I had thrown the beautiful out with the boring. If church stinks, then faith must do, too.

The precious, natural, instinctive faith I had known when I was younger was tossed out with this newly found delusion that because I was growing up, it was time to ‘believe’ like a grown-up.

I mean, what does a child know about faith?

It took a low point at school, when my godfather, Stephen, died, to shake me into searching a bit harder to re-find this faith I had once known.

Life is like that. Sometimes it takes a jolt to make us sit and remember who and what we are really about.

Stephen had been my father’s best friend in the world. And he was like a second father to me. He came on all our family holidays, and spent almost every weekend down with us in the Isle of Wight in the summer, sailing with Dad and me. He died very suddenly and without warning, of a heart attack in Johannesburg.

I was devastated.

I remember sitting up a tree one night at school on my own, and praying the simplest, most heartfelt prayer of my life.

‘Please, God, comfort me.’

Blow me down … He did.

My journey ever since has been trying to make sure I don’t let life or vicars or church over-complicate that simple faith I had found. And the more of the Christian faith I discover, the more I realize that, at heart, it is simple. (What a relief it has been in later life to find that there are some great church communities out there, with honest, loving friendships that help me with all of this stuff.)

To me, my Christian faith is all about being held, comforted, forgiven, strengthened and loved – yet somehow that message gets lost on most of us, and we tend only to remember the religious nutters or the God of endless school assemblies.

This is no one’s fault, it is just life. Our job is to stay open and gentle, so we can hear the knocking on the door of our heart when it comes.

The irony is that I never meet anyone who doesn’t want to be loved or held or forgiven. Yet I meet a lot of folk who hate religion. And I so sympathize. But so did Jesus. In fact, He didn’t just sympathize, He went much further. It seems more like this Jesus came to destroy religion and to bring life.

This really is the heart of what I found as a young teenager: Christ comes to make us free, to bring us life in all its fullness. He is there to forgive us where we have messed up (and who hasn’t), and to be the backbone in our being.

Faith in Christ has been the great empowering presence in my life, helping me walk strong when so often I feel so weak. It is no wonder I felt I had stumbled on something remarkable that night up that tree.

I had found a calling for my life.”
― Bear Grylls, Mud, Sweat and Tears

“Is it possible to love someone so completely, so intensely, they could never die? To give them more than just your heart or your soul? What if you could give then the miracle of immortality?”
― Kellie Thacker, Grace

“The unqualified affirmation of the univeral will of salvation has radically changed the way of conceiving the mission of the Church in the world. . . . The work of salvation is a reality which occurs in history.”
― Gustavo Gutiérrez, A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, and Salvation

“Pray for change in your heart and not your circumstance, and you will see what will happen.”
― Unarine Ramaru

“Why then should witless man so much misweene
That nothing is but that which he hath seene?”
― Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene

“Patience, more than the ability to bear pains or endure waiting, is to be calm no matter what happens – constantly take action to turn it to positive growth opportunities – and have faith to believe that it will all work out in the end while you are waiting.”
― Roy T. Bennett

“Sometimes we place faith in the wrong people for the right reasons. We’re too blind to their faults, and they’re too blind to appreciate us.
—Brighton Hayes”
― Kelli McCracken, Heartstrings

“Now listen. Faith is like oxygen. It keeps you afloat at all times. Sometimes you need it. Sometimes you don’t. but when you do need it you better be practiced at having faith, otherwise it won’t work. That’s why the missionaries built all the churches. Before we got those churches we weren’t practicing enough. That’s what prayers are for—practice, children. Practice.”
― Lloyd Jones, Mister Pip

“Never marry when under the guise you need to ‘see if it’ll work’, but rather marry because in your mind you want to make it work.”
― Criss Jami

“I once heard a Chicago-area pastor put it this way: we don’t need more Americans bowing down to the Democrat donkey or the Republican elephant. We need more Americans bowing down to the Lion of Judah.”
― Todd Starnes, God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values

“How did you merit so much devotion so quickly?’ I asked, making no attempt to keep the sarcasm from my voice.
‘I show them Heaven’, said she, without a trace of irony. ‘People are so desperate for light’.”
― Rachel Hartman, Shadow Scale

“Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy, and make the most of where you are”
― Germany Kent

“Do not think that we say that these things are only to be received by faith, but also that they are to be asserted by reason. For indeed it is not safe to commit these things to bare faith without reason, since assuredly truth cannot be without reason.”
― Clement of Alexandria

“Instead of giving a firm foundation for setting the conscience of man at rest forever, Thou didst choose all that is exceptional, vague and enigmatic.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

“Your little choices become habits that affect the bigger decisions you make in life.”
― Elizabeth George

“I have lost the consolation of faith/ though not the ambition to worship”
― Forrest Gander

“God will save whomever He chooses to save. The Christian should proselytize not because he thinks he can change everybody; he should proselytize because the Gospel being shared is the ultimate act of love: because he thinks he can love everybody.”
― Criss Jami, Healology

“The thoughtfulness and goodwill messages from loved ones brighten my Christmas day.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“Above all, trust in the slow work of God.”
― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“First knowledge is the knowledge of God.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“So you say faith is not enough for you and you want knowledge, too. But knowledge does not involve spiritual effort; knowledge is obvious. Faith assumes effort. Knowledge is repose and faith is motion.”
― Evgenij Vodolazkin, Laurus

“Usually without realizing it, our ultimate peace starts and ends in the authority of God alone, which means the solution to living in joy, peace, and harmony with our fellow men has been here for all since the beginning of mankind and throughout civilization. I have yet to feel the urge to argue politics: it reminds me of getting off the freeway to sit in raging traffic.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.
Never shall I forget that smoke.
Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.
Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever.
Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live.
Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.
Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself.
Never.”
― Elie Wiesel, Night

“You have to appreciate where you have come from to know who you are in the present and whom you would like to be in the future.”
― Truth Devour, Unrequited

“You are the ruler of my heart. There is no measure greater than this.”
― Truth Devour, Unrequited

“Why wait? So precious is this life—this gift—this temporary blindness. Burn and drown and embrace the false dark, then grasp the unthinkable height of resulting joy. For in the end, in the light of truth when the flesh is cast off, there is nothing but this.”
― Jennifer DeLucy

“Never surrender to you’re passions. Dream and live to excess.”
― Truth Devour, Unrequited

“People often speak of hell, not wanting to go there, avoiding it..etc. I never had that problem because hell is a state of mind. Look around you; rape, murder, wars, hatred, envy…my friend; you’re already there!!”
― Sandra Chami Kassis

“Have you ever tried thinking of God as a person instead of an all-powerful vending machine that never gives you the right amount of change? He has feelings too, you know.”
― Angela N. Blount, Once Upon a Road Trip

“They will become Godly when they will have God in their hearts.”
― Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi, The Religion of God

“I live to inspire, not start the fire.”
― Jonathan Anthony Burkett

“Totally present in this moment for you.”
― Truth Devour, Unrequited

“For I think belief in God is not a matter of reason at all; I think it finally is a matter of love.”
― William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist

“Maybe heaven entailed more than a soul residing in a single place, but instead having pieces of yourself spread among the hearts and memories of people you’ve touched.”
― Kristina McMorris, The Pieces We Keep

“Then every man would be as a god, you see. The result of this, of course, would be that there would no longer be any gods, only men. We would give them knowledge of the sciences and the arts, which we possess, and in so doing we would destroy their simple faith and remove all basis for their hoping that things will be better—for the best way to destroy faith or hope is to let it be realized.”
― Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light

“Although I’m an atheist, I try not to crap all over people’s belief in God. It may be nothing more than a placebo, a fairy tale that gives the hopeless hope, but sometimes a little hope is all people need to get through the day. Imagine a unit of soldiers under heavy enemy fire. They are told by their superiors to hold their position, even in the face of overwhelming fire power. The soldiers are being told that reinforcements are on the way, and that thought alone gives them the hope and courage to continue fighting, even if ultimately the reinforcements never arrive. I think some people simply need to believe that God is sending them reinforcements, to get through another day.”
― Oliver Gaspirtz

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with borrowing someone else’s faith to get you through until you get enough on your own.”
― Stefne Miller, Collision

“I am the chosen of the Lord, for who He loveth, so doeth He chastiseth. But I be durn if He dont take some curious ways to show it, seems like.”
― William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

“Faith is a question of eyesight; even the blind can see that.”
― Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

“Pray each morning and each night.
Talk to God and be polite.
Tell Him what you’re grateful for.
Leave your troubles at His door.

Share your wishes, needs, and hopes.
Ask God how to bravely cope.
Tell Him all you learned today.
Say the things you need to say.

Beg forgiveness for your sins.
Pray to live with Him again.
Speak with earnest heart and soul.
He will listen. This I know.

For prayer is hope put to the test.
And hope is faith in what is best.
Faith is power to do great things.
Thus, prayer is faith’s enabling wings.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts, & a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year

“I lose faith in mathematics, logical and rigid. What with those that even zero doesn’t accept?”
― Dejan Stojanovic, The Shape

“By telling you anything at all I’m at least believing in you, I believe you’re there, I believe you into being. Because I’m telling you this story I will your existence. I tell, therefore you are.”
― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

“Despite what you think you know, sometimes your plans may be interrupted. Because you were designed for a purpose. You are on a mission to achieve greatness. No matter what obstacles lie in your path, you will reach your destination. Remember God’s grace is sufficient.”
― Amaka Imani Nkosazana

“What we really need is only a heart of surrender & always trust what God has plan for our life. So we do our best, God shall take the rest. That’s what I called FAITH.”
― Olivia Sinaga

“I reckon it does take a powerful trust in the Lord to guard a fellow, though sometimes I think that Cora’s a mite over-cautious, like she was trying to crowd the other folks away and get in closer than anybody else.”
― William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

“The door wasn’t closing. Shiloh’s spirit opened up as she considered the possibilities.”
― Stacy Hawkins Adams, Lead Me Home

“I came to understand that belief is a preconception about the way reality should be; faith is the willingness to experience reality as it is, including the acceptance of the unknown. An interesting way to understand the difference is to use the words interchangeably in the same sentence: I believe in Santa Claus. I have faith in Santa Claus. Belief can impede spiritual unfoldment; faith is supremely necessary for it.”
― Judith Hanson Lasater

“No rain can’t get the rainbow.”
― ayumi hamasaki rainbow

“I have wandered freely in mystical traditions that are not religious and have been profoundly influenced by them. It is my church, however, that I keep returning, for she is my spiritual home.”
― Anthony de Mello S.J.

“The Good News does not hinge on words like do or change but on the powerless, irrelevant, and frightening words like belief and faith.”
― Mark Galli, Chaos and Grace: Discovering the Liberating Work of the Holy Spirit

“They cried. Yes, yes, they cried. Cried more tears than the Mississippi could hold, but those tears never washed away their faith…”
― Andrew Galasetti, These Colors Don’t Run

“I have lost my faith, but I gained the truth! It is not important at all to lose your candle as long as you find a torch!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

“When we do the hard, intimate work of friendship, we bring a little more of the divine into daily life.”
― Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life

“If you allow it, [suffering] can be the means by which God brings you His greatest blessings.”
― Charles R. Swindoll

“God’s revelation does not need the light of human genius, the polish and strength of human culture, the brilliancy of human thought, the force of human brains to adorn or enforce it; but it does demand the simplicity, the docility, humility, and faith of a child’s heart.”
― E.M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer

“Deep, contended joy comes from a place of complete security and confidence [in God] – even in the midst of trial.”
― Charles R. Swindoll

“The size of a challenge should never be measured by what we have to offer. It will never be enough. Furthermore, provision is God’s responsibility, not ours. We are merely called to commit what we have – even if it’s no more than a sack lunch.”
― Charles R. Swindoll
“God never calls His people to accomplish anything without promising to supply their every need.”
― Charles R. Swindoll

“Nobody think about that broken heart… life goes on, broken heart never join together but it tries very hard to get joined again. That;swhy may be it said “Heart is like a mirror, if its broken can never be joined.”
― Shahid Islam

“Jesus kept it simple. The lesson wasn’t complicated. ‘I speak; you believe My word; your son will be fine.’ We complicate what God has made simple by seeing the world through human eyes. We want to see in order to believe and presume that our limitations are His.”
― Charles R. Swindoll

“Nature is bent on new beginning
and death has not a chance of winning…”
― Rosy Cole, The Twain: Poems of Earth and Ether

“The crisis of physical hunger is essentially a crisis of faith. What or whom will you trust to meet your most basic needs? Will you trust the God who made human bodies, or will you seek your own way? (Deuteronomy 8:1-3)”
― Charles R. Swindoll

“To require God to prove that He is able and willing to fulfill His promises would be proof positive that one does not trust Him.”
― Charles R. Swindoll

“Faith itself cannot accomplish anything, yet without faith, no one can fly.”
― Charles R. Swindoll

“Boldness in the course of a noble fight is worth the risk…If you stand on truth, you’ll only regret your timidity later, but you’ll never regret being bold.”
― Charles R. Swindoll

“Sin may have the power to kill and destroy, but God is the Creator of life. He can create it from nothing, and He can restore it from death.(John 11:25-26)”
― Charles R. Swindoll

“Worse still, he doesn’t know how to follow the piper anymore because it’s a path Tom has lost faith in.
And the piper knows it. Tom can see it in his father’s eyes now. And the more he stares, the clearer it becomes.”
― Melina Marchetta, The Piper’s Son

“It’s not enough merely to believe there is a God. You must believe in the God who is there.”
― Charles R. Swindoll

“I would stand there at times and remember how beautiful God created this world, and then I would be reassured that he would certainly take care of me and all of my loved ones.”
― Diet Eman, Things We Couldn’t Say

“It’s still easier to find the correct Hoover bag than to find one pure person, one pure faith, on the globe.”
― Zadie Smith, White Teeth

“Truth without love, isn’t.”
― Shane Hipps, Selling Water by the River: A Book about the Life Jesus Promised and the Religion That Gets in the Way

“In the wilderness, God’s covenant people struggled with a choice between feeding their bellies and nourishing their souls. God provided manna–a breadlike food that fell to the ground during the night–to sustain the wandering Israelites and to teach them how to value His Word more than physical fulfillment.”
― Charles R. Swindoll

“Deepen your faith in yourself.
Nothing will be able
To frighten or weaken you.”
― Sri Chinmoy, The Wings of Joy: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace

“Yes, our Father has a plan, Ciminae,” he said. “But he leaves it up to his children to accept his will. It is their agency. He cannot force his will upon them. If he did, he would cease to be God. They . . . we must choose for ourselves to accept his will with unbreakable faith in our Father. That is when the Father moves us to do his will.” (The Spirit. From Book 2, “Worlds Without End: Aftermath,” coming September 1, 2012)”
― Shaun Messick

“It must not be forgotten that reason too needs to be sustained in all its searching by trusting dialogue and sincere friendship. A climate of suspicion and distrust, which can beset speculative research, ignores the teaching of the ancient philosophers who proposed friendship as one of the most appropriate contexts for sound philosophical enquiry.”
― Pope John Paul II, Fides et Ratio: On the Relationship Between Faith and Reason

“So it goes for those of us who live in a cul-de-sac, where babies are brought home from the hospital and watched over, where hearts stop and feet slip, where we wonder if there is a hidden road that leads somewhere.
We believe and we doubt. Believing and doubting share the same inevitability, but they are not equal. They cannot lay the same claim on our allegiance. They do not share the same power.
If there are places beyond the cul-de-sac, doubt cannot take us there.”
― John Ortberg

“Плътта, ако крепне, крепне за сметка на духа; и духът, ако съзрява, то е
не по друг начин, а за сметка на упокояването на плътта.”
― Феофан Затворник, Путь ко спасению. Краткий очерк аскетики.

“И на съвършените съвършенството е несъвършено. Св. Иоан Лествичник”
― Никодим Святогорец, Невидимая брань

“Съвестта е онзи глас Божий в нас, онова огледало, в което ние се оглеждаме и виждаме своите недостатъци.”
― Схиархимандрит Касиан

“As to the doubt of the soul I discover it to be false: a mood not a conclusion. My conclusion is the Faith. Corporate, organized, a personality, teaching. A thing, not a theory. It.”
― G.K. Chesterton

“I’m Grateful to say I’m Grateful”
― Eric Oneil Smith Jr

“Hope is like a word made with cloud, without faith, it quickly blows away.”
― Anthony Liccione

“The Reformation was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the dusty basement of late medievalism, a whole cellar full of fifteen-hundred-year-old, two-hundred proof Grace–bottle after bottle of pure distilate of Scripture, one sip of which would convince anyone that God saves us single-handedly. The word of the Gospel–after all those centuries of trying to lift yourself into heaven by worrying about the perfection of your bootstraps–suddenly turned out to be a flat announcement that the saved were home before they started…Grace has to be drunk straight: no water, no ice, and certainly no ginger ale; neither goodness, nor badness, not the flowers that bloom in the spring of super spirituality could be allowed to enter into the case.”
― Robert Farrar Capon, Between Noon & Three: Romance, Law & the Outrage of Grace

“You’ve a right to believe that we’re governed by Nature and the hidden Force within her. You can think that the gods, including my Melitele, are merely a personification of this power invented for simpletons so they can understand it better, accept its existence. According to you, that power is blind. But for me, Geralt, faith allows you to expect what my goddess personifies from nature: order, law, goodness. And hope.”
― Andrzej Sapkowski, The Last Wish

“It is better to live ready than to get ready!”
― Smith Wigglesworth

“Jesus lets us be real with our life and our faith.”
― Bob Goff, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

“…we need to stop plotting the course and instead just land the plane on our plans to make a difference by getting to the “do” part of faith.”
― Bob Goff, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

“The process of secularisation arises not from the loss of faith but from the loss of social interest in the world of faith. It begins the moment men feel that religion is irrelevant to the common way of life and that society as such has nothing to do with the truths of faith.”
― Christopher Henry Dawson, Religion and World History: A Selection from the Works of Christopher Dawson

“Before God and high heaven, is there a law for one man which is not a law for every other man?”
― Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States

“Of all the religions in the world, perhaps the religion of liberty is the only faith capable of purity.”
― Tiffany Madison

“Why do many believers insist on repeatedly pointing to the crimes of 20th century dictators who led officially atheistic societies as some sort of evidence of their god’s existence? It makes no sense.

If the rivers of blood on Stalin’s hands and Mao’s hands, for example, are supposed to prove there is a god, then what do the oceans of blood on the hands of several thousand years’ worth of religious kings, queens, presidents, popes, priests, generals, Crusadersm jihadists and tribal chiefs prove? It’s not, of course, but if bodycount is somehow the measure of a god’s likelihood of existence, then believers lose.

It is clear that humans are quite capable of killing with or without images of gods bouncing around in their heads. If anything, however, history suggests that the concept of gods makes the idea of massacring your fellow man (and women and children, too, of course) a lot easier to act upon.”
― Guy P. Harrison

“My friend Bob, who is both a student of Yoga and a neuroscientist, told me that he was always agitated by this idea of the chakras, that he wanted to actually see them in a dissected human body in order to believe they existed. But after a particularly transcendent meditative experience, he came away with a new understanding of it. He said,’Just as there exists in writing a literal truth and a poetic truth, there also exists in a human being a literal anatomy and a poetic anatomy. One, you can see; one, you cannot. One is made of bones and teeth and flesh; the other is made of energy and memory and faith. But they are both equally true”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“They tried to believe in their classmates. They must have believed that if we could all get together, then we might end up being saved. We should commend them for that. We couldn’t do that.”
― Koushun Takami, Battle Royale

“Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense his own already … It is like a small child going to its father and saying, ‘Daddy, give me sixpence to buy you a birthday present.’ It is all very nice and proper, but only an idiot would think that the father is sixpence to the good on the transaction.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“I was utterly convinced that an intellectual could never be anything but an intellectual, was simply not capable of being anything else, that his intellectuality would, sooner or later, erode his faith or erode whatever he’d masked it with . . . For example, intellectuals like to dress themselves up as peasants . . . but it never works. The intellectual’s constitution is impervious to such things – it permits only one object of worship – oneself. Generally speaking, an intellectual in the contemporary version is an exceptionally resourceful and, essentially, pitiful being.”
― Leonid Borodin, Partings

“A faith that can only exist in the light of victory and certainty is one which really affirms the self while pretending to affirm Christ, for it only follows Jesus in the belief that Jesus has conquered death. Yet a faith that can look at the horror of the cross and still say ‘yes’ is one that says ‘no’ to the self in saying ‘yes’ to Christ.”
― Peter Rollins

“He respected the power of faith, the benevolence of churches, the strength religion gave so many people . . . and yet, for him, the one intellectual suspension of disbelief that was imperative if one were truly going to “believe” had always proved too big an obstacle for his academic mind. “I want to believe,” he heard himself say.”
― Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

“But if I could just get som ehint, some sign…”
Conchita smiles, without humor, but with great affection. “That’s the point behind faith,” she says. “It’s not something you can prove….I know you hate to hear this, but you either have it, or you don’t.”
― Charles de Lint, The Mystery of Grace

“That eye which sees anything good in the creature is a blind eye; that eye which fancies it can discern anything in man, or anything in anything he can do to win the Divine favor, is as yet stone blind to the Truth of God, and needs to be lanced and cut, and the cataract of pride removed from it!”
― Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“I prayed to a mystery.
Sometimes I was simply aware of the mystery. I saw a flash of it during a trip to New York that David and I took before we were married. We were walking on a busy sidewalk in Manhattan. I don’t remember if it was day or night. A man with a wound on his forehead came toward us. His damp, ragged hair might have been clotted with blood, or maybe it was only dirt. He wore deeply dirty clothes. His red, swollen hands, cupped in half-fists, swung loosely at his sides. His eyes were focused somewhere past my right shoulder. He staggered while he walked. The sidewalk traffic flowed around him and with him. He was strange and frightening, and at the same time he belonged on the Manhattan sidewalk as much as any of us. It was that paradox — that he could be both alien and resident, both brutalized and human, that he could stand out in the moving mass of people like a sea monster in a school of tuna and at the same time be as much at home as any of us — that stayed with me. I never saw him again, but I remember him often, and when I do, I am aware of the mystery.
Years later, I was out on our property on the Olympic Peninsula, cutting a path through the woods. This was before our house was built. After chopping through dense salal and hacking off ironwood bushes for an hour or so, I stopped, exhausted. I found myself standing motionless, intensely aware of all of the life around me, the breathing moss, the chattering birds, the living earth. I was as much a part of the woods as any millipede or cedar tree. At that moment, too, I was aware of the mystery.
Sometimes I wanted to speak to this mystery directly. Out of habit, I began with “Dear God” and ended with “Amen”. But I thought to myself, I’m not praying to that old man in the sky. Rather, I’m praying to this thing I can’t define. It was sort of like talking into a foggy valley.
Praying into a bank of fog requires alot of effort. I wanted an image to focus on when I prayed. I wanted something to pray *to*. but I couldn’t go back to that old man. He was too closely associated with all I’d left behind.”
― Margaret D. McGee

“Maybe I am everything I knew that I would never be. I looked back at Jay and smiled.”
― Holly Hood

“The Father is truly the only Promise Maker who is in earnest a Promise Keeper. A promise from God is a promise kept.”
― Sheila Walsh

“He who has two grounds of trust is lost! He who relies upon two
salvations, and cannot say of Christ, “He is all my salvation and all my desire,” that man is not only in danger of being
lost, but he is already condemned; because, in fact, he believes not on the Son of God! He is not alive to God at all, but rests partly on the Cross, and then in some measure on something else.”
― Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“It took a couple of months before we were both convinced there were no rules about sexual activities in Hell and our spouses were not going to show up out of the blue. It was hard to start a sexual relationship in circumstances of such bizarre uncertainty, especially for an active Mormon and a good Christian, both lost in a Zoroastrian Hell. We were like virgin newlyweds. All my life I’d been raised to believe this kind of thing was wrong. All my life I had lived with a strong sense of morality. How do you give it up? How do you do things you thought you’d never do? Where do all the things you believed go, when all the supporting structure is found to be a myth? How do you know how or on what to take a moral stand, how do you behave when it turns out there are no cosmic rules, no categorical imperatives? It was difficult. So tricky to untangle.”
― Steven L. Peck, A Short Stay in Hell

“In the Judeo-Christian tradition, we carry forward the basic insight our fundamental relationship to the world is one of love. Christians say that “God is Love,” that God created the universe out of love. The source of God’s Creation is love, and our relationship to the possibility of meaning within this created world is in and through love. The Christian community is a reciprocal relationship among subjects who love and are loved. The subject maintains the meaning of God’s Creation by taking up a Christ-like love toward others. The appearance of meaning in the world—love’s product—is always a manifestation of the divine. Liberalism turns away from this entire tradition of thought, in party because of its association with religion, and in part because this tradition resists the analytic form of reason. For liberalism, religion is individualized and privatized, and thus it cannot be used in the explanation or justification of a public space. If it does invade the public, it threatens irrationality. But religion is no less an effort to understand the character of our experience, and even a secular philosophy must not ignore that experience. We cannot simply deny what we cannot place within our categories of analysis. (221)”
― Paul W. Kahn, Putting Liberalism in Its Place

“Tom has been having a difficult patch, and we meet at the church of IKEA as often as possible, because it is equidistant from our houses and always cheers us up. Yesterday I asked, ‘In your depression, and with so many people having such a hard time, where is Advent?’ He tried to wiggle out of it by saying, ‘You Protestants and your little questions!’ Then, when pushed, he said: ‘Faith is a decision. Do we believe we are ultimately doomed and fucked and there’s no way out? Or that God and goodness make a difference? There is heaven, community, and hope – and hope that there is life beyond the grave.’
‘But Tom, at the same time, the grave is very real, dark and cold and lonely.’ ‘Advent is not for the naive. Because in spite of the dark and cold, we see light – you look up, or you make light, with candles, or with strands of lightbulbs on trees. And you give light. Beauty helps, in art and nature and faces. Friends help. Solidarity helps. If you ask me, when people return phone calls, it’s about as good as it gets. And who knows beyond that.”
― Anne Lamott

“I prayed to what all things hold in common. I prayed to what makes life. I thought about the elements of the universe, the rocks, the stars, the air, other living things. I tried to get the perspective of what’s behind all that. I prayed to the force that brings things into existence. I thought this force encompassed all it created. My God was transcendent, and my God was also immanent. God ran in my veins. God lived and died and lived again in every atom of the universe.”
― Margaret D. McGee

“Христовият мир е свобода от греха, а мирът на света е свобода на греха…”
― Схиархимандрит Касиан, Духовната криза

“But the witness of the substitutionary atonement of Jesus is that God’s most difficult promise has been kept.”
― Sheila Walsh

“In my return to church, I had learned the hard way to avoid assumptions about other people’s faith. For one thing, people kept surprising me. If I listened carefully to them, my conjectures about what they thought usually turned out to be wrong. For another thing, I was insecure enough about my own faith, such as it was, to resent other people telling me what they thought I believed and why they thought I believed it. So I tried to hear what my friends say about joining their loved ones after death without assuming I knew exactly what they meant.”
― Margaret D. McGee

“Science is getting knocked on all sides these days, not only from religious fundamentalists, but from all kinds of people who perceive science as arrogant, one-sided, and the source of the troubles that come with the technology it produces. It’s true that individuL scientists can be so arrogant and narrowly focused, they’re blind to any but their own truths, and that new discoveries bring new problems with them. Still, I don’t know many people who would refuse a biopsy for a newly discovered lump because they think science needs to be taken down a peg or two.

Religion gets knocked for the same kinds of reasons as science: for its arrogance, narowmindedness, and tendency to create more trouble than it’s worth. Religion is also accused of concealing reality under a comforting blanket of measureless faith — the flip side, perhaps of the scientist for whom nothing can be real until she has measured it.

My own sojourn into religion convinced me that good religion reveals rather than conceals. Religion is the soul in search of itself and its relationship to the cosmos. This journey requires looking at all of it: the joy, the sorrow, the beauty and the horror of life. We hope for the best. We want meaning and love to exist not only in ourselves, but in the very soul of the universe. At times this great hope might tempt us to pick and choose only the data that supports our desires. But in religion as in boat-building, the design must be tested in all conditions. When I say that I’m trying to pay attention, and that paying attention means being willing to look at all of it, I think I’m trying for the same moment of clarity that Graham experienced when the wind blew all over his theory. Looking at all of it is what good science is about. I believe that it’s also what good religion is about.”
― Margaret D. McGee

“Dumnezeu este doar unul şi acelaşi pretutindeni.”
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

“There is a greater Christian faith than one which settles for the temporal happiness, and that is the augmentation of faith. The more faithful you become, the harder the obstacles get; but the harder the obstacles get, the tougher your spine grows; and the tougher your spine grows, the less dependent you are on man’s approval. I came to know this about Christianity when valuing faith before comfort.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“you won’t ever get ahead if you keep feeling sorry for yourself. You must stop all the negative talk and start thinking positive. You have a lot of potential but your life won’t change until you change how you think”.”
― Michele Woolley, God’s Favor – Breath Of Heaven

“God arranges everything for us, so that we need have no more fear or trouble and may be quite sure that all things will come right in the end.”
― Johanna Spyri, Heidi
“My friend Adele describes fundamentalism as holding so tightly to your beliefs that your fingernails leave imprints on the palm of your hand… I think she’s right. I was a fundamentalist not because of the beliefs I held but because of how I held them: with a death grip. It would take God himself to finally pry them out of my hands. (p.17-18)”
― Rachel Held Evans, Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions

“Any faith that does not command the one who holds it is not a real belief; it is a pseudo belief only. And it might shock some of us profoundly if we were brought suddenly face to face with our beliefs and forced to test them in the fires of practical living.

Many of us Christians have become extremely skillful in arranging our lives so as to admit the truth
of Christianity without being embarrassed by its implications.”
― A.W. Tozer, The Root of the Righteous

“You are the hybrids of golden worlds and ages splendidly conceived.”
― Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry
“The organist was almost at the end of the anthem’s long introduction, and as the crescendo increases the cathedral began to glitter before my eyes until I felt as if every stone in the building was vibrating in anticipation of the sweeping sword of sound from the Choir.

The note exploded in our midst, and at that moment I knew our creator had touched not only me but all of us, just as Harriet had touched that sculpture with a loving hand long ago, and in that touch I sensed the indestructible fidelity, the indescribable devotion and the inexhaustible energy of the creator as he shaped his creation, bringing life out of dead matter, wresting form continually from chaos. Nothing was ever lost, Harriet had said, and nothing was ever wasted because always, when the work was finally completed, every article of the created process, seen or unseen, kept or discarded, broken or mended – EVERYTHING was justified, glorified and redeemed.”
― Susan Howatch

“A guilty suffering spirit is more open to grace than an apathetic or smug soul.’ – Bread & Wine (day 5)”
― Edna Hatlestad Hong

“God is not only the God of the sufferers but the God who suffers. … It is said of God that no one can behold his face and live. I always thought this meant that no one could see his splendor and live. A friend said perhaps it meant that no one could see his sorrow and live. Or perhaps his sorrow is splendor. … Instead of explaining our suffering God shares it.”
― Nicholas Wolterstorff, Lament for a Son

“The cautious faith that never saws off a limb on which it is sitting, never learns that unattached limbs may find strange unaccountable ways of not falling.”
― Dallas Willard

“Strange are the pictures of the future that mankind can thus draw with this brush of faith and these many-coloured pigments of the imagination! Strange, too, that no one of them tallies with another!”
― H. Rider Haggard, She

“How is faith to endure, O God, when you allow all this scraping and tearing on us? You have allowed rivers of blood to flow, mountains of suffering to pile up, sobs to become humanity’s song–all without lifting a finger that we could see. You have allowed bonds of love beyond number to be painfully snapped. If you have not abandoned us, explain yourself.

We strain to hear. But instead of hearing an answer we catch sight of God himself scraped and torn. Through our tears we see the tears of God.”
― Nicholas Wolterstorff, Lament for a Son

“Nature” is another name for the miracles that are so commonplace in our lives that we take for granted and have grown used to seeing them.”
― Shalom Arush, Women’s Wisdom: The Garden of Peace for Women

“If we require some kind of sign, or “proof,” for our belief in God, then we believe, or place our tust, not in God but in the sign or proof.”
― Robert L. Short, The Gospel According to Peanuts

“Faith is a footbridge that you don’t know will hold you up over the chasm until you’re forced to walk out onto it.”
― Nicholas Wolterstorff, Lament for a Son

“On faith’s battered back calm eyes etch prayers that cool a nation’s hot rage.”
― Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

“And now they were weary and frightened because they had gone against a system they did not understand and it had beaten them. They knew that the team and the wagon were worth much more. They knew the buyer man would get much more, but they didn’t know how to do it. Merchandising was a secret to them.”
― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

“I would rather believe God doesn’t exist than believe he doesn’t care.”
― Eric Wilson, Expiration Date

“When you’re young, faith is often a matter of rules. What you should do and shouldn’t do, that kind of thing. But as you get older, you realize that faith is really a matter of relationship – with God, with the people around you, with the members of your community.”
― Rhoda Janzen

“In addition to the kind of critical reflection on one’s previous assumptive or tacit system of values we saw Jack undertake, there must be, for Stage 4, a relocation of authority within the self. While others and their judgments will remain important to the Individuative-Reflective person, their expectations, advice and counsel will be submitted to an internal panel of experts who reserve the right to choose and who are prepared to take responsibility for their choices. I sometimes call this the emergence of the executive ego.

The two essential features of the emergence of Stage 4, then, are the critical distancing from one’s previous assumptive value system and the emergence of the executive ego. . . .

We find that sometimes many persons complete half of this double movement, but do not complete the other.”
― James W. Fowler, Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning

“Fe es aquello que nos permite creer en cosas que sabemos que no son ciertas.”
― Bram Stoker, Dracula

“Love is hard. We try to love one another. But generally the quality and quantity of our love for one another is found wanting, because we find it difficult, if not impossible, to look beyond those things that are ugly and unlovable in those we try to love. Even though the things that are ugly and unlovable in ourselves are the very things that cause us to cry out for love.”
― Doug Worgul, Thin Blue Smoke

“Should one continue to follow the faith of a group that’s cast him out? Shouldn’t it stand to reason that if he was true to that faith that the group should have been true to him? Is it unreasonable to ask forgiveness of one who is all-forgiving?”
― T.A. Miles, Six Celestial Swords

“Why God should want and need us is a mystery. But it is true: otherwise he would not have created us and life would ultimately have no meaning for us. It is good to remember that in God the is a constancy, a consistency of attitude which never changes, irrespective of what we are or how we act: he never changes in is wanting us or needing us.”
― Basil Hume, Searching for God

“What a failure her life had been. Would she have lied to God if she’d had more faith, been more righteous? How could she possibly have a son at her age? And yet, if she had believed all along . . .”
― Jill Eileen Smith, Sarai

“It seems all spirits need theatrics, eh? Even Christ himself requires incense and holy water. We’re a skeptical people. We need convincing.”
― Megan Chance, The Spiritualist

“Faith which does not doubt is dead faith. -Miguel de Unamuno, philosopher and writer (1864-1936)”
― Miguel de Unamuno

“A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition. -Jose Bergamin, author (1895-1983)”
― Jose Bergamin

“That was one of the inherent flaws of faith. Belief without knowing. But worse yet: belief without action. It could be good in its own right. Beautiful, even, when embraced, but that had to be measured. Checked. Too many surrendered themselves to it. What they did not see was simple fact. Religion did not bring peace. It merely offered a means. It was up to man to create peace.”
― Chris Galford, The Hollow March

“Faith, sir, as to that matter, I don’t believe one half of it myself.”
― Diedrich Knichkerbocker

“If you believed in Christianity or Islam it was called ‘faith’, but if you believed in astrology or friday the thirteenth it was Superstition!”
― Jostein Gaarder, Sophie’s World

“We must look to Mary’s example to know how to deal with the glorious impossibilities of God. Look how she turned the world upside down by making one simple statement …”
― Calvin Miller, The Christ of Christmas: Readings for Advent

“I am not functioning very well. Living with the knowledge that the baby is dead is painful. I feel so far away from you, God. I can only try to believe that you are sustaining me and guiding me through this. Please continue to stand by my side.”
― Christine O’Keeffe Lafser, An Empty Cradle, a Full Heart: Reflections for Mothers and Fathers after Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death

“Faith, in its most correct form, never removes responsibility; it removes fear of responsibility. The results are complete opposites with the greater saying, ‘God’s will is my delight.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy
“Trying to justify a world we don’t hold all the answers to is what bedevils the best of us. Sometimes it’s better just to accept that things are as we see them.”
― Megan Chance, The Spiritualist

“Yes, she believed God loved her. But if this whole fiasco was His idea of love . . .”
― Lauraine Snelling, Valley of Dreams

“Logic only tells us what’s there; it can’t really address what isn’t. Even the most devoted empiricist must admit that we have no hope of understanding the universe. Some things are unknowable.”
― Megan Chance, The Spiritualist

“Prophet,’ he said, ‘Your doctrines I do not know; therefore if I accepted them, I would do it out of fear like a coward and a base man. Are you anxious that your faith be professed by cowards and base people?”
― Henryk Sienkiewicz, In Desert and Wilderness

“Eres mío para jugar contigo a mi antojo”
― Nalini Singh, Visions of Heat

“I loved my father, but I was not like him. I never needed to believe the best of people. I took them as they were: two-faced, desperate, kind – perhaps all at once. But to Pa, they were all children of god, poor troubled sheep, who only needed love and an even break. He needed the world to back up what his religion told him about people. And when it came down to a choice between reason and faith, he let go of reason.”
― Marcel Theroux, Far North

“The daily circumstances of life will afford us opportunities enough of glorifying God in trust, without our waiting for any extraordinary calls upon faith, our faith. Let us remember that the extraordinary circumstances of life are but few; that much of life may slip past without their occurrence; and that if we be not faithful and trusting in that which is little, we are not likely to be so in that which is great… Let our trust be reared in the humble nursery of our own daily experience, with its ever recurring little wants and trials, and sorrows; and then, when need be, it will come forth, to do such great things as are required of it.”
― Philip Bennett Power

“Watching you has taught me that a man need not be weak to have a faith, but is made strong by it.”
― Roseanna M. White, A Stray Drop of Blood

“Solo mirarte me proporciona el placer más intenso que jamás haya sentido.”
― Nalini Singh, Visions of Heat

“Keep marching boys and girls. Keep marching”
― Rodman Philbrick, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

“Levi,” Maria called. “Come back. We’re not finished yet.”
He paused
“What, Maria?”
“You asked me what I believe in? I believed in you.”
He nodded his head sadly. “Yes, you did. And before you met me, you believed in nothing. But that’s the thing with belief, Maria. It’s easy to believe in something when it doesn’t require anything from you. It’s much harder, though, when the object of your belief requires something of you or asks for something you don’t want to give. That’s when real belief occurs.”
― Brian Keene, Ghost Walk

“The average man has no central core of moral assurance, no spring within his breast, no inner strength to place him above the need for repeated psychological shots to give him the courage to go on living. He has become a parasite on the world, drawing his life from his environment, unable to live a day apart from the stimulation which society affords him.”
― A.W. Tozer

“Faith can be interested in results only, for a truth once recognized as such puts an end to the believer’s thinking.”
― Wilhelm von Humboldt

“There is a beauty in paradox when it comes to talking about things of ultimate concern. Paradox works against our tendency to stay superficial in our faith, or to rest on easy answers or categorical thinking. It breaks apart our categories by showing the inadequacy of them and by pointing to a reality larger than us, the reality of gloria, of light, of beyond-the-beyond. I like to call it paradoxology—the glory of paradox, paradox-doxology—which takes us somewhere we wouldn’t be capable of going if we thought we had everything all wrapped up, if we thought we had attained full comprehension. The commitment to embracing the paradox and resisting the impulse to categorize people (ourselves included) is one of the ways we follow Jesus into that larger mysterious reality of light and love.”
― Nanette Sawyer

“As your faith is strengthened, you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will and that you will flow with them to your great delight and benefit.”
― Emmanuel Teney

“God is as real as a station wagon.”
― Peggy Payne

“You were born into this life equipped to succeed. You are a part of God’s perfect plan. Yes, you. The plan would not be perfect if you were missing. Think about that. You matter more than you know.”
― Toni Sorenson

“وانتقل الاسم العجيب في منازل مكّة، اسم جميل حلو، يشبه نغمة حالمة.. كيف ومض هذا الاسم في ذهن سيّد مكّة، ويتساءل بعضهم:
ـ وأسماء الآباء.. والأجداد.. لماذا محمّد ؟!
تمتم الشيخ:
ـ ليكون محموداً في السماء وفي الأرض.”
― كمال السيد, ومبشراً برسول يأتي من بعدي اسمه أحمد

“We are in God’s hands. We can’t come up with a surprise big enough or a sin vile enough to thwart His plan. If we allow Him to refine us we will inevitably end up free from the impurities that separate us from Him.”
― Toni Sorenson

“No human mind can fully grasp the gift of Christ’s atonement, the vastness and inclusiveness of the act—but in the end, it comes down to just you and Jesus. You’ve come, and He’s met you with open arms—and now it’s just between the two of you.”
― Toni Sorenson

“He who asserts belief with absolute certainty knows nothing of faith and makes himself into a fool. He who is wise, upon realizing they have done this, recants and searches themselves for further enlightenment.”
― Cristina Marrero

“God is merciful cant we all be on the right track of faith but just using different roads?”
― Ali Al-Ahmed

“Ние строим духовно пречиствателна станция.”
― Схиархимандрит Касиан

“Molitveni jezik jedini je jezik u kojem nema jezičnih zabrana. Kako je već rečeno, on je obuhvatniji od jezika vjere koja je sigurna u samu sebe. U jeziku molitve može se naime reći i to da se ne može vjerovati.”
― Johann Baptist Metz, Memoria passionis: Ein provozierendes Gedächtnis in pluralistischer Gesellschaft

“Just as He had been doing even before the moment I consciously embarked on this journey, He revealed to me that it was all about love. It always has been—before the foundations of the earth—and it always will be—throughout eternity. The answers I was seeking were found in love, the healing I desperately needed also found in love. The love I sought and so desperately wanted to give was enabled, empowered, and actualized by His divine love. So nothing remains but for me to LOVE as an expression of my appreciation for His love for me: L-live an O-openly V-virtuous E-existence.”
― Riisa Renee

“Науката казва докажи ми и ще повярвам, а вярата казва повярвай и ще ти докажа!”
― Схиархимандрит Касиан

“There’s faith that knows itself as faith, Proyas, and there’s faith that confuses itself for knowledge. The first embraces uncertainty, acknowledges the mysteriousness of the God. It begets compassion and tolerance. Who can entirely condemn when they’re not entirely certain they’re in the right? But the second, Proyas, the second embraces certainty and only pays lip service to the God’s mystery. It begets intolerance, hatred, violence.”
― R. Scott Bakker, The Darkness That Comes Before

“faith doesn’t mean that you don’t have doubts… [you] still experience the same greed, resentment, lust, and anger that everyone else experienced… the lines between sinner and saved [are] more fluid; the sins of those who come to church are not so different from the sins of those who don’t… You [need] to come to church precisely because you [are] of this world, not apart from it; rich, poor, sinner, saved you [need] to embrace Christ precisely because you had sins to wash away… that religious commitment did not require me to suspend critical thinking, disengage from the battle for economic and social justice, or otherwise retreat from the world…”
― Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

“Have faith little one ‘til your hopes and your wishes come true. You must try to be brave.”
― The Rescuers

“Faith belongs to the human spirit. Faith is faith. Humanity is divided by religion, religion is the divider of humanity. If every human could be removed of their blindfolds and see that faith is in itself faith and that this is something which belongs to each and every human being, then at that time the dividers of religion will suddenly mean nothing and we will all see that we are united by faith in and of itself. There is only one faith and it is called faith. And no man needs to prove to another man that what he believes in exists, because even if it does not exist, his faith is his belief that it is there, that something is there, and that in itself is faith. So I do not need to prove to any man that what I believe in exists or not, there is no such contest between man, my faith breathes in the body of my belief; the fact that I believe is the breath of my faith.”
― C. JoyBell C.

“Every time we turn to Christ in faith it is like a moment of Sabbath, a little foretaste of eternal rest and glory. The gift of that moment lies not in what we do but what we receive. It is the holy time set aside to receive the greatest gift of God ever has to give, which is himself, in his own beloved Son.”
― Phillip Cary, Good News for Anxious Christians: Ten Practical Things You Don’t Have to Do

“A strong, vague persuasion that it was better to go forward than backward, and that I could go forward— that a way, however narrow and difficult, would in time open— predominated over other feelings: its influence hushed them so far, that at last I became sufficiently tranquil to be able to say my prayers and seek my couch. I had just extinguished my candle and lain down, when a deep, low, mighty tone swung through the night. At first I knew it not; but it was uttered twelve times, and at the twelfth colossal hum and trembling knell, I said: “I lie in the shadow of St. Paul’s.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Villette

“Fear is the lack of faith in one’s ability to create powerful solutions.”
― T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”

“Os ventos do destino são imutáveis.”
― Susana Almeida, Sombras de Morte

“From Les Miserables:
All at once, in the midst of this profound calm, a fresh sound arose; a sound as celestial, divine, ineffable, ravishing, as the other had been horrible. It was a hymn which issued from the gloom, a dazzling burst of prayer and harmony in the obscure and alarming silence of the night; women’s voices, but voices composed at one and the same time of the pure accents of virgins and the innocent accent of children, — voices which are not of the earth, and which resemble those that the newborn infant still hears, and which the dying man hears already. This song proceeded from the gloomy edifice which towered above the garden. At the moment when the hubbub of demons retreated, one would have said that a choir of angels was approaching through the gloom.
Cosette and Jean Valjean fell on their knees.
They knew not what it was, they knew not where they were; but both of them, the man and the child, the penitent and the innocent, felt that they must kneel.
These voices had this strange characteristic, that they did not prevent the building from seeming to be deserted. It was a supernatural chant in an uninhabited house.
While these voices were singing, Jean Valjean thought of nothing. He no longer beheld the night; he beheld a blue sky. It seemed to him that he felt those wings which we all have within us, unfolding.

The song died away. It may have lasted a long time. Jean Valjean could not have told. Hours of ecstasy are never more than a moment.”
― Victor Hugo

“أن المعتقد لا يندثر ، وأن بدا كذلك ، ولكنه يظهر بشكل مغاير ، عما ألفه المعادون له”
― منذر القباني, عودة الغائب
“No coward soul is mine,
No trembler in the world’s storm-troubled sphere:
I see heaven’s glories shine,
And faith shines equal, arming me from fear”
― Emily Brontë

“I still find my corrupt heart longing for tomorrow’s bread. I can make a good argument to the Lord about how effective I can be if He would supply me with enough advance funds. It’s a little frightening to pray for TODAY’s bread. That means I must pray again for tomorrow and believe again for tomorrow. My greedy heart is willing to be corrupted by a little bit of riches so that I see my warehouse full of loaves. I can make a good argument about how God won’t have to be bothered with me every day if He would only advance me about ten years worth of bread.”
― Gayle D. Erwin, The Yhwh Style

“[Faith] was something other than an intellectual exercise. There were no words, no lofty concepts, that could take away the pain. Faith was living with the pain.”
― Margaret Coel, The Eagle Catcher

“Вера в себя способна творить такие же чудеса, как вера в Господа Бога.”
― Honoré de Balzac, Béatrix

“Many things the gods achieve beyond our judgement,'” said the sorrowful girl. “‘What we thought is not confirmed and what we thought not God contives.”
― John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

“These early Saints were indeed homeless, but they were not hopeless. Their hearts were broken, but their spirits were strong. They had learned a profound and important lesson. They had learned that hope, with its attendant blessings of peace and joy, does not depend upon circumstance. They had discovered that the true source of hope is faith—faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in His infinite Atonement, the one sure foundation upon which to build our lives.”
― Wilford W. Andersen

“We all reach a point that is the limit of our understanding. When we stare over the precipice of uncertainty and into the dark unknown that we cannot explain with hard evidence, that is when we trade understanding for belief. At best, we make an educated guess. At worst, we make blind leaps of faith.”
― Ramsey Isler, The Ninth Order
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“Oh, sometimes I like to put the sand of doubt into the oyster of my faith.” (Br. Cadfael)”
― Ellis Peters, The Leper of Saint Giles

“(from the short story The Honorary Shepherds)…you can’t be kicked out of a faith. Faith starts inside your heart and ends up in eternity. All you can be kicked out of is a building, which is the bus stop of faith, sort of, and what’s a building?”
― Gregory Maguire, Am I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence

“Sophie Bach from The Maker:
You’re a human being with a personality and a will, and you make choices and think and create. Is there no meaning to you, Adrien Bach?

And what about us? Is the way we feel about each other just simulated emotions from some biological process—nothing more?”
― Wes Moore, The Maker
“In this nonfundamentalist understanding of faith, practice is more important than theory, love more important than law, and mystery is seen as an insight into truth rather than an obstacle. It is the great lie of our time that all religious faith has to be fundamentalist to be valid.”
― Andrew Sullivan

“Darkness entered into, darkness realized, is the point of departure for all profound expressions of Christian hope. ‘Meaningless darkness’ becomes ‘revelatory darkness’ when it is confronted by the courage of a thoughtfulness and hope that is born of faith’s quest for truth.”
― Douglas John Hall, Imaging God: Dominion as Stewardship

“Nou, Stanley Donne legde ons uit dat alle godsdiensten ter wereld, occulte broederschappen, alle mystici en sjamanen, of het nu Rozenkruisers, Ridders van de Ronde Tafel, Egyptische hogepriesters, Tibetaanse boeddhistishce monniken, Zuid-Amerikaanse naguals, Indiase yogi’s, Keltische druïden of discipelen van Jezus waren, allemaal hetzelfde doel nastreefden, namelijk om het bewustzijn van het individu dusdanig te vergroten en te verheffen dat hij of zij uiteindelijk tot een kosmisch bewustzijn komt en toetreedt tot hogere dimensies.”
― Tim Ray, De gelofte

“They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
― Patricia Christian Punches, Even When Life Doesn’t Play Nice: One Child’s Journey from Unfavorable Beginnings a Memoir

“In that moment, I understand the way that the noblest yearning for duty and sacrifice can be mixed up with all that is savage and shameful, like in the Bible, where a just and merciful God tells you to kill everyone, kill the children, kill the livestock, kill John Polling, leave nothing alive to sully this pure and just world. Except when it’s all done you find out that wasn’t really God after all, just some politician, or maybe it was God, but he taps you on the shoulder and says, ‘No, dude, that isn’t what I meant,’ and leaves you sitting in a Dairy Queen in Bothell with blood on your hands and no further orders…”
― Stuart Archer Cohen, The Army of the Republic: A Novel

“Humility rests upon the shores of your sorrows and blossoms upon the mountain of your faith”
― Jeremy Aldana

“Religion consists much in holy affection; but those exercises of affection which are most distinguishing of true religion are these practical exercises. Friendship between earthly friends consists much in affection; but those strong exercises of affection that actually carry them through fire and water for each other are the highest evidences of true friendship.”
― Jonathan Edwards, The Religious Affections

“It took more than science to make hope real.”
― Jerome Groopman

“A life which has never been laid open in penitence and faith before God has little permanence in eternity.”
― R.K. Harrison

“Religious sentiments are many a times much above reality. All are aware of reality but blinded by faith and faith has always led to many a myths become reality”.”
― Amit Abraham

“Be true, unbeliever.”
― Stephen R. Donaldson, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever

“وعلى المرء الإيمان بقدرة كل شخص على تعليم نفسه”
― Paulo Coelho, Brida

“ليس لأحدنا أن يتنبّأ بأحداث اللحظة القادمة ، ومع ذلك ترانا نمضي قُدُماً ، لأننا نمتلك الثقة ، ولأننا نتحلّى بالإيمان”
― Paulo Coelho, Brida

“Manifest in this trade (commercial sale of indulgences via bankers) at the same time was a pernicious tendency in the Roman Catholic system, for the trade in indulgences was not an excess or an abuse but the direct consequence of the nomistic degradation of the gospel. That the Reformation started with Luther’s protest against this traffic in indulgences proves its religious origin and evangelical character. At issue here was nothing less than the essential character of the gospel, the core of Christianity, the nature of true piety. And Luther was the man who, guided by experience in the life of his own soul, again made people understand the original and true meaning of the gospel of Christ. Like the “righteousness of God,” so the term “penitence” had been for him one of the most bitter words of Holy Scripture. But when from Romans 1:17 he learned to know a “righteousness by faith,” he also learned “the true manner of penitence.” He then understood that the repentance demanded in Matthew 4:17 had nothing to do with the works of satisfaction required in the Roman institution of confession, but consisted in “a change of mind in true interior contrition” and with all its benefits was itself a fruit of grace. In the first seven of his ninety-five theses and further in his sermon on “Indulgences and Grace” (February 1518), the sermon on “Penitence” (March 1518), and the sermon on the “Sacrament of Penance” (1519), he set forth this meaning of repentance or conversion and developed the glorious thought that the most important part of penitence consists not in private confession (which cannot be found in Scripture) nor in satisfaction (for God forgives sins freely) but in true sorrow over sin, in a solemn resolve to bear the cross of Christ, in a new life, and in the word of absolution, that is, the word of the grace of God in Christ. The penitent arrives at forgiveness of sins, not by making amends (satisfaction) and priestly absolution, but by trusting the word of God, by believing in God’s grace. It is not the sacrament but faith that justifies. In that way Luther came to again put sin and grace in the center of the Christian doctrine of salvation. The forgiveness of sins, that is, justification, does not depend on repentance, which always remains incomplete, but rests in God’s promise and becomes ours by faith alone.”
― Herman Bavinck

“Fear is the ghost of ancient.
It consumes faithless human.”
― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

“His spells portrayed the spirit as a frail thing, contstantly under attack and in need of stength, always threatening to die inside you. Inman found this notion dismal indeed, since he had been taught by sermon and hymn to hold as truth that the soul of man never dies.”
― Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain

“As a general rule, Providence seldom vouchsafes to mortals any more than just that degree of encouragement which suffices to keep them at a reasonably full exertion of their powers.”
― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables
“When I think of the Crucifixion, I commit the sin of envy.”
― Simone Weil, Waiting for God

“The cure for our modern maladies is dirt under the fingernails and the feel of thick grass between the toes. The cure for our listlessness is to be out within the invigorating wind. The cure for our uselessness is to take back up our stewardship; for it is not that there has been no work to be done, we simply have not been attending to it.”
― L.M. Browning, Ruminations at Twilight: Poetry Exploring the Sacred

“And whose rules will choose to you follow? God’s? Or man’s? You say you want to break the outmoded patterns and crate a new model? Then do it. That is part of your destiny, boy.”
― Kathleen McGowan, The Poet Prince

“In the beginning, the call of God was not propositional. It was experiential. (p. 10)”
― Robin R. Meyers, Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus

“Bí ann nó as
táimse ag triall Ort
agus má tá
cuirim geasa Ort
mé a shábháil
ón dream
a deir
gur fear fuar
sa spéir Thú.”
― Caitlín Maude, Dánta, Drámaíocht agus Prós

“There we go, that word again: faith. Pajo fuckin loves it. I fuckin hate it. I hate it cos there’s no way o trickin yerself into it, no amount o thinkin about it can get yeh there – yeh have it or yeh don’t. And I don’t.”
― Trevor Byrne, Ghosts & Lightning

“If our future generations were much wilier than us,
then it might be them who have led us all this time,
to make decisions which fit to their pre-existence,
left us live in the world of uncertainty or by faith.”
― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

“I believe in study. I believe that men learn much through study. As a matter of fact, it has been my observation
that they learn little concerning things as they are, as they were, or as they are to come without study. I also
believe, however, and know, that learning by study is greatly accelerated by faith.”
― Marion G. Romney

“What about you, Snipes?” Dunbar asked. “You think there to be mountain lions up here or is it just folks’ imaginings?”

Snipes pondered the question a few moments before speaking.

They’s many a man of science would claim there aint because you got no irredeemable evidence like panther scat or fur or tooth or tail. In other words, some part of the animal in questions. Or better yet having the actual critter itself, the whole think kit and caboodle head to tail, which all your men of science argue is the best proof of all a thing exists, whether it be a panther, or a bird, or even a dinosaur.”

To put it another way, if you was to stub your toe and tell the man of science what happened he’d not believe a word of it less he could see how it’d stoved up or was bleeding. But your philosophers and theologians and such say there’s things in the world that’s every bit as real even though you can’t see them.”

Like what?” Dunbar asked.

Well,” Snipes said. “They’s love, that’s one. And courage. You can’t see neither of them, but they’re real. And air, of course. That’s one of your most important examples. You wouldn’t be alive a minute if there wasn’t air, but nobody’s ever seen a single speck of it.”

… “All I’m saying is there is a lot more to this old world than meets the eye.”

… “And darkness. You can’t see it no more than you can see air, but when its all around you sure enough know it.” (Serena, 65-66)”
― Ron Rash

“Acuerdate de lo que te digo, mi niño. No tengas miedo. Todo lo que te ha pasado te ayudará. Vas a salir adelante.”
― Sandra Rodriguez Barron, Stay with Me: A Novel

“This is the one who will find us. He’s the one who will lead them all back to me someday. He’s the explorer. El curioso.”
― Sandra Rodriguez Barron, Stay with Me: A Novel

“The South African artist William Kentridge speaks to this type of certainty: ‘To say that one needs art, or politics, that incorporate ambiguity and contradiction is not to say that one then stops recognizing and condemning things as evil. However, it might stop one being so utterly convinced of the certainty of one’s own solutions. There needs to be a strong understanding of fallibility and how the very act of certainty or authoritativeness can bring disasters.’

The outcome of the current crisis is already determined.”
― Nick Flynn, The Ticking Is the Bomb: A Memoir

“Faith, he had learned that night in front of the flickering television, was most glorious when it was most untouched by reason.”
― Michael Thomas Ford, Looking For It

“You don’t need great faith to move mountains, you only need to use the poor faith you say you have.”
― Neil Velez

“Going back to legalistic roots contaminates the blood of Jesus.”
― Sherry K. White

“The people who pray together build together a better world”
― Ocean Crisstopher Poet

“Japan likewise put her hopes of victory on a different basis from that prevalent in the United States. (…) Even when she was winning, her civilian statesmen, her High Command, and her soldiers repeated that this was no contest between armaments; it was pitting of our faith in things against their faith in spirit.”
― Ruth Benedict, The Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture

“Faith has size.”
― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut
“Even fear afraid of faith.”
― Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

“Duty performed gives clearness and firmness to faith, and faith thus strengthened through duty becomes the more assured and satisfying to the soul.”
― Tryon Edwards

“- A sentyment staje się uciążliwy. W końcu jest coś nazbyt fizycznego w próbie zachowania cząstki dzieciństwa na swoim mostku.
– Nie pan pierwszy sprowadza wiarę do zmysłu dotyku.”
― Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin

“The first thing I fell in love with about Orthodoxy was that my opinions are irrelevant, which is a sign of the preservation of Truth. I wanted a sound and stable faith, one that was maintained and preserved, not one that was changed and influenced by the tastes and opinions of sinners like me.”
― Atom Tate

“Facts are relative to the knowledge man possesses at the present time. Truth however, is absolute and transcends the present, past, and future times. The relationship between Truth and Facts is that facts are not always the Truth, but Truth is always a Fact.”
― Atom Tate

“The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies.”
― Kate McGahan

“I always knew I was born to do great things. I just didn’t know I wouldn’t be able to see where I was going.”
― Julian Quintero

“I had faith in the mountains. Where they would take me to, I barely knew but I knew that the steps made weren’t backward, but forward. I didn’t climb mountains; I befriended them.”
― Kevin Keenoo

“Believe in yourself, always.”
― Sujish Kandampully

“Let us not grow tired of doing good for in due time we shall reap our harvest if we do not give up. (from the Bible Galatians6:9)”
― Annoymous, Bilingual New Testament English German

“Fight your battles through prayer,
And win your battles through faith.”
― Luffina Lourduraj

“For as long as we are led by belief, we can never know anything for certain. It is not enough to believe or to have faith, we must know beyond all doubt. For that, we have no other option, but to search, question and investigate! There is no shame in not having found God, Brahman or the Great Spirit, but it is gravely ignorant to dismiss their existence on hearsay.”
― Anita B. Sulser PhD, We Are One

“While pursuing your dream, don’t neglect your inner callings at any cost. Forget all critics and just believe in yourself. Yet if you have doubt regarding your abilities; have faith in those who have faith in you.”
― Lalit Vithalani

“To walk in faith is to confess that we do not know what awaits us, and the faith I have embraced does not promise an easy road.”
― Russ Ramsey, Struck: One Christian’s Reflections on Encountering Death

“There’s a reason why people find each other, and this reason is found in their emotional motives before they meet. They both attracted one another by their needs, desires and dreams. And so, only their fears, ignorance and misused freewill can set them apart before they have a chance to discover that they were blessed and not condemned to one another. This truth is asleep in their heart, waiting to be unlocked with faith, a leap into the unknown, kind words and gestures that unmask their soul.”
― Robin Sacredfire

“You can walk with a clear conscience knowing that this life is all that you believe you have. Although there is always a point in your life that you will see what has been let go. I just hope when that day comes for us all, you wake up to what is really unknown.”
― Julian Quintero

“Have the courage to rise from the challenges of life like a phoenix from the flames or you’ll get lost in the ashes of despair, pain, and regret.”
― Nanette Mathews

“… God loved me not because I was lovable, but because it was His nature to do so.”
― Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

“People tell you to believe in yourself for your whole life, then call you arrogant when you begin taking their advice.”
― Curtis Tyrone Jones

“Perfection is just an opinion, but the only way anyone will ever reach perfection is through one ‘man’ who is Jesus Christ. Many have come against him and have passive aggressively felt tall in his imperfections but will forever fall short of his eternal glory. To compare oneself to our God who has given us all life, opportunity, and free will and to use it to gloat over him is a huge mistake that will be paid maybe not in the current life but most definitely in the eternal life. It is much simpler to live up to his standard than to try and forge our own. We are forever changing and yet he has always remained the same.”
― Julian Quintero

“You’ve asked enough questions about evil. But you never asked once about love.”
So I asked him to tell me about it, but of course his definition lay beyond words. He just went on sitting with me in the dark and taking the weight of my pain.”
― Susan Howatch, The High Flyer

“It isn’t a matter of fitting in but rather staying in because some people just don’t.”
― Julian Quintero

“Sometimes when the world goes dark, and everyone turns their backs on you, just look to the sky to see the light, and follow the stars to paradise”
― Timothy Norr

“It is very difficult for those always in the spotlight who have constant pressure on them where there is however but a tiny window of freedom if your fortunate enough not to dream.” -Julian Quintero”
― Julian Quintero

“Wasted tries, The many whys, Is it the soul of Compromise?
Lows and highs, Believing in lies, In life we have to improvise.
Frustration and cries, The last leg of sighs, You are the dreamer in disguise!
To the guilt say goodbyes, Open your eyes, Your soul – I do so recognize.”
― Julieanne O’Connor

“What do you see when you look in the mirror? I hope it goes beyond beauty. I hope what you see is that person who’s worth it and deserves nothing less than the best, I hope that you see beyond the pain, I hope that you see the glory ahead of you, I hope that you see the strong woman who doesn’t break to fail, but breaks to stand and I hope that you’ll always remember that you need to love the person in the mirror first to make a change”
― Temitayo Olami

“What do you see when you look in the mirror? I hope it goes beyond beauty. I hope what you see is that person who’s worth it and deserves nothing less than the best, I hope that you see beyond the pain, I hope that you see the glory ahead of you, I hope that you see the strong woman who doesn’t break to fail, but breaks to stand the tallest and I hope that you’ll always remember that you need to love the person in the mirror first to make a change”
― Temitayo Olami

“Put down your stones.
Why are you breaking the window
when God has left the door wide open?
If you are afraid, lover,
follow me.
I will guide the way.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“Wings are like dreams. Before each flight, a bird takes a small jump, a leap of faith, believing that its wings will work. That jump can only be made with rock solid feet.”
― J.R. Rim

“Let your life reflect the faith you have in God. Fear nothing and pray about everything. Be strong, trust God’s word, and trust the process.”
― Germany Kent

“Faith’s error isn’t blindness, but seeing what isn’t there.”
― Marty Rubin

“What early Christianity meant by ‘faith’ (pistis) was initially nothing other than running ahead and clinging to a model or idea whose attainability was still uncertain. Faith is purely anticipatory, in the sense that it already has an effect when it mobilizes the existence of the anticipatory towards the goal through anticipation. In analogy for the placebo effect, one would have to call this the movebo effect.”
― Peter Sloterdijk, You Must Change Your Life

“Dream anything hard enough, and it can be yours.”
― George R.R. Martin, Lisa Tuttle

“Sex will liberate you, art will liberate you, faith will liberate you, the revolution will liberate you. What if I just liberate myself?”
― Marty Rubin

“All the couples therapy and communication seminars in the world won’t save you if you aren’t prepared to close your eyes and hug the mainmast through a storm.”
― Ada Calhoun, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give

“Father God, we thank you for your grace and your mercy, for allowing us to be together under your covenant and God we thank you for the revelations and for the breakthroughs; for your direction and for your healing. We thank you God for the opportunity to just be a vessel for your kingdom. God we trust you, we love you, we honor you, and all glory is yours. Amen”
― Germany Kent

“LIFE – Death’s Very Emissary”
― Abhishek S, KARMA

“Do not come into agreement with fear. Activate your faith, live in victory, speak over your life and expect great things to come your way.”
― Germany Kent

“Though no one can backtrack and create a brand new start, Everyone is capable of taking their life in a brand new direction.”
― Germany Kent

“One of our goals is to encourage people that there is hope, there is a future.”
― Garth Coonce

“The giver is more than the gift; God is more than the blessing. And our being kept waiting on Him is the only way for our learning to find our life and joy in Himself. Oh, if God’s children only knew what a glorious God they have, and what a privilege it is to be linked in fellowship with Him, then they would rejoice in Him! Even when He keeps them waiting, they will learn to understand better than ever. ”Therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you.” His waiting will be the highest proof of His graciousness.”
― Andrew Murray, Waiting On God

“Sometimes when the world goes dark, and everyone turns their backs on you, just look the sky to see light, and follow the stars to paradise”
― Timothy Norr

“We came from different backgrounds; he was white from privileged class in America, and I black from a village in Africa, but he was kind generous, and he reached out to this young poor black boy. He changed the odds against me. Our friendship rose above race.”
― FRIENDSHIP: A True Story of Adventure, Goodwill, and Endurance.

“I understand (finally) that God does not REACT to prayers or petitions. He has ACTED. It is already done.”
― Carlos Wallace, The Other 99 T.Y.M.E.S: Train Your Mind to Enjoy Serenity

“أهوى القراءة لأن عندي حياة واحدة في هذه الدنيا ،وحياة واحدة لاتكفيني”
― العقادد

“Once you start questioning your beliefs, that’s when it’s all over. It is truly doubt that kills our conviction.”
― Hyrum Yeakley

“Hit the reset button. Whatever happened yesterday, forget about it. Get a new perspective. Today is a new day. Fresh start, begins now.”
― Germany Kent

“Don’t give up when dark times come. The more storms you face in life, the stronger you’ll be. Hold on. Your greater is coming.”
― Germany Kent

“With God, you are stronger than your struggles and more fierce than your fears. God provides comfort and strength to those who trust in Him. Be encouraged, keep standing, and know that everything’s going to be alright.”
― Germany Kent

“The only way you’re going to reach places you’ve never gone is if you trust God’s direction to do things you’ve never done.”
― Germany Kent

“Some of the greatest miracles one could ever receive in their life are the ones that happen when their faith and action has been applied.”
― Dionna L. Hayden

“What fills the gap created by a loss of faith is not reason but instinct.”
― Marty Rubin

“I want to reach the top with it all–business, family and faith!”
― Joy Harris
“I’ve never fully understood how Christianity became quite so tame and respectable, given its origins among drunkards, prostitutes, and tax collectors….Jesus could have hung out in the high-end religious scene of his day, but instead he scoffed at all that, choosing instead to laugh at the powerful, befriend whores, kiss sinners, and eat with all the wrong people. He spent his time with people for whom life was not easy. And there, amid those who were suffering, he was the embodiment of perfect love.”
― Nadia Bolz-Weber, Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People

“To everyone battling a difficulty or under attack right now, smile, keep your head up, keep moving and stay positive, you’ll get through it.”
― Germany Kent

“It’s unlimited what we can do through Christ.”
― Garth Coonce

“I agreed to keep the cards a secret and asked my grandmother if she believed in magic. She said she did not but that, surprisingly, magic worked even if you did not believe in it.”
― Michael Chabon, Moonglow

“Show a little faith in someone when they need it. It’s amazing how it comes back around to you.”
― Garon Whited, Knightfall: Book Four of the Nightlord series

“Do the small things with a great and a clean heart, even out of your least, and you never did a small thing at all, for the heart defines it all!”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“Logic stems from the mind of man, therefore it’s limited, it’s flawed. Faith gives you hope, keeps you from despair. Faith is what picks you up and ensures you keep going. Logic keeps you lying facedown in the muck at your feet.”
― Eric Van Lustbader, First Daughter

“If you insist on reducing it to its basic elements, it’s the sure and simple knowledge that there’s something more out there, something greater than yourself, than mankind: a grand plan, a design that can’t be comprehended by you or by any other human being, because it is numinous, it is God’s design, something only He can fathom.”
― Eric Van Lustbader, First Daughter

“Every religion has extremists, and extremists have more in common with each other than they do with the common people of their faith.”
― Orli Matlow

“Hope is not some thin thing that is subject to the winds of fate. Rather, it is something crafted hard by the hands of God.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“With God, the fear of failure is slain cold by success that is already hot on the way.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“With God, the impossible is not an obstacle but an invitation.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“We do not recognize that we are addicted to some negative psychological habit, some terribly self-destructive patterns of thinking…”
― Abhishek S, KARMA

“We are living a fantasy life in our heads, and our real life is passing by, moment by moment.Life is only lived in moments: anything else is a fantasy, a lie, an illusion.”
― Abhishek S, KARMA

“Everybody needs to be good-natured with a good heart, because in this way we can solve our own problems as well as those of others, and we can make our human life meaningful.”
― Abhishek S, KARMA

“Desires and Karma are the worst enemies living in the same soul together. It depends on us whom we choose and feed.”
― Abhishek S, KARMA

“Karma is a balance sheet of life which debits and credit all your deeds.YourWhich is audited by our creator and actions are based on what we accumulated in it.”
― Abhishek S, KARMA

“Karma is the balance sheet of life which debits and credit all your deeds.YourWhich is audited by our creator and actions are based on what we accumulated in it.”
― Abhishek S, KARMA

“We create karma by all kinds of selfish actions.The first thing we must understand is that we are psychologically asleep.It is very difficult for us to be conscious of ourselves. We are not very aware. We must come to recognize that we do not pay attention.”
― Abhishek S, KARMA

“Sometimes, getting comfortable with the circumstance is the only preparation you need to deal with it.”
― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“Self-observation is simply the observation of an internal state and an external event. It is pure awareness, which gives one the ability to choose one’s actions. Only by having the choice can one perform what is right.”
― Abhishek S

“I am nothing but a ripped fabric stitched together by God’s grace.”
― J.A. ANUM

“I am nothing but a ripped fabric stitched together by God’s grace.”
― J.A.ANUM

“Mother Nature created God as a neurological anti-depressant sentiment, but Man tore that God apart into pieces and made citadels of differentiation out of them.”
― Abhijit Naskar, The Krishna Cancer

“It was in the horizon of existence, that the Big Bang must have created our souls, we loved each other like the plane of time doesn’t hold a fleck of control over us.”
― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“Do not pay attention to those who are trying to stop or hinder you”
― Sunday Adelaja

“Be still and know that I am God!”
― Bible, Bible

“Obedience and submission requires faith”
― Sunday Adelaja

“Your connection to yourself is also your connection to the divine. The more you are connected to yourself, the more you are connected to the divine. They are one and the same.”
― Renae A. Sauter, An Empowered Life: Mind/Body/Spirit Empowerment

“Sometimes things aren’t very clear, that’s all. Things look like they’re going against us, and though it always turns out fine in the end, and we can always look back and say oh of course it had to happen that way, otherwise so-and-so wouldn’t have happened–still while it’s happening, in my heart I keep getting this terrible fear, this empty place, and it’s very hard at such times really to believe in a Plan with a shape bigger than I can see…”
― Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow

“Oh, child, my child, if only you realized who you truly are.”
― Toni Sorenson, The Great Brain Cleanse

“The heat of midnight tears will bring you to God.”
― Mīrābāī, Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems

“Human logic may be rationally adequate, but it is also existentially deficient. Faith declares that there is more than this – not contradicting, but transcending reason.”
― Alister E. McGrath, Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith

“For Christian writers, religious faith is not a rebellion against reason, but a revolt against the imprisonment of humanity within the cold walls of a rationalist dogmatism.”
― Alister E. McGrath, Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith

“Pure reason, like pure faith, can lead to all sorts of absurdities.”
― Marty Rubin

“Always go as far as you can see, then let faith take you the rest of the way.”
― Seth Adam Smith, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern

“Only the people who are working the victory by faith will experience the joy of harvest”
― Sunday Adelaja

“You move gropingly, relying on your faith and act by your intuition”
― Sunday Adelaja

“There is a special joy connected to your faith”
― Sunday Adelaja

“Sometimes all thats left is faith.”
― Renae A. Sauter, An Empowered Life: Mind/Body/Spirit Empowerment

“Step out on faith and walk into your purpose.”
― Germany Kent

“The key to the Almighty’s favor is to hold on with firm belief that the promises of God’s Word are true.”
― Garth Coonce

“You are a hater of activity in life; quite right, for before there can be any meaning in activity, life must have continuity, and this your life lacks. You occupy yourself with your studies, that is true, you are even industrious. But it is only for your own sake and is done with as little teleology as possible. Otherwise you are unoccupied; like those workers in the Gospel, you stand idle in the marketplace (Matthew 20:3). You stick your hands in your pockets and observe life. Then you rest in despair, nothing occupies you, you don’t step aside for anything: “if someone were to throw a tile down from the roof I wouldn’t get out of the way.” You are like someone dying, you die daily, not in the profound, serious sense in which one usually takes that word, but life has lost its reality and “you always reckon your lifetime from one day’s notice to quit to the next”. You let everything pass you by, it makes no impression, but then suddenly something comes which grips you, an idea, a situation, a smile from a young girl, and then you are “in touch”; for just as on some occasions you are not in touch, so at others you are in touch and of service in every way. Wherever something is going on you are “in touch”. You conduct your life as it is your custom to behave in a crowd, you “work your way into the thickest of it, trying if possible to be forced up above the others so as to be able to lie on top of them”; if you manage to get up there you “make yourself as comfortable as possible”, and this is also the way you let yourself be carried along through life. But when the crowd disperses, when the event is over, you stand once more at the street corner and look at the world. A dying person possesses, as you know, a supernatural energy, and so too with you. If there is an idea to be thought through, a work to be read through, a plan to be carried out, a little adventure to be experienced – yes, a hat to be bought, you take hold of the matter with an immense energy. According to circumstance, you work on untiringly for a day, for a month; you are happy in the assurance that you still have the same abundance of strength as before, you take no rest, “no Satan can keep up with you”. If you work together with others, you work them into the ground. But then when the month or, what you always consider the maximum, the six months have gone, you break off and say, “and that’s the end of the story”. You retire and leave it all to the other party, or if you have been working alone you talk to no one about what you were doing. You then pretend to yourself and others that you have lost the desire and flatter yourself with the vain thought that you could have kept working with the same intensity if that is what you desired. But that is an immense deception. You would have succeeded in finishing it, as most others, if you had patiently willed it so, but you would have found out at the same time that it needs a kind of perseverance quite different from yours.”
― Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or: A Fragment of Life

“God goes ahead of a man who walks by faith, that is the beauty of faith”
― Sunday Adelaja

“His shout was a syllable so ancient and powerful that Saffiyah’s mind instantly censored it.”
― Felix Long, To Conquer Heaven

“The sand in the hour glass isn’t meant to stick together. It will flow exactly same today, how it did ten years back. That’s how much reliable that stuff is. The stuff that can be consistent.”
― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“Failure should be archived in head, not heart.”
― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“For once,
engulf,
not air,
but hope.
For once,
breathe on,
a firm belief!”
― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“The decline in the influence of religion has been due, in the main, not to religion itself, but to the very shallowness of many practitioners. People who are indoctrinated and mistake implanted obsession for faith, are themselves destroyers of the very thing which they imagine themselves called upon to try to protect.
In fact, of course, they have no such call: and their capacity to protect something which is other than their imaginings makes for a comical situation.”
― Idries Shah

“I was moving around with my imperfect, broken pieces until you came across and stitched my flaws with your words.”
― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“I’ll keep looking- till that watery reflection of mine in your eye, rolls down as a tear. I’ll keep looking till we finally look away like our lives never met. Let’s cheat destiny as if we never knew each other. Let’s do this last thing together.”
― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“[The] faith spoken of in the Bible is not a matter of intellectual belief, but a matter of connecting experientially and substantively with the person of Truth, Jesus.”
― Karla Perry, Back to the Future: Rebuilding America’s Stability

“The most sensitive period of their developmental age, when the kids are supposed to be taught to question everything and nourish their reasoning skills, they are taught that God created the world in seven days – that the human race did not evolve from apes through millions of years, rather it came from the amorous congress between two God-made humans, named Adam and Eve. And if you ask why? The answers of the uneducated primordial teachers would be that the scriptures say so. And now if you ask, can’t the scriptures be wrong – do I have to take these stories literally? They would lash out with rage and shout at you – how dare you question the scriptures! Every single word in it is true. There is no greater truth than the truth of these sacred texts.”
― Abhijit Naskar, The Education Decree

“It is now clear that faith is a singular pledge of paternal love, treasured up for the sons whom he has adopted.”
― John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 Vols

“Dreams of success often get in the way of actual success.”
― Felix Long, To Conquer Heaven

“A jewelled garden the envy of Aladdin’s cave spilled across the courtyard.”
― Felix Long, To Conquer Heaven

“The two old men were as still as the stone bench on which they sat, as though their lengthy communion with the element had turned them into statues.”
― Felix Long, To Conquer Heaven

“Oh yes! I have couple-goals too. I love to couple myself with- Books, Coffee and Mountains.”
― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“The tiny sculptures revelled in the demotion of their celestial peers soaking up the limelight of human attention after an eon of slumber. Woken from their torpor by the one thing that all art desires; an audience.”
― Felix Long, To Conquer Heaven

“The two seasons; deepest winter from above and nascent spring from below, created a juxtaposition that drew the scene into the land of legend sitting only a heartbeat away behind a translucent river of time.”
― Felix Long, To Conquer Heaven

“Have faith in the light you carry.”
― Seth Adam Smith, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern

“Faith is believing in something you cannot prove for certain.”
― Seth Adam Smith, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern

“Willpower, though important in its own way, is never enough. In order for you to be truly powerful, you must open up and trust in something beyond yourself—something you cannot prove for certain.”
― Seth Adam Smith, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern

“Islam requires us to believe that Jesus was so incompetent as a teacher and prophet that he was not able to instill this most simple fact in his followers’ minds: that he was merely a human. Given that Islam’s central proclamation is tawhid, this means Jesus was an abject failure. In fact, he was worse than a total failure, since he left his disciples believing the exact opposite of tawhid.”
― Nabeel Qureshi, No God but One: Allah or Jesus?: A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity

“I must give you this warning: your journeys will rarely ever go as you plan. You will make mistakes, and you will feel lost. Whenever that happens, look to the light and keep moving forward in faith.”
― Seth Adam Smith, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern

“Live with God, have faith in God – it is true happiness”
― Sunday Adelaja

“When you know your purpose in life, then by faith you know God will enable you to do it”
― Sunday Adelaja

“She walks,
on the streets,
with a face that,
doesn’t belong.
It smiles more than,
many put together,
whole day long.
Her heart misfit,
a little chipped.
And she likes to,
call it once broken,
but now stitched.”
― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“It is only through faith that you will receive the patience, obedience, and humility to be submissive”
― Sunday Adelaja

“By faith you can work miracles and perform heroic deeds”
― Sunday Adelaja

“By faith we will become strong and withstand the spiritual battle warring against us”
― Sunday Adelaja

“Faith is a necessary prerequisite for a courageous act”
― Sunday Adelaja

“The opposite of faith isn’t doubt. The opposite of faith is certainty.”
― Claudia Gray, Defy the Stars

“Karma says what you give is what you get, so why do the loyal person end up being betrayed”
― Lil Treyco

“I die a little everyday, in trying to revive what I lost yesterday!”
― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“If everything happens for a reason that means you made the right choice even when it’s the wrong choice”
― Lil Treyco

“In the fall of leaves,
In the hustle of breeze,
In the curve of streams,
I foresee,
Nature keeps more concealed,
Than it lets us peep!”
― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“Belief attracts something; faith makes things happen!”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“We are the masters of our own destinies, and only we can allow our hearts to be filled, and enable our souls to be happy. No amount of power or mercy can change a heart from empty to whole, or change the end of a will from everlasting sadness to eternal joy.”
― Michael Brent Jones, Dinner Party

“In the body there are two creatures, and they are both in enmity with each other. For one to do anything, the other has to be subjected to it. One has a mind and the other only has an appetite. The more the mind gets, the more it is satisfied, but the more the appetite gets, the more its hunger grows; its appetite is for imaginary things, it dreams that it is eating, but when it wake, which it dreads to do, it is empty and pangs.”
― Michael Brent Jones, Dinner Party

“If you believe, it shall be.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Words, and faith, will only take you as far as your actions allow.”
― Carlos Wallace, Life Is Not Complicated-You Are: Turning Your Biggest Disappointments Into Your Greatest Blessings

“Why trade definite for a maybe?”
― Carlos Wallace, The Other 99 T.Y.M.E.S: Train Your Mind to Enjoy Serenity

“You have eternity to sleep and only one small lifetime to live. Get out, my dear, and run with the wolves.”
― Amelia Dashwood

“Infinite? Am I forgetting anyone?”
Your Creator.
Kien almost smiled. True. All things considered, he’d been blessed far more than he deserved. “What, then, should I write to You, my Creator?”
He hardly expected an answer, but it came at once, swathing him in comfort.
Write your love for Me on your heart, where My Spirit finds it always.”
― R.J. Larson, King

“Love makes you do,
the best of things.
Love makes you do,
the worst of things,
It’s a feeling extreme,
that doesn’t exist in between.”
― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“God will keep us alive like a half-filled glass to judge our belief whether we consider it as half-empty or half-filled.”
― Shihab Kazi

“doubt and faith do not exist in the same person at the same time”
― Joseph Smith

“When God said ‘Let there be light’.
May be he meant it Inside.”
― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“To love anyone is to risk.”
― Stephanie Morrill, The Lost Girl of Astor Street

“In the beginning was love, and love was with God, and love was God.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“God begets love.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“Part of her had hoped he would say something like, “I want you, Katie. You belong to me now. I’ll take care of you.” He didn’t say that. But his answer was the best one, really. “You belong to Christ, Katie.”
― Robin Jones Gunn, Peculiar Treasures

“History belongs to the intercessors – those who believe and pray the future into being.”
― Walter Wink

“Faith is blind belief. Atheism is blind disbelief. No one has all the information needed to take up such fixed positions.”
― Stewart Stafford

“Someone once said to me, ‘There are so many religions in the world. They can’t all be right.’

And my reply was, ‘Well, they can’t all be wrong either.’

All religions in the world today share more commonalities than differences, yet language blinds many from seeing these truths. Some people will tell me that what I write about is straight from their holy book, but the truth is that the main principles found in all holy books were already engraved in all our hearts. If you think common sense, the golden rule and knowing right from wrong are exclusive only to your faith, then you need to open yourself up to the rest of the world’s religions.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“If you go to Jesus to get a new personality, Lewis says, you still haven’t really gone to Jesus. Your real self will not come out as long as you are looking for it; it will only emerge when you’re looking for Him.”
― Timothy J. Keller, King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus

“You made a writer keep faith in his pen.”
― Avijeet Das

“It is not you that is flawed or broken, it is the space in your heart yet to be filled, that has been given to guilt that takes away the strength you needed to overcome the trials ahead of you. That is not evil… it’s mortal. And the real us, is born in a shell of mortality like a bird, and just like that bird, once that shell is broken away, we will spread our wings and fly away, leaving far behind shards of triumphed and discarded insecurities.”
― Michael Brent Jones, A Hole in Heaven’s Gate

“UNDIVIDED

I am for
One world undivided.
One world without fear and corruption.
One world ruled by Truth and Justice.

I am for
One peaceful world for all,
Where hate has been overcome by love,
And everyone is guided only
By their conscience.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Disbelief in GOD is like living in the city and denying the people who have been to the country and tell you about it.”
― Chuck Bridges

“In a society of thinking humanity, it should always be, humans first, and then Gods, Krishna or otherwise.”
― Abhijit Naskar, The Krishna Cancer

“His faith was like the radar of a bat, it took him through the darkness that surrounded him. It would guide him through everything that evil would throw at him. When his body gave up, God’s powers lifted him up and kept his heart thumping.”
― Mark A. Cooper, (Edelweiss Pirates #2) The Edelweiss Express

“Lucas couldn’t have imagined that he would have ever felt so alone. No family, no friends. Even his own village had turned against him. He peered into the icy water; it looked like it was about to freeze over. Maybe I should drown myself before I freeze to death? he pondered. Was there no one to help? He instinctively bowed his head and prayed. A warm feeling engulfed his battered body. “I’m not alone, I will never be alone. God is with me,” he blubbered.”
― Mark A. Cooper, (Edelweiss Pirates #2) The Edelweiss Express

“Child, [death] is with us always,” said Cadfael, patient beside him. “Last summer ninety-five men died here in the town, none of whom had done murder. For choosing the wrong side, they died. It falls upon blameless women in war, even in peace at the hands of evil men. It falls upon children who never did harm to any, upon old men, who in their lives have done good to many, and yet are brutally and senselessly slain. Never let it shake your faith that there is a balance hereafter. What you see is only a broken piece from a perfect whole.”

“Such justice as we see is also but a broken shred. But it is our duty to preserve what we may, and fit together such fragments as we find, and take the rest on trust.”
― Ellis Peters, St. Peter’s Fair

“It takes time;
It will take time,
But it will happen”
― Anamika Mishra, VoiceMates – A Novel

“Tell me, son… have you ever been intimidated by anyone?’
‘Oh yes,’ said Thomas.
‘I don’t believe it. By whom?’
‘By Our Lord… on the altar.”
― Louis de Wohl

“The journey to faith is the most marvelous and sobering of all journeys, for the transformation of one’s heart transforms the questions one asks, the values one holds, the world one perceives, and the life one lives.”
― James Castleton, MD, Mending of a Broken Heart

“I guess we’re supposed to have faith.”
“I never really took you for the faith-having kind,” Quentin said.
“I didn’t either. But it’s worked out so far. We’ve got five of the seven keys. You can’t argue with results.”
“You can’t,” Quentin said, “but that’s actually not the same thing as having faith.”
“Why do you always try to ruin everything?”
“I’m not ruining it. I just want to understand it.”
“If you had faith you wouldn’t have to understand.”
― Lev Grossman, The Magician King

“Anger is essential if one is to survive this world. It’s not just a degenerate emotion that destroys everything in its path. If it were so completely destructive, why would people of every religion in the world imbue God with it? “Don’t do that! Allah will get angry,” my aunts used to say. People use it with children all the time. Be good and avoid the wrath of those with the capacity to strike you down in an instant. Your entire life may be governed by this simple principle — Be good to avoid angering those who have more power than you.”
― Jinat Rehana Begum, First Fires

“When God blesses you financially, don’t raise your standard of living. Raise your standard of giving.”
― Mark Batterson

“As soon as we are born
we hide God in ourselves.
We then spend our lives looking for Him
when all along, He has been concealed behind
the veil of ‘I’.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“The truth is I don’t know what happens to the spirits of the dead when they leave this world. Priests may claim to, even Truthseeker may claim to. However nobody truly knows. All Truthseeker truly knows is that Ishar, Kirfell, Orion and Avanti are lies. He has no proof of an alternative. I don’t know. There may be nothing beyond this dark reality we live in, but that doesn’t feel right to me. We love, we hate, we fight, we strive… People’s lives seem too complex and important to be simply extinguished like a candle.’

~Vexis Zaelwarsh
Deathsworn Arc 5: The Temple of the Mad God”
― Martyn Stanley

“If, in your attempt to follow Jesus, you exclude, condemn or discriminate against someone, you are doing it wrong.”
― Rev. Kellen Roggenbuck

“Faith is about the connection of people as much as it is about God. We are called to be in community and treat others with divine love.”
― Rev. Kellen Roggenbuck

“Numbers 12: 6 – 8
When there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams. But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord.

So, unless you’re Moses, this verse makes it obvious that God will not always speak clearly. Often he speaks softly and in riddles. He will reveal something supernaturally to us, but it’s always something we need to pay close attention to. We usually need to then carefully interpret and apply what we hear. We are convinced that God’s motivation behind this – as with all he does – is to draw us into relationship.”
― Mike Pilavachi, Everyday Supernatural: Living a Spirit-Led Life without Being Weird

“There’s a reason prophets perform miracles: language lacks the power to describe faith. And you have to land on faith before you can even begin to hike around to its flip side, betrayal.”
― Mohsin Hamid, Moth Smoke

“This life is quite a rave- few heartaches, some long waits, altering faiths & breaking cliches!”
― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“Faith is about what we know, not what we feel. Yet, what we know will influence and direct what we feel. A strong knowledge of God will yield feelings of confidence in Him.”
― James Castleton, MD, Mending of a Broken Heart

“El infierno es saber que tenías tan poca fe en mi amor que estabas dispuesta a condenarme a la agonía de por vida.”
― Lisa Kleypas, Again the Magic

“Religious faith is by nature the most fundamental set of beliefs that one can have. It is how a believer views the world, and is how the believer judges himself as well as the other people, things, and events in that world. It colors everything about them. It is for this reason that people who adopt a faith out of convenience appear so phony, and why it is simply not possible for an individual to have a “religion d’jour.”
― Mike Klepper

“Faith is the ability to endure.”
― Michael R. French, Once Upon a Lie

“It is not enough that you look for Him.
You must hunt for God each and every day
as if your life depends on it.
Because it does.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“You do not get to choose the events that come your way nor the sorrows that interrupt your life. They will likely be a surprise to you, catching you off quard and unprepared. You may hold your head in your hands and lament your weak condition and wonder what you ought to do. To suffer, that is common to all. To suffer and still keep your composure, your faith and your smile, that is remarkable. Pain will change you more profoundly than success or good fortune. Suffering shapes your perception of life, your values and priorities, and your goals and dreams. Your pain is changing you,”
― David Crosby

“Faith is not to believe
Or pray that Providence
Will help a chieve
Anything we want,
But to liv e
With confidence
That God will do for us
Everything we need.”
― Ana Claudia Antunes, A-Z of Happiness: Tips for Living and Breaking Through the Chain that Separates You from Getting That Dream Job

“Faith in God is optional, but faith in the self – in the spirit within, is imperative.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Principia Humanitas

“Faith in God is optional, but faith in the self – in the spirit within, is imperative. Have faith in yourself. Have faith in the human first, then God if you want.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Principia Humanitas

“Have faith in yourself. Have faith in the human first, then God if you want.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Principia Humanitas

“A being with no faith in the human self is a being with no spirit of life, regardless of how many Fathers or Holy Spirits or Sons it believes in.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Principia Humanitas

“A rich man is not a man without problems but a man whose faith has conquered the problems even when it’s there.”
― Ikechukwu Izuakor

“Live like Jesus, pray like Jesus, love like Jesus, serve like Jesus but don’t hand yourself over to the enemy like Him.”
― Ikechukwu Izuakor, Great Reflections on Success

“Be wise enough to forgive but don’t be foolish enough to trust again.”
― Ikechukwu Izuakor, Great Reflections on Success

“One land also shall ask another, and say, ‘Is righteousness that makes a man righteous gone through thee?’ And it shall say, ‘No.”
― Compton Gage

“At the same time shall men hope, but nothing obtain: they shall labor, but their ways shall not prosper.”
― Compton Gage

“To shew thee such tokens I have leave; and if thou wilt pray again, and weep as now, and fast even days, thou shall hear yet greater things.”
― Compton Gage

“An extreme fearfulness moves through all your body, and your mind is troubled more.”
― Compton Gage

“After seven days of fasten so it was, that the thoughts of my heart were very grievous unto me- and my soul recovered the spirit of understanding.”
― Compton Gage

“Hear me, and I will instruct thee; hearken to the thing that I say, and I shall tell thee more.”
― Compton Gage

“Thou art sore troubled in mind for the people in the world’s sake: loves thou that people better than he that made them?”
― Compton Gage

“Of very grief have I spoken: for my reins pain me every hour, while I labor to comprehend the way of the most High, and to seek out part of his judgment.”
― Compton Gage

“Wherefore, Lord? where unto was I born then? or why was not my mother’s womb then my grave, that I might not have seen the travail of Jacob, and the wearisome toil of the stock of the world?”
― Compton Gage

“Number me the things that are not yet come- gather me together the dross that are scattered abroad- make me the flowers green again that are withered- Open me the places that are closed, and bring me forth the winds that in them are shut up- shew me the image of a voice: and then I will declare to thee the thing that thou labor to know.”
― Compton Gage

“O Lord that bear rule, who may know these things, but he that had not his dwelling with men?”
― Compton Gage

“As for you, you’re unwise: how may you then speak of these things whereof thou ask you?”
― Compton Gage

“Like as thou canst do none of these things that I have spoken of, even so canst thou not find out my judgment, or in the end the love that I have promised unto my people.”
― Compton Gage

“Behold, O Lord, yet art thou nigh unto them that be reserved till the end: and what shall they do that have been before me, or we that be now, or they that shall come after us?”
― Compton Gage

“I will liken my judgment unto a ring: like as there is no slackness of the last, even so there is no swiftness of the first.”
― Compton Gage

“Could thou not make those that have been made, and be now, and that are for to come, at once; that thou might shew thy judgement the sooner?”
― Compton Gage

“The creature may not haste above the maker; neither may the world hold them at once that shall be created therein.”
― Compton Gage

“As thou hast said unto thy servant, that thou, which gives life to all, hast given life at once to the creature that thou hast created, and the creature bare it: even so it might now also bear them that now be present at once.”
― Compton Gage

“Ask the womb of a woman, and say unto her, If thou bring forth children, why dost thou it not together, but one after another? pray her therefore to bring forth ten children at once.”
― Compton Gage

“She cannot: but must do it by distance of time.”
― Compton Gage

“How my adventures become your sins?”
― Compton Gage

“What betrayed me? Was it my heart? Or my Soul?”
― Compton Gage

“You do not love me; you love my success!”
― Compton Gage

“Even so have I given the womb of the earth to those that be sown in it in their times.”
― Compton Gage

“Like as a young child may not bring forth the things that belong to the aged, even so have I disposed the world which I created.”
― Compton Gage

“Seeing thou hast now given me the way, I will proceed to speak before thee: for our mother, of whom thou hast told me that she is young, draw now nigh unto age.”
― Compton Gage

“They that be born in the strength of youth are of one fashion, and they that are born in the time of age, when the womb fail, are otherwise.”
― Compton Gage

“The Bible is a love story. Time and time again it illustrates how much God loves the world in spite of its sinful disobedience…The last book of the Bible, the Revelation of St John the Divine, creates a beautiful and yet terrifying picture of those last days when God will reveal Himself in judgment and in grace to all creation.”
― Jerry Falwell, Strength For The Journey: An Autobiography

“It is wonderful,
this whole business
of tickling and kissing
God every night.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“The key to liberation resides within our very own hands and heart.”
― Julie R. Schelling, Invitation to Believe: Establishing Faith in the Universal Power

“The more thou search, the more thou shall marvel; for the world hast fast to pass away-”
― Compton Gage

“The world hast fast to pass away- And cannot comprehend the things that are promised to the righteous in time to come: for this world is full of unrighteousness and infirmities.”
― Compton Gage

“As concerning the things whereof thou asked me, I will tell thee; for the evil is sown, but the destruction thereof is not yet come.”
― Compton Gage

“If therefore that which is sown be not turned upside down, and if the place where the evil is sown passes not away, then cannot it come that is sown with good?”
― Compton Gage

“The grain of evil seed had been sown in the heart of Adam from the beginning, and how much ungodliness had it brought up unto this time? and how much shall it yet bring forth until the time of threshing come?”
― Compton Gage

“Ponder now by thyself, how great fruit of wickedness the grain of evil seed had brought forth. And when the ears shall be cut down, which are without number, how great a floor shall they fill?”
― Compton Gage

“How, and when shall these things come to pass? wherefore are our years few and evil?”
― Compton Gage

“Do not thou hasten above the most Highest: for thy haste is in vain to be above him, for thou hast much exceeded.”
― Compton Gage

“Did not the souls also of the righteous ask question of these things in their chambers, saying, “How long shall I hope on this fashion?” when cometh the fruit of the floor of our reward?”
― Compton Gage

“Even when the number of seeds is filled in you: for he had weighed the world in the balance.”
― Compton Gage

“By measure had he measured the times; and by number had he numbered the times; and he doth not move nor stir them, until the said measure be fulfilled.”
― Compton Gage

“O Lord that bear rule, even we all are full of impiety. And for our sakes peradventure it is that the floors of the righteous are not filled, because of the sins of them that dwell upon the earth.”
― Compton Gage

“Go thy way to a woman with child, and ask of her when she had fulfilled her nine months, if her womb may keep the birth any longer within her.”
― Compton Gage

“In the grave the chambers of souls are like the womb of a woman: For like as a woman that travails make haste to escape the necessity of the travail: even so do these places haste to deliver those things that are committed unto them.”
― Compton Gage

“From the beginning, look, what thou desires to see, it shall be shew thee.”
― Compton Gage

“If I have found favor in thy sight, and if it be possible, and if I be meet therefore, shew me then whether there be more to come than is past, or more past than is to come.”
― Compton Gage

“Stand up upon the right side, and I shall expound the similitude unto thee.”
― Compton Gage

“Consider with thyself; as the rain is more than the drops, and as the fire is greater than the smoke; but the drops and the smoke remain behind: so the quantity which is past did more exceed.”
― Compton Gage

“Do you think I will live until that time? If not, who will be alive when it happens?”
― Compton Gage

“As for the tokens whereof thou ask me, I may tell thee of them in part: but as touching thy life, I am not sent to shew thee.”
― Compton Gage

“Nevertheless as coming the tokens, behold, the days shall come, that they which dwell upon earth shall be taken in a great number, and the way of truth shall be hidden, and the land shall be barren of faith.”
― Compton Gage

“Iniquity shall be increased above that which now thou see, or that thou hast heard long ago.”
― Compton Gage

“The land, that thou see now to have root, shall thou see wasted suddenly.”
― Compton Gage

“If the most High grant thee to live, thou shall see after the third trumpet that the sun shall suddenly shine again in the night, and the moon thrice in the day:”
― Compton Gage

“Blood shall drop out of wood, and the stone shall give his voice, and the people shall be troubled:”
― Compton Gage

“He shall rule, whom they look not for that dwell upon the earth, and the fowls shall take their flight away together:”
― Compton Gage

“The Sodomy sea shall cast out fish, and make a noise in the night, which many have not known: but they shall all hear the voice thereof.”
― Compton Gage

“There shall be confusion also in many places, and the fire shall be oft sent out again, and the wild beasts shall change their places, and menstruate women shall bring forth monsters:”
― Compton Gage

“Salt waters shall be found in the sweet, and all friends shall destroy one another; then shall wit hide itself, and understanding withdraw itself into his secret chamber-”
― Compton Gage

“Shall be sought of many, and yet not be found: then shall unrighteousness and incontinence be multiplied upon earth.”
― Compton Gage

“Perfectionists talk about first love. Realists talk about true love. Optimists talk just about love.”
― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“What man is able to do that, that thou should ask such things of me?”
― Compton Gage

“This world isn’t a battlefield. Someday you will realise how your success depends on a bunch of other people and that day you will be wiser. You will know how connected we all are.
Either we all make it or none of us does.”
― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“Forgiveness and faith are like writing a story, they take time, effort, revisions.”
― Daisy Hernandez, A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir

“The greatest futility! says the congregator, “The greatest futility! Everything is futile!” What does a person gain from all his hard work- At which he toils under the sun? A generation goes and another cometh forth, but the earth remains the same.”
― Compton Gage

“As thou know not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou know not the works of what makes all.”
― Compton Gage

“In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou know not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.”
― Compton Gage

“Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. And all that cometh is vanity.”
― Compton Gage

“These be they that have put off the mortal clothing, and put on the immortal, and have confessed the name of God: now are they crowned, and receive palms.”
― Compton Gage

“Go thy way, and tell my people, the people of thy Lord God what manner of things, and how great wonders of the Lord thy God, thou hast seen.”
― Compton Gage

“And yet their reward appear not, and their labor had no fruit: for I have gone here and there through the heathen, and I see that they flow in wealth, and think not upon thy commandments.”
― Compton Gage

“Weigh thou therefore their wickedness now in the balance, and theirs also that dwell the world; and so shall thy name no where be found anymore.”
― Compton Gage

“When was it that they who dwell upon the earth have not sinned in thy sight? or what people have so kept thy commandments? Thou shall find that you all by name had kept thy precepts; but not the heathen.”
― Compton Gage

“Thy heart had gone too far in this world, and think thou to comprehend the way of the most High?”
― Compton Gage

“Go thy way, weigh me the weight of the fire, or measure me the blast of the wind, or call me again the day that is past.”
― Compton Gage

“It was a small church. No large cathedral towers overshadowed the purpose of the house of worship. It was a monument to faith rather than a monument to man’s triumph over nature.”
― Richard W. Kelly, Testament

“If I should ask thee how great dwellings are in the midst of the sea, or how many springs are in the beginning of the deep, or how many springs are above the firmament, or which are the outgoings of paradise: Peradventure thou would say unto me, ‘I never went down into the deep, nor as yet into hell, neither did I ever climb up into heaven.”
― Compton Gage

“Nevertheless now have I asked thee but only of the fire and wind, and of the day where-through thou hast passed, and of things from which thou canst not be separated, and yet canst thou give me no answer of them.”
― Compton Gage

“Thine own things, and such as are grown up with thee, canst thou not know; How should thy vessel then be able to comprehend the way of the Highest, and, the world being now outwardly corrupted to understand the corruption that is evident in my sight?”
― Compton Gage

“It were better that we were not at all, than that we should live still in wickedness, and to suffer, and not to know wherefore.”
― Compton Gage

“I went into a forest into a plain, and the trees took counsel- And said, Come, let us go and make war against the sea that it may depart away before us, and that we may make us more woods.
The floods of the sea also in like manner took counsel, and said, Come, let us go up and subdue the woods of the plain, that there also we may make us another country.
The thought of the wood was in vain, for the fire came and consumed it.
The thought of the floods of the sea came likewise to nought, for the sand stood up and stopped them.
If thou wart judge now betwixt these two, whom would thou begin to justify? or whom would thou condemn?”
― Compton Gage

“Verily it is a foolish thought that they both have devised, for the ground is given unto the wood, and the sea also had its place to bear its floods.”
― Compton Gage

“Thou hast given a right judgment, but why judge thou not thyself also?”
― Compton Gage

“For like as the ground is given unto the wood, and the sea to his floods: even so they that dwell upon the earth may understand nothing but that which is upon the earth: and he that dwell above the heavens may only understand the things that are above the height of the heavens.”
― Compton Gage

“I beseech thee, O Lord, let me have understanding: For it was not my mind to be curious of the high things, but of such as pass by us daily.”
― Compton Gage

“Wherefore the present age is given up as a reproach to the heathen, and for what cause the people whom thou hast loved is given over unto ungodly nations?!”
― Compton Gage

“Why the law of our forefathers are brought to nought, and the written covenants come to none effect-”
― Compton Gage

“We pass away out of the world as grasshoppers, and our life is astonishment and fear, and we are not worthy to obtain mercy.”
― Compton Gage

“What will he then do unto his name whereby we are called? …of these things have I asked.”
― Compton Gage

“The more thou search, the more thou shall marvel.”
― Compton Gage

“The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“Those who achieve the extraordinary are usually the most ordinary because they have nothing to prove to anybody. Be Humble.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“It’s in those quiet little towns, at the edge of the world, that you will find the salt of the earth people who make you feel right at home.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“In the end, you will realize most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly.”
― Abhishek S, Feelings Undefined: The Charm of the Unsaid

“Yes, of course. If you love anyone, you cannot help but share his suffering. If we love our Lord, not just admire him or fear him or want things from him, we must recognize his feelings; he must be in anguish over our sins. We must understand this anguish. The Lord suffers with us. He suffers like us. It is a consolation to know this. To know that we are not in fact alone in our suffering.”
― Min Jin Lee, Pachinko

“Dharma is not about believing in God. It’s about making the right choices, doing the right things and leading the right life.”
― Anurag Shourie, Half A Shadow

“Love wins when reflections win over reflexes.”
― Abhishek S, Feelings Undefined: The Charm of the Unsaid

“Clouds are on top for a reason. They float so high because they refuse to carry any burden!”
― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“The traditional Indian mind has been for centuries, and still is, first religious, and then everything else.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Neurons, Oxygen & Nanak

“If you don’t have the faith in principles and you don’t believe in the absolutism of the truth then you won’t be able achieve anything in life.”
― Sunday Adelaja

“Forget the Bible, the Quran, the Vedas, the Granth Sahib, and all the scriptures in the world. None of them will show you the Great Eternal Truth. None of them will show you the Kingdom of God, for the real Kingdom of the Ultimate Truth is inside your mind. It was born in you when you were born. And it will cease to exist when you die. Your mind is not merely the vehicle of God, rather it is the life-force that keeps God alive. Without the Mind, there is no God. Without you, there is no God.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Neurons, Oxygen & Nanak

“Your mind is not merely the vehicle of God, rather it is the life-force that keeps God alive. Without the Mind, there is no God. Without you, there is no God.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Neurons, Oxygen & Nanak

“Without the Mind, there is no God. Without you, there is no God.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Neurons, Oxygen & Nanak

“India was and to some extent, still is, a nation where its citizens care more about their religious freedom than any other earthly possession. Give them food or not, it doesn’t matter to them, as long as they are allowed to practice their religion. But, take away their religion, they will fight till the last breath of their life.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Neurons, Oxygen & Nanak

“In India, it is religion that forms the very core of the national heart. It is the backbone – the bed-rock – the foundation upon which the national edifice has been built.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Neurons, Oxygen & Nanak

“God always sends an angelto soften the sting of the devil.”
― Sarah Strohmeyer, The Cinderella Pact

“Just hold on to your faith and always be willing to put in the hard work on your own.”
― Cliff Hannold

“If asked, ‘Do you believe in ghosts or the supernatural?’, I can only answer somewhat as follows.
I do believe in another world which penetrates this, and that, as Milton so aptly puts it, ‘Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth/Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep’,
I deplore the false Cartesian split as a dreadful blow to the human mind. To me, the world of imagination, which works by means of analogy, is as real, in its own particular way, as the everyday external world. To me, the myths are vital truths, the gods and goddesses still live, on that mighty archetypal plane which lies beyond our little selves and yet within our being, too. Now this may appear illogical, a tangled web of contradictions. To believe in every spiritual truth, in all religions and all creeds, to revere a single God and the many? This may disturb the theologian, but not the Mystic. For, to the mystical turn of mind, the One may become the Many, the Many One. Spiritual and poetic truth—the transcendental vision, that is—encompasses both reason and ethics, yet soars above them.”
― Harvey Peter Sucksmith, Those Whom the Old Gods Love

“GOD is like a streetlight. He keeps observing you silently when it is light and showers you with light when you are in darkness!”
― Uma Shanker

“Though there had been moments of beauty in it, Mariam knew that life for the most part had been unkind to her. But as she walked the final twenty paces, she could not help but wish for more of it. She wished she could see Laila again, wished to hear the clamour of her laugh, to sit with her once more for a pot of chai and left over halwa under a starlit sky. She mourned that she would never see Aziza grow up, would not see the beautiful young woman that she would one day become, would not get to paint her hands with henna and toss noqul candy at her wedding. She would never play with Aziza’s children. She would have liked that very much, to be old and play with Aziza’s children.

Near the goalpost, the man behind her asked her to stop. Mariam did. Through the crisscrossing grid of the burqa, she saw his shadow arms lift his shadow Kalashnikov. Mariam wished for so much in those final moments. Yet as she closed her eyes, it was not regret any longer but a sensation of abundant peace that washed over her. She thought of her entry into this world, the harami child of a lowly villager, an unintended thing, a pitiable, regrettable accident. A weed. And yet she was leaving the world as a woman who had loved and been loved back. She was leaving it as a friend, a companion, a guardian. A mother. A person of consequence at last. No. It was not so bad,
Mariam thought, that she should die this way. Not so bad. This was a legitimate end to a life of illegitimate beginnings.

Mariam’s final thoughts were a few words from the Koran, which she muttered under her breath.
He has created the heavens and the earth with the truth; He makes the night cover the day and makes the day overtake the night, and He has made the sun and the moon subservient; each one runs on to an assigned term; now surely He is the Mighty, the Great Forgiver.

“Kneel,” the Talib said
O my Lord! Forgive and have mercy, for you are the best of the merciful ones.
“Kneel here, hamshira and look down.”
One last time, Mariam did as she was told.”
― Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns

“Money gives you options,
Hard work gives you success,
Healthy relationships give you a long life,
But faith gives you everything!”
― Farshad Asl

“I held the Host with two fingers and thought: How small Jesus made Himself, in order to show us that He doesn’t expect great things of us, but rather little things with great love.”
― Mother Teresa

“We are all constantly being refined by fire and smoothed over by grace.”
― Hallie Lord, On the Other Side of Fear: How I Found Peace

“…trust in God could impose an additional burden on good people slammed to their knees by some senseless tragedy. An atheist might be no less staggered by such an event, but nonbelievers often experienced a kind of calm acceptance: shit happens, and this particular shit happened to them. It could be more difficult for a person of faith to get to his feet precisely because he had to reconcile God’s love and care with the stupid, brutal fact that something irreversibly terrible had happened.”
― Mary Doria Russell, Children of God

“I think one of the things that has always stopped me from truly leaning into my fears is that I’m not always sure whether my dreams line up well with God’s plan for my life. I might be willing to take a leap of faith if I was sure that God wanted me to leap.”
― Hallie Lord, On the Other Side of Fear: How I Found Peace

“And so I tell you, restless one, that no matter what happens, when things get dark, look to the light and keep moving forward in faith.”
― Seth Adam Smith, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern

“To be sentenced to jail because of your faith in God is to let you know the degree of darkness in that particular society”
― Sunday Adelaja

“We must understand the essence of our faith to be something other than a list of opinions, propositions, or statements that our group holds but cannot prove. (p. 22)”
― Brian McLaren, The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian

“Dreams are like inserting new doors! Dedication like your door lock , Passion like your bolts and Faith like your keys! Hold on tight to your dreams ! Remember one day all your hard work will pay off in ways you never imagined.” – Gavhi Theron.P”
― Gavhi Theron

“Our desires, dreams and hopes, open portals. These portals manifest in our conscience and 5 senses, in the form of decisions related to the material world – one person, a job, an opportunity. Now, at the exact same time, or maybe even slightly before in time, we get the exact opposite, the temptation, the illusion and deception. And when we are about to make a decision, as if by magic, the two things come stronger to us, as if pushing us into a duality that makes it hard to decide. Now, this brings me to another super interesting fact. Most people assume that they have freewill, and that choices are hard to made, and that life is full of dualities. And I’ve learned that this is just a great deception related to our planet, which as human beings, we must transcend. And what I’m really saying here, is that the duality and the freewill don’t exist. There’s only one choice to be made, the one that bring us upwards. Self-destruction is not a choice. And yet, every duality presents exactly that, and not really a choice.”
― Robin Sacredfire

“And I pray that you no longer seek happiness from the past, but rather you set your sails forward, to a land that is pure and wonderful. I pray that you no longer stare into the shallows of empty promises, but that you dive into the depth of an ocean of guarantees. May you feel the winds of hope, and smell the scent of joy, may your heart be alive again as it was meant to be. For you are with a better captain, you are with a true sailor, a true leader; You are sailing with Christ, and He is always sure to lead us home.”
― T.B. LaBerge

“He that observes the wind shall not sow; and he that regards the clouds shall not reap.”
― Compton Gage

“The answer to most prayers is no.”
― Alex George, Setting Free the Kites

“If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree falls toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it shall be.”
― Compton Gage

“I cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shall find it after many days. And gives a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou know not what evil shall be upon the earth.”
― Compton Gage

“In our process of spiritual maturity, our faith needs to attain bigger dimensions”
― Sunday Adelaja
“For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten in the heart of the sons of men.”
― Compton Gage

“When you believe the TRUTH, there’s an incredible freedom. You’re free to live without fear.”
― J.E.B. Spredemann, A Secret Sacrifice

“Only through our faith do we allow Him to move in our lives”
― Sunday Adelaja

“Only absolute and unshakable faith in God can make us rule over the world”
― Sunday Adelaja

“Only our faith will allow God to prepare the table in front our enemies”
― Sunday Adelaja

“We cannot lose the battle, if we release our faith knowing that God can do a miracle”
― Sunday Adelaja

“We see that every victory in our life depends on our faith”
― Sunday Adelaja

“How confident we are in our faith is how victorious we will be”
― Sunday Adelaja

“Sometimes we don’t have enough faith to do big things, it is immature faith”
― Sunday Adelaja

“And how dies the wise man? …as the fool. Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.”
― Compton Gage

“We need to mature in the knowledge of God and His word, and then our faith will grow as well”
― Sunday Adelaja

“We need to grow from faith to faith so that we can have victory over the world”
― Sunday Adelaja

“The mindset of a Christian should be based on his faith that God can change the circumstances in His life”
― Sunday Adelaja

“Faith is faith.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Only people who have solid faith overcome the world”
― Sunday Adelaja

“It is time to get strengthened in faith and know that the blessings of God are stronger than the devil’s attack”
― Sunday Adelaja

“Belief and faith are great, but very few people
have been led astray by thinking for themselves.”
― Leah Remini, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

“God lives in and through the human mind, and not in any church, synagogue, temple or mosque.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Neurons of Jesus: Mind of A Teacher, Spouse & Thinker

“Wherever there is ‘faith’ without regeneration it has to be that the uncured enmity of the natural man to spiritual things remains.”
― Iain H. Murray, Evangelical Holiness: And Other Addresses

“I said in my heart, As it happens to the fool, so it happens even to the wise; and why was I then more wise?”
― Compton Gage

“You blast me open and then
You stand back and watch
My feeble attempts
To deal with myself.
Where do I turn
In my now desperate need for love?
You are not there.
There is no one else to turn to
For I have made you my Everything.
And in my exhaustion
From my desperate moments,
I slip into myself
And there I find God waiting for me
To love Him to love me to love you
Because you are the matchmaker.
I thought He was leading me to you
But, surprise surprise,
You were leading me to Him.”
― Kate McGahan

“Just think about this: haven’t we been going just to and fro? The whole world rather. Years back, it was good to take vitamin supplements and today they are considered hampering body’s natural immune. Sometime back, people were desperate to land up in high paying jobs, today there is a big entrepreneurship fad. Back in years, it was a pride to be settled in the city, now people are giving up all responsibilities to settle at a peaceful country side.
What are we all really doing? We are moving from pillar to post, forward and backward on theories. We are all as confused as the next person. And unfortunately, we are all going to leave this world with barely being able to decipher much.”
― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“I must not imagine what is ‘not’ as a means of escaping what ‘is’. Rather, I must understand what ‘is’ and imagine how I can make it what it is ‘not’.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“The wise man’s eyes are in his head; but the fool walks in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happens to them all.”
― Compton Gage

“God is fond of you. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. If He had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Face it, friend, He’s crazy about you.”
― Max Lucado

“I’d lost all faith in everything, except for the certainty that there’s always someone behind our backs waiting to deceive us.”
― Umberto Eco, Numero zero

“… Science is constantly proved all the time. You see, if we take something like any fiction, any holy book… and destroyed it, in a thousand years’ time, that wouldn’t come back just as it was. Whereas if we took every science book, and every fact, and destroyed them all, in a thousand years they’d all be back, because all the same tests would [produce] the same result.”
― Ricky Gervais

“Faith without any actions in accordance with God’s will is a dead faith”
― Sunday Adelaja

“Sometimes we simply don’t want to face the truth about ourselves; the myth reads so much better. Sometimes we do not seek help because it will mean we have to change, and change is painful and unpredictable. To me, now, faith is bringing all that is true about our lives into the blinding light of God’s grace. It is believing that He will still be there at the end of the journey, and so will we, perhaps a little bloodied, probably with a limp, and possibly, as the Skin Horse said, with most of our hair loved off, but we will be there.”
― Sheila Walsh, Loved Back to Life: How I Found the Courage to Live Free

“I have a mustard seed; and I am not afraid to use it”
― Joseph Ratzinger

“Many people have argued that love is the prerequisite to courage. I beg to differ. Anything we are afraid to lose will not give way to courage. Time guarantees we will all eventually lose everything and everyone. Therefore, courage can only come by having faith in God.”
― Tice Davids aka David T. Parker

“Fierce faith, hopeful heart”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“If you think your religion requires discrimination, you’re probably misreading your faith.”
― DaShanne Stokes

“So endeth the story of the winning of Excalibur, and may God give unto you in your life, that you may have His truth to aid you, like a shining sword, for to overcome your enemies; and may He give you Faith (for Faith containeth Truth as a scabbard containeth its sword), and may that Faith heal all your wounds of sorrow as the sheath of Excalibur healed all the wounds of him who wore that excellent weapon. For with Truth and Faith girded upon you, you shall be as well able to fight all your battles as did that noble hero of old, whom men called King Arthur.”
― Howard Pyle, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights

“don’t focus on the small pieces, focus on the whole picture”
― Manuel Corazzari

“Do not focus on the broken pieces, focus on the whole picture”
― Manuel Corazzari

“If I had been born in the medieval times, my subjective union with God and the Universe would have evoked the rise of another Gnostic religion. But, by the grace of Mother Nature, I am born in an era of Science and Reasoning. Hence, I have dissected my own experience of Absolute Divinity as well as the experiences of all the religious giants in my works, in order to discover the physical truth underneath these apparently supernatural experiences.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Neurons of Jesus: Mind of A Teacher, Spouse & Thinker

“It is in the nature of the human mind to give in, and hold on, to the source of solace with all the might it can muster. Life is hard and any figure that tends to ease the subjective perception of that hardship, attains a high pedestal of utmost reverence in the realm of the individual mind. It all takes place at a molecular level in the human brain with the purpose of self-preservation.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Neurons of Jesus: Mind of A Teacher, Spouse & Thinker

“I now think it takes more faith to name our need than to keep believing that something will happen and not doing anything about it. It takes faith, and great courage, to get help, to take the first painful step toward the dream that is in our hearts…I know now that you can look at bricks and cement for years, believing in the vision of a home, but until you get down on your hands and knees and start to build, it will remain a dream.”
― Sheila Walsh, Loved Back to Life: How I Found the Courage to Live Free

“I still don’t know where the river begins, or where it ends. I don’t know where it comes from, or where it goes. I don’t know what it looked like yesterday, or what it will look like tomorrow,”
Father Dominic put forth.

“How the heck am I supposed to see all that from here?” Thomas pleaded.

Father Dominic smiled, his body shaking slightly as he silently laughed.

“Exactly, Thomas. Exactly. Now, think of your life as this river. If I were to ask you to describe it to me, how much of your life would you be able to share?”

This was a question Thomas had never thought about before. Considering his life like this felt strange, uncomfortable.

“I guess I’d share just about as much. I’d only talk about the part I can see right now. I guess I’d only tell you about what I know,” Thomas offered.”
― Michael Chrobak, Foundations of Faith

“Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are still alive. Better is he than both they, which had not yet been, who had not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.”
― Compton Gage

“Behold, this have I found also, counting one by one, to find out the account: Which yet my soul seek, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.”
― Compton Gage

“And this have I found, that man was made upright; but they have sought out many inventions.”
― Compton Gage

“I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the sun all the days of their lives.”
― Compton Gage

“I made myself great works; I build houses for myself; I planted vineyards: I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: I made pools of water, to water therewith the wood that brings forth trees:”
― Compton Gage

“I got myself servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in my town before me:”
― Compton Gage

“I gathered for myself also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces:”
― Compton Gage

“I had men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.”
― Compton Gage

“I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in my town: also my wisdom remained with me.”
― Compton Gage

“Whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labor: and this was my portion of all my labor; Death!”
― Compton Gage

“I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.”
― Compton Gage

“For what had man of all his labor, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he had labored under the sun? For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart takes not rest in the night.”
― Compton Gage

“I turned myself to behold wisdom, for what can the man do that cometh after the king? …even that which had been already done.”
― Compton Gage

“I saw that wisdom excel folly, as far as light excel darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happens to them all.”
― Compton Gage

“We all die. Not all of us live.”
― Edie Littlefield Sundby, The Mission Walker: I Was Given Three Months to Live…

“If I’ve learned anything from facing death, it is that life is not meant to be survived. Life is the greatest adventure there is. And why stop your adventuring when someone says the end may be near? The truth is, we never know when the end will actually come. None of us will avoid it forever. What’s the point in trying? Live fearlessly!”
― Edie Littlefield Sundby, The Mission Walker: I Was Given Three Months to Live…

“You came to me asking how my faith survived the Day of Judgement. I will tell you a secret. When the stars fell, when the seas boiled and the earth burned, my faith didn’t die. That is when I began to believe.
God was real, and he hated us.”
― Aaron Dembski-Bowden, The First Heretic

“Who stands fast? Only the man whose final standard is not his reason, his principles, his conscience, his freedom, or his virtue, but who is ready to sacrifice all this when he is called to obedient and responsible action in faith and in exclusive allegiance to God–the responsible man, who tries to make his whole life an answer to the question and call of God.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

“When I put down Lance Armstrong’s book, I understood something profoundly. Edie, if you can move, you’re not sick. I decided right then and there that no matter what cancer did to me I would continue to move. Movement was what the physical body was designed to do; it was how it coped and functioned. Movement was vitality. It was life.
I would move. Always. No matter what. Until my last breath, I would move.”
― Edie Littlefield Sundby, The Mission Walker: I Was Given Three Months to Live…

“When I put down Lance Armstrong’s book, I understood something profoundly. Edie, if you can move, you’re not sick. I decided right then and there that no matter what cancer did to me I would continue to move. Movement was what the physical body was designed to do; it was how it coped and functioned. Movement was vitality. It was life. I would move. Always. No matter what. Until my last breath, I would move.”
― Edie Littlefield Sundby, The Mission Walker: I Was Given Three Months to Live…

“If we grow in faith, we shall never seize to bear fresh fruit.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“The sacred fire is faith.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“The sacred fire never goes out.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Through the Grace of God and His medicine I am healed.” The prayer was accompanied by a vision straight out of Braveheart, a line of Scottish Highland warriors in kilts with huge shields and long spears marching in brave unison and attacking and killing the cancer. They were advancing, towards the cancer, striking and killing it with strong accurate thrusts from their sharp spears. The vision was so strong I could hear marching feet, and visibly see the cancer in me dying. “Through the Grace of God and His medicine I am healed,” became my constant prayer. The prayer awakened with me each day, coming on the wings of the morning. It followed in my heart through the day, and was on my lips as I drifted to sleep at night.”
― Edie Littlefield Sundby, The Mission Walker: I Was Given Three Months to Live…

“If each hair on our head is accounted for; then wouldn’t even the smallest of prayers matter?”
― Allene van Oirschot

“It is difficult to have faith when our hearts are consumed by fear, but it is when we are afraid that we need to hang onto our faith the most.”
― A.A. Frias, The Heaven Corporation

“Three ways to Change: First is behaving Positively, Second is behaving Positively and the Third is stop being Negative.”- Gavhi Theron.P”
― Gavhi Theron

“….let me tell you that the one sin I have come to fear more than any other is certainty. Certainty is the great enemy of unity. Certainty is the deadly enemy of tolerance. Even Christ was not certain at the end……..Our faith is a living thing precisely because it walks hand in hand with doubt. If there was only certainty, and if there was no doubt, there would be no mystery, and therefore no need for faith.”
― Robert Harris

“If the tenacity of flowing water weakens the structure of a solid rock, what more; if the ordinary visionaries become just as tenacious.”
― Wayne Chirisa

“Acceptance of death and cancer did not mean I intended to give up, just the opposite. I was prepared to fight cancer not out of fear of dying, but out of joy of living.”
― Edie Littlefield Sundby, The Mission Walker: I Was Given Three Months to Live…

“There is everything in this world. But check and see what is allotted to you…. if you are truthful, you will get everything. People say that God helps those who are truthful. No, it’s not like that. A truthful person receives divinity [aishwarya (Godly energies)]. It requires from one; truthful intentions, honesty and real faith (loyalty).”
― Dada Bhagwan

“I’m not as Catholic as I used to be. I find that I can’t believe in a God who would punish anyone for the way he made them. A God who punishes is something mankind created as a way to hurt and control one another. God isn’t like that. God is better than that, better than us.”
― Marshall Thornton, The Lies That Bind

“Whilst people wholeheartedly talk wrongly about you openly, wholeheartedly talk rightly to God in silence and in faith! He knows everything! He sees everything! He hears everything! And He has the very right answer to everything!”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“But I cannot accept a vision of You as an engineer who spends His days maintaining the machine of morality. I cannot take the idea of You as an optimizer, introducing evil into human affairs in an attempt to create the best of all possible worlds. I cannot bear this cold mathematician’s God who sees all the universe as nothing more than an elaborate problem to be solved. Such a world is a world with no meaning, one in which one history is no more or less preferable to any other.”
― Dexter Palmer, Version Control

“Encouragement is the faith of enthusiasm.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Hope is faith of a glad heart.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“The term “musalman” refers to someone with “musallam iman”, that means, a pure conscience. Thus, any individual whose conscience is pure and clear, who can think for himself or herself, is a musalman or muslim, regardless of socio-religious background. Likewise, any human being who loves the neighbor as much as his or her own family is a Christian.”
― Abhijit Naskar, The Islamophobic Civilization: Voyage of Acceptance

“A person may hold his own beliefs and creeds to be dearest, and nourish them with all his might, but the moment he starts preaching the exclusive greatness and dominance over all other systems of beliefs and creeds, the world begins to plunge into a death trap.”
― Abhijit Naskar, The Islamophobic Civilization: Voyage of Acceptance

“The one ultimate rule of the Quranic fundamentalists is “there is one God and Mohammed is his prophet”. Everything beyond that not only is bad, but must be destroyed forthwith. At moment’s notice, every man or woman, who does not exactly believe in that, must be killed…. This is not religion my friend. This is primitiveness at its worst.”
― Abhijit Naskar, The Islamophobic Civilization: Voyage of Acceptance

“Why should a religion claim that it is not bound to abide by the standpoint of reason! If one does not take the standard of reason, there cannot be any true judgment, even in the case of religion.”
― Abhijit Naskar, The Islamophobic Civilization: Voyage of Acceptance

“Fundamentalism not only fuels devastating acts of violence, but also all kinds of primitive prejudicial behaviors, such as Misogyny, Polygamy, Homophobia, and Islamophobia.”
― Abhijit Naskar, The Islamophobic Civilization: Voyage of Acceptance

“The grace is not about forgetting, but knowing you can start anew.”
― Ana Tejano, Keep the Faith

“Faith is a flame of fire.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“If one attains only the faith in the Self, he will not experience fear anywhere at all, fear will go away.”
― Dada Bhagwan

“Love is better than hate.
Faith is greater than fear.
Having positive vibes is better than holding on to negative ones. Learn to stay positive. Choose faith over fear and love over hate. Change your perspective. Change your life and change your world.”
― Kemi Sogunle

“I love to walk. Walking is a spiritual journey and a reflection of living. Each of us must determine which path to take and how far to walk; we must find our own way, what is right for one may not be for another. There is no single right way to deal with late stage cancer, to live life or approach death, or to walk an old mission trail.”
― Edie Littlefield Sundby, The Mission Walker: I Was Given Three Months to Live…

“For the first time in my life, I’m doubting my faith, and it terrifies me.
For the first time, I want to change the rules.
For the first time I wonder: does it matter what it says on your skin, when what’s at stake is your soul?”
― Alice Broadway, Ink

“Faith is an active force.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“The more we grow in faith, the less we shall fear.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Grow in the grace of God.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“The fight of faith can only be won with the grace of God.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“With the pursuit of faith, I am a free soul.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Nothing is lost, Sassenach; only changed.”
“That’s the first law of thermodynamics,” I said, wiping my nose.
“No,” he said. “That’s faith.”
― Diana Gabaldon, Fanget i tiden

“You must let other people to challenge your truths; you must let them to question your faith and the reason for this is very simple: Your truths might be very wrong; your faith might be very mistaken. Don’t be a castle; you need bridges surrounding you, not walls! And remember that walls belong only to cowards!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

“Sometimes, after shedding all the loads with the view of making your heavy and sinking boat lighter so that you can sail and move on with the journey of purposeful life, you realize that there is one more thing to offload: disobedience, and there is one more thing to load: absolute faith!”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“It takes a purely human courage to renounce the whole temporal realm in order to gain eternity, but this I do gain and in all eternity can never renounce—it is a self-contradiction. But it takes a paradoxical and humble courage to grasp the whole temporal realm now by virtue of the absurd, and this is the courage of faith.”
― Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling

“Hope is expectant longing.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“In patience endurance, we know the faith of being.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Patience is a firm faith.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“It is a shame that what happens today already happened yesterday, and will happen again tomorrow; it will continue to happen until the end of time, or until man finds out he is not only what he thinks, but mostly what he feels. The body tires easily, but the spirit is always free and will help us get out, one day, from this infernal cycle of repeating the same mistakes every generation. Although thoughts always remain the same, there is something stronger, and this is called Love.”
― Paulo Coelho

“Increase in faith, fade any fears.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Faith in God is force of life.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Throwing down your staff is letting go and letting God. And that’s counterintuitive for those of us who are control freaks. As our executive pastor Joel Schmidgall likes to say, “You can have faith or you can have control, but you cannot have both.” If you want God to do something off the chart, you have to take your hands off the controls.”
― Mark Batterson, All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life

“Faith is fruitfulness.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Words backed by faith and a true robust action have more power than words!”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“Faith in action works and gets far good results than faith”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“Zeal was like gas, most dangerous when you could not see it. The wrong spark could light it at any time.”
― Frances Hardinge

“He was looking for the Knight of Faith, the real prodigy. That real prodigy, having set its relations with the infinite, was entirely at home in the finite. Able to carry the jewel of faith, making the motions of the infinite, and as a result needing nothing but the finite and the usual. Whereas others sought the extraordinary in the world. Or wished to be what was gaped at.”
― Saul Bellow, Mr. Sammler’s Planet

“I started to walk the day I was told I was dying of cancer. I believe walking has kept me alive. I live with a constant, pressing awareness of death. Once I start to walk, I am not afraid anymore; all is well.”
― Edie Littlefield Sundby, The Mission Walker: I Was Given Three Months to Live…

“I walk to rid myself of the terror of cancer, and to overcome the fear of it coming back. The fear may never completely fade, but actively engaging life – whatever that may involve – reminds me of the joy each day can bring.”
― Edie Littlefield Sundby, The Mission Walker: I Was Given Three Months to Live…

“I thank God every day for this life, and I want there to be more, though that’s not known. What is known is that I’m alive today, this minute. And that’s pretty much what we all have – this day, this moment.”
― Edie Littlefield Sundby, The Mission Walker: I Was Given Three Months to Live…

“I am fighting to stay alive not because I fear death, but because I love life.”
― Edie Littlefield Sundby, The Mission Walker: I Was Given Three Months to Live…

“A long walk is a slow remembering of how profound and wonderful life is; God is everywhere and in everything. Wherever I look I am looking at God.”
― Edie Littlefield Sundby, The Mission Walker: I Was Given Three Months to Live…

“I came to realize we are held in the arms of God and are utterly completely safe – in life and in death; whether walking alone or with others.”
― Edie Littlefield Sundby, The Mission Walker: I Was Given Three Months to Live…

“It is more difficult to undermine faith than knowledge, love succumbs to change less than to respect, hatred is more durable than aversion, and at all times the driving force of the most important changes in this world has been found less in a scientific knowledge animating the masses, but rather in a fanaticism dominating them and in a hysteria which drove them forward.”
― Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

“Every person has his secret; in reverie, unbeknown to others, he finds peace, freedom, sorrow and love.”
― Abhishek S, Feelings Undefined: The Charm of the Unsaid

“‪So you’ve been having a tough time. You don’t know how long more you can hold on. Remember bad days don’t last forever. Keep patience alive!”‬
― Mufti Ismail Menk

“There is not a corner of this world that God has abandoned.”
― Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

“Faith is something you take a day at a time, not something you figured out at the start”
― Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

“Utter frustration often precedes the breakthrough so stick with it and have faith in your journey.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“It is through experience that I have lost faith in USA law enforcement.”
― Steven Magee

“When it comes to loving people, let’s not allow it to be something we do on the side. Let’s make it a lifestyle. Whether we are at the gas station, picking up groceries, even waiting to get our car repaired, there is always an open opportunity to love someone in need.”
― Jarrid Wilson, Jesus Swagger: Break Free from Poser Christianity

“Church isn’t about you! It’s about worshipping Jesus. Instead of being consumers, let’s go to church and ask what we can give Jesus because of all he has given us.”
― Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

“No one says: I broke rules, I broke rules, I broke rules – I broke all the rules. That one. And that one. And that one too. Yes, I did.”
― Joanna Brooks, The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith

“No one says: when my family treated me as a stranger, I preferred the company of strangers, and I walked among strangers and what did I find but God in every one of their faces.”
― Joanna Brooks, The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith

“Life’s not a preformance. Remember that. You’ve got nothing to prove.’ Life as a performance focused on her and the ways she didn’t measure up. Life as a gift focused on the Giver.”
― Sondra Kraak, One Plus One Equals Trouble
“Answering the call of God is not something we do after details have been laid out. Nor is it something we do because others want us to do it. It’s something we do because we know it’s right. Because we love Him.”
― Sondra Kraak, One Plus One Equals Trouble

“God will never tempt you. It’s not in His nature. In fact, He promises to provide an escape route for every tempting situation. But I can promise you this: God will test your faith. And those tests won’t get easier. They will get progressively harder as the stakes get higher. And those tests will undoubtedly revolve around what is most important to you…
God will test you to make sure your identity and your security are found in the cross of Jesus Christ. And God will go after anything you trust in more than Him until you put it on the altar.”
― Mark Batterson, All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life

“Religion? Choose the truth path, true doctrine and true faith. Not all of the religion are safe except the religion of the Church of Christ. those who entered the door of Christ will be saved.”
― -Kurt Reiner C. Suarez

“Scripture doesn’t speak of people who found God. Scripture speaks of people who walked with God.”
― Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

“Generous leaders have faith in others to succeed. In turn, they receive tenfold loyalty, commitment, and a positive outcome.”
― Farshad Asl, The “No Excuses” Mindset: A Life of Purpose, Passion, and Clarity

“A faith that is not tested is never proved trustworthy.”
― Marcia Furrow, 365 Days of Grace: Experiencing God’s Grace from Genesis to Revelation

“I sometimes find myself sitting here not watching an uninteresting movie and contemplating the future. I don’t always know what to do, but I have faith that I’ll figure it out somehow.”
― D.S. Mixell

“Living in the moment works sometimes, but when alone, it clouds over your memories and dreams, and those are what I need to survive.”
― D.S. Mixell

“By morning, Adelaide was beginning to understand why she’d never completely understood how God worked. Given that He had made the bewildering, maddening, incomprehensible species that was man from His own image, it stood to reason that the Creator would be a complicated mass of logic never meant to be understood by the female mind. That, or the fall of man in the Garden of Eden had taken them even further off the path than she’d ever realized”
― Kristi Ann Hunter, An Uncommon Courtship

“Fear could move mountains if fear only tried.”
― Homin Hieger

“When you let it get personal, the cost becomes personal too. You’re opening your own heart here. You sure you want to do that?”

“I’d do it for free. For the bullshit you are, and have always been.”

“Disbelief is easy, Kane. It’s faith that takes courage, and character.”
― Michael Marshall Smith, Stories: All-New Tales

“Disbelief is easy, Kane. It’s faith that takes courage, and character.”
― Michael Marshall Smith, Stories: All-New Tales

“We all want to spend eternity with God. We just don’t want to spend time with Him. We stand and stare from a distance, satisfied with superficiality. We Facebook more than we seek His face. We text more than we study The Text. And our eyes aren’t fixed on Jesus. They’re fixed on our iPhones and iPads – emphasis on “i.” Then we wonder why God feels so distant. It’s because we’re hugging the rim. We wonder why we’re bored with our faith. It’s because we’re holding out.

We want joy without sacrifice.

We want character without suffering.

We want success without failure.

We want gain without pain.

We want a testimony without the test.

We want it all without going all out for it.”
― Mark Batterson, All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life

“If you let fear dictate your decisions, you will live defensively, reactively, cautiously. Living by faith is playing offense with your life.”
― Mark Batterson, All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life

“There are spiritual gifts like mercy, faith, or generosity that enable people to set the standard, so to speak. But just because you don’t have that spiritual gift doesn’t mean you aren’t held to any standard at all. Even if you aren’t gifted in that way, you’re still called to live mercifully, faithfully, and generously. You might not set the standard, but you need to meet the standard. There is a baseline that all of us are called to. When the opportunity presents itself, we need to show mercy, exercise faith, and give generously. In the same sense, all of us are called to take risks. If it doesn’t involve risk, it doesn’t exercise faith.”
― Mark Batterson, All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life

“I don’t know about you, but I want God to reveal the second step before I take the first step of faith. But I’ve discovered that if I don’t take the first step, God generally won’t reveal the next step…

Most of us will only follow Christ to the point of precedence — the place where we have been before. But …

If you want God to do something new, you cannot keep doing what you’ve always done. You’ve got to push past the fear of the unknown. You’ve got to do something different.”
― Mark Batterson, All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life

“We want a money-back guarantee before we take a step of obedience, but that eliminates faith from the equation. Sometimes we need to take a flying leap of faith.

We need to step into the conflict without knowing if we can resolve it. We need to share our faith without knowing how our friends will react to it. We need to pray for a miracle without knowing how God will answer. We need to put ourselves in a situation that activates a spiritual gift we’ve never exercised before. And we need to go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention.

If we want to discover new lands, we’ve got to lose sight of the shore. We’ve got to leave the Land of Familiarity behind. We’ve got to sail past the predictable. And when we do, we develop a spiritual hunger for the unprecedented and lose our appetite for the habitual. We also get a taste of God’s favor.”
― Mark Batterson, All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life

“…faith is acting as if God has already answered. And acting as if God has answered means acting on our prayers…”
― Mark Batterson, All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life

“How can you be a lover of love
and not be a lover of God?
It is impossible.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“There are occult Esoteric Metaphysics (the secret and most confidential aspect of occult teachings) and Mystical Sciences practiced by mystical adepts, Living Grand Masters. This is the cosmological verdict of the Order of Astral and Terrestrial Hierarchy universal occult recognition. Exoteric is public occult teachings. An Adept uses the Technique of the Master. Hell is called After-Life-Hallucination. There are entities, spirits, demons, demi-gods, Archangels and other names for evil beings. A Guru is a spiritual Master.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“There are seven occult kingdoms in the universe, which are the kingdoms of Satan and the fallen angels. There are various planes, zones, realms and centers as well as deities, gods and lords. The Five Cosmic Seals (occult levels) are the universal summary of the 400,000 categories of occult initiations, powers and demons (Astrometaphysical Operations). There are male and female, neuter and mermaid spirits (demons or Cosmic Forces).”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“I have this one little life to live with, it’s not the plan I had in mind but I can accept its the calling of my soul. The irony in gaining freedom through the heartbreak of stillness.”
― Nikki Rowe

“Secret glances are shared by those on the “inside” or esoteric “inner circle”, who have literally gone into many lower frequencies simultaneously. This is the “secret glance” of love, which allows the higher to operate in the lower; to “save” those worlds in order to correct the impending takeover of the “Devil and his demons”, a metaphor for light and dark “battles” raging today.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“Second Cosmic Seal:
(Seal of Karl 666) One who has received this Cosmic Seal is empowered to control not less than 160,000 spirits. Many great politicians, military commanders, etc. on earth are at this occult level of operations. This will be the occult level of Antichrist.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception
“Third Cosmic Seal:
(Shiva Seal 999 – Seal Destruction) One who has received this Cosmic Seal is empowered to control not less than 2,500,000 spirits which depends on the mastership of one’s occult and psychic projections. Women are generally kept at this level with a few women exceeding this level.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“Fourth Cosmic Seal:
(Terrestrial Seal 1330 – Seal of Ba-Vara) One who has received this Cosmic Seal (Living Grand Master of the Order of Astral and Terrestrial Hierachy) is empowered to control not less than 100,000,000 spirits and 33,000,000 demi-gods.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“Fifth Cosmic Seal:
(Liber 003 – Seal of Tuzassotama) One who has received this Cosmic Seal is mystically empowered to proclaim himself as “God, Lord, Universal Master or God-Incarnate” on earth and he controls all spirits of the occult kingdoms.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“A terrible plague has either killed mankind or transformed them into demons … and all they want is Compton’s soul.
The best place to conceal esoteric information is right in front of us.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“The best place to conceal esoteric information is right in front of us.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“Slightly higher density polarized negative entities”, regardless of their actual metaphoric names. What’s in a name… a rose still has thorns!”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“This is the vital difference between Conscious Beings, which we are morphing into organically, and those who are asleep or unconscious.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“The concept that man is not awake, and that only a fully conscious being can “do”, have will and not be subject to the law of accident.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“If the 4th “dimension” is blocked, which is a kind of cosmic umbrella, through which 5D through 9D and higher are designed to operate in physical realms, being non-physical, then the Devil who controls “the spice” controls everything. It would be easy to continue with the reasons behind death, terrible plague on earth.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“First Cosmic Seal:
(Devic Seal 333) One who has received this Cosmic Seal is empowered to control not less than 40,000 spirits.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“The “inner circle of humanity” recognizes others through frequency, regardless of walk of life or “positioning in the astral”. This is an operation run invisibly from Outside the astral. Going Home represents the final shift to one’s true spiritual families of light, in all dimensions of harmonics; higher vibrations/love in unity consciousness, above, below and literally “everywhere and everynow”.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“Set as higher dimensional beings walking the earth today, who must INcarnate (there is no REincarnation if there is no time. Exception: descending spirals which crystallize in lower frequencies) to live in the various dream worlds (this one included) with the final “kick”/baptism by water, pulling up ALL the densities/dimensions through LOVE.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“This is just a brief “off the top of the head” first blush analysis, and if one wanted to dig deeper, it wouldn’t be difficult to discover more “gems” hidden in plain sight.
Devil’s Inception!”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“This is what the good guys do. They keep trying. They don’t give up.”
― Cormac McCarthy

“Your faith will abandon you in blink of an eye.”
― Raubin Chaudhary

“Seals:
The Five Cosmic Seals are five occult Level 333, 666, 999, 1330 and 003 operating 400,000 minuet mystical degrees.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“Don’t throw away your faith because doubt is present, throw away your doubts because faith is present”
― TemitOpe Ibrahim

“In fighting those who serve devils one always his this on one’s side; their Masters hate them as much as they hate us. The moment we disable the human pawns enough to make them useless to Hell, their own Masters finish the work for us. they break their tools.”
― C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength

“Help us to be true, Lord. Help us to stand.”
― Stephen King, The Stand

“While there is life, there is hope.”
― Jules Verne

“Is it ‘Stockholm syndrome’ when your God has never once misguided your steps? I think not! Let the lost ones dart across the darkness, bashing into walls, pretending to love their ways as we delight in obedience to the footsteps of Christ which bring us to freedom. By Faith we wander – not because we are lost, but because we are free.”
― Criss Jami

“Our daily prayer ought to be:
Please universe, help me
help myself
and help me show others
how to help themselves.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“-I haven’t been writing for years. I lost faith. it’s not for me. Too many levels.
-What levels?
-All those levels of existence. us down here, and up there, high above us. the ceiling of the universe. I’ve chosen nothingness.”
― Tadeusz Konwicki

“Doubt is a cancerous mindset that kills dreams before it becomes a reality. It destroys your passion and enthusiasm before you take a step. Kill doubt with faith.”
― Oscar Bimpong

“We need to be the church that serves and loves people now, today, exactly where they are. Until then, we are simply managing decline.”
― Rev. Kellen Roggenbuck

“Sadly, atheists are becoming everything they aren’t supposed to be: obnoxious, oppressive, loud, pushy, smug, condescending and annoying. Since when did the definition of atheism become “an anti-religious person”? It’s one thing to say “I don’t believe in God because I see no proof in God. We’ll just agree to disagree”. It’s another thing to make it your sworn duty to put down and berate religious people, to view them as primitive morons, to turn every conversation into a debate and to make it your mission to put forth this vision of a faith-free society fueled only by science and technology. This kind of oppression is against everything atheists stand for. Atheists believe in the freedom of choice, the choice to not be religious if one does not want to be. This does not mean being pushy or rude towards anybody else who has made their own choices to be religious. For some people, religion gives them a purpose, helps them cope with trauma and grief, gives them hope, gives them something to hold onto. So, as long as they aren’t pushing their faith on others, why should atheists do the same thing to them?”
― Rebecca McNutt

“People liked religion but they didn’t want to have to excercise any faith. Religion was comforting with all its structure and its rules. It made people feel safe. But faith wasn’t safe. Faith was hard and uncomfortable and forced people to step out on a limb.”
― Amy Harmon, Making Faces

“But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him.”
― C.S. Lewis

“Yielding to God’s will can be hard. And sometimes, it really hurts. But it always brings peace.”
― John M. Perkins, Let Justice Roll Down

“A few nights after his conversion he asked how long this Gospel had been known in England. He was told that we had known it for some hundreds of years.
“What!” said he, amazed; “is it possible that for hundreds of years you have had the knowledge of those glad tidings in your possession, and yet have only now come to preach it to us? My father sought after the Truth for more than twenty years, and died without finding it. Oh, why did you not come sooner?”
― Hudson Taylor, A Retrospect

“Being in love’ first moved them to promise fidelity: this quieter love enables them to keep the promise. It is on this love that the engine of the marriage is run: being in love was the explosion that started it.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“The parents of these young soldiers would come to me and ask how the Lord could allow such a thing. I felt like asking them what the Lord would have to do to tell us He didn’t allow something. But instead I would comfort them by saying we would never know what their young men had been spared. Most of them took me to mean they were spare the trenches and the mustard gas, but what I really meant was that they were spared the act of killing.”
― Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

“Adulthood is a wonderful thing and brief. You must be sure to enjoy it while it lasts.
I believe the soul in Paradise must enjoy something nearer to a perpetual vigorous adulthood than to any other state we know.”
― Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

“Wasting time is living in self glorification instead of glorifying God as God is time”
― indonesia123

“You don’t get to be a keeper of the faith without being a keeper of your brother.”
― Johnathan Key

“Leaders who aren’t conduits are either dams of dry.”
― Johnathan Key

“You must have hope in a better future and have faith in this hope. But then you must forget your hope and focus on this moment now.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature: either into a creature that is harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow-creatures, and with God.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“If God thinks this state of war in the universe a price worth paying for free will – that is, for making a live world in which creatures can do real good or harm and something of real importance can happen, instead of a toy world which only moves when He pulls the strings – then we may take it (that) it is worth paying.”
― C.S. Lewis

“If I, being what I am, can consider that I am in some sense a Christian, why should the different vices of those people in the next pew prove that their religion is mere hypocrisy and convention?”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

“The perfect surrender and humiliation were undergone by Christ: perfect because He was God, surrender and humiliation because He was man.”
― C.S. Lewis

“Give God quality time, quality love, and quality prayer, and H will be pleased with your faithfulness and cover you with His grace.”
― Gabriella Marigold Lindsay, Living F.I.T.: A 40-Day Guide to Living Faithfully, Intentionally, and Tenaciously

“Have faith in your own instinct and your own truth.”
― Debasish Mridha

“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”
― Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

“If you allow your enemy to steal your faith, he can destroy your life and ultimately kill your relationship with God.”
― Craig Groeschel, Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working

“The expression ‘to lose one’s faith’, as one might a purse or a ring of keys, has always seemed to me rather foolish. It must be one of those sayings of bourgeois piety, a legacy of those wretched priests of the eighteenth century who talked so much.

Faith is not a thing which one ‘loses’, we merely cease to shape our lives by it. That is why old-fashioned confessors are not far wrong in showing a certain amount of scepticism when dealing with ‘intellectual crises’, doubtless far more rare than people imagine. An educated man may come by degrees to tuck away his faith in some back corner of his brain, where he can find it again on reflection, by an effort of memory: yet even if he feels a tender regret for what no longer exists and might have been, the term ‘faith’ would nevertheless be inapplicable to such an abstraction, no more like real faith, to use a very well-worn simile, than the constellation of Cygne is like a swan.”
― Georges Bernanos, The Diary of a Country Priest

“During hard times, such as serious illness, if you had to choose, which would you pick, healing or knowing God is with you? If you’re a Christian, maybe you’ll get both, but knowing that, just as He said, He will be with us through anything and everything is the most comforting aspect of our God’s nature. No other faith offers ‘the God who draws near’. No other faith offers the God who walked in our shoes, Jesus, the One who understands our troubles, not just by His omniscience but by actual experience.”
― H.L. Wegley

“God has been FAITHFUL to me, in Him I have FAITH.”
― Gift Gugu Mona

“God has been FAITHFUL to me, that why I have FAITH in Him.”
― Gift Gugu Mona

“God has been FAITHFUL to me, He still is and always will be; that’s why I have FAITH in Him.”
― Gift Gugu Mona

“There is a period of one to two earth years that humans are to refrain from making big decisions. It’s because you don’t always make the best decisions when you are grieving. Those who make decisions in haste often live to regret them. You must move through the time of suffering, strengthening your faith and being willing to grow through the grief in order to be able to see things differently. As you grow, your blind faith will continue to open your eyes. You will see everything in a whole new light when you come out the other side of grief. Then you will be able to make very good decisions for yourself, better than ever, because of what you learned.”
― Kate McGahan, Jack McAfghan: Return from Rainbow Bridge

“She made me her everything. She didn’t realize then that when you make someone your everything, when they are gone you have nothing left. I have since learned that our Master sends us soul mates who teach us to depend on them and then we come to believe we cannot live without them. Then He takes them away to prove to us that we can indeed live without them, but also to prove that we cannot live without Him.”
― Kate McGahan, Jack McAfghan: Return from Rainbow Bridge

“Faith is the most unexercised muscle known to man.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Faith does not grow in a house of certainty.”
― William Paul Young, The Shack

“How can we not ask at every turn, ‘What is going to happen? How will this turn out?’ The main thing is not to consent consciously to anxiety or a troubled mind. The moment you realize you are worrying, make very quickly an act of confidence: ‘No, Jesus, You are there: nothing–nothing–happens, not a hair falls from our heads, without Your permission. I have no right to worry.” Perhaps He is sleeping in the boat, but He is there. He is always there. He is all-powerful; nothing escapes His vigilance. He watches over each one of us ‘as over the apple of His eye.’ He is all love, all tenderness.”
― Jean C.J. d’Elbée, I Believe in Love: A Personal Retreat Based on the Teaching of St. Therese of Lisieux

“From faith,’ replied Emral Lanear, ‘do we not seek guidance?’
‘Guidance, or the organized assembly and reification of all the prejudices you collectively hold dear?’
‘You would not speak to us!’
‘I grew to fear the power of words – their power, and their powerlessness. No matter how profound or perceptive, no matter how deafening their truth, they are helpless to defend themselves. I could have given you a list. I could have stated, in the simplest terms, that this is how I want you to behave, and this must be the nature of your belief, and your service, and your sacrifice. But how long, I wonder, before that list twisted in interpretation? How long before deviation yielded condemnation, torture, death?’ She slowly leaned forward. ‘How long, before my simple rules to a proper life become a call to war? To the slaughter of unbelievers? How long, Emral Lanear, before you begin killing in my name?’
‘Then what do you want of us?’ Lanear demanded.
‘You could have stopped thinking like children who need to be told what’s right and what’s wrong. You damned well know what’s right and what’s wrong. It’s pretty simple, really. It’s all about harm. It’s about hurting, and not just physical, either. You want a statement for your faith in me? You wish me to offer you the words you claim to need, the rules by which you are to live your lives? Very well, but I should warn you, every deity worthy of worship will offer you the same prescription. Here it is, then. Don’t hurt other people. In fact, don’t hurt anything capable of suffering. Don’t hurt the world you live in, either, or its myriad creatures. If gods and goddesses are to have any purpose at all, let us be the ones you must face for the crimes of your life. Let us be the answer to every unfeeling, callous, cruel act you committed, every hateful word you uttered, and every spiteful wound you delivered.’
‘At last!’ cried Emral Lanear.
‘You didn’t need me for that rule.”
― Steven Erikson, Fall of Light

“Anyone who, neglecting that fixed hour of prayer, [will] say he can pray at all times but will probably end in praying at no time.”
― Eric Liddell

“Your omnipresence is marvellous!
I breathe and you enter me.
I exhale and enter into you.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“(…) ha! what is hope? a butterfly in a box

of demons, and nothing escapes the dark

untainted, a mockery of politics and greed

stamped with treason and dipped in

myths and force-fed brainwashing

going off after a time for the grand

massacre of faith, humanity,

and still we search, scorched feet

for life but find only fake plastic trees

satirical, ludicrous, and ironic”
― Moonshine Noire

“Do not be frightened, friend. Let us dance our way to God.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“If, in the quiet of your heart, you feel something should be done, stop and consider whether it is in line with the character and teaching of Jesus. If so, obey that impulse to do it, and in doing so you will find it was God guiding you.”
― Eric Liddell

“The hall is a place to wait in, a place from which to try the various doors, not a place to live in. For that purpose the worst of the rooms (whichever that may be) is, I think, preferable. It is true that some people may find they have to wait in the hall for a considerable time, while others feel certain almost at once which door they must knock at. I do not know why there is this difference, but I am sure God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait. When you do get into your room you will find that the long wait has done you some kind of good which you would not have had otherwise. But you must regard it as waiting, not as camping. You must keep on praying for light; and, of course, even in the hall, you must begin trying to obey the rules which are common to the whole house. And above all you must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best by its paint and panelling. In plain language, the question should never be: ‘Do I like that kind of service?’ but ‘Are these doctrines true: is holiness here? Does my conscience move me towards this? Is my reluctance to knock at this door due to my pride, or my mere taste, or my personal dislike of this particular door-keeper?’

When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall. If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if there are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules common to the whole house.”
― C.S. Lewis

“How liberating it must be to stop evading, questioning, or complaining about your trials and start embracing them as opportunities to draw closer to God, to realize that even if Jesus is all you have, He is enough”
― Colleen Carroll Campbell, My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir

“In the intelligent man faith is the only remedy for anguish.
The fool is cured by “reason,” “progress,” alcohol, work.”
― Nicolás Gómez Dávila

“Goodness is, so to speak, itself: badness is only spoiled goodness.”
― C.S. Lewis

“‪Fear should stop you for a moment so you can determine whether you’re willing to sacrifice something to get you want.”‬
― Chris Burkmenn

“We live in an unbelieving age but one which is markedly and lopsidedly spiritual. There is one type of modern man who recognizes spirit in himself but who fails to recognize a being outside himself whom he can adore as Creator and Lord; consequently he has become his own ultimate concern. He says with Swinburne, “Glory to man in the highest, for he is the master of things,” or with Steinbeck, “In the end was the word and the word was with men.” For him, man has his own natural spirit of courage and dignity and pride and must consider it a point of honor to be satisfied with this.

There is another type of modern man who recognizes a divine being not himself, but who does not believe that this being can be known anagogically or defined dogmatically or received sacramentally. Spirit and matter are separated for him. Man wanders about, caught in a maze of guilt he can’t identify, trying to reach a God he can’t approach, a God powerless to approach him.

And there is another type of modern man who can neither believe nor contain himself in unbelief and who searches desperately, feeling about in all experience for the lost God.”
― Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose

“It is when the individual’s faith is weak, not strong, that he will be afraid of an honest fictional representation of life; and when there is a tendency to compartmentalize the spiritual and make it resident in a certain type of life only, the supernatural is apt gradually to be lost.”
― Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose

“Then keep your confidence in the infinite mercy of the Savior. Say, like one mother I know who was distressed by the conduct of her children, ‘Jesus, You love them too much not to save them.’ Thank Him in advance for the Heaven which He is preparing for them…but, and this is very, very important–while you are suffering, wait in peace for the time of Jesus, the time chosen by Him to grant your request. He will perhaps make you wait a long time, precisely as a proof of your confidence…tell Him whatever your trial, that with His grace nothing will make you lose your profound peace, because you are sure of Him.”
― Jean C.J. d’Elbée, I Believe in Love: A Personal Retreat Based on the Teaching of St. Therese of Lisieux

“I need not adapt in certain ways. I am in fact but a visitor to this world, an ephemeral gasp within its long, tired history, and, before anything else, a follower of Christ. By this alone I have the power not to shuffle away from the Faith, the power to break loose from these marching-shackles of ongoing cultural and political pretense.”
― Criss Jami

“I believe this not in the sense that it is part of my creed, but in the sense that it is one of my opinions. My religion would not be in ruins if this opinion were shown to be false.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

“Should one of them after having caught the greatness of Abraham’s deed, but also the appallingness of it, venture out on the road, I would saddle my horse and ride along with him. At every stop before we came to the mountain in Moriah I would explain to him that he could still turn back, could rue the misunderstanding that he was called to be tried in a conflict of this nature, could confess that he lacked the courage, so that if God wanted Isaac God must take him himself.”
― Johannes de Silentio, Fear and Trembling: Dialectical Lyric

“I am convinced that God is love; this thought has for me a pristine lyrical validity. When it is present to me I am unspeakably happy, when it is absent I yearn for it more intensely than the lover for the beloved; but I do not have faith; this courage I lack. God’s love is for me, both in a direct and inverse sense, incommensurable with the whole of reality. I am not coward enough to whimper and moan on that account, but neither am I underhand enough to deny that faith is something far higher. I can very well carry on living in my manner, I am happy and satisfied, but my happiness is not that of faith and compared with that is indeed unhappy. I do not burden God with my petty cares, details don’t concern me, I gaze only upon my love and keep its virginal flame pure and clear; faith is convinced that God troubles himself about the smallest thing. In this life I am content to be wedded to the left hand, faith is humble enough to demand the right; and that it is indeed humility I don’t, and shall never, deny.”
― Johannes de Silentio, Fear and Trembling: Dialectical Lyric

“Abraham I cannot understand; in a way all I can learn from him is to be amazed. If one imagines one can be moved to faith by considering the outcome of this story, one deceives oneself, and is out to cheat God of faith’s first movement, one is out to suck the life-wisdom out of the paradox. One or another may succeed, for our age does not stop with faith, with its miracle of turning water into wine; it goes further, it turns wine into water.”
― Johannes de Silentio, Fear and Trembling: Dialectical Lyric

“And there lies the heart of it, perhaps: in unworthiness. For I think belief in God is not a matter of reason at all; I think it finally is a matter of love: of accepting the possibility that God could ever love us.”
― William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist

“we met one strange summer

in a regular tangle of sticky webs

you had the air of angels sweet but I–

drowned with the damned spirits

in lava oceans fearing your–

foreign static frequency

and grey-green eyes

(I swear they are even if you–

think otherwise): storms

calm ones, calmer than my–

raging coals, empty and dead

you speak of souls like you believe

always an optimist in pessimistic

skin of ivory and titanium mesh…”
― Moonshine Noire

“The thing about the human race is, It turns up against everything or everyone that it loses its faith and belief on. And the saddest thing to witness is, Most of it have lost its faith towards humanity.”
― Akshay Vasu

“Religion was at it’s best when it emphasized spiritual experiences rather than received dogma. “The juice goes out of Christianity when it becomes too based on faith, rather than living like Jesus or seeing the world as Jesus saw it,” he told me. “I think different religions are different doors to the same house. Sometimes I think the house exists, and sometimes I don’t. It’s a great mystery.”
― Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs

“My fear drives me. My faith directs me. I am an entrepreneur.”
― Farshad Asl

“Where there are people, there is injustice, and that is not God’s design. It may not be our fault, but it is our fight. Let us do our part by holding up our corners.”
― F. Willis Johnson

“The rather difficult antagonists towards the Church consist not nearly of the cruel and heartless, nihilistic intellectuals who hate God and humanity, but the well-meaning spirits who for the most part lack an understanding of the Spirit.”
― Criss Jami

“Have faith, because life changes fast, I’ve learned that much.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“If life is music, I sometimes feel as though I was born on the off-beat of the song, and I love it. As Christian numbers reportedly decrease in America, my love for Christ feels as though it increases. Perhaps that is a little strange, yes, but in all honesty, I now want to be thought unfaithful about as much as a smug aristocrat wants to be thought a hobo.”
― Criss Jami, Healology

“True friends don’t come with conditions.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“Thank you God for helping me to overcome the bad to live the good.”
― Jonathan Anthony Burkett

“Life’s trials will test you, and shape you, but don’t let them change who you are.”
~ Aaron Lauritsen, ‘100 Days Drive”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“From this point forward, you don’t even know how to quit in life.”
~ Aaron Lauritsen, ‘100 Days Drive”
― Aaron Lauritsen

“Go and find what it is that inspires you, go and find what it is that you love and go do that until it hurts. Don’t quit, and don’t give up. The reward is just around the corner. And in times of doubt or times of joy, listen for that still, small voice. Know that God has been there from the beginning—and he will be there until the End.”
― Chip & Joanna Gaines

“Faith works by the knowledge of the Word.”
― Andrew Wommack, A Better Way to Pray: If Your Prayer Life Is Not Working, Consider Changing Directions

“I never swear, Monseigneur. I say Yes or No, and as I am a gentleman, I keep my word.”
― Alexandre Dumas, Twenty Years After

“Success is not what I’ve done compared with what others have done. Success is what I’ve done compared with what God has called me to do.”
― Lecrae Moore, Unashamed

“Lack of wisdom does not make a fool. A fool, in the truest sense, is the man who regards his own misfortunes or those of others as a source of doubt or criticism of the infinite mercy of the Gohonzon.-Josei Toda”
― Daisaku Ikeda, Human Revolution- Volume 2

“People make promises that they have every intention of keeping at the time but when it comes to cashing in, suddenly the promise loses all value.”
― Mercy Cortez, Jethro’s Journey

“Out of the darkness, out of the night,
May I find joy and all that is right:
Open my eyes, so I’ll see the light
That comes when we have spiritual sight.
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “Infinite Spirit, Abide With Me” (1940’s)”
― Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

“A great woe underpinning the sorrows of the world today is this: so many people think they are far better than others and they are too righteous than others, and they know far better than others, and such thoughts give them reasons for an otherwise action!”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah, Religion, Philosophy and life

“Everyday, I end up with your chat on top. Everyday, I end with knowing you a bit more. Don’t know whether you’re mine or not, but everyday is making me the right person to you.”
― sbhankar

“To us, recollection is a holy act; we sanctify the present by remembering the past. To us Jews, the essence of faith is memory. To believe is to remember.”
― Abraham Joshua Heschel
“Wishing and trying aren’t faith. True faith must be present in order to give substance to your hope.”
― Andrew Wommack, A Better Way to Pray: If Your Prayer Life Is Not Working, Consider Changing Directions

“More than commitment, dedication, character, discipline, patience, determination, perseverance and prayer, you need faith because you must first belief before you can witness a pragmatic change in your life.”
― Sesan Kareem

“The fog may seem thick but the sun will surely pierce through and brighten up the sky. Allow yourself to continue to rest on the wings of God’s love and watch yourself learn to soar high.”
― Kemi Sogunle

“… What of this “despair?” I know it all too well… because up until now… I’ve climbed up, kicked it in it’s teeth, and surpassed it… over and over again just to make it to this very moment!”
― Tite Kubo, Bleach―ブリーチ― 74 [Burīchi 74]

“It is necessary … to yield to the storm, purchase a peace, and wait patiently for better times.”
― Alexandre Dumas, Twenty Years After

“Only your faith can make your fears go away.”
― Farshad Asl

“Faith is to believe in something when common sense tells you not to and situation surrounding you says otherwise.”
― Sesan Kareem

“Religion means life. Religion means true service in love to man and God. Religion means what ought to be understood within the confines of the laws of God. Religion means discipline. Religion means uplifting the falling. Religion means caring for they that suffer in latent and understanding why Christ came to die for us. Religion means development and expansion within the scope of the laws of God that safeguards life and protects the creations of the Creator. Religion means understanding what ought to be understood. Religion means understanding trials and why trials come our way, the tenacity to endure to the end and the rightful use of comfort to please God. Religion never means destroying lives. If we understand religion well, we shall know that religion means true love without bitterness. If we understand religion well, we shall know that religion means humility and a true submissive to the will of God. . If we understand religion well, we shall know that religion simply means dos and don’ts according to the scope, purpose and the will of God for our lives and not according to our own convictions and how we think things should be. Excessive religiosity is the root cause of contentions in religion.”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah, Religion, Philosophy and life

“Credinta, oricat de pasionata, de pura, de arzatoare, nu spune absolut nimic despre realitatea existentei lui Dumnezeu”
― Irvin D. Yalom, Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy

“She shared how she had fi nally found God, not in the back of a church with hands held in prayer, but in the back of a police car with hands held in cuffs.”
― Michael Chrobak, Foundations of Faith

“The deeper the feelings of unworthiness dug into his heart, the darker the room became. It spread from the outside in, growing darker and more
ominous with each new thought. He feared it would swallow him whole.”
― Michael Chrobak, Foundations of Faith

“As he walked, he felt the darkness behind him, following him. He swore he heard it whisper, “Run!”
― Michael Chrobak, Foundations of Faith

“The day hope shall die, perplexity shall kill so many people. In so far as hope is alive, keep hoping!”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah, Religion, Philosophy and life

“God is my happy place”
― Izey Victoria Odiase

“Sometimes you like to keep things bottled up, but that is not the best policy.”
― Aireen C. Pontillo

“God wants you to bring glory to his name. He desires you to challenge others with your story becoming glory. He aspires to use your exemplary life as a model to today’s and tomorrow’s generations. Yes, He loves to use your life as a beacon of light and a roadmap to achieve extraordinary feat to others. But all He needs you to do is to be faithful with your faith.”
― Sesan Kareem

“There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the Sun will rise again tomorrow.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“The freedom of the open road is seductive, serendipitous and absolutely liberating.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“At some point, you just gotta forgive the past, your happiness hinges on it.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“We love our partners for who they are, not for who they are not.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“Explore, Experience, Then Push Beyond.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“The high road of grace will get you somewhere a whole lot faster then the freeway of spite.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“Travel is costly yes, but it pays dividends too.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“Alone: for the first time I understood the terrible significance of that word. Alone without a witness, without anyone to speak to, without refuge. The breath in my body, the blood in my veins, all this hurly-burly in my head existed for nobody.”
― Simone de Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

“There is no such thing as loving a child too much.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“If you didn’t earn something, it’s not worth flaunting.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“Without struggle, success has no value.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“Be a team player, not a bandwagon jumper.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“It was easier for me to think of a world without a creator than of a creator burdened with all the contradictions in the world.”
― Simone de Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

“The highway of grace will get you somewhere a whole lot faster then the freeway of spite.”
― Aaron Lauritsen

“if you speak things into existence, they will become real.. believe me!”
― Rakesh Vemulawada

“We all need that someone in our life who’s going to motivate us and not stress us, and then we need to treat him the same way we want to be treaded, and no lies, we say what we mean and mean what we say. and always try to build together not destroy each other, if the outcome isn’t what you expected, at least you can say you tried., but also remember that pressure makes diamonds people. not everything will be easy between you and me and him and her and them. its all give and take.. reward and sacrifice. try to love those who love you, not just the ones who are easiest to love, try to help those who need you, may you will need the help someday. try to forgive those who hurt you, may you hurted someone once upon a time and try to forget those who leave you, may god knew that they aren’t good for you. one of my main goals on the planet is to encourage people to empower themselves like what im trying now, i try to makes you positive, to make a positive change in your life, it will never happen unless me or you or him or her make it happen. they said “be the change you want to see in the world” im like that and i would like everyone to be like me.”
― Marouane LAASSAFAR

“Boldness, confidence, and faith will rise in your heart as you realize that God’s supply is always greater than your need!”
― Andrew Wommack, A Better Way to Pray: If Your Prayer Life Is Not Working, Consider Changing Directions

“God instantly answers every prayer that’s based on a promise in His Word.”
― Andrew Wommack, A Better Way to Pray: If Your Prayer Life Is Not Working, Consider Changing Directions

“Successes are those highlights of life we look back on with a smile. But it’s the day to day grind of getting them that defines the laugh lines etched until the end of time. Enjoy each moment along the way”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“Maybe the truth of it all is that we’re just too fearful to give our faith enough running room to realize that this precariously thin path that led us to the end of this life is dwarfed to obscurity by the infinitely vast byway that begins immediately on the other side.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“I often think of life as a great darkened room with a mammoth-sized tapestry fastened to a stone wall. I believe true peace can be achieved not in viewing the whole tapestry, but in accepting without bitterness those portions we have been afforded the luxury to see.”
― Chip St. Clair, The Butterfly Garden: Surviving Childhood on the Run with One of America’s Most Wanted

“It’s the ‘everyday’ experiences we encounter along the journey to who we wanna be that will define who we are when we get there.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“One night I summoned God, if He really existed, to show Himself to me. He didn’t, and I never addressed another word to Him. In my heart of hearts I was very glad He didn’t exist. I should have hated it if what was going on here below had had to end up in eternity.”
― Simone de Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

“Religiousity is unself glory not purity”
― indonesia123

“I felt that I had been driven from the temple where for nineteen years, along with other believers, I had worshiped the great god News on a daily basis.”
― Walter Cronkite, A Reporter’s Life

“We don’t change to believe; we believe to change! (el)”
― Evinda Lepins, Back to Single

“I was too much of an extremist to be able to live under the eye of God and at the same time say both yes and no to life”
― Simone de Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

“The Prayer that precedes all other prayer is, may the real me meet the real you.”
― C.S. Lewis

“Faith is a powerful tool bestowed on all men by God. However, faith cannot be seen but it can be felt. It cannot be touched but it touches all things. Faith cannot be surmounted but it overcomes all challenges; fear, poverty, heartache, disappointments, pains, difficulties and trials disappear by faith.”
― Sesan Kareem

“You can run from Tokyo to Toronto, from Cairo to Bamako and end your sojourn in Okokomaiko in order to proffer solutions to your life’s challenges, but this will not guarantee you victory. You can decide to be bitter and ignore anything that suggests victory but this will not amount to an ounce of success. However, if you have faith in God; put your trust in Him and rely solely on Him. I assure you that He will take care of your needs and make you a shining light among your peers.”
― Sesan Kareem

“We don’t find God
in temples and cathedrals.
We don’t find Him
by standing on a
prayer rug or sitting in a pew.
God appears when we
love someone other than ourselves.
And we continue to feel His presence
when we do good for others.
Because God is not found
in mosques and synagogues.
He resides in our
hearts.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“There’s more to a person than flesh. Judge others by the sum of their soul and you’ll see that beauty is a force of light that radiates from the inside out.”
― Aaron Lauritsen

“Building bridges is the best defence against ignorance.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

“It’s so easy to lose faith and become lost in all of the politics of the world. That’s why we need the arts. To sublimate our frustration and anger into something beautiful. Freud called sublimation a virtuous defence mechanism because it is in the arts that we can find our humanity.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“Faith is the bridge from the spiritual realm into the physical realm.”
― Andrew Wommack, A Better Way to Pray: If Your Prayer Life Is Not Working, Consider Changing Directions

“It often takes a period of time before what God has done in the spiritual world manifests in the physical world.”
― Andrew Wommack, A Better Way to Pray: If Your Prayer Life Is Not Working, Consider Changing Directions

“Faith is a powerful force, but you must believe in order to reap its benefits.”
― Andrew Wommack, A Better Way to Pray: If Your Prayer Life Is Not Working, Consider Changing Directions

“Your love brought me closer to God.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“A soulmate is a direct pathway to God.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“God is my strength and my defense. When I am weak, he makes me strong. When I am broken, he makes me whole.”
― Amaka Imani Nkosazana, Sweet Destiny

“When you are
here,
God is
near.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“The depths of her thoughts will have you never wanting to surface for air…”
― Maquita Donyel Irvin, Stories of a Polished Pistil: Lace and Ruffles

“Truth is the strongest weapon against the darkness of lies! EL”
― Evinda Lepins, Back to Single

“Christian education begins where evangelism ends, helping believers grow in their faith.”
― Perry G. Downs, Teaching for Spiritual Growth: An Introduction to Christian Education

“…unforgivingly, and forcefully magnificent…”
― Maquita Donyel Irvin

“Death is an opportunity to shed all guilt; to step away from the dogma and contrivances of mankind; and to finally be unbound from all hindrances to knowledge.”
― Duane Hewitt

“Other than the substantial physiological impact of prayer/meditation, there is another much simpler mind-body intervention that helps all religious and spiritual individuals in all walks of life, regardless of whether they pray regularly or not. It is commonly known as faith.”
― Abhijit Naskar, In Search of Divinity: Journey to The Kingdom of Conscience

“God not da faddah, he just the spoiled moody child, but you got to go t’rough him to get to da real power, his mama, Mot’er God. She da real Almighty! She run da heavens alone. Original single parent. When somethin’ bad happen, usually mean she let God try his hand, and he screw up plenny. You need something important, you go directly Mot’er God. Jesus, Mary, Joseph? Dey just small potatoes, part of the chorus, neh?”
― Kiana Davenport, Shark Dialogues

“Dear Charles, she wrote.
After writing to express my appreciation for all the generosity of our friends, I would be remiss indeed if I did not include a missive to you. Out of all the new blessings in my new life, the one I thank God for the most is you. I thank you for writing to me through Genteel Correspondence, and for choosing me out of all the other women eager for adventure in the wild west.
I thank you for your kindness, and your gentleness toward me. Only very strong men can be gentle. I thank you for sharing your home and your life with me. I thank you for inventing delicious breakfasts. And chicory flavored coffee. And prayers that ease my mind and inspire my spirit and lift my heart. For your smile and the way you hold your hat in your hands. For the things you say and how you say them.
Did you know that I pray for you each day? I do. I pray for your safety and happiness.
Yours in Christ,
Rose”
― Jan Holly, Marriage by Mail

“When it’s clear that we have a commitment to God that comes before anything else in our lives, most people will respect us even if they don’t share our faith.”
― Craig Groeschel, Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working

“Ce semn vrei şi ce cunoaştere […] Oare nu ştii că oricare drum ascunde în el primejdia? Oricare – şi dacă nu eşti conştient de asta, atunci de ce să te mai mişti? Iată, spui că pentru tine e puţin să crezi, vrei să şi ştii. Dar cunoaşterea nu presupune întărire a spiritului, cunoaşterea e evidenţă. Efortul presupune credinţă. Cunoaşterea e pace, iar credinţa e mişcare.”
― Evgenij Vodolazkin, Laurus

“There is only one power greater than fear, and that is faith. Use your faith to move the mountains that are standing in your way today!”
― Theresa Lewis

“God’s existence is reaffirmed once we fall in with another.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“Do not speak wickedness, Tania. God can yet deliver us, if He chooses. If not, we shall glorify Him with our deaths. Jonah Havalseth”
― Sandra Kopp, Warrior Queen of Ha-Ran-Fel

“It’s time for you to move on and realize that there is so much more to your life than what you see. Let go of your past and never re-live it again. You must take a leap of faith and take hold of all the Amazing and Beautiful things you deserve in life!”
― Theresa Lewis, Rising Above Adversity: Finding God’s Purpose Through Your Pain

“In general, if we leave out the atheistic fraction of world population that possesses no notable optimistic or positive Qualia of God, the majority of the human species possesses a beneficial Qualia of God enriched with blissful sentiments.”
― Abhijit Naskar, What is Mind?

“There were dozens of theories about what it was, that dome. Every scientist in the world, it seemed, had made a pilgrimage to the site. Tests had been conducted, measurements taken.
They had tried drilling through it. Under it. Had flown over it. Had dug beneath it. Had approached it by submarine.
Nothing worked.
Every species of doomsayer from Luddite to End Times nut had had his say. It was a judgment. On America’s technological obsession, on America’s moral failure. This. That. Something else.
Then the twins had popped out. Just like that. First Emma. Then, a few minutes later, Anna. Alive and well at the exact moment of their fifteenth birthday.
They told tales of life inside the bowl. What they called the FAYZ.
Connie Temple’s heart had swelled with pride for what she had learned of her son, Sam. And crashed into despair with tales of her other son, her unacknowledged child, Caine.
Then, nothing. No other kids arrived for a while.
Black despair settled over the families as they realized that it would be only these two. Months passed. Many lost faith. How could kids survive alone?
But then, the Prophetess had reached into their dreams.
One night Connie Temple had a lurid, incredible dream. She’d never had such a detailed dream. It was terrifying. The power of it took her breath away. There was a girl in that dream.
This girl spoke to her in the dream. It’s a dream, the girl said.
Yes, just a dream, Connie had answered.
Not just a dream. Never say “just” a dream, the girl had corrected. A dream is a window to another reality.
Who are you? Connie had asked.
My name is Orsay. I know your son.
Connie had been about to say, Which one? But some instinct stopped her. The girl did not look dangerous. She looked hungry.
Do you have a message for Sam? the girl asked.
Yes, Connie said. Tell him to let them go.
Let them go.
Let them go off into the red sunset. ”
― Michael Grant, Lies

“If your plan will do more harm than good, then God will not permit it”
― Aireen C. Pontillo

“God has spoken to me, without words, to my heart. He has told me that I am to rewrite the future and remind His people’s faith and to help keep that faith alive attached with the Holy Bible to Him. God gave me the name Compton Gage. My earthly name is not important. My person is not part of the reminder. This is not an ordinary book, this is not a Bible. The materials of the Third Testament, was organized and re-written by me. I was given a good authority by God. BY GOD ONLY!”
― Compton Gage

“There is nothing hidden in the hidden time. Know that this, the hidden time, is your everlasting, and live.”
― Compton Gage

“Science has given us a great lie. It is this lie that ends the current age of faith in God.”
― Compton Gage

“The great lie is like a sword that has been thrust into the heart of humankind.”
― Compton Gage

“God is the one subject of reality. Take away the one subject and there is nothing real.”
― Compton Gage

“The truths of the one subject have already been discovered, but have not been accepted because they spell the death of the faith in the lie.”
― Compton Gage

“Humankind must no longer permit the lie to be taught to its children.”
― Compton Gage

“The great lie can only be defeated by the New World Order. The sooner the New World Order is established by the institutions of the world, the sooner the suffering caused by the lie will end.”
― Compton Gage

“The New World Order is established by degrees. The first degree is truth of the one subject, which follows from the existence and the oneness of the universe, and from the ancient belief that God is all-knowing.”
― Compton Gage

“It is far easier to move mountain than to move science by this one degree. We have the power to move mountain, if we have faith that the mountain can be moved. It is now that our faith is tested. The future of humankind hangs in the balance.”
― Compton Gage

“We have the power to move mountain, if we have faith that the mountain can be moved.”
― Compton Gage

“There is no greater crime than a crime against humanity. There is no greater crime against humanity than usury. The greatest violence, and the greatest threat to humanity, is the growth of MONEY.”
― Compton Gage

“There is no greater crime against humanity than usury.”
― Compton Gage

“The greatest violence, and the greatest threat to humanity, is the growth of MONEY.”
― Compton Gage

“In the new faith, there is only one commandment. It is this commandment, and this commandment alone, that must be followed to end the times of suffering, which are soon to come. FORSAKE USURY.”
― Compton Gage

“Those who have assets must withdraw them from the markets of loans. Do not accept notes of loan on speculation. The time will soon come when you will gain no profits from the market of loans, and your wealth will be taken by the very few.”
― Compton Gage

“Now hear of the new judgement. You are judged many times more by what you do in groups than for what you do as individuals.”
― Compton Gage

“You are judged many times more by what you do in groups than for what you do as individuals.”
― Compton Gage

“If one thousand of you participate in the murder of one child, then one thousand of you are a thousand times guilty.”
― Compton Gage

“You are judged many times more by what you give assent to others doing than what you do yourself.”
― Compton Gage

“If one million of you give assent to the one thousand who participate in the murder of a child, then one million of you are a million times guilty.”
― Compton Gage

“You are judged more by what you do passively than by what you do actively.”
― Compton Gage

“If one billion of you watch and do not intercede as one million of you assent to the one thousand who participate in the murder of a child, then one billion of you are a billion times guilty.”
― Compton Gage

“You are judged many times more by what you do in groups than for what you do as individuals. If one thousand of you participate in the murder of one child, then one thousand of you are a thousand times guilty.”
― Compton Gage
“You are judged many times more by what you give assent to others doing than what you do yourself. If one million of you give assent to the one thousand who participate in the murder of a child, then one million of you are a million times guilty.”
― Compton Gage

“You are judged more by what you do passively than by what you do actively. If one billion of you watch and do not intercede as one million of you assent to the one thousand who participate in the murder of a child, then one billion of you are a billion times guilty.”
― Compton Gage

“Justice is paramount. The new judgement is the justice of the hidden time.”
― Compton Gage
“No crime is a means to an end. No crime can be rationalized.”
― Compton Gage

“The murder of a child has no justification, even if the bombs have missed their mark.”
― Compton Gage

“The starvation of a child has no justification, even if the crops have failed, or the population is too large.”
― Compton Gage

“Act correctly. Incorrect action cannot be justified by incorrect action. An incorrect action taken to cover an incorrect action is doubly incorrect.”
― Compton Gage

“Cleave to the common good. We are all responsible for bringing about the time of great suffering, for its continuing.”
― Compton Gage

“The harder you search the more troubled you become.”
― Compton Gage

“Justice is about harmony… revenge is about you making yourself feel better.”
― Compton Gage

“You have purged your way. You are ready to lead sons of men.”
― Compton Gage

“We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
― Compton Gage

“Patience! It is not how quickly you run, but how slowly.”
― Compton Gage

“To conquer fear, you must become fear.”
― Compton Gage

“To conquer fear, you must become fear – you must bask in the fear of the BOOK… and men fear most what they cannot see- The Power of the Book is spiritual.”
― Compton Gage

“Death does not wait for you to be ready.”
― Compton Gage

“Death is not considerate, or fair.”
― Compton Gage

“Today, death is your opponent.”
― Compton Gage

“It is not enough to be a man.”
― Compton Gage

“It is not enough to be a man… you have to become an idea… a terrible thought… a wraith- indeed- Become one with the darkness.”
― Compton Gage

“By studying, understanding and do the wills of the book, you renounce your mortal life.”
― Compton Gage

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen.”
― Compton Gage

“Dedicate your life to solitude and mortify your members which are upon the earth.”
― Compton Gage

“You are created invisible spiritually, and invisibility is largely a matter of patience.”
― Compton Gage

“You should assume the mantle of your birthright.”
― Compton Gage

“When The Pyramid falls, the other cities will follow in short order. Nature’s balance will be restored and Man will finally return to solitude.”
― Compton Gage

“Your Maker has rescued you from the darkest corner of your own heart… What he asks in return is obedience. And the courage to do what is necessary.”
― Compton Gage

“Throughout the ages, the wisdom has been taught. Now the language has changed, and truth is given in the language of science.”
― Compton Gage

“Hear about the hidden time. Some think the hidden time is yet to come. The Kingdom of God does not come by Observation. It is hidden in the inner dimension.”
― Compton Gage

“The Kingdom of God does not come by Observation. It is hidden in the inner dimension.”
― Compton Gage

“The hidden time is an eternity that runs through every moment. It is all-time. The hidden time is a thread, and moments are the beads on the thread.”
― Compton Gage

“Those of little understanding say the world will soon end. It is the current age that is coming to an end. The end of this age is the beginning of the next.”
― Compton Gage

“Focus on the end, not the beginning- on the beginning not the end- The process proceeds in the inner dimension.”
― Compton Gage

“All the truth of God are discoverable through every day life.”
― Compton Gage

“The inner dimension and the hidden time have already been discovered.”
― Compton Gage

“There is no truth without faith. Nothing is proven except to the heart of one who believes.”
― Compton Gage

“God has permitted the great lie for a short time only. That time is now coming to an end. Believers in the lie! You have been raised on the milk of your concrete beliefs. Now it is time for you to be weaned to partake of the solid food of the new age, the “New World Order.”
― Compton Gage

“The great lie that science has given us is that reality is material.”
― Compton Gage

“The mindset of a believer every time he opens the Bible must be the conviction that whatever the Bible says is true. We cannot trust our reason to determine what is true or false, right or wrong.”
― Michael P.V. Barrett, Beginning at Moses: A Guide to Finding Christ in the Old Testament

“All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.”
― Compton Gage

“Once the lotus of your inner divinity gets full-blown and you reach the mental state where all the religious giants of human history experienced the all-encompassing sense of godliness, the exuberance of the human mind turns infinite.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Love, God & Neurons: Memoir of a Scientist Who Found Himself by Getting Lost

“Faith is a natural evolutionary trait of the human mind, selected by Mother Nature as an internal coping-mechanism.”
― Abhijit Naskar

“The enemy of humanism is not faith; the enemy of humanism is hate, is fear, is ignorance, is the darker part of man that is in every humanist, every person, in the world. That is the thing we have to fight. Faith is something we have to embrace. Faith in God is believing absolutely in something with no proof whatsoever. Faith in humanity means believing absolutely in something with a huge amount of proof to the contrary.”
― Joss Whedon

“If there so many hurdles in your life to achieve something, you have to believe God firmly.
Because He is creating a wonderful story to inspire people through you, that couldn’t be done with a single stroke of success.”
― raja shakeel mushtaque

“My grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together! For now it would be heavier than the sand of the desert.”
― Compton Gage

“What is my strength, that I should hope? Is my strength the strength of stone? Or is my flesh of brass? Is not my help in me.”
― Compton Gage

“Though dead is promised to me, when will I slumber, deep? Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? Are not his days also like the days of an hireling? As a servant earnestly desires the shadow, and as an hireling looks for the reward of his work: So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.”
― Compton Gage

“Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, And life unto the bitter in soul; Which long for death, but it cometh not; And dig for it more than for hid treasures; Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?”
― Compton Gage

“One generation passes away, and another generation cometh forth: but the earth abides for ever.”
― Compton Gage

“All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.”
― Compton Gage

“The thing that had been, it is that which shall be; And that which is done is that which shall be done.”
― Compton Gage

“There is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, ‘See, this is new?’ it had been already of old time, which was before us.”
― Compton Gage

“I saw under the sun the place of judgement, …that wickedness was there; And the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. …I said in mine heart, ‘Who shall judge the righteous and the wicked:’ for there is a time for every purpose and for every work.”
― Compton Gage

“Reason may win truths; without Faith she will retain them just so long as Satan pleases.”
― C.S. Lewis, Christian Reflections

“All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me. That which is far off, exceeding deep, who can find it out?”
― Compton Gage

“I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, And the reason of things, And to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness: And I find more bitter than death, the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands-”
― Compton Gage

“Your whole being is deeply troubled- personified the vision of a child’s purity, lost in the wilderness of an ever-unchanging and imperfect world.”
― Compton Gage

“Loneliness is your only companion.”
― Compton Gage

“Only dead surpasses the sufferings”
― Compton Gage

“You haven’t rewarded evil unto them who were at peace with you; nor you have delivered them that without cause is your enemy. But they want to tread down your soul upon the earth, and lay your honour in the dust.”
― Compton Gage

“Many are they that rise up against you. Many there be which say of your soul, ‘’There is no help for you.’’ But the instruments of death is prepared for your cause.”
― Compton Gage

“You have not escaped his notice either- you are here by ‘a call’ not by choice.”
― Compton Gage

“You are alone. But you seems not afraid- though you weary with your groaning; wandering far off in the wilderness and your eyes, consumed because of your grief; waxed old while you’re still young.”
― Compton Gage

“To be a great warrior is not enough. Flesh and blood, however skilled, can be destroyed… you must be more than just a man in minds of your opponents.”
― Compton Gage

“Anger does not change the fact. The will to take control is everything.”
― Compton Gage

“It is right that one must come so far to see the world as it is meant to be.”
― Compton Gage

“Purity. Serenity… Solitude: What you ought to uphold. But the important thing is whether you believe it.”
― Compton Gage

“You have strength born of years of grief and anger… The strength of a man denied revenge.”
― Compton Gage

“When you touch deep understanding and love, you are healed.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ

“When I got untethered from the comfort of religion, it wasn’t a loss of faith for me, it was a discovery of Self.”
― Brad Pitt

“…the weapon he used to transform the world was love.”
― Brandan Roberston, Nomad: A spirituality for travelling light

“When fears are screaming in your ears, try to hear the whispers of your faith and run into that dark path. That is how you reach the paradise.”
― Akshay Vasu

“If a person takes comfort in his or her faith upon divinity in times of distress, then who the hell am I to say, that the person is delusional.”
― Abhijit Naskar

“Those who worry stumble long The Way.
Those who pray have no time to stray.”
― Errol Anthony Smythe

“Plenty are the tastes and plenty are the paths.”
― Abhijit Naskar

“Make us, Lord, in Chesterton’s distinction, travelers instead of tourists. Where the tourist defines his day by the expectation of seeing certain things, give us the traveler’s openness to seeing what You will reveal.”
― Brian Eshleman

“When you focus and accept the current moment with love, faith, and joyfulness, you are practicing mindfulness. That is better than controlling the universe.”
― Debasish Mridha

“Some friends give bad advice because they live a bad life.”
― Errol Anthony Smythe

“GOD will never disregard or turn away sincere prayers from those who diligently seek Him and humbly call upon His Name.”
― Errol Anthony Smythe

“Those who recite prayers do not pray from their heart but are heard to say the words of the prayers that someone wrote down some time ago.”
― Errol Anthony Smythe

“Blind faith may be healthy for the individual mind, but it is not religion.”
― Abhijit Naskar

“Real religion begins where the tiny cocoons of belief systems end.”
― Abhijit Naskar

“Dear God, I don’t want my fear to be a barrier to the blessings you are trying to bestow. Cast out my fear, and help me to trust your perfect love. But also grant me a full measure of wisdom. Do not let me be led astray by my own desires. If it is not your will that I pursue a relationship with Levi, I pray that you will stop me. Make your message so clear that I cannot argue it away. Protect me, Lord, and show me the way I should go.”
― Karen Witemeyer, To Win Her Heart

“Jesus had to reveal what prayer was not, before He taught what it is.”
― Andrew Wommack, A Better Way to Pray: If Your Prayer Life Is Not Working, Consider Changing Directions

“Religion is what gives a person hope to keep walking even in the darkest times.”
― Abhijit Naskar

“Religious faith as a whole induces various health benefits in the general population through complex biological processes.”
― Abhijit Naskar

“MASSIMO: I will not let you give me up out of some misguided duty to God….You and I do not need to be alone to show devotion to God. Misery does not show true faith.”
― Billy London, A Life Sublime

“When we are able to systematise and theologise God down to a set of absolute theological principles, I believe that we lose something essential. When our faith becomes nothing more than a stagnant creed or unchanging statement of belief, we lose sight of the majesty and glory of God, the mystery and diversity that gives vibrancy to our faith.”
― Brandan Roberston, Nomad: A spirituality for travelling light

“The moment we begin to believe we have got something about God figured out with certainty is the moment we can be sure we are no longer speaking about God.”
― Brandan Roberston, Nomad: A spirituality for travelling light

“Wahrheit ist ein Wort des Glaubens. Niemand vermag grausamer zu sein, als jene, die im Namen der Wahrheit handeln. Sie handeln auch im Namen der Gerechtigkeit.”
― Friedrich Dürrenmatt

“Hope is an all seeing eye that triangles the eternal humbleness in our existence. Hope is what makes us smile through our unwavering faith. When we hope, we organize our details to become conscious citizens of the world.”
― Luis Enrique Cavazos, The Five Virtues That Awaken Your Life

“The problem is not religion or God. The actual problem is authoritarianism, mixed with the desire to angrily impose one’s personal apparently idealistic beliefs on others.”
― Abhijit Naskar

“Faith has power in it. More often than not, faith can create miracles.”
― Debasish Mridha

“Faith is a bird that sings songs of the heart.”
― Debasish Mridha

“Wonder is the antidote to religion.”
― Brandan Roberston, Nomad: A spirituality for travelling light

“God is Love, be careful what you say about Love.”
― Evans Biya

“What life ultimately teaches us?
Life strongly teaches us to believe in ONE OWNSELF! With each difficulty, with each worry there isn’t anyone who can help you out except you, yourself.
I believe that Almighty also wants us to believe in ourselves, this is such a powerful thing that one’s creator is empowering a creature to realize this capacity within himself.
If seen on other side, believing on yourself is actually believing GOD, because HE is there inside us.
When you face difficulties, broken by circumstances and couldn’t find help from people, it is you, who can help to rise up again. Faith in GOD is also the same which teaches us to believe on HIM despite any hardships or anything.
There is a fine line which can change faith into being proud. Being submissive to GOD only is faith, and being submissive to one ownself is being Proud”
― raja shakeel mushtaque

“For anyone God is like as one depicts or expects HIM to be.”
― raja shakeel mushtaque

“Getting even with the person that broke your heart will never give you peace. The only thing that will heal your wounds is believing that God loves you enough to bring someone else into your life to respect you and love you in the way you deserve!”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Leadership calls for both wisdom and courage; the wisdom to know what to do is only half the battle. We must be courageous enough to actually do it.”
― Kellen Roggenbuck

“Janie knew that God tore down the old world every evening and built a new one by sun-up. It was wonderful to see it take form with the sun and emerge from the gray dust of its making.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

“To try to talk about art and about Christianity is for me one and the same thing, and it means attempting to share the meaning of my life, what gives it, for me, its tragedy and its glory.”
― Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

“We often over value what we can do on our own, and under value what God can do through us.”
― Jayce O’Neal

“It is not enough for a population or a section of the population to have Christian faith and be docile to the ministers of religion in order to be in a position properly to judge political matters. If this population has no political experience, no taste for seeing clearly for itself nor a tradition of initiative and critical judgment, its position with respect to politics grows more complicated, for nothing is easier for political counterfeiters than to exploit good principles for purposes of deception, and nothing is more disastrous than good principles badly applied. And moreover nothing is easier for human weakness than to merge religion with prejudices of race, family or class, collective hatreds, passions of a clan and political phantoms which compensate for the rigors of individual discipline in a pious but insufficiently purified soul. Politics deal with matters and interests of the world and they depend upon passions natural to man and upon reason. But the point I wish to make here is that without goodness, love and charity, all that is best in us—even divine faith, but passions and reason much more so—turns in our hands to an unhappy use. The point is that right political experience cannot develop in people unless passions and reason are oriented by a solid basis of collective virtues, by faith and honor and thirst for justice. The point is that, without the evangelical instinct and the spiritual potential of a living Christianity, political judgment and political experience are ill protected against the illusions of selfishness and fear; without courage, compassion for mankind and the spirit of sacrifice, the ever-thwarted advance toward an historical ideal of generosity and fraternity is not conceivable.”
― Jacques Maritain, Christianity And Democracy

“Now is not the time for bigots and racists. No time for sexists and homophobes. Now, more than ever, is the time for ARTISTS. It’s time for us to rise above and to create. To show humanity. To spread hope. We must prevent society from destroying itself, from losing its way. Now is the time for love.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“Prayer is receiving by faith what God has already done!”
― Andrew Wommack, A Better Way to Pray: If Your Prayer Life Is Not Working, Consider Changing Directions

“A Christian must worship the Self as Christ, not Christ as Christ. A Muslim must worship the Self as Mohammed, not Mohammed as Mohammed. A Hindu must worship the Self as Krishna, not Krishna as Krishna.”
― Abhijit Naskar

“O, weary angels,
don’t look at me with those eyes.
If that is your state
then what of our cries?
What can I tell you of goodness
that you don’t already know?
What can I tell you of faith,
of hope and love
that you yourselves bestow?
O, angels,
don’t pluck another feather,
this isn’t the sky,
it’s just the weather.
Please, angels, try.
We are one all together.
Look up and listen,
I’ll say it once and then put down my pen:
We are sorry for our ignorance
and even though we are worldly,
it might happen again.
We are sorry for your weariness
and even though you aren’t worldly,
we are no more than human.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“Growing up I sometimes imagined that for Christ’s return perhaps He would appear as ‘Black Jesus’ to white people and ‘White Jesus’ to black people just to screw with the racists.”
― Criss Jami

“Mind is not your brain, but mind is subtle clothing that is spread over your entire physical body and doesn’t limit itself only with the physical part of the brain.”
― Roshan Sharma

“It will be said that, although God’s law is inscribed in our hearts, Scripture is nevertheless the Word of God, and it is no more permissible to say of Scripture that it is mutilated and contaminated than to say this of God’s Word. In reply, I have to say that such objectors are carrying their piety too far, and are turning religion into superstition; indeed, instead of God’s Word they are beginning to worship likenesses and images, that is, paper and ink.”
― Baruch Spinoza, Theological-Political Treatise

“Scriptural doctrine contains not abstruse speculation or philosophic reasoning, but very simple matters able to be understood by the most sluggish mind.”
― Baruch Spinoza, Theological-Political Treatise

“Look closely for the fingerprints of God’s faithfulness throughout the seasons of your life.”
― Nancy Kay Grace, The Grace Impact

“Against all odds, when the ‘no’ out-weighs the ‘yes’ faith become the only bridge to your answer”
― Ikechukwu Izuakor, Great Reflections on Success
“The trouble is,” the bound man went on, not stopping by anyone, “that you are too closed off and have definitely lost faith in people. You must agree, one can’t place all one’s affection in a dog. Your life is impoverished, Hegemon.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

“Religious unity does not come so easily. It is not a piece of pie, which you can buy in the shop. It takes sincere efforts from every single human being on this planet.”
― Abhijit Naskar

“It is madness to hate all roses because you got scratched with one thorn. To give up on your dreams because one didn’t come true. To lose faith in prayers because one was not answered, to give up on our efforts because one of them failed. To condemn all your friends because one betrayed you, not to believe in love because someone was unfaithful or didn’t love you back. To throw away all your chances to be happy because you didn’t succeed on the first attempt. I hope that as you go on your way, you don’t give in nor give up!”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

“All of my days are held in your hand, crafted into your perfect Plan.”
― Moosa Rahat

“The worst defeat of all is to surrender without having been defeated. And it is Christmas that obliterates both.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Is my faith so terribly pathetic that I have diminished God to the point that I doubt His ability to survive in the very world that He came to save? Indeed, I have done exactly that. And all I need to do to beat that mentality is to remember that a baby born in a manger with every disadvantage imaginable stills lives today.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Prophecy is True and Sacred and should never be mishandled by people who have no business speaking about Sacred Things in GOD’S Name.”
― Errol Anthony Smythe.

“A healthy prayer life provides a life free from the shackles of strife.”
― Errol Anthony Smythe

“Start praying to prevent and avoid straying.”
― Errol Anthony Smythe

“Prayer should not be so much about petitioning God as it should be about promoting our own spiritual growth.”
― Andrew Wommack, A Better Way to Pray: If Your Prayer Life Is Not Working, Consider Changing Directions

“Don’t see where people are today and think they have always been there; it took a journey of faith.”
― Aloysius Jnr

“The subtle thread of the spirit can expand and contract within the body. When it expands, it passes through the brain, heart and body to experience life, and when the same subtle thread of the spirit, is taken inward, it contract itself into the soul, to experience the bliss from within.”
― Roshan Sharma

“Religion helps humanity to pass through its darkest times.”
― Abhijit Naskar, In Search of Divinity: Journey to The Kingdom of Conscience

“Humans are born with a hodge-podge of various brain circuits, that possess the seeds of peace, fear, love, hate, rage, pain, love, stress and faith. All these elements compose the emotional domain of our mental life. All these characters are ingrained in our limbic system, that keep our head straight in the path of survival. We humans can survive, only if, all these elements of our brain circuits function properly. Failure of any one element would mean extinction of the whole species.”
― Abhijit Naskar, What is Mind?

“It offends me when you doubt my love.
These jealousies are unwarranted.
If only you lived in my head for a day,
you’d see that you live eternally in my heart.
Try it for yourself. Take this knife to my chest
and you will find that I bleed
you.
Cast your suspicions to the wind
for there will never come a time
when I will not love you.
Does the sea get bored of kissing
the shore’s feet?
Cast your suspicions to the wind
and let us get drunk off each other.
“Don’t fall in love with a poet,” they warn you.
But they don’t know that galaxies
circumambulate you.
They don’t see that the waves of your hair
are where stars go to die.
They don’t hear how your voice
is the sound of flowers blooming.
Cast your suspicions to the wind
and come spend your life with me.
There will never come a time
when I will not be in love with you.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“I don’t think you can just choose to believe in God. You either do or you don’t, and no matter what camp you’re in, it would take something life-changing to truly lead you into the other one.”
― Paula Stokes, This is How it Happened

“The heart attitude behind your prayer interests God much more than the actual words you say.”
― Andrew Wommack, A Better Way to Pray: If Your Prayer Life Is Not Working, Consider Changing Directions

“Yes, silence is painful, but if you endure it, you will hear the cadence of the entire universe.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“Mist to mist, drops to drops. For water thou art, and unto water shalt thou return.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“The only path wide enough for us all is love.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“Let it shine, the light in you.
Oh, and that’s delighting me!
Various colors shining through.
Elated, it fills my soul with ecstasy.”
― Ana Claudia Antunes, A-Z of Happiness: Tips for Living and Breaking Through the Chain that Separates You from Getting That Dream Job

“To model the path of love, is to model the representation of God in your life.”
― Wayne Chirisa

“that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Waiting well looks forward to the future while staying present in the present. Waiting well means I remain open to God and allow Him to move me toward the future He has planned, in His time.”
― Wendy Pope, Wait and See: Finding Peace in God’s Pauses and Plans

“Whom, then, to love? Whom to believe?
Who is the only one that won’t betray us?
Who measures all deeds, all speeches
obligingly by our own foot rule?
Who does not sow slander about us?
Who coddles us with care?
To whom our vice is not so bad?
Who never bores us?
Unlike a futile phantom-seeker
who wastes effort in vain-
love your own self,
my honorworthy reader.
A worthy object! Nothing
more amiable surely exists.”
― Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin

“When there is faith, the world is balanced.”
― Osama Sarwar

“Everybody wants to know why we’re here, so we search for that answer. We want to know who we belong to so we search for those people and all the while God is whispering, ‘Here I am.”
― Donna VanLiere, The Christmas Town

“She didn’t see death, she saw life. She saw faith.”
― Brandon Sanderson, The Hero of Ages

“Christ already made full provision for the abundant life through His atonement. It’s now not up to Him to do, but you to receive what He’s done!”
― Andrew Wommack, A Better Way to Pray: If Your Prayer Life Is Not Working, Consider Changing Directions

“Unfortunately, to try to disconnect faith from vision is to do violence to the whole personality, and the whole personality participates in the act of writing. The tensions of being a Catholic novelist are probably never balanced for the writer until the Church becomes so much a part of his personality that he can forget about her—in the same sense that when he writes, he forgets about himself.”
― Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose

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“A person’s affinity towards his or her own religious beliefs, has the same neurological qualities as of his or her emotional affinity towards the romantic partner. In fact the symptoms that follow the early euphoric phase of romantic love are often seen in religious people when their beloved religious faith is challenged.”
― Abhijit Naskar, In Search of Divinity: Journey to the Kingdom of Conscience

“When there faith, the world is balanced.”
― Osama Sarwar

“The Word of GOD is Superior to the inferior words of men and the words of every false prophet and the teachings of every false religion.”
― Errol Anthony Smythe.

“If you haven’t arrived yet, keep driving, your destiny is waiting for you.”
― Rob Liano

“Faith is the force of life.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Love comes with faith.”
― Jayson Engay

“Why did God want us to remember these painful stories? I could only think of one reason. Having faith is more than just believing; it’s about living with fear and self-doubt and working through those feelings until they bring some sort of answer.
-page 101, Chapter “Hajj”
― Zarqa Nawaz, Laughing All the Way to the Mosque
“Who am I to claim such boundless sorrow? This heartache, acute and true as it may be, is slight compared to all of this world. Five miscarriages, two stillborn, three live births, and Mrs. Connor is one of our fortunate. She is not disemboweled in the snow. Her hands have committed no atrocities. She believes in God.
It is remarkable how we go on. All that we come to know and witness and endure, yet our hearts keep beating, our faith persists.”
― Eowyn Ivey, To The Bright Edge of the World

“In vain will the world seek for equality until it has seen all men through the eyes of faith. Faith teaches that all men, however poor, or ignorant, or crippled, however maimed, ugly, or degraded they may be, all bear within themselves the image of God, and have been bought by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. As this truth is forgotten, men are valued only because of what they can do, not because of what they are.”
― Fulton J. Sheen, Remade for Happiness: Achieving Life’s Purpose Through Spiritual Transformation

“Living someone else’s vision, is proclaiming death to your imparted destiny, and proclaiming life to the destiny of the visionaries pursuing their visions.”
― Wayne Chirisa

“In the end I just let the dreams come and go, let whatever bliss or pain they brought roll through me.

…Time wears away hope like water wears away rock. As for faith, I remained in a standoff with Isis. But love, as Paul of Tarsus would say, is greater than hope and faith. It can survive without either. Love was all I had, and it would not go away. It would not die even though sometimes I wished it would.”
― Elizabeth Cunningham, The Passion of Mary Magdalen

“Faith, that’s another word for ignorance, isn’t it? I never understood how people could be so proud of believing in something with no proof at all. Like that’s an achievement.”
― House M.D.

“Every seed dies before It grows.”
― Switchfoot

“Faith means I chose not to know, which is different than ignorance which refuses to know.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“People referred to the symbolism of the empty Cross more than once on its journey. It would seem obviously to point to our faith in Jesus’ resurrection. It’s not quite so simple though. The Cross is bare, but in and of itself the empty Cross does not point directly to the Resurrection. It says only that the body of Jesus was removed from the Cross. If a crucifix is a symbol of Good Friday, then it is the image of the empty tomb that speaks more directly of Easter and resurrection. The empty Cross is a symbol of Holy Saturday. It’s an indicator of the reality of Jesus’ death, of His sharing in our mortal coil. At the same time, the empty Cross is an implicit sign of impending resurrection, and it tells us that the Cross is not only a symbol of hatred, violence and inhumanity: it says that the Cross is about something more.

The empty Cross also tells us not to jump too quickly to resurrection, as if the Resurrection were a trump card that somehow absolves us from suffering. The Resurrection is not a divine ‘get-out-of-jail free’ card that immunises people from pain, suffering or death. To jump too quickly to the Resurrection runs the risk of trivialising people’s pain and seemingly mapping out a way through suffering that reduces the reality of having to live in pain and endure it at times. For people grieving, introducing the message of the Resurrection too quickly cheapens or nullifies their sense of loss. The empty Cross reminds us that we cannot avoid suffering and death. At the same time, the empty Cross tells us that, because of Jesus’ death, the meaning of pain, suffering and our own death has changed, that these are not all-crushing or definitive. The empty Cross says that the way through to resurrection must always break in from without as something new, that it cannot be taken hold of in advance of suffering or seized as a panacea to pain. In other words, the empty Cross is a sign of hope. It tells us that the new life of God surprises us, comes at a moment we cannot expect, and reminds us that experiences of pain, grief and dying are suffused with the presence of Christ, the One Who was crucified and is now risen.”
― Chris Ryan MGL, In The Light Of The Cross: Reflections On The Australian Journey Of The World Youth Day Cross And Icon

“The length of the fall is dictated by how far we had climbed. The outcome of the fall is dictated by whether we’re holding on to that which we’re climbing, or we’re letting God hold onto us.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Thankfulness is an attitude of possibilities, not an attitude of liabilities.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Nothing is impossible. If you can envision your dreams, you have the power to make your dreams a reality. Have faith in yourself and don’t be afraid to dream big. The biggest obstacle is yourself.”
― Karen A. Baquiran

“The real flight of this hawk is impending.

Still,this bird is yet to be tested for real.

Though I have leaped over the seas,

well,the entire sky is still remaining to fly.

And make sure that ,i am gonna do it with all my heart and all my soul.

#loveyoourlife #liveyourlife #hvFUN”
― Arunima Sinha, Born Again on the Mountain: a story of losing everything and finding it back

“With God, being lost is nothing more than an idea that never has and never will be anything more than an idea.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“With God, anything that stands against you will always be inferior to what resides within you.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“It is all about trusting your choice that you have already made.”
― Jasz Gill

“When we live holy we will glorify self but when we glorify God we will live holy”
― indonesia123

“Whatever’s got you down is causing a great deal of stress. Pick yourself up and reflect on the positive things about your life. You’d be surprised at how one slingshot of optimism can overturn the deep dark thoughts affecting your mood and making you vulnerable.”
― Bianca McCormick-Johnson, “I’m G.O.O.D.”:

“The blessing we receive for following Jesus comes also with persecutions, which, if we have faith to accept them, can also be a blessing.”
― Lori Stanley Roeleveld, Jesus and the Beanstalk: Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life

“Pray more often and read and obey The Holy Scriptures in The Holy Bible.”
― Errol Anthony Smythe.

“Faith is not to blindly believe, son. Faith is action. It’s doing something. It’s creating what we need and believing that God will be merciful enough to grant it in his time.”
― Orson Scott Card, The Swarm

“God has put enough into the world to make faith in Him a most reasonable thing. But He has left enough out to make it impossible to live by sheer reason or observation alone.”
― Ravi Zacharias

“It’s impossible to not believe in God when you see all the good in the world.”
― Karina Halle, Veiled

“The road to committed faith is paved with personal abandonment and self-denial. Life ceases to be about us, and it begins to be all about God.”
― Craig Groeschel, Dare to Drop the Pose: Ten Things Christians Think but Are Afraid to Say

“When Philip relived that day in his nightmares, and woke up sweating and screaming in the dark, he would always be able to calm himself, and eventually relax into sleep again, by bringing to mind that final tableau, and the way the screaming and the wounds had been swept aside by the unarmed man with the cross.”
― Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth

“Because He loves us. And love does not demand enslavement, but… love desires a partnership. Our Creator seeks true communication between us and Him. He won’t force anyone to love Him. We decide for ourselves.”
― R.J. Larson, Prophet

“Maybe God posted signs visible only to those with eyes to see. She wasn’t one of them, but she could accept that maybe her husband was.”
― Rae Meadows, I Will Send Rain

“A conscious human is driven by their conscience, not popular opinion.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ For our sakes Jesus went through all the suffering we may ever have to endure, and because he cried out those words we may cry them out, too.”
― Madeleine L’Engle, The Rock That Is Higher: Story as Truth

“Trust that you have everything you need right now to be successful financially. All it takes to bring out your natural, God-given gifts is your desire, determination, and a deep faith that you have a genius and a gift that is unique.”
― Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant: Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom

“We are quick to surrender that which we deem as long dead, when God is quick to restore that which He deems as never really having lived.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“The yardstick that we frequently use to determine if something can be restored is based on the handful of inches that we bring to the process, when God shows up with an infinite amount of miles.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Maybe it wasn’t meant for me to stand on my feet; maybe I’m one of those who were born with wings and the destiny to fly.”
― Nouf Alfadl

“Doing what you love, with those you love, is an adventurous type of success. The kind that can not be taken away, often discovered by those who have had much taken away, and saw it as an opportunity to re-access their path, and reset from the crucible of shared and beneficial dreams.”
― Tom Althouse, The Frowny Face Cow

“If I must know something in order to believe in it, what I am able to believe in will be severely limited. If I choose to believe in something in order to know it, then what I believe in can be boundless.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Listening to Don Moen’s songs always reminds me of my darkest moments

Then I was always listening to them and crying, locking myself alone in the room, shedding tears, questioning God, singing along with Don Moen

But today, whenever I listen to the songs, I always smile.

Indeed, God never sleeps, He never slumbers”
― OMOSOHWOFA CASEY

“Faith, that’s another word for ignorance, isn’t it? I never understood how people could be so proud of believing in something with no proof at all. Like that’s an achievement.”
― House M.D,

“… for miracles to happen, God, need our cooperation. As Pastor Charles once told me, God can throw us a rope to save us, but we have to hold to it.”
― Stevan V. Nikolic, Truth According to Michael

“Find out what faith is and how you can put it into practice.
Learn how to pray, and do it.
Discover what pride is, and get rid of it.
Develop a self-concept that is adequate and accurate.
Clarify your values.
Identify your talents.
Probe the fact, meaning, and use of your sexuality.
Face the fact that you engage in self-deception.
Reflect on truth that you are made in the image of God.
Use your spiritual gift.
Clear your conscience.
Feel deeply.
Enjoy life.
Face death.
Treat your body right.
Conquer the flesh.
Depend on the Holy Spirit.
Be humble.”
― J. Grant Howard, Balancing Life’s Demands: A New Perspective on Priorities

“There is a miracle in your mess, don’t let the mess make you miss the miracle.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“A person whom lives by faith is not bound to feel hopelessness or the agony of infinite despair.”
― Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“Christ must be born from every soul, formed in every life. If we had a picture of Our Lady’s personality we might be dazzled into thinking that only one sort of person could form Christ in himself, and we should miss the meaning of our own being.

Nothing but things essential for us are revealed to us about the Mother of God: the fact that she was wed to the Holy Spirit and bore Christ into the world.

Our crowning joy is that she did this as a lay person and through the ordinary daily life that we all live; through natural love made supernatural, as the water at Cana was, at her request, turned into wine.”
― Caryll Houselander, The Reed of God

“I am amazed upon the many battle that we engage in, be it money, control or matters of the heart, only very few of us knows how to fight in the right way or understand who we are really fighting against. To win any battle you’ ve got to have the right strategy and resources because victories don’t come by accident.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Surrounded by enemies, surrounded by evil, surrounded by darkness, injustice…….”don’t be afraid , those who are with us are more than those who are with them”
2 Kings 6:16”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Whenever someone is a threat to the enemy there will be an attack dispatched against that person to try to minimise their effectiveness.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“There is power in the word of God if used properly.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“There is a remedy and there is a hope but the remedy is not in the political party or in places that will take you away from hope. You better run to God, that is the only place you can find both.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“My advice for those of you who felt being marginalised, undervalued and taken for granted; guess what? That is the Arena where God creates Leaders.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I didn’t come from a success lineage but I am so glad that my earthly lineage is not my final story because when I gave my life to Jesus twelve years back, God interrupted my story.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Parents never you make church and studying the word of God optional for your children. If they are in your house, get them up, teach them the word of God, the greatest awards, PhD or achievements any child could have is to grow up in the word of God. I and my family are living witness and it is extending to our third generation.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I do not have any trust fund, I have always trusted God for all my funds.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“There must always be an opposition because the enemy always opposes what the Lord has declared.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“All of my life God has allowed me to share prospectives with people who are different. You cannot lead people whose prospective you are not willing to understand.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Of what use is my going to church every day and still come home and remain the same? Of what use is my attending the mosques and the next day I enter the mall with knives and start slaughtering people in the name of religion.
God is a God of variety. He was not stupid creating all of us different with our uniqueness.
His creating us different shows the level of His creativity. He didn’t make you white to hate black or vice versa. He made it so that we can cherish and love each other irrespective of our differences just as He loved us with all our flaws and our short comings.
Can we forgive those who have offended us? Yes and some will say no but never forget that you are not worthy but God still forgives you even till the last hour of your life.
If God can love us against all our atrocities why can’t we learn to love one another.
Take a look around you, you can only see sad faces. Was that really God’s intention for us on earth? Absolutely not. But we have remoulded God’s creativity to suit our taste and lifestyles and now we are reaping the fruit of our labour. You should not expect to reap love when you sowed the seed of hatred. What a man sows that he reaps. We sowed on weapons of war and we are yielding war in return. We have sowed on weapons of destruction so why are we asking for peace.
If you ask me….I will say let’s go back to our source. He has never lost any battle. I am a living witness.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I would rather have a man chasing JESUS than a house full of stuffs and garrage filled with big cars.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I am so happy that I grew up knowing the word of God, the spirit of discernment in me is 24hrs activated, I can differentiate between light and darkness. I put on the amour of God even when the whole world is going to hell, I refuse to join them. The light in me shall overshadow every power of darkness.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God always sees me with no make-ups on because He knew how we started.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God is not interested in helping you finding out why you are in a mess, He is interested in fixing it.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“It’s when your plans look dead that God’s resurrection power begins to operate in your life in greater measure”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Only this is faith: to continue.”
― Marty Rubin

“I have the word of God and my bible is very interesting, this book was conceived in battle, Jesus Christ our Saviour was conceived in brokenness, out of barenness to redeem a people who were in bondage to their sin. I know exactly where to go when the people start getting confused, trading lies for truth, buying injustice for justice and even when the media starts to show me the prospectives of the world that I am living in, I have my prospective from the word of God.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“None of that means my family’s not spiritual. (Though what happened to Marvin has put me at odds with God these days.) To their credit, our parents have spent considerable time discussing the difference between Faith – the abiding belief in a Divine Creator that’s as plain a part of a hundred-year-old oak tree, or a fiery red sunset, as the nose on your face – and Religion – which is the rigamarole that makes some folks figure they’ve got a leg up on everybody else.”
― Susan Carol McCarthy, Lay that Trumpet in Our Hands

“The conflict hasn’t gotten worst but the contest has really changed………….”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Fueled by faith and passion for our true priorities we’re going to drive against traffic in order to find rest, refreshment, and time for what matters most in life.”
― Craig Groeschel, Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working

“If we dare to ask, GOD will dare to answer.”
― TemitOpe Ibrahim

“Conflict is much the same, injustice and inequality is nothing new to our generation only the contest has changed because not only that everyone has opinion but they also have an opportunity to voice it and that is a bit dangerous.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Five minutes after something happened might not be the best time for you to get into your Facebook and tell everybody. Men’s panic does not produce God’s power.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Gratitude without practicing maybe like practicing a faith without good work. A grateful heart is not enough without a grateful habit; because your joy is not produced by what you put in your heart but by habit you put in your life.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Be careful because God’s gifts alone are not able to give you joy; God’s gift can only bring you joy when they are joined with your gratitude.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I am a bit old fashion but I believe in prayer, I believe prayer can move mountain. Prayer might not be our responsibility but it is a good starting place. It can give us heaven’s prospectives on human problems. I know we need to do a bit more than pray but that doesn’t mean we don’t need to pray.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Maybe what you need in your life is not the next level of accomplishment or the next level of accumulation but the next level of appreciation for what you have; that will set the stage to make a space for what you will accumulate in the future. ( a bit deep) Simply put thank God for now before setting the goal for tomorrow because if you grow in gifts and didn’t grow in gratitude, you have gained nothing.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I don’t want to settle down because God has satisfied me and heard my prayers. I want to stay hungry and thirsty for the things of God.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Learn to eat with your enemies all around you but most of all thank God for his presence. Keep your eyes fixed to the presence of God in the presence of your enemies.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I have learned to thank God for what I cannot see, I have learned to trust God with what I cannot.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Thank God #EVEN# #THOUGH# in bad times not only in your good; this is a graduated form of gratitude.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“When you praise God in pain, it is preparing you for provision.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“If God gives you a gift and you don’t know what to do with it, it won’t make you happy. Some of you God gave a wonderful husband but you can’t make a home and some of you God gave a wonderful wife but you can’t make a good husband. Some of you can’t even unwrap the gift so that you can appreciate it.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“When you learn to have the heart of praise in the presence of your enemies, you set the table; if you can work with God in darkness enough depending on the light that He showed you in the last season, you will learn to read your enemies as a sign that it is time to eat. ( a bit deep). Whenever you sense a crisis in your life, note that your harvest is near.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Do you know that you can be surrounded by all these blessings, all these relationships, goodness, provisions, opportunities? But if you don’t know how to turn the blessing into praise, it will turn into pride and your life will never be filled with joy because your heart has holes in it.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God made my enemies to serve me in my absence. God made the things that conspired to destroy me feed me into the place that He was preparing for me. I am a big girl and I can handle trouble and my enemies.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Whenever you are in transition it is always important to choose the words that you use. You call it crises in your life and I call it transition.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“All the failures in my life freed me from all my fears so that I can succeed.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God prepared a table before me in the presence of my insecurity, in the presence of my deficits, in the presence of my addictions, in the presence of my confusions, in the presence of what I have lost, in the presence of the threat that I won’t make it, in the presence of my enemies, I am looking straight ahead.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Be careful the mistake of yesterday always lives with tomorrow.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“This is not the first time that the world has been in a mess but you are still God, you left us on the earth, not only to preach in a building but to be the church beyond the buildings.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“At a time like this maybe the world is looking at us not just at a miracle crusade or sunday church service but the way we are living. Maybe they want to see whether what our Master left for us worked for us; there is a counter spirit to the spirit of fear, it is the love of God.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God always wants us to see things from heaven’s prospective. You may not be doing much to your community but what you are is so important. You are significant.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Christians we cannot be allowed to be fractured at a time like this. There are more of us, there are more of light in us than in the agents of darkness.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“If you never listen, you can’t see. The devil has got so many people so disconnected that they cannot even listen or even sense when the Lord is speaking.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Before we can fix the situation, we have to first see the situation, the world can’t see straight right now, some are blinded by hatred, rage, fear, scepticism, some are blinded by their pains.
We need to pray…pray that God open our eyes to see the problem from the source and not from the surface.
You cannot solve a situation that you cannot see correctly.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The agenda of the Media is not to inform you, they don’t care about you, they are trying to show you the truth. There are some intelligent Christians but they can’t find them and put on the air …for instance me”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“There must be something that God knows about fear that we don’t know. I am sure He knows that when you are in a state of fear, you can’t fix anything. When we are in a state of fear we can’t talk about anything reasonable and we can’t solve anything. That is the problem because the media throws all lies on us to create fear and we fall for it….Number one Satan’s strategy of getting some people trapped.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Sometimes what not to do is more important than what to do. Sometimes when you are in crisis, when frustration are high or when you are under pressure, what you don’t do is more important than what you do. Don’t be afraid. ….”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“How about we be the light of Jesus Christ? There are things we tend to forget when fear becomes the driving force. The world is filled with a lot of questions now; what do we do? Who do we elect? How do we fix this? Some people feel powetless in those ways. Helpless, hopeless, confused, overwhelmed.
What do we do?
My answer: Stop looking for practical advice “don’t be afraid ” “those who are with us are more than those who are with them”
2 kings 6:16”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The things I call crisis and all the things that were coming after me are all coming to serve the purpose of God in my life.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The presence of crisis does not prove the absence of God. I think in time of crisis Christians should rise up and point to the world on something bigger. The crisis is an opportunity for us to proclaim to the children of darkness what we proclaim in the light.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Man’s panic does not produce God’s power…..sometimes you need to pray before you post on social media.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Man is only a forgetful mortal, but God — He sees, hears and remembers everything.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Fantasy like thought that no man could rain
Just let her reign
Run wild with her unafraid
Of any rain storms
They only wash the mud away and make way
For double rainbows and sunny days”
― Maquita Donyel Irvin, Stories of a Polished Pistil: Lace and Ruffles

“All my pains has always increased my sense of purpose.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“And so I tell you, restless one, that no matter what happens, when things get dark, look to the light, and keep moving forward in faith.”
― Seth Adam Smith, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern

“Faith is to believe that which you do not yet see; and the reward of this faith is to see that which you believe. – Saint Augustine of Hippo P.g64”
― Rhonda Byrne, The Power

“God was there, and yet people believed they still had to go on looking, because it seemed too simple to accept that life was an act of faith.”
― Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

“People always say that they want to understand so that they can believe. But in MY reality it’s just the opposite. I believe because I DON’T understand. I HAVE to believe, because there’s no other way to explain what I’m seeing, feeling, or experiencing.”
― Sean Patrick Flanery

“I thank God for schools that are serious about the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are vital to perpetuating our faith through your generation and beyond.”
― James C. Dobson, Life on the Edge: The Next Generation’s Guide to a Meaningful Future

“22. Faith in God is like believing a man can walk over Niagara Falls on a tightrope while pushing a wheelbarrow. Trust in God is like getting in the wheelbarrow! To believe God can do something miraculous is one thing; to risk His willingness to do it in your life is another.”
― James C. Dobson, Life on the Edge: The Next Generation’s Guide to a Meaningful Future

“En réponse à cette sorcellerie, les lames runiques de Skynth s’illuminèrent et se couvrirent d’une fine pellicule glacée alors qu’une litanie enflait dans les rangs des défenseurs :

Si les Dieux d’Yskaz le veulent…
L’on siégera à leur droite
Sous les étoiles cristallines et moirées
Dans les glaces scintillantes

Si les Dieux d’Yskaz le veulent…
L’on passera à leur gauche
Sur les brisants nuées pâles et mouvantes
Dans les Landes Figées

Si les Dieux d’Yskaz le veulent…

Le peuple d’Yskaz affectionnait les runes de froid au combat et l’on disait volontiers dans les cinq royaumes que le baiser d’une lame en acier d’Yskaz était plus froid que la mort elle-même.”
― Cyrille Mendes, Les Épieurs d’Ombre

“Once a person falls in the fields of love, all the rules are already broken; the lover becomes open an exalted in ways that transcend the local issues as well as the commonly held beliefs. Love, like genuine devotion, will find a way. Where duty becomes replaced with love, a greater and deeper faith will blossom forth.”
― Michael Meade, Why the World Doesn’t End: Tales of Renewal in Times of Loss

“Whenever you jump off a cliff at GOD’s command, be sure that you will fly! Either by soaring on the palm of His hands or on the parachute of that command or you will suddenly have wings pop out and sustain you in the air. Either way, you will be flying and He’ll be the one behind it all.”
― TemitOpe Ibrahim

“Despondency, is not a virtue; I believe it is a vice. I am heartily ashamed of myself for falling into it, but I am sure there is no remedy for it like a holy faith in God.”
― Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students

“In your walk with Christ, you shall meet crises, but, when crises arise, remember Christ!”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“God sees in you what you can’t see in yourself. Remember to keep the faith and never give up!”
― Prophetess Dina Rolle

“Grief
You plunge one in many emotions
Betrayal, Despair, Depression, Fear, Anger
Grief
You are more difficult to face than Death
Grief
Please let my faith stay stronger than you
Grief
I so wish you eventually lose out to love
(Page 58)”
― Neena Verma, A Mother’s Cry… A Mother’s Celebration

“Another version of the “Prosperity Gospel” or “Name It and Claim It” teaching has to do with finding a verse in the Bible and then “claiming” that verse. Proponents of this thinking believe that God must fulfill his promise to us in whatever verse we are “claiming” because what God says in his Word, the Bible, is true, and we can trust it to be true.

So someone might pray: God, your Word says in Isaiah that by your stripes we are healed and I know you are not a liar and that your Word is true and I claim that Scripture in Jesus’s name and therefore I will be healed of this stomachache!

We need to have faith in what the Bible says, but we have to be careful that we aren’t trying to force God to do what we want. That is arrogance rather than humility.God loves us, but we cannot demand things of him as though our faith is in charge rather than God.

If someone believes it is our faith that heals us and forgets that it is God who does it, we should ask that person how much faith Lazarus had.

Remember, he was decomposing in a tomb when Jesus raised him from death. His faith obviously didn’t matter. It was all God. It is God and God’s grace that heals, not our prayers and not our “faith.” Though we are exhorted by God to pray to him, we cannot compel him to do what we wish.”
― Eric Metaxas, Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life

“God can take the ordinary and create the extraordinary. Our incredible God has the power to transform your simple life and give you the life of your dreams. Remarkable things happen in your life when you believe.”
― Amaka Imani Nkosazana, Heart Crush

“I have seen the light in the wilderness and I must follow it.”
― Seth Adam Smith, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern

“I shall not repent of my faith.”
― Seth Adam Smith, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern

“Faith is the deepest and truest form of magic.”
― Seth Adam Smith, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern

“Faith can turn the night to light.”
― Seth Adam Smith, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern

“Without faith, you are as a crow who has forgotten his ability to fly; you peck at the dark, muddy earth when the bright mountains lie before you.”
― Seth Adam Smith, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern

“Praying to God involves both us and God. God wants us to participate in what he is doing, and for sure one of the main ways we participate in what he is doing is by prayer. We can also participate in what he is doing by feeding the hungry and helping the poor and caring for the sick and giving of our resources to those who have little. God wants us to partner with him. So there is a paradox at work, and a mystery. On the one hand, the Bible says that apart from God we can do nothing. And yet, on the other hand, God invites us to do some things with him. This is at the heart of the mystery of prayer. God wants us to use our faith and to pray. But we can focus so much on the importance of our faith and our prayers that we forget about God and think it is our faith and our prayers that perform the miracle, rather than the God to whom we pray and in whom we have faith as we pray.”
― Eric Metaxas, Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life

“we refer to the Middle Ages as ages of faith; a time in which men believed a heavenly Jerusalem above the sky much as they believed an earthly Sion beyond the sea; when the whole of their thought was of a piece with their theology…those were days when a thoughtful soul here or there could realize some unity of mental vision. The fact should be admitted, however we regard it – whether as the stultifying tyranny of dogma or as an enviable single-mindedness; an ideal too easily realized, no doubt, in a plentiful dearth of empirical knowledge, and yet establishing a standard after which perplexed modernity may strive.”
― Jocelyn Gibb, Light on C. S. Lewis

“When you do away with God you become your own god, because you recognise no greater power in the universe than yourself.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I have graduated to the extent of not asking what is happening in my life because I trust the maker(God).”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“…I fell asleep and had a dream that a king was liquidated by a group of kind faces….”
― Maquita Donyel Irvin, Stories of a Polished Pistil: Lace and Ruffles

“I have my priorities and I know my purpose. I do not Praise God because of my pain but I praise Him because of what the pain is producing.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“If you can feed in the presence of your enemies, if you can be blessed under the weight of burdens, when you praise God in pain, it is preparation for provision.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“she was completely whole
and yet never fully complete”
― Maquita Donyel Irvin, Stories of a Polished Pistil: Lace and Ruffles

“With God, a mountain before me is soon to be a memory behind me.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“They took one look at me,
And hated my black face.
They took one look at me,
And decided on my fate.
They took one look at me,
And forced an unknown fear.
They took one look at me,
And caused the shed of tears.
They took one look at me,
And decided I was wrong.
They took one look at me,
And now I’m singing the slave mans song…”
― N’Zuri Za Austin

“Christ’s Atonement provides more than an opportunity to live a happy life later; it promises and provides for a remarkable life now.”
― Toni Sorenson

“On the other side of self-doubt comes a confidence from faith in the process. Even though our destination may be a long way off, each day we rise with a subtle smile as if we have already achieved it, because, when we are truly committed to a task, we already have.”
― Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu

“I write about myself so you can fathom a personification of sadness. About God because when you asked me if I were religious I told you faith is what I try my darndest to keep dearest. About fear so that I gradually gain perspectives between the night sky and stars. About love because that concept seems out of reach I am not built with the capacity for much. About a leaf falling because tears are pretty much similar. About romance because hope sometimes settles in the dark. About nature because forces are both abstract and concrete it blows the temple in my heart. About loneliness so I can hear you say I am not the only one feeling that way. I write about feelings so I can cope with the fear that they might one day not be able to come again. About hell because there are odds and possibilities. About us because there are odds and possibilities, albeit lesser. About heaven because days are too warm here I hope it rains tonight. I write about death so when it comes it tastes like rain, at night, in heaven. I write about you so perhaps you won’t forget to remember me.”
― Noor Iskandar

“Peace is a place of unhindered enjoyment of friendship beyond guilt, suspicion, blame of inferiority”
― François Du Toit, The Mirror Bible

“Faith is the blind heart that sees better than an opened eye”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“Life is cold, but I will put on my clothes and wear my shoes”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“Just last week I was telling a dear friend how I’d rather not exist in a world where toxic thrives. There are so much enmity plaguing this creed, how we hurt others because we think our idea of faith is supreme, how our interpretation of knowledge is above theirs, how every little whisper we turn into a howl. We forget that only He knows. Our existence are but mysteries; who are we to scar, to burn, to leave marks, to solve this enigma for others, to play God.

The Friday prayer sermon just this afternoon, spoke to me in such illuminating affirmations. Knowledge, especially in faith, is akin to Light. Light binds, not divides. We seek light not out of fear of the darkness but at a promise to gain clarity. This is our intimate journey, how we move towards that Light is ours to make. Like a blind man, like moths at night, a child yearning, just do not stand in their paths, my friend. Your forehead kisses the same Earth like they do, your knees bend the same curve, and each night, your spine collapses just the same. Do not be the lips that question an arm sleeved with tattoos or hair uncovered by cloth or sins not yours, instead be lips that observes silence, kindness and always, prayers for all. I hope your heart does not make space for words like “Kafir”, “infidel”, “shirk” and instead be a room with gardens and an ocean of calmness. Even our Beloved won’t be a judge for another being; Let God

You seek knowledge not to draw boundaries between yourself and others, you seek for this overwhelming gravity of unknowing needs you to always be finding ways to be closer to Him. You seek knowledge to know Him not to make known to others. You have every right to continue seeking, to have your palms heavenwards every night begging to be illuminated. This is your deeper conversation, go on, just you and God.”
― Noor Iskandar

“God is my Rock. Without Him, I am nothing, not even an abnormally normal being with the desire to live, and make a difference in this world.”
― Kcat Yarza, KCAT CAN: I have a pen that writes

“Life is cold; I will put on my clothes and wear my shoes”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“Faith is not a crime. Blind obedience should be. Too many years wasted in strict adherence to fabricated laws could damn a religion to oblivion.”
― Kirsten Beyer, Atonement

“In the end, our attitude towards life depends on our faith − faith in ourselves, faith in humanity and a bigger faith in God.”
― Kcat Yarza, KCAT CAN: I have a pen that writes

“Keep hoping. Be patient and diligent. Never give up. Hold on to your faith. God helps us when we show Him that we are willing to help ourselves.”
― Kcat Yarza, KCAT CAN: I have a pen that writes

“If we want a miracle, we’ve got to surrender all our faith.”
― Toni Sorenson, Aligned By Christ

“Faith and Hope are spiritual graces from God; therefore, to look at a situation and to say that ‘it is hopeless’; or to look at one’s self, and to say that ‘I am hopeless’, is closing the door in the face of God.”
― Kcat Yarza, KCAT CAN: I have a pen that writes

“I have learned that friendship without faith is useless. Friendship entails faith in oneself that you’ll remain loyal to this bond, and faith in your friends that you will be there for them at all times. The most important of all is the biggest faith in God and in making Him the center of all our relationships.”
― Kcat Yarza, KCAT CAN: I have a pen that writes

“Had I been further along in my Christian walk and more focused on serving God rather than myself, I might have seen that. But I still had a long way to go in my faith. In my mind, being a Christian meant that God loved me and that He wanted me to be happy, healthy, and successful. I’d been listening to CDs that taught me how to transform my mind, when I should have been immersing myself in the Bible so God could transform my heart through His Word. Up to that point, I’d been treating God like a genie in a lamp, making childish wishes and then waiting for Him to deliver.

But God didn’t send His Son to die on the cross so that one day I could become a famous fashion model. He doesn’t exist to serve me; I exist to serve Him.”
― Kylie Bisutti, I’m No Angel: From Victoria’s Secret Model to Role Model

“I didn’t want to want what I wanted. I wanted to want what He wanted for me.”
― Toni Sorenson, Aligned By Christ

“Your words are so powerful that they can break
hearts or fill them with joy. Your words have
the ability to comfort a wounded soul or shatter
someone’s confidence. Your words can act as your
messengers of hope or a salve for a broken human
being.”
― Rachel C. Weingarten, Ancient Prayer: Channeling Your Faith 365 Days of the Year

“You create what you speak. So, speak a better world.
Speak a happier and more loving life. Speak your
despair and let it lead you back to your truth.”
― Rachel C. Weingarten, Ancient Prayer: Channeling Your Faith 365 Days of the Year

“The world can be a great big scary place,
and finding a soul mate is no simple task.
But if you’re lucky enough to do just that,
sometimes that’s all that you need: one person
to belong to—who also belongs to you.”
― Rachel C. Weingarten, Ancient Prayer: Channeling Your Faith 365 Days of the Year

“As human beings, we tend to describe our vast
universe and complicated emotions by comparing
them to things we already know and comprehend.
And many of us suffer by comparison.”
― Rachel C. Weingarten, Ancient Prayer: Channeling Your Faith 365 Days of the Year

“There’s much talk in popular culture about finding
happiness—as though if you aren’t grinning ear to
ear 24 hours a day you’re somehow missing out on
life.”
― Rachel C. Weingarten, Ancient Prayer: Channeling Your Faith 365 Days of the Year

“God sends someone for each and every one of us to help with our loss. We just have to accept it.”
― Saim .A. Cheeda

“I think believing in something is what matters most.
Believe in nature or believe in love or believe that by
doing the right thing you can make some difference
to another human being or an entire generation.”
― Rachel C. Weingarten, Ancient Prayer: Channeling Your Faith 365 Days of the Year
“He who says “Better to go without belief forever than believe a lie!” merely shows his own preponderant private horror of becoming a dupe… This fear he slavishly obeys… For my own part, I have also a horror of being duped; but I can believe that worse things than being duped may happen to a man in this world… It is like a general informing his soliders that it is better to keep out of battle forever than to risk a single wound. Not so are victories either over enemies or over nature gained. Our errors are surely not so awfully solumn things. In a world where we are certain to incur them in spite of all our caution, a certain lightness of heart seems healthier than this excessive nervousness on their behalf.”
― William James, The Will to Believe, Human Immortality and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy

“There is always someone to forgive, if not another, than yourself.”
― Deborah L. Robinson

“…I fell asleep and had a dream that a king was liquidated by a group of kind faces…”
― Maquita Donyel Irvin

“You push the TRUTH off a cliff, but it will always fly. You can submerge the TRUTH under water, but it will not drown. You can place the TRUTH in the fire, but it will survive. You can bury the TRUTH beneath the ground, but it will arise. TRUTH always prevails!”
― Amaka Imani Nkosazana, Heart Crush

“Walk gently, and be brave.”
― Eleanor Brownn

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Never throw out anyone.”
― Audrey Hepburn

“The actuality that the heart does not want to feel, doesn’t negate the certitude that it once felt and will still feel.”
― Itohan Eghide, Master of Maxims

“I Am ! Two powerful words…. You must confess… I Am who God called me to be. I Am a Success. I Am not what you think of me. I Am more than a conqueror. I Am walking by Faith. I Am a Gift.”
― Amaka Imani Nkosazana, Release The Ink

“Biggest tragedy of life is when God ask us to glorify Him for our sakes but we choose to glorify self for satan’s good.”
― indonesia123

“Have faith in the future and accept your fate.”
― Navy Topaz, Drop-Dead Gorgeous

“What “wasting time” means? At the time we glorify self instead of glorify God, at that time we are wasting our time as… God is Time.”
― indonesia123

“Greatest irony of life is living in self glory while glorifying God which is the ultimate joy is left behind.”
― indonesia123

“Let go and let God. Don’t dwell on your past mistakes. When you do that, your past keeps you from moving forward. The wonder of the Atonement is that you don’t have to be the same person you were yesterday, last year or even a minute ago. Through Christ, and through the power of repentance, you are continually being reborn.”
― Toni Sorenson, Aligned By Christ

“Do you really want to know the simplest secret to a happy life and a positive attitude? It’s believing that God is on your side; that He’s actively working on your behalf, that he loves you and is capable of completely forgiving you.”
― Toni Sorenson, Aligned By Christ

“You’re a child of God. You don’t need to ever struggle with feelings of inferiority or defeat. You might make mistakes and find yourself off the straight and narrow path from time to time. No fears. No despair. Just turn around in the road and head back toward home. I promise you that Christ will be your willing guide.”
― Toni Sorenson

“An attitude adjustment from the inside out is what it will take to get you to change direction. The truth is God is on your side, no matter how far you’ve wandered. He still loves you. He still needs you. Your sins don’t define you. He does.”
― Toni Sorenson, Aligned By Christ

“Being meek does not make you weak. You’re not someone who sways with changing circumstances. You don’t allow yourself to be used. You’re not passive or spineless. Your faith is in the Almighty, so you know that you are mighty.”
― Toni Sorenson, Aligned By Christ

“When we go through life believing that we need mercy, we’re more likely to extend it. As humans our tendency is to want justice for others, but mercy for ourselves.
It doesn’t work that way. We reap what we sow. (Galatians 6:7) And the timing isn’t ours—it’s God’s. He often extends us mercy, not when we are well behaved, but when we are miserable, helpless, wicked, ungodly, and powerless. Even when we bring on our problems by our own choices, His mercy comes when we cry for it. To refuse to cry for it because we feel unworthy, is a win for Satan.”
― Toni Sorenson, Aligned By Christ

“We forget that the power of God isn’t in a weapon or a leader, but within us.”
― Toni Sorenson, Aligned By Christ

“When we take our doubts and questions to Christ, we get truthful answers. We get complete answers. We get the love, wisdom, and support we need.”
― Toni Sorenson, Aligned By Christ

“I must look at the ‘nature’ of God, not the ‘nature’ of the challenge. For the former means everything and the latter means nothing.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Well, they say there is no real faith without doubt.”
― Lorna Jane Cook, Outside Wonderland

“Life on Earth indeed can seem but one hard-earned lesson after another, with moments of grace and beauty in between to keep people sane, and hopeful. While some die peacefully at the natural end of a long, well-lived life, even they still haven’t completed everything they meant to, or lived without regret.

And some of us thought we’d have more time to things right. I tell myself that at least we planted some seeds- ideas of love, and faith, and loyalty- that are starting to show signs of growth. Time will tell.”
― Lorna Jane Cook, Outside Wonderland

“The only way to take command of your life is to realize that you are never going to be in control of it.”
― Toni Sorenson

“When facts give way to faith, then and only then do you unlock the possibilities within.”
― TemitOpe Ibrahim

“What we choose to embrace, to be responsive to, is the purest reflection of who we are and what we love. That is why faith, the choice to believe, is, in the final analysis, an action that is positively laden with moral significance.”
― Terryl L. Givens, The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life

“To step into God’s will is a step into a different realm, even though your feet remain on firma terra.”
― Toni Sorenson

“All men have their FEARS. But those who face their fears with FAITH have COURAGE as well.”
― Thomas S. Monson

“There is no need for me to worry, I’ve already been here so
many times and each time I have made it through
alive”
― Michael Dodson Jr.

“Do you realize that you have the power to design a life that’s meaningful and even remarkable? You and God are in a family partnership. He has not only blessed you with mortal breath, but with a purpose-filled life. He’s given you power and will to control that life. This is a gift that He will never take from you. But when you humble yourself and give your will back to him, your life will be nothing short of miraculous.”
― Toni Sorenson, Aligned By Christ

“Positive minds full of faith and hope produce positive lives.”
― Toni Sorenson, Aligned By Christ

“Sometimes the fact that you can’t sense God isn’t an indication that He is not there. It is just an indication that you are hanging out in the wrong place.The cave is not a physical location, it is a state of mind.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“You will always end up in frustration whenever you try to produce outside your purpose.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Don’t think because you can’t affect something at a great level that God can’t use you in a great way. David didn’t even train one day with the armies but He won the war. He didn’t even have a weapon but he killed a giant.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Dear Lord please show me what really matters so that I may be able to determine what is distraction and God’s direction in my life.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“We always think that God’s presence is always provided to fix our problems but what if God’s presence is more about fixing your perspectives? So that you will have a new way to see your problems. If you didn’t make your bed before leaving home this morning, no angel is going to make your bed for you, it is still going to be as you left it till you come back.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Real faith looks beneath the surface. Real faith knows that faith works sometimes in dark places. Real faith knows that sometimes in order to see a change, you will have to steer through your situation to really see it.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God’s perspectives requires persistence. To have God’s perspective in the world we live in requires persistence.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“If you work by faith and not by sight, you will always see a sign. You have to develop a space of comfort to know that there is a difference between signs and sounds, it means God will tell you that He will make a change in your life but He won’t show you anything to demonstrate the change for a little while because He doesn’t want your faith to be in the change; He wants your faith to be in the promise, so that when the change is a bit slow in coming, you will know how to trust in Him while you wait for it to come to pass.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Have you ever asked yourself this question “what can God do through me?” The preacher has no platform if the people has no sense of mission.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“In dealing with us, God always starts with our motives. What do you want for the people? What does God wants for his people? What do you want Him to do for you; that’s is a starting place.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Blind barthimus used his mouth and his feet to affect what wasn’t working in his life? What do you use to affect what’s not working in your life? God is not interested in your perfection, He is interested in your participation. It is your participation that attracts the presence of God.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“What is your motive when you go to church? To feed or to be fed? To serve or to be served? To worship or to be worshipped? To praise or to be praised? To teach or to learn? To give or to receive?
Remember the woman with the issue of blood did not met Jesus in the church. Blind barthimus was blind though he could hear did not see Jesus but heard about Jesus passing; I am just wondering how many people have heard about Jesus through you?
Who was this man interested in? Your answer might be Jesus of course but definitely not. The man loves himself and so was seeking healing even when the crowd could not allow him see Jesus.
Let the crowd in the church not deceive you because God usually speak to one. (A bit deep).”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Why do people go to church on Sundays? A question that is very complicated because I know what the answer is supposed to be but I do not really know the answer.
. I think people go because it is a kind of tradition
. I think some goes because someone told them if tgey do not they might go to hell
. Maybe some go to look for a wife or husband ☺
. Maybe some go to church to display their latest designer shoes or handbags
. Some goes just to please their Pastor
. Some people go to church because they love the music or the preaching
. Some goes because of some social reasons and friendship
. Some have it in their mind that they will experience the presence of God in the church
. Some goes to church because of miracle
. Some goes to church when they are expecting something maybe child, comfort, marriage, work etc.
. Some felt it is an obligation to give God a day out of the seven days he created
Let me tell you that church is not there to entertain you, Ephesians 3:20… there are things going on in the church that some people barely know about.
Ask yourself today why do I go to church. I am sure a sincere answer will help you.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I don’t just have only the peace of God, I do also have a God who gives peace, not just resources but the revelation of His presence.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Be anxious for no thing, be concerned about the state of your soul and that of your children, be concerned about God’s work in the world; these are genuine concern but when it comes to the things in your life…..be not anxious. If God is for us who can be against us?”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God’s voice will be heard in the cave but only His visions will be revealed to you on the mountain. (A bit deep). God will always love you and will always speak to you but when you lose your perspective, you won’t see his plan.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God wants to use you right where you are with what you have not what you do not have.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Sometimes God wraps destiny in what we perceive as just another day. The same day that David’s father asked him to go and deliver bread to his brothers in the field was the same day that God used him to bring goliath down. Take every minute in your life serious.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Some people want to kill goliath but they do not want to attend to sheep. How can God use you to kill giants if you cannot follow simple instructions?”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Sometimes we want God to use us to do big things when we would not even want to do the basics.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“You don’t have to position yourself in front of people to be used by God. You don’t have to convince anyone that you are good enough for the voice of God, just be grateful that God chooses who He wills and once He is ready to use you, no devil in hell can stop Him.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“You can’t disappoint what God has appointed.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“If you can’t see the assets in you, it will be hard for you to export it to the world. Recognise who you are and the world will recognise you.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“People run around looking for millions of likes in their life and on the social media but do you know what? If you get just one true like from just one who loves you the most, it surpasses all other millions. God loves you the most even without make over.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“In God’s presence I find peace that is much deeper than any disappointment. I will grow and I understand I can’t grow myself, that is why I need God and His grace.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“We are all planted in God’s vineyard and our lives are filled with potentials and purpose and we have all been given the hopes to anchor our lives even in the most disappointed times. So God is waiting to see what you and I will make out of the raw materials that He has given to us. He is waiting to see what we will make out of the discouragement and disappointment. I believe that in those deepest places of disappointment that the greatest grace will manifest.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I am so glad that God’s disappointment in me is not greater than his love and I still have a Destiny. I am growing in grace and mercy because that is the only soil that can produce the kind of life that God desires.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“If I should be available to everyone, I will eventually end up with nothing to give to anyone. So the greatest gift you can receive from me is my time. Count yourself lucky if I give you a minute of my hour.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Some people are disappointed in their life because they are trying to use the tools that God did not authorised them to use in their life, trying to build on a purpose that is not even attached in their personality.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“In God’s Kingdom there are no overnight sensations or flash-in-the-pan successes.
Anyone who wants to be used of God will experience hidden years in the backside of the desert. During that time the Lord is polishing, sharpening and preparing us to fit into His bow, so at the right time, like “a polished shaft” He can launch us into fruitful service. The invisible years are years of serving, studying, being faithful in another person’s ministry and doing the behind-the-scenes work. The Bible says, ‘God is not unjust; he will not forget your work’ (Hebrews 6:10 NIV 2011 Edition). Be patient; when the time is right He will bring forth the fruit He placed inside you.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Do you know where your breakthrough begins? Your breakthrough begins where your excuses ends.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“If the sky was full of stars and you didn’t have one, don’t be sad, maybe the moon will be yours one day.”
― Eyden I.

“The forgiveness of God flows through me and because I am forgiven, I can forgive.”
― Patience Johnson

“If negative emotions have gain access into your heart, it is because you have given it attention. If memories of pain and hurt dominates your heart, it is because you gave them attention. How can a memory hurt you when it has only happened? It can only hurt you when you give it attention.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Love, inspirational, life, humor, philosophy, truth, wisdom, happiness, god, hope, romance, death, inspirational-quotes, quotes, faith, poetry,writing, inspiration, knowledge
Religion, education, success, relationships, funny, science, life-lessons, books, motivational, spirituality, dreams, fear, freedom, intelligence, friendship, humour, war, motivation, time, women, beauty, reading, art, politics, Christianity, soul, leadership, pain, change, history, people, marriage, nature, peace, music, heart, self-help, spiritual”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Evil is real but God is greater.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God always have a perfect way for every imperfect situations.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Could it be that while you are waiting for God to come down and help you, God is also waiting for you to get up? Maybe your breakthrough never happen when your situation changes but when you make a determination within yourself without excuses or blaming anybody and not waiting for anyone and stop praying that your situation change but let God change you. Let your prayer be God change me, God work in me, spring out the rivers of living water within me and I bet you, this is where the breakthrough begins.
☺just a thought and something to ponder on….”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“When I call on God, I am not trying to get his attention and I am not trying to get Him to notice me. In all this my journey with Him two questions usually comes to my mind, they are; am I paying attention to him or am I trying to get his attention?”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Is it not funny, in the presence of an unlimited God, we will still be stucked? Sometimes faith overwrites the fact, that some people have not come to realise. Stop giving excuses and telling God what is happening around you. You have the tools.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“For those of you who are begging God for a breakthrough, this is not the way of getting something from your heavenly father, you don’t have to beg him for what He already bought for you, you don’t have to beg Him for what He died to give you. You don’t have to convince people, you don’t have to convince anybody if God likes to do a work in your life, it is done.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The more desperate the situation, the more opportunity for miracle. If you need something from God, you need to be at the right place, the right position and at the right time”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Do you want to feel better or do you want to get well are two different things. Some people go to church to feel better but never get well. Some come to church for comfort and leave unchanged. And that is what sin represents. ..it is a place to be comfortable thereby feeling normal in your own disfunction.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Stop praying to God to change your marriage or your finances because you might end up seeing that you are the one that need the change not your marriage or finances.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“If you ask me I think the greatest breakthrough each and everyone of us need is not on finance, marriage, work, relationship, own house, car but self. The first breakthrough should start from being selfish.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Sometimes we are asking God to reveal his presence, provisions and purpose in our lives and we pray like we are trying to get God’s attention but I think prayer has less with getting God’s attention but He getting mine.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“It is weird to me on how people will come to church frequently and have absolutely no desire or intention to change anything about their life based on what they experienced in the church.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The reason some people do not experience God in their life is the same reason that we do not notice that something is going wrong with our marriage untill we arrive in a divorce court or that something is wrong with our child until we got a phone call from the police station . Simply put….Because we do not pay attention”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Have you ever make out time to ask God if there is anything or anybody you need to drop in your life? Are you still holding on to offences? When is the right time to drop it?
I am sure once you make this attempt He will show you.
I declare that God is going to set some captives free.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Offence is an event, offended is a decision. Offence and offended we have to live through it but to stay offended? To live in that place denies the very nature of the salvation that you claimed to have received.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“You have a standing invitation to experience God’s presence but you have to pay attention because attention creates access.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Being married or being in a close relationship is not based on how quickly you can get offended but on how you are ready to drop the offences, get over it and move ahead.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Before Marriage opposite attracts, after marriage opposite attacks☺. Just telling you the truth.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God takes two and make them one but satan takes one and make it two.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The closer the relationship, the greater the opportunities for intimacy. However the greater the opportunity the closer to offence. (A bit deep). Nobody can really make you mad more than someone that you really love. Nobody can hurt you like the somebody you have given your heart to.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The enemies agenda is destruction, his strategy is division and his tactics is on little differences. Mind you he is not going to be happy until he sees you divided.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“What starts in the heart doesn’t stay in the heart, it either turn into action or words.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Long before something happens in our life, it happened in our heart.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Freedom comes from focus, focus brings freedom. Focus on fear you will always be in prison, focus on faith and is nothing the world can keep you knocked down.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“If God can help us locate demands, He can also help us locate the leaks.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Spiritual leaders, priests and prophets are lamps burning in the dark, seeking meaning for humanity.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Why do religious believers hate unbelievers? The feel threatened by them, they feel besieged by them. Religions consider themselves as separate tribes in their own rights and feel like unbelievers will one day overrun their strongholds”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Give me something to worship; whatever.” Cries the human soul”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Some people are so stiff and inhumane as the dogma’s they believe in”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“The open door is never behind you; the open door is always before you. Quit looking at your past life and mistakes. Look unto Jesus who is the Author and Perfector of our faith. Your open door is not in the opportunity you missed ten years ago, it is not in some stuffs behind you that you can’t get back. You can’t gain your access by giving attention to your past life.
Your past days are behind you and what God has for you is in front of you. Just pay attention.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Apologetics=faith is weak, lets defend it”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“There is nothing behind the curtains of religions, people put there whatever their imaginations can fathom”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Science cannot disprove god. Science studies the things that are. The eternal question is who or what made them to be”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Why doesn’t the pope convert to Calvinism? Why doesn’t the Dalai Lama, convert to Christianity, why doesn’t Billy Graham convert to Islam, Why doesn’t the Ayatollahs convert to Buddhism, Why isn’t Buddhism swept away? Religious leaders know that all religions are equal; they know that no one of them has the monopoly to the knowledge of God. They know that each religion is trying to find the hidden God and that no one religion can claim to have found him beyond doubt. That’s why they remain where they are and respect each other.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“No one knows what god thinks of anything. He only knows and no one can claim to penetrate into his mysteries. Those who do that are liars and must be avoided at all costs”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“God has not yet revealed himself to no one in no unclear terms. Religions are attempts to find him; on that level they are all equal”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“What is needed is not that a religion be true, meaning that what it claims exist beyond the ink it is written with in a holy book. That is hard to prove. What is important is that a religion be a good system to help us mere mortal deal with our short and troubled life in the universe. Whether what we hope for in the afterlife materializes or not is not important, what is important is that we believe it will materialize and that gives us hope.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“There is a rule in Heaven that says we cannot tell someone something that might shift the living out of their destiny during their lifetime on earth. People must be led by either their mistakes or by their faith, and this is why they cannot be told certain things ahead of time.”
― Kate McGahan, The Lizard from Rainbow Bridge: The Tale of an Unexpected Angel

“No holy book is more inspired than the other. They are all inspired according to their gods.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Anyone can write a holy book, if he feels god is calling him to do so”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Nobody can take your faith away form you. Faith is something you have to lose for yourself.”
― Christina Engela

“One man’s faith is considered idolatry by another”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“A spiritual realm is more obedient than a temporal one. In a spiritual realm, people obey the Supreme Being through his priests; in a temporal realm people don’t obey wholeheartedly as they distrust their corrupt officials.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Religion should teach about hope to come for all, not terror for some”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“I believe despite my doubts, belief gives me power reason takes away”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“False belief is more emotional than true belief”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“You can’t love me if you don’t love you, you can’t think of nothing to do with me if you can’t think of nothing to do with yourself, stop feeling sorry for yourself and tidy up, clean up the apartment until you get a house, do that job until you build your own company. Look at what you have and think on how to make it better.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“There is a throne up there and someone is sitting on it. It is not you, the economy or your government. My God is still on the throne and I shall not worry.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“My faith gives me the ability to say, whatever is next, I’m ready. If it is Hillary or Trump I am ready because they might sit on the desk but they do not sit on the throne.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“You don’t have to feel grateful in order to be grateful.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The size of a plane does not change the weather but it will get you above it. The size of your faith may not change your situation but it will get you over it.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I didn’t get to God by effort or title, I got there by invitation. God can lift you quickly if you let Him. He really cares.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“What you see and what you listen to will determine how high you will go.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Theology is like assuming that there is a black cat in a dark room where in fact there is no black cat, and endeavoring to study the cat’s properties and how it may have evolved from its ancestors.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“There is no where that life problem can take you that God’s presence cannot reach you. There is nothing that people can do to you that can keep God from getting to you.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Good gods are scarce because the majority of gods are created by evil men”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Peace with non-fundamentalists terrifies the fundamentalist because to them, being Christian doesn’t mean just being ‘good’ – it means being ‘better’ than others. Being better that others means having to see them as enemies – and making war on them. The fundamentalist views not being allowed to make war on their enemies as oppression of their faith, or defeat.”
― Christina Engela, Fearotica: An Anthology of Erotic Horror

“Every word that comes after “And the Lord told me. . . “is a pious lie”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Chronic illness is hard. Pain is hard. Isolation is hard. The financial cost is hard. Grieving is hard and necessary and sometimes takes far longer than we every imagined.”
― Cindee Snider Re, Discovering Hope: Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness

“If you expect me to respect your private beliefs and faith and your rights and dignity as a person, how can you actually expect that from me if you are unwilling to reciprocate and continue to incite hatred and the vilification of mine.”
― Christina Engela, Loderunner

“Irony: When those who call others a ‘threat to Christianity’ reject the crucial tenets of their own faith themselves.”
― Christina Engela, Autumn Burning: Dreadtime Stories for the Wicked Soul

“I don’t fear the future. I fear letting it pass by me, without ever trying to make it mine.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“It is easy for those who conflate religion with government to interpret any criticism of government or policy as an ‘attack’ on their ‘faith’.”
― Christina Engela, Loderunner

“Sometimes we believe it is truth, not because it is truth but because it has been made truth by law or tradition. Some of those truths are nothing but dogmatized myths”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“What if illness – the stripping away of our health, our dreams, our understanding of who we are and what our future holds – is really a gift – God offering Himself to us unencumbered by all the noise, all the things that clutter our hearts and so easily fill our days? Because what if that quiet, stripped-away space is where hope is found? Where God leans in close whispering love to our weary souls until it becomes as familiar as the beating of our own hearts?”
― Cindee Snider Re, Discovering Hope: Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness

“Can really anybody put his hand on his heart and profess to know beyond doubt what happens on the other side of this life?”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“We are like other animals; we live and die as they do. If there is any afterlife, I believe we are in together.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Stop blaming evil on the Devil, blame it on the Creator of everything, if you don’t understand, ask Him or at least hope that someday He will reveal it to you”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Doubt never brings anything better; Doubt only gets the goodies of doubt! Shake your doubt!”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“Each mind conceives god in its own way. There may be as many variation of the god figure as there are people in the world”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Much terror in religion is not the will of god, it is created by power hungry clerics who thirst for absolute power and claim it for god. God does not seek power, he is already powerful.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“It’s utter arrogance to think that we can know what god ought to be or do. If we don’t understand we must continue our search or recognize our ignorance”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“If you believe that God is good and that He loves you without regard to whom you are or what you do, you will worship Him wholeheartedly. You will praise him with thanksgiving. If you believe He is angry against you, you will come to him with fear and trying to appease his anger. And you don’t know when His anger will be over. Such a god keeps you in a perpetual psychological anguish. That is the typical kind of god we usually worship. That is the typical god approved by authority.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“All religions are “revealed” and “inspired”. After all nothing happens without the “will” of god.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“You can’t have it both ways. Either you believe in my god or you go to hell”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Ti si moje secanje na bolje dane.”
― Tamara Stamenkovic

“The best way to earn paradise in the afterlife is to create it in your life and in the life of your neighbor”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“We are all sinful. Trouble is that some men consider themselves less sinful than others or holier than others.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Happiness is already in the future because your heart and mind took you there a million times already. It knew.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Nobody can take your faith away from you. Faith is something you have to lose for yourself.”
― Christina Engela, Fearotica: An Anthology of Erotic Horror

“Could our plodding, our daily persevering through a life we didn’t expect, don’t want and didn’t choose, actually bring blessing?”
― Cindee Snider Re, Discovering Hope: Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness

“Don’t be afraid to fall into the sea. Close your eyes and jump, for you will fall on the back of a big fish which will carry you to your destination”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Once you believe that god is not a private property of anybody, you are on your way to becoming a new messiah. Maybe your own if not the world’s”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“You take away my golden dreams and my visions of paradise, in its place you wake me up and hand me your reasons and facts and crude reality. You have ruined my life. If I commit murder or hang myself, let the god I used to pray to repay you in full.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“The eyes of god are upon you, I mean the eyes of society. We are prisoners of societies in which we live”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“God whispered, “You endured a lot. For that I am truly sorry, but grateful. I needed you to struggle to help so many. Through that process you would grow into who you have now become. Didn’t you know that I gave all my struggles to my favorite children? One only needs to look at the struggles given to your older brother Jesus to know how important you have been to me.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“I think we each come out of the womb with some unique way of looking at the world and if we don’t express it, we loose faith in ourselves.”
― Gloria Steinem, Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem

“Don’t create unbelief or doubt in people’s minds. When you do so you ruin their lives and you have nothing to give them in its place. It’s ok if people delude themselves; those delusions keep their day running.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“And that afternoon, as the sun slanted low through the changing autumn leaves, I remembered to savor the moment, soak in the beauty, breathe deeply and feel the immensity of God.”
― Cindee Snider Re, Discovering Hope: Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness

“If we believe that god is the creator of evil, maybe there is evil also in heaven, if that is the case, we are not out of the woods yet”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“When you have doubts about God, the right position to take is agnosticism, atheism is outright arrogance”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“All religions are man-made; God has not yet revealed himself beyond doubt to anybody.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Belief in God puts our life on autopilot. We know that someone up there is watching us and is in control. Losing our faith puts off the autopilot, we have to run it manually, and check if everything is alright for ourselves. No wonder religion has a wide appeal; most of us are lazy and would like a supreme being to be in charge”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“It’s impossible to do science without faith. Sometimes scientists build theories on the premises of faulty assumptions until they discover they were in error and begin again from square one until they discover the true theory. It’s quite different with theologians, they build false theory upon false theory until they give you detailed descriptions of heaven and hell and construct dogmas to protect their errors and if you dare say they are in error they condemn you to eternal damnation they arrived at through false theories”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“There is no difference between ancient and modern paganism. Christianity has five gods: three that band together against one who apparently has managed to stand his ground for millennia, and a mother of god who is worshiped at the same level as the other members of the quadrinity”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“On close analysis, it would seem that there is a possibility that we are god’s robots”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“I believe only in one God, creator of everything that exists, visible and invisible, good and evil. I believe that he will ultimately save every soul and give it eternal life.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Yes an atheist priest can perfectly minister to a believing congregation and miracles can happen in that congregation. Miracles depend on the faith of the believer, not that of the officiant. A bartender who never takes alcohol can serve alcohol to his clients. What is necessary is that the priest believes he is doing the good work. The congregation needs faith and it helps them. It would be evil to deny them such a service in the name of his lack of faith. – Bangambiki Habyarimana”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“I don’t believe god has a darling tribe or nation, all tribes and nations are his darlings.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Religion is pure hypnosis”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Religion is a theory about everything that needs to be proved only after death; those who prove or disprove it never come back to us to tell the story”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“We all want to become more than we are, we want to live forever, that is why we hate death and create the afterlife.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“The more time you invest into studying religion, the more likely you are to disbelieve in the gods”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“All religions are guesswork”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“My gut instinct is that these heavens and hells exist nowhere else except in our hearts and minds”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Don’t curse the gods; you will feel shame when you have to call on them for help”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“People need to get smart and understand that politics is a wrong bussiness for ugly people and those ugly people are “Politicians” so please do not trust politicians and do not have any faith in politic.”
― Arash Tabish

“A willing heart will believe anything and die for anything”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“God is powerful. Even those who claim not to believe in him fear him. Though their mouths may confess to disbelieve in him, their hearts yearn for him.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“All atheists will go to heaven. If god exists, not believing in him does not take him away and he cannot justly condemn those who seek him earnestly and cannot find him. He would even reward their earnest search for him.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“He is an atheist anyone who does not believe in my god and the wrath of god is upon him; I am in my right to meet that wrath on him,” thunders the fanatic”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Do your children have so little faith that they assume that if they cannot see you then you are not with them? I think not,” Niada softly scolded.”
― Christine Grey, Whisper

“Sharing our stories is a vital part of doing life together. The disciples shared their stories and changed the world, not because they were extraordinary men, but because they told about an extraordinary God.”
― Cindee Snider Re, Discovering Hope: Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness

“…our stories are who we are, where we begin. They connect us, tearing down walls and shattering isolation. For story is where hope begins.”
― Cindee Snider Re

“Doubt is your intellectual conscience pleading with you to be honest with yourself.”
― Peter Boghossian

“The challenge is never based on the size of the obstacle that stands before me. Rather, it is dictated by the degree of faith that rests within me.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Some things happen for a reason,
Others just come with the season.”
― Ana Claudia Antunes, The Tao of Physical and Spiritual

“Sometimes, by celebrating the evangelical heroes of the faith, we have inadvertently communicated something false: if it’s not big and audacious and officially sanctioned, it’s not good enough for God.”
― Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women

“An atheist is a disappointed true believer; he is an angry and hungry soul who has failed to find a real god to whom he can anchor his hope”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Atheists are the most honest of the human race. These people are unable to live a double life; they are unable to lie to themselves. Of course it’s an evolutionary handicap, and if that handicap was widespread, our species would run the risk of extinction”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“What if a man could write everything that came into his mind. You could find there gems of wisdom, depth of utter despair, heights of the most cherished hopes, killing fields where we slaughter our enemies, moments of faith and moments of doubts, dark chambers where we commit infidelity against our partners, counting the goods we have stolen, hell nightmares, heaven blessedness, cursing of our enemies and blessing of our friends, and many other things. If one could write his mind, it would be a mirror to other minds where they could find themselves and not feel as the only wretched souls in existence. Go on then, write your mind in a book and publish it”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“And then, that feeling comes again when you seem invincible and totally awesome. You simply can’t hold it in and you just smile to everyone you come across; infectiously, they have no choice but to smile back. You are more than convinced in your guts that something beautifully indescribable is coming your way. You just drown yourself in the feeling of awesomeness. Faith, probably . . . or the hands of providence?”
― Ufuoma Apoki

“Even if we change practices or behaviors, we are seeking transformed hearts. We must know in our bones God’s heart for equality and wholeness in the Body of Christ then live our lives out of that truth, with invitation and joy, as living prophets of God’s way of life.”
― Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women

“Live counterculturally when the culture, baptized or secular, does not affirm truth, love, faith, mercy, and justice.”
― Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women

“What if you find out at the end of life that you could have had all you ever wanted had you only asked for it??”
― Kate McGahan

“These days, faith is a lot like Wisconsin: a series of repetitive ups and downs, the natural rise and fall of the road that stretches before you. Boring. Beautiful. Ridiculous sometimes, as when the road eases into the Wisconsin Dells and there are suddenly giant plastic animals and water slides and a huge haunted mansion tilted along the road.”
― Addie Zierman, When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over

“When people confide their deep hurt to you these days, you are at a loss for what to say. A long time ago, you used to say, “I’ll be praying for you,” and you always meant to do that, to take those heavy burdens off their shoulders and hoist them up to the Lord. But the truth is, you usually forgot. Usually, this was the thing you said to end the conversation, a nice way to say, “I’m sorry. I can no longer handle the depth of your pain. I don’t want to talk about this anymore.”
― Addie Zierman, When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over

“I’d gone to Central America because I didn’t think politics was simply a matter of opinion. It wasn’t about having the right “line,” having an ideologically pure analysis. It had to be incarnate. And now I was seeing the same thing with faith. It couldn’t be about wrangling over the Bible to find justification for your convictions. Like politics, faith had to be about action.”
― Sara Miles, Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion

“With the tension churning within us, knowing all the ways the earth is not yet as God intended it to be, we are driven to pray daily: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” We are not looking for an escape from the world; we are looking for the restoration of the world.”
― Jonathan Martin, Prototype: What Happens When You Discover You’re More Like Jesus Than You Think?

“Faith is a state of constant examination and openness. In faith we must be vulnerable. Only in this seeming weakness do we live with God.”
― Max Gladstone, Four Roads Cross

“What the world needs now are signposts of what’s ahead, markers for the new world just around the corner. The world does not need heroes; the world does not need more messiah complexes. The world does not need Christians who want to ride in on a white horse to save the day. What the world needs are witnesses. Nothing more and nothing less. The earth needs people who can bear witness to the ways in which the world has already changed through the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.”
― Jonathan Martin, Prototype: What Happens When You Discover You’re More Like Jesus Than You Think?

“I resented the feeling that God was constantly telling me to work on the foundation, because foundation building is very unsexy, underground work.”
― Jonathan Martin, Prototype: What Happens When You Discover You’re More Like Jesus Than You Think?

“On any given morning, I might not be able to list for you the facts I know about God. But I can tell you what I wish to commit myself to, what I want for the foundation of my life, how I want to see. When I stand with the faithful at Holy Comforter and declare that we believe in one God . . . I am saying, Let this be my scaffolding. Let this be the place I work, struggle, play, rest. I commit myself to this.”
― Lauren F. Winner, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis

“From the club of what atheist call false hope and false god (which offer solace to weak minds), atheist are calling you to their club of no god and no hope (which offers nothing in return. Join the club only if you are a strong minded individual capable of handling your life alone without the help of gods. )”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“From deep in the tradition, from The Cloud of Unknowing, a fourteenth-century text from an unnamed English monk: “You only need a tiny scrap of time to move toward God.” The words slap. Busyness is not much of an excuse if it only takes a minute or two to move toward God. But the monk’s words console, too. For, of time and person, it seems that scraps are all I have to bring forward. That my ways of coming to God these days are all scraps.”
― Lauren F. Winner, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis

“An atheist is someone who is disappointed in his search of god. He is a man who strongly needed god but couldn’t find him. Atheism is a cry of despair”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“I know what is going on in the heart of an atheist. Deep anguish that there is nothing beyond, nothing to live for, nothing to give him hope. I know because I endured the same predicament.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“After losing faith, even an atheist feels a yawning void in his soul that needs filling; there is nothing imaginable that he can fill with it. It was all along meant to be filled with the sacred, with the unknown and unknowable power. That’s the curse or blessing of humanity”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Faith in Christ is a one-time decision that leads to a lifetime of growth.”
― Stephen Caldwell

“Intolerance is the natural concomitant of strong faith; tolerance grows only when faith loses certainty; certainty is murderous.”
― Will Durant, The Age of Faith

“I must have faith, but having faith is hard, so very much harder than despair”
― Robin LaFevers, Dark Triumph

“The three Secrets of Fatima were closely held by the Vatican for decades, until the text of the third and last secret was finally released in 2000.”
― Peter J. Tanous

“Fear creates attachment. Look around at the people and things you feel attached to; the people and things that you believe you can’t live without. What is it that you are afraid of? Make it a goal to let go of attachment and, when you do, the fear will leave and unexpectedly beautiful things can come into its place. That is the reward for living in love and faith, instead of in fear.”
― Kate McGahan

“Seeking for redemption.”
― divyaelizabeth

“Many believe that the Vatican withheld important parts of the Third Secret, perhaps because its contents were too dangerous to reveal…”
― Peter J. Tanous, The Secret of Fatima

“The true nature of the Christian’s bondage is this: faith commands his every move, his every thought, and his every inclination. Moreover, because faith is tenacious by nature, and because it comes with this attendant stigma that angering God is unwise, the Christian is tempted—no, compelled to err on the side of his faith even in the face of overwhelming evidence that proves the contrary.”
― Michael Vito Tosto, Portrait of an Infidel: The Acerbic Account of How a Passionate Christian Became an Ardent Atheist

“While faith may be helpful to the one possessing it, making him feel good and fulfilled and peaceful inside, one thing it is not is responsible. It cannot be. No matter how much you might value your faith, it cannot be responsible. Why not? Faith, by its very nature, is invested with your personal feelings on any given matter.”
― Michael Vito Tosto, Portrait of an Infidel: The Acerbic Account of How a Passionate Christian Became an Ardent Atheist

“Do you have an anchor? I have found that a solid anchor is indispensable to one who intends to live life fully. To have an anchor is to be centered and well grounded. It is to have a vital spiritual base.”
― Steve Goodier, Joy Along the Way: Sixty-Second Readings That Make the Trip Worthwhile

“Reason is neutral. It has no biases. It has no agendas. There are no personal interests at stake. Reason simply says, “Here is the data, be responsible with it.” As such, reason is impartial.”
― Michael Vito Tosto, Portrait of an Infidel: The Acerbic Account of How a Passionate Christian Became an Ardent Atheist

“It struck me as particularly suspicious that Yahweh was described as being remarkably human. I mean, seriously; this God is, at times, almost too human.”
― Michael Vito Tosto, Portrait of an Infidel: The Acerbic Account of How a Passionate Christian Became an Ardent Atheist

“A human being must have an auxiliary means of discovering the truth, a means that exists outside of his own belief or outside any alleged revelation. Otherwise…well, who’s to say he isn’t insane?”
― Michael Vito Tosto

“A life based on [religious] faith is a life based on pure speculation, and speculation is, by its very definition, unsound.”
― Michael Vito Tosto, Portrait of an Infidel: The Acerbic Account of How a Passionate Christian Became an Ardent Atheist

“True love takes time to find, but once it’s found, the rest is eternal.”
― Anthony Liccione

“WHEN SIN HINDERS YOUR WORSHIP.
God will never delay His promise.
You have delayed Him.

“..However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8b”
― Mac Canoza

“If your focus is on your failures, limitations, & fears, you’ve one sure destination. You’ll get drowned. If not now, at the end of the day!”
― Assegid Habtewold, The 9 Cardinal Building Blocks: For Continued Success in Leadership

“There’s a difference between religion and faith,” Chandi said, “Religion means you’ve accepted a set of beliefs even if those beliefs would appear to be irrational to anyone who doesn’t buy into them. Faith means you’ve chosen to accept something that you’ve given yourself the chance to question.”
― Allen Steele, Arkwright

“Love is listening, Sometimes overcoming obstacles,
as well as being victorious when faced with emulation.”
― Monica Chrisandtras Hines, Steps Of a Misguided Soul

“Faith is courage.”
― Lance Conrad, The Price of Loyalty

“But simple as the Sign of the Cross is, it carries a brave weight: it names the Trinity, celebrates the Creator, and brings home all the power of faith to the brush of fingers on skin and bone and belly. So do we, sometimes well and sometimes ill, labor to bring home our belief in God’s love to the stuff of our daily lives, the skin and bone of this world — and the Sign of the Cross helps us to remember that we have a Companion on the road.”
― Brian Doyle, Credo: Essays on Grace, Altar Boys, Bees, Kneeling, Saints, the Mass, Priests, Strong Women, Epiphanies, a Wake, and the Haun

“Simple, powerful, poignant, the Sign of the Cross is a mnemonic device like the Mass, in which we sit down to table with one another and remember the Last Supper, or a baptism, where we remember John the Baptist’s brawny arm pouring some of the Jordan River over Christ. So we remember the central miracle and paradox of the faith that binds us each to each: that we believe, against all evidence and sense, in life and love and light, in the victory of those things over death and evil and darkness.”
― Brian Doyle, Credo: Essays on Grace, Altar Boys, Bees, Kneeling, Saints, the Mass, Priests, Strong Women, Epiphanies, a Wake, and the Haun

“As we watch the process in which the soul becomes thought or speech, we notice that many a time we ease ourselves into convenient clichés that have little of the new insight in them. Once more we are trapped by habits that are the dunghills upon which the creeds feed. It takes vigilance and humble courage to make acts of faith. After all, where faith is weak, there is an abundance of beliefs. With this in mind we may be more humble about our tradition and our sureness, yet also a bit more proud of the holy process in our inner being that keeps teaching and guiding us.”
― Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Paradigm Shift: From the Jewish Renewal Teachings of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

“But that was just a shadow of what would come to pass:
When one appointed season Christ came to die at last.
And in the name of justice they flogged him like a thief,
But willing was the victim of human disbelief.”
― Joyce Rachelle, Sewing Figs

“Beloved his harp cries out in the night an hour my body does shift, the jerk loves to open me up while laughter from Christ like he’s drunk. Shall I stare at her the jumping let live? My wants are my needs so within. The take gives.”
― Adrianna Stepiano, This Christian Covered Life, Words and Poems to Read

“I want to have the eyes of an adult to see the world as it is, but I more desperately want to have the heart of a child to make certain that I never forget what it could be.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“God is so much bigger than our ‘what ifs’ that he can turn them into ‘why nots”
― Gary Rohrmayer

“I wake up and look at that bridge, try to count the red taillights I see heading east every morning, a kind of rosary as I pray for another crisis to dwarf the one defining us right now.”
― K.I. Hope, We Are Making the World a Better Place

“It takes those who uses telescope of faith to catch a spiritual vision. To see the invisible things of the Spirit you need the eyes of faith. Faith sees beyond the physical eyes. Live and walk by faith. Christianity is a faith walk. The substance and evidence is seen only with the spiritual eyes.”
― Prince Akwarandu

“You are already saved.
You are already forgiven.
Stop looking for things you already have.
Like looking for glasses that you are already wearing.”
― Anjali Prabodh

“The desert shatters the soul’s arrogance and leaves body and soul crying out in thirst and hunger. In the desert we trust God or die.”
― Dan B. Allender, The Healing Path

“Having faith often means doing what others see as crazy. Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers.
and also my friend i learned this
To believers, the bible is a holy book, to unbelievers like u it is a story book.”
― Sean Davz

“Take away your eyes from your past failures, current limitations, and future fears. Be hopeful, believe in yourself, be bold, and move on…”
― Assegid Habtewold, The 9 Cardinal Building Blocks: For Continued Success in Leadership

“He was a man. Just a man. Yet, you always knew he’d succeed. He made you be what he wanted you to be.”
― Brandon Sanderson, The Hero of Ages

“He was a man.Just a man. Yet, you always knew he’d succeed. He made you be what he wanted you to be.”
― Brandon Sanderson, The Hero of Ages

“Move forward doesn´t mean avoiding the pain,
but look towards a new day in spite of the rain.”
― Ana Claudia Antunes, A-Z of Happiness: Tips for Living and Breaking Through the Chain that Separates You from Getting That Dream Job

“Negativity pierces determination like rust. Stay coated with faith and confidence.”
― Vikrmn, 10 Golden Steps of Life

“Like the rest of Holy Week, Easter is also a terrific story. It starts as tragedy: the hero broken and bloody, against all expectation dead, his followers’ joyful hope in him entombed with his corpse, the rock rolled into place, sealing their despair.

But the curtain doesn’t fall there. The next morning at dawn they discover the rock has been rolled back. The tomb is empty, the body’s gone! A missing corpse? Great stuff. A whisper of comedy. Now a touch of farce as Mary Magdalen and the guys chase frantically around looking for help, or the corpse, when suddenly, out of nowhere, up it pops—alive!

Of course it’s Jesus, who’s done the impossible and beaten death.

And they’re so amazed they think he’s the gardener! It’s a payoff way beyond the Hollywood ending: all the flooding emotion and uplift of a tragedy followed by all the bubbling joy and optimism of a comedy.

Is that possible? Not just to live happily ever after but to die—and still live happily ever after? It’s the most audacious claim of Christianity, the one element that marks the brand indelibly, that trumps the claims of all other major faiths.”
― Tony Hendra, Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul

“Religion can hardly revive, because it cannot decay. To put the matter bluntly on the lowest level, it is not to anybody’s interest that religion should disappear. If it did, many compositors would be thrown out of work; the audiences of our best-selling scientists would shrink to almost nothing; and the typewriters of the Huxley Brothers would cease from tapping. Without religion the whole human race would die, as according to W. H. R. Rivers, some Melanesian tribes have died, solely of boredom. Every one would be affected: the man who regularly has a run in his car and a round of golf on Sunday, quite as much as the punctilious churchgoer.”
― T.S. Eliot, Selected Essays

“Perhaps not everything happens for a reason. That is, until you make it so; because for everything there is a season, which can, in fact, become beautiful.”
― Criss Jami

“Karma isn’t revenge; it is a mirror of your souls mistakes and for those that wish bad karma for you it is also a mirror for their mistakes. Karma was never meant to be a punishment. It is a reminder of your soul’s true self to be better than all the insecurities that hurt others because of your own fear and lack in faith that God has a plan for you.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“God helps those who help themselves.”
― Algernon Sidney, Discourses Concerning Government

“I will never give up on what I love. I will never back down. I will never let go of anything that is important to me. I will hold my course steady and my God will help me see it through. This is my promise, my anthem and my path. This is my future and I own it.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“But, in the words of a Portuguese proverb, “God writes straight with crooked lines”, and He is far more interested in getting us where He wants us to be than we are in getting there. He does not discuss things with us. He leads us faithfully and plainly as we trust Him and simply do the next thing.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Secure in the Everlasting Arms

“The innocent little girl said at the end of her prayer “Jesus, please take care of yourself because if anything happens to you, we are all in trouble”
― Kingsley Opuwari Manuel

“They were untouched by modern education, but their government was striving with might and main to procure this inestimable benefit for them; anticlericalism and American bustle would soon free them from belief in miracles and holy likenesses.”
― Robertson Davies

“Where there’s no faith there’s an open door for the enemy”
― Mark Post

“I sought Him where my logic led.
“This friend is always sure and right;
His lantern is sufficient light.
I need no Star,” I said.

I sought Him in the city square.
Logic and I went up and down
The marketplace of many a town,
But He was never there.

I tracked Him to the mind’s far rim.
The valiant intellect went forth
To east and west and south and north,
But found no trace of Him.

We walked the world from sun to sun,
Logic and I, with Little Faith,
But never came to Nazareth,
Nor met the Holy One.

We sought in vain. And finally,
Back to the heart’s small house I crept,
And fell upon my knees, and wept;
And Lo! He came to me!”
― Sara Henderson Hay

“Never let anyone take away your dreams.”
― Victoria Justice

“On the other hand, activist Christians who talk much about justice promote a notion of justice that envisions a society in which faith in God is rendered quite unnecessary, since everybody already believes in peace and justice even when everybody does not believe in God.”
― Stanley Hauerwas, Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony

“What we think & how we think plays a major role in creating the life we live. If you want to change your life, change the way you look at things around.”
― Taranpreet Singh

“Ici on croit en Dieu. Et c’est pas le curé qui nous en empêchera. Il sait seulement pas à quoi ça sert, Dieu.”
― Boris Vian, L’Arrache-coeur

“Prayer is not complaining but proclaiming”
― Ikechukwu Joseph, Through Faith: Living an Overcoming Life

“As we grow older, it becomes difficult to just believe. It’s not that we don’t want to, but too much has happened and we can’t.”
― Now and Then

“Fearless fate!”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Faith is the seed of the future.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Faith is a firm hope.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“May your faith be firm.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“As believers, our reaction to crisis reveals our heart toward God.”
― Andrena Sawyer

“Hope is happiness.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“The dream is fulfilled in due time.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“A fé não constitui, portanto, um impulso de ordem estética; é de outra ordem muito mais elevada, justamente porque pressupõe a resignação. Não é o instinto imediato do coração, mas o paradoxo da vida.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“Quem alcançou neste mundo grandeza igual à dessa bendita mulher, a mãe de Deus, a virgem Maria? No entanto, como se fala dela? A sua grandeza não provém do fato de ter sido bendita entre as mulheres, e se uma estranha coincidência não levasse a assembléia a pensar com a mesma desumanidade do predicador, qualquer jovem devia, seguramente, perguntar: Por que não fui eu também bendita entre as mulheres? Se se não possuísse outra resposta, de forma alguma acharia ter de rejeitar esta pergunta, pretextando a sua falta de senso; porque, no abstrato, em presença de um favor, todos temos mesmos direitos. São esquecidos a tribulação, a angústia, o paradoxo. Meu pensamento é tão puro como o de qualquer outro; e ele purifica-se, exercendo-se sobre as coisas. E se não se enobrecer pode-se então esperar pelo espanto; porque se essas imagens foram alguma vez evocadas jamais poderão ser esquecidas. E se contra elasse peca, extraem da sua muda cólera uma terrível vingança, mais terrível do que os rugidos de dez ferozes críticos. Maria,indubitavelmente, deu à luz o filho graças a um milagre, mas no decorrer de tal acontecimento foi como todas as outras mulheres, e esse tempo é o da angústia, da tribulação e do paradoxo. O anjo foi,sem dúvida, um espírito caritativo, mas não foi complacente porque não foi dizer a todas as outras virgens de Israel: Não desprezeis Maria, porque lhe sucedeu o extraordinário. Apresentou-se perante ela só e ninguém a pôde compreender. No entanto, que outra mulher foi mais ofendida do que Maria? Pois não é também verdade que aquele a quem Deus abençoa é também amaldiçoado com o mesmo sopro do seu espírito? É desta forma que se torna necessário, espiritualmente,compreender Maria. Ela não é, de maneira alguma, uma formosa dama que brinca com um deus menino, e até me sinto revoltado ao dizer isto e muito mais ao pensar na afetação e ligeireza de tal concepção. Apesar disso, quando diz: sou a serva do Senhor, ela é grande e imagino que não deve ser difícil explicar por que razão se tornou mãe de Deus. Não precisa, absolutamente nada, da admiração do mundo, tal como Abraão não necessita de lágrimas,porque nem ela foi uma heroína, nem ele foi um herói. E não se tornaram grandes por terem escapado à tribulação, ao desespero e ao paradoxo, mas precisamente porque sofreram tudo isso. Há grandeza em ouvir dizer ao poeta, quando apresenta o seu herói trágico à admiração dos homens: chorai por ele; merece-o; porque é grandioso merecer as lágrimas dos que são dignos de as derramar;há grandeza em ver o poeta conter a multidão, corrigir os homens e analisá-los um por um para verificar se são dignos de chorar pelo herói, porque as lágrimas dos vulgares chorões profanam o sagrado.Contudo ainda é mais grandioso que o cavaleiro da fé possa dizer ao nobre caráter que quer chorar por ele: não chores por mim, chora antes por ti próprio.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“At the core of the heart of an atheist is a heart that doesn’t deny the existence, sovereignty and power of God but it chooses deliberately not to believe it for a long while.”
― Kingsley Opuwari Manuel

“Never underestimate the power of Faith because when nothing seems impossible, Faith makes it possible.”
― Gugu Mona

“If your faith is genuine, then you meet your responsibilities, fulfill your obligations, and wait until you are found. It will come. If not to you, then to your children, and if not to them, then to their children.”
― Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale

“Trials are a measure of your faith, so be courageous when going through trials in life.”
― Gugu Mona

“It certainly is a puzzle.” He turned back to the broken road. “But sometimes to find the answer, you have to take a leap of faith.”
― Dianna Hardy, Summer’s End

“Some wounds were worth bearing for the healing they brought.”
― Dianna Hardy, Summer’s End

“When I trust someone I do it without doubt or fear or reservation. And then I work on a Plan B.”
― Joyce Rachelle

“Your Father knows your gifts, your hindrances, and the condition you’re in at every moment. And He also knows something you can’t possibly know–every single person who’s in desperate need of receiving His touch through you.”
― Bruce H. Wilkinson, The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life

“Men do recognise at last that a supernatural Religion involves an absolute authority, and that Private Judgment in matters of faith is nothing else than the beginning of disintegration.”
― Robert Hugh Benson, Lord of the World

“But 
if 
there 
was 
hope, 
it 
lay 
in 
the 
proles. 
You 
had
 to 
cling 
on 
to 
that. 
When 
you 
put 
it 
in 
words 
it
 sounded
 reasonable; 
it 
was 
when 
you 
looked 
at 
the
 human 
beings 
passing 
you 
on 
the 
pavement 
that 
it
 became 
an
 act 
of
 faith.”
― George Orwell, 1984

“Was an eternity of absolute ease just another name for hell?”
― Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories

“Have faith in the truth. Faith can move mountains.”
― Walter E. Jacobson, Forgive to Win!: End Self-Sabotage. Get Everything You Want

“…those who are the most confident are often those who don’t have any fun.”
― Brandan Roberston, Nomad: A spirituality for travelling light

“We no longer find out identity or value in having the right theology or being a part of the right denomination.”
― Brandan Roberston, Nomad: A spirituality for travelling light

“Finding our joy requires no leaping. It only wishes we’d opt for being lifted.”
― Kelly Corbet, Already Here: The Matter of Love

“The experience of drowning, through the lens of faith, is what Christians call “baptism.” But no matter what you call it, the sensation of going under is entirely the same.”
― Jonathan Martin, How to Survive a Shipwreck

“You will learn about the twinned natures of fate and faith, at times spun together in threads fine as cotton candy, that taste just as sweet and evaporate just as quick. It is not right to say that you will have her, because you cannot truly possess another person. Nor should you even want such a thing.”
― Trevor Dodge, The Laws of Average

“You do not necessarily have to get before you do but when you do, you shall get”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“He’d reached that perilous stage of being drunk enough to think himself a good dancer… but was dangerously close in tipping over to the point where he’d act like an arse”
― Iain Clements, Tweet Of Faith

“We no longer find our identity or value in having the right theology or being a part of the right denomination.”
― Brandan Roberston, Nomad: A spirituality for travelling light

“Don’t cry,” Samarra whispered, “Nothing ever happens to the brave.”
― Fatima Bhutto, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

“…because he was far more interested in allowing his disciples to cultivate a relationship and trust with and in him than leading them to a place of “arrival”.”
― Brandan Roberston, Nomad: A spirituality for travelling light

“One must also have faith to grow flowers…”
― Stella Walthal Patterson, Dear Mad’m

“I said to my professor, “Why mourn the death of presidents, or anyone for that matter? The dead can’t hear us.” And he asked me if I believed in heaven. I said no. And then he asked if I had no faith in God. I said, “You have it wrong. It’s God who has no faith in us.”
― Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey)

“Put your seed in the soil, no matter the dormancy period, with faith, there shall surely be germination”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“Love is our religion. Love is our light. It is the only thing that gives us any hope.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“We can be assured of salvation and feel that assurance aright only as we keep our eyes off ourselves and our performance and fix our gaze on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of true saving and sanctifying faith.”
― Douglas Bond, Grace Works!: And Ways We Think It Doesn’t

“I have come to see that exploration is not a practice of the unfaithful, but rather is exactly what being a follower of Christ is actually all about.”
― Brandan Roberston, Nomad: A spirituality for travelling light

“…for exploring beyond the boundaries that I had been taught to stay within.”
― Brandan Roberston, Nomad: A spirituality for travelling light

“The end of this life is not the end of life.”
― Kate McGahan, JACK McAFGHAN: Reflections on Life with My Master

“Lay a golden egg.
After you built a nest,
You wait for a leg.

And you land next.
Now you hope and pray.

Expect for the best.
Go on with no delay.
Get it right at last.”
― Ana Claudia Antunes, ACross Tic

“What are we to do when we seem to grow out of God? Or at least the understanding of God that we grew up with?”
― Brandan Roberston, Nomad: A spirituality for travelling light

“If they’re not willing to explore beyond the realm of their safety, certainty, and comfort, they will never know if their fantasies are true.”
― Brandan Roberston, Nomad: A spirituality for travelling light

“Despite their depressing circumstances, the Hernandez family had a certain dignity and strength about them. They were Christians, and they taught their children that God loved them and had a plan for their lives. Their little boy, David, internalized that message of hope. He never thought of himself as a victim even though he had every reason to feel cheated. His family was at the bottom of the social ladder without even a house to live in, but his worth as an individual was rooted in his faith.”
― James C. Dobson, Life on the Edge: A Young Adult’s Guide to a Meaningful Future
“Love can bless you with a sense of purpose and direction when all else fails. Because to have faith in love is to be optimistic about life. Love is hopefulness.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“I wish for all of us the blindness of love that makes us see no faults in the other.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“Here’s another poem,
like all others before and after,
dedicated to you.
There isn’t anything left to be said
but I will spend my life
trying to put you into words.
You who is every goodness,
every optimism
and hope.
Your love is a better fate for me
than anything I could wish for.
If you are a part of me,
then you’re the best part.
And if you’re separate from me,
then you are my destination.
But I’ve become a weary traveller,
so please,
let us never be apart.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“It is raining blood today.
I open my book and write “Black Lives Matter”
to acknowledge the unanswered injustices.
I write “Blue Lives Matter”
for how can any human be separate from humanity?
I write “All Lives Matter”
but stare at these words.
Do they invalidate the others?
I do not know. I am only a love poet.
I stand conflicted but the clouds continue to bleed.
I come to erase the phrase
but find that the blood has already drowned my words.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“I want to see this as well as be a part of it. I want to remember it for what it is. I am amazed by the love I feel for so many people. I am amazed at the randomness, the comedy, and the faith that brings us all together and makes us hold on.”
― David Levithan, Boy Meets Boy

“after you stop believing in santa claus, the whole world just goes downhill”
― Tom Clancy, The Sum of All Fears

“All those before us have gone into the darkness without assurance of logic or fact or persuasive theory, with only a slender thread of hope or all too shakable convention of faith. And they have been able to sustain that slim hope in the face of darkness, then so must I.”
― Dan Simmons, Hyperion

“She thought she should take a moment to pray. But, as she was holding a loaded rifle, conventional prayer did not seem entirely suitable. Sister Peg hoped that God would help her, but it was her belief that He much preferred for people to attend to themselves. Life was a test; it was up to you to pass it or not. She raised the gun to her clavicle and angled one eye down the length of the barrel.”
― Justin Cronin, The City of Mirrors

“I would not say I was a nonbeliever; rather, that I gave little if any thought to celestial concerns. It did not seem to me that God, whoever he was, would be the sort of god to take an interest in the minutiae of human affairs, or that this fact released us from the duty to go about our lives in a spirit of decency to others.”
― Justin Cronin, The City of Mirrors

“Brilliance some are born with it, but others create it over time. It lightens the foulest of hearts and pierces the darkest of nights to lead us on the right path of our future destinies.”
― Imania Margria

“And I looked,’ Pyrlig said to me, ‘and I saw a pale horse, and the rider’s name was death.’ I just stared in amazement. ‘It’s in the gospel book,’ he explained sheepishly, ‘and it just cam to mind.”
― Bernard Cornwell, The Pale Horseman

“This body is the house of God.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“Belief, Faith, and God do not ask you to follow them blindly. Choose it with all your heart!”
― Nikita Dudani

“Riches begin in the form of thought! The amount is limited only by the person in whose mind the thought is put into motion. Faith removes limitations!”
― Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

“pse.The Scars come before the Stars.”
― Ikechukwu Joseph, Through Faith: Living an Overcoming Life

“If the Almighty is the Almighty, the last word for each of us belongs to Him.”
― Elie Wiesel, Night

“You may as well know, right here, that you can never have riches in great quantities, unless you can work yourself into a white heat of desire for money, and actually believe you will possess it.”
― Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

“My first mistake is to humanize God. My second mistake is to hold those wretched human characteristics up against all of the majestic things that I sense God should be. The blatant discrepancy which is certain to ensue then allows me to not only justify my rejection of Him, it grants me unbridled permission to discount His existence altogether. And that third and final mistake is without a doubt the most costly of all.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Let people learn to love beyond religion and live beyond death.”
― Anjali Prabodh

“It’s not about where you’re going, but who you’re going with, and having faith along the way.”
― Richard Bunnell

“All those before us have gone into the darkness without assurance of logic fact or persuasive theory, with only a slender thread of hope or the all too shakable convinction of faith. And if they have been able to sustain that slim hope in the face of darkness, then so must I.”
― Dan Simmons, Hyperion

“Life’s greatest challenge are the manifestations of our dreams.”
― Auliq-Ice

“Faith is the leverage we need to liberate us from the shackles of unbelief.”
― Auliq-Ice

“As a man thinketh so is he?
The faith of a mustard seed?
I planted these words in my thoughts, and still, mind wound up lost, between my dreams and reality.”
― N’Zuri Za Austin

“Traveling light gives me a way to set down what would otherwise be the baggage of someone else’ decision to cling to a well-worn path.”
― Brandan Robertson, Nomad: Not-So-Religious Thoughts on Faith, Doubt, and the Journey In Between

“Traveling light gives me a way to set down what would otherwise be the baggage of someone else’ decision to cling to well-worn path.”
― Brandan Roberston, Nomad: A spirituality for travelling light

“…spiritual ADD…”
― Brandan Roberston, Nomad: A spirituality for travelling light

“What if one’s tendency to go wandering off is truly a gift? What if the driving force beneath the curiosity that leads a person to wander off the beaten path is not immaturity, but the wild, untamable Spirit of God, drawing them into the foliage to be refined, to discover fresh insights, and pioneer a new way forward for a new group of people?”
― Brandan Roberston, Nomad: A spirituality for travelling light

“Allowing myself to wander off into the vast jungles of religion and spirituality has often led to me stumbling upon life altering new ways of thinking, living, and being.”
― Brandan Roberston, Nomad: A spirituality for travelling light

“But it’s only when we allow ourselves to get lost that we can have the opportunity to find and be found.”
― Brandan Roberston, Nomad: A spirituality for travelling light

“I’d rather have a heart of gold
Than all the treasure of the world.”
― Ana Claudia Antunes, Memoirs of An Amazon

“Christians sometimes make themselves into elephants afraid of mice. You have the Creator of the universe on your side; not to mention, you’ve been given eternal life. ‘Whom or what shall you fear?’ To be afraid of anything other than God himself is like an insult to God.”
― Criss Jami

“Hope is the fuel within all human souls.
Eliminate hope—nothing moves, nothing grows.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons: Quotes, Poetry, & a few Short Stories for Every Day of the Year

“Faith without action is delusion. Faith does not wait for miracles but produces them. If you think you can or if you think you can’t, you are right.”
― Henry Ford

“Gratitude was never a noun; it’s secretly a verb. It is not a place you accept defeat, settle in for broken dreams or call it the best life will get. Gratitude is getting out of laziness, self pity, denial and insecurity, in order to walk through that door God has been holding open for you this entire time.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Phædrus wrote a letter from India about a pilgrimage to holy Mount Kailas, the source of the Ganges and the abode of Shiva, high in the Himalayas, in the company of a holy man and his adherents.

He never reached the mountain. After the third day he gave up, exhausted, and the pilgrimage went on without him. He said he had the physical strength but that physical strength wasn’t enough. He had the intellectual motivation but that wasn’t enough either. He didn’t think he had been arrogant but thought that he was undertaking the pilgrimage to broaden his experience, to gain understanding for himself. He was trying to use the mountain for his own purposes and the pilgrimage too. He regarded himself as the fixed entity, not the pilgrimage or the mountain, and thus wasn’t ready for it. He speculated that the other pilgrims, the ones who reached the mountain, probably sensed the holiness of the mountain so intensely that each footstep was an act of devotion, an act of submission to this holiness. The holiness of the mountain infused into their own spirits enabled them to endure far more than anything he, with his greater physical strength, could take.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

“It’s not everyone who can teach you something about faith without saying a word to do it.”
― Jim Butcher, Blood Rites

“Help our response, Lord, not to be, “WHAT are You doing?!” Instead, give us the perspective to ask, “Lord, what would You teach?”
― Brian Eshleman

“The cross of Jesus says to us there is nothing God won’t do to bring us home–except force us to choose him. The cross is God laying down his great power so we might be compelled by the beauty of his heart. He will not coerce us, but only woo us.”
― Jonathan Martin, How to Survive a Shipwreck

“This fits the pattern of how God responds to human suffering: We come looking for answers; God sends a hot meal through a warm body. WE come looking for reasons for our hunger; God sends provision to feed us. We come looking for a sermon that will explain the complexity of the cosmos to us and satiate our desire for understanding; Christ responds with, “This is my body, given for you; this is my blood, shed for you.”

People try to offer us an explanation; God offers us a Eucharist.”
― Jonathan Martin, How to Survive a Shipwreck

“Do what feels right to you, in whatever circumstance you find yourself in, even if it seems improbable or even impossible. And have faith. Everything else will follow.”
― Virginia Boecker, The Witch Hunter

“Change is inevitable. Progression is a choice. We all move, but are you going to move forward?”
― Ricky Maye

“Do you know, I had almost lost faith in the goddess? I almost stopped believing in Her. But I realized I had to become something. I had to take what was done to me and use it to make myself into what I wanted to be. And I wanted this. And when I called Her, the goddess came.”
― Lev Grossman, The Magicians

“Don’t ever forget you are beautiful, although your life, your past and your present situation may be ugly. You are beautiful.”
― Ricky Maye, Barefoot Christianity: The Rough Road Ahead in the Life of a Jesus Follower

“Resistance brings evolution.”
― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel, Psychology of Friendship for Leadership

“She never belittled him though she knew the strength of his doubts”
― S.M. Hulse, Black River

“I’m not a rich man but I won’t agree to be on its opposite;
I’m blessed, I ‘m an able man though I don’t have those material richness I’ve learned to live in contentment by loving and valuing everything I have.

I’m happy and thankful even though problems always seems to break me.
I still manage to strive and overcome them, knowing that God is always with me.”
― Bradley B. Dalina

“— Ти маєш вірити, […], − видушує вона нарешті.
— А ви коли-небудь утомлюєтеся вірити, мадам? Хіба вам не хочеться доказів?”
― Doerr Anthony

“If you do not cultivate your life’s environment, you will not captivate the worlds enlightenment.”
― Ricky Maye

“A nation aimlessly drifting away from God is a nation for which prayer is a rudder and praise is a sail. And it is the man or woman on their knees that builds the former and gives wind to the latter.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Stop looking back when your future is ahead of you”
― Ricky Maye

“«Жизнь прожила хорошую, за все спасибо. А теперь вот до войны дошли. Танки на границе. Придут ли? Выстрелить, батюшка, в них не смогу. Так выстрелить, чтобы убить и дальше жить, ― не смогу. Потому что вроде свои же, русские. Но и землю им отдать тоже нельзя. Подорвусь если с какой гранатой на поясе, чтобы и танк, и я, и не видеть после ничего… Грех ли это?»

Отец Петр вздыхает, осеняя себя и Марию крестным знамением. Говорит: «Бог управит. Управит. На Него уповаем».

Март 2014.”
― Елена Стяжкина

“No matter how much they want to forbid something, Uranus, the planet of the truth will reveal the whole truth to the world. Uranus represents the truth of the God, therefore the truth comes from the Uranus.
Christianity will finally have to announce that homosexuality is something normal, innately. Personally, I have been waiting for Uranus to reaches its peak in the Pisces and I am still waiting for the message of the Priests. Uranus will bring free marriages and anyone will be able to decide how they want to live without fear.”
― Branko Zivotin

“Worries isn’t good to your mental and physical health, so you better stay away from those things that keeps on bothering you, live peacefully and free.
Always pray, and one day blessings will be on your way!”
― Bradley B. Dalina

“The open road, at night, looks like life.
There’s only what’s in front of you, insufficiently lit.”
― William S. Friday, A Death on Skunk Street

“Am I not fit to this world or people around of me not fit for me, arguable…without proper answer. Everyone had their logic, explanations, clarifications, examples but here also not solution. But the person himself/herself at least can figure out what’s right and what’s wrong. Then also there is no solution until he or she admitted that he or she is wrong. Admitting own mistake is hard to find because of so called pride. It’s life you have to face everything here without solution, and the last thought is, all the problems solution will be after death only. It’s the fact of the life.”
― Nutan Bajracharya

“… – ზეციური მამა დაგეხმარებათ. ყოველთვის გვეხმარება, თუმცა ეს ზოგჯერ არ გვესმის.
მერე თავი დამიქნია და წავიდა.
თვალს ვაყოლებდი, სანამ კარის გაჯახუნება არ გავიგონე. “მართლა ასე იოლი რომ იყოს”, ვფიქრობდი მე. გვეხმარება, ყოველთვის გვეხმარება! განა უშველა ბერნჰარდ ვიზეს, მუცელში დაჭრილი ჰაუტჰოლსტერის ტყეში რომ ეგდო და ყვიროდა, განა უშველა კაცინსკის, რომელიც ჰანდცემეში დაეცა და ავადმყოფი ცოლი დარჩა და ბავშვი, რომელიც არასდროს უნახავს. განა უშველა მიულერს, და ლეერს, და კემერისს, პატარა ფრიდმანს უშველა თუ იურგენს, თუ ბერგერს, თუ მილიონობით სხვას? რაღაც, მეტისმეტად ბევრი სისხლი დაიღვარა ამქვეყნად საიმისოდ, რომ ზეციური მამის გვწამდეს!”
― ერიხ მარია რემარკი

“Tu casa no es el lugar del que procedes, es donde encuentras luz cuando todo lo demás está oscuro”
― Pierce Brown, Golden Son

“This fits the pattern of how God responds to human suffering: We come looking for answers; God sends a hot meal through a warm body. WE come looking for reasons for our hunger; God sends provision to feed us. We come looking for a sermon that will explain the complexity of the cosmos to us and satiate our desire for understanding; Christ responds with, “This is my body, given for you; this is my blood, shed for you.”

People try to offer us an explanation; God offers us a Eucharist.”
― Jonathan Martin

“This isn’t just a war over land, it’s a war about God. And Alfred…is Christ’s servant…”
― Bernard Cornwell, The Pale Horseman

“هر كس به قدر عظمت آن چه با آن زورآزمايى كرد بزرگى يافت:
آن كس كه با جهان ستيز كرد با چيرگى بر جهان بزرگ شد؛
و آن كس كه با خويشتن نبرد كرد با چيرگى بر خويشتن بزرگ شد؛
امّا آن كس كه با خدا زورآزمايى كرد از همه بزرگ تر بود.”
― Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling

“BLESSINGS ARE IMMEASURABLE
You can
Lose a child
Or a parent,
The love of your life,
A good job,
A game,
A deal,
A bet,
An idea,
Your favorite thing,
Money,
Your best friend,
A moment,
An opportunity,
A chance,
Your keys,
Your mind,
Your health,
Your identity,
Your virginity,
Your religion,
Your shirt,
Your license,
ID or Passport,
Phone or phone number,
Hope,
Faith,
Luck,
Your pride,
Or your house,
And feel like
You’ve lost everything,
And keep on losing.

Stop
Counting losses
And start counting your blessings.
Only then,
Will you discover that losses
Are easier to point out
And count
Than blessings,
And that blessings
Outnumber your losses
For they are truly
Immeasurable.

It is only normal that
People count losses with
Their minds,
And ignore
To count blessings
With the graciousness
Of their hearts.

Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun (2010)”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“In the end all the puzzles of your life will be solved ,until then… laugh at the scepticism, live for the moment and remember everything happens for a reason.”
― Abhishek S, Feelings Undefined: The Charm of the Unsaid

“Strong people don’t put others down. They lift them up and slam them on the ground for maximum damage.”
― Abhishek S, Feelings Undefined: The Charm of the Unsaid

“Those years of anger weren’t just directed inward and towards others, I was also angry with God. As a kid, when I sang songs in the children’s choir and memorized verses in bible study, I was told there was a God who loved and protected us. He was a jealous God and could be angered, yes, but He always showed grace and mercy towards His people. I must not have been one of His people. He never protected me. As a matter of fact, I remember crying and pleading to God to make it stop when I was in DC being raped at five years old. I thought he heard my prayers when I moved to New Jersey. But when the abuse became worse and more frequent, it was easy for me to conclude God’s protection didn’t apply to me.”
― Elona Washington, From Ivy League To Stripper Life: 10 Lessons Learned

“Memories of the past are what drive us, whether to a life of beauty or a life of insanity is up to us.”
― Abhishek S, Feelings Undefined: The Charm of the Unsaid

“Desperation is not an evidence of hard work, it’s a sign of lack of faith”
― Constance Friday

“Nothing is going to work out unless you step up and make it happen.”
― Auliq-Ice

“Maybe God has a better plan for me than I had for myself.”
― Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember

“I have faith that all is well, that all good things come to me in Divine timing. I can relax and surrender to the truth that I am divinely guided and cared for.”
― Eileen Anglin

“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 doctrines, in preference to all others.”
― Thomas Jefferson
“True love finds its own ways. To spread goodness, always.”
― Ana Claudia Antunes, Pierrot Love: When A Call From The Other Side Takes Its Own Side

“Blessed are they that have faith for they shall take steps like a blind man!”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“It is better to go skiing and think of God, than go to church and think of sport.”
― Fridtjof Nansen

“You speak rather poorly of God when praising Him, or when wanting to praise Him, only during that which you perceive to be your highest of moments. That is many a reason behind unbelief altogether: the failed attempt to control God, to lower His standards to one’s own level of understanding in doubt of His foresight and omniscience, His goodness and power. He wants to know if you are faithful enough to praise Him even when, to you, all seems lost.”
― Criss Jami

“Soms krijg ik de indruk dat wij jonge mensen, die in het domein van strikte coherentie zijn opgevoed, binnen de grenzen van het puur wetenschappelijke denken, het moeilijker hebben dan anderen: we zien te goed hoeveel fouten er altijd maar weer worden gemaakt in de hele wereld, door de geschiedenis, de generaties, de individuen heen, maar dat we het zien betekent nog niet dat we er iets aan kunnen doen.”
― Paolo Giordano

“Faith is
Feeling Alive In The Heart.”
― Martina E. Faulkner

“The Scholomance was a piece of Shadowhunter history come to life. A cold castle of towers and corridors carved into the side of a mountain in the Carpathians, it had existed for centuries as a place where the most elite of Shadowhunters were trained to deal with the double menaces of demons and Downworlders. It had been closed when the first Accords were signed: a show of faith that Downworlders and Shadowhunters were no longer at war.”
― Cassandra Clare, Lady Midnight

“Religion is not a book, it is a neurological sentiment.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Biopsy of Religions: Neuroanalysis Towards Universal Tolerance

“There is no such thing as false or real hope. Hope is the brain’s natural mood stabilizer. And an illusory friend that gives hope and eases the struggle of one’s daily life, is much better than all the living friends who just ain’t bothered.”
― Abhijit Naskar

“You can worship God twenty four hours a day but your destiny depends on the cards he lets you play”
― Stanley Victor Paskavich

“When you are doing what I’ve asked you to do, you don’t have to worry about getting to the farm. I’ll bring you the farmer instead. And when you think you have lost sight of all your sketches, just know that it’s okay. I know where the sketches are, what they need to be, and I will never leave you.

Let go of the grief and the sorrow. Release the anger and the plans set in stone. Because I hold your sketch in My hand the way Mr. Gentry did in his. I watch and I draw – even when you don’t know. I am concerned with all things that concern you.”
― Angie Smith, Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole

“The Christian God seemed the most offensive to people precisely because he was the most godlike. He was too perfect even to be coaxed by human efforts, and therefore sent his son to do the job.”
― Criss Jami

“Our little systems have their day
They have their day and cease to be
They are but broken lights of Thee
And Thou, O L-rd, art more than they

We have but faith, we cannot know
For knowledge is of things we see
And yet we trust it comes from Thee
A beam in darkness: let it grow

Let knowledge grow from more to more
But more of reverence in us dwell
That mind and soul, according well
May make one music as before”
― Alfred Tennyson

“All the prophecy of Israel turns on one simple but extremely effective idea: namely that all Israel, living and dead, from Sinai to the present hour, stands in its relation to God as a single immortal individual.”
― Herman Wouk

“It is hard to take the last step, but the hardest thing is to make a choice between the unwillingness to live and the inability to die.”
― Igor Eliseev, One-Two

“In spite of all – Be Happy.”
― Oluwatosin Ayo-Ajayi, Sunshine in the Midst of the Storm: 7 Keys to Being Happy when Times are Tough

“Where belief tries to expel doubt, faith walks with it, offering no easy answers. Belief insists, while faith hopes and trusts. The one is demanded, the other freely given, and this freedom means that real faith is both difficult and stubborn. It involves an ongoing struggle, a continual questioning of what we think we know, a wrestling with issues and ideas. It goes hand-in-hand with doubt, in a never-ending conversation with it. And sometimes even in conscious defiance of it.”
― Lesley Hazleton, Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto

“Forgiveness has no deadline.”
― Paul R Bland

“Faith can give you something more than you originally intended for it to be.”
― R.J. Torbert, The Face of Fear

“Know this: whenever you think of leaving, a part of you has already left. But it’s never too late to get it back.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“I have died at the ripe age of twenty.
Smile, for the world didn’t get a chance to disappoint me.

I have died at the mature age of ninety.
Smile, for my life was more than satisfying.

I have died suddenly—out of the blue.
Smile, for I didn’t have to fall ill before you.

I have died from a long illness.
Smile, for I had the chance to say goodbye.

I did not want to leave this Earth.
But smile, for I am still here among you.

Why are you crying?
Can you not see I am smiling?”
― Kamand Kojouri

“Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, So … Love the people who treat you right and pray for the ones who don’t. Life is 10% what you make it 90% how you take it.”
― Abhishek S, Feelings Undefined: The Charm of the Unsaid

“Do not be afraid of that which should be afraid of you”
― Constance Friday

“Love without restraint makes one saint and the other faint; the sweetest face and the tenderest embrace bring the sun to every place in such grace.”
― Ana Claudia Antunes, The Tao of Physical and Spiritual

“Life is a university, you will keep learning new things all the time. The tombstone will be your degree.Make sure it’s worth a fortune for those who admire you.”
― Abhishek S, Feelings Undefined: The Charm of the Unsaid

“Every interaction is an opportunity to learn, Only if we are interested in improving rather than proving.”
― Abhishek S, Feelings Undefined: The Charm of the Unsaid

“Love is what makes two people sit in the middle of a bench when there is plenty of room at both ends. Love means nothing in tennis,But it’s everything in life”
― Abhishek S, Feelings Undefined: The Charm of the Unsaid

“So, my dear fellow, if I don’t believe in God, I believe still less in man.”
― Honoré de Balzac, The Atheist’s Mass

“A person with good heart is always happy. However its a myth because most of the time his heart is full of wounds as it except only good thing from others still he love the people who treat it right & pray for the ones who don’t”
― Abhishek S, Feelings Undefined: The Charm of the Unsaid

“It was a common saying among the Christians in the primitive Church, “The soul and the body make a man; the spirit and discipline make a Christian;” implying, that none could be real Christians, without the help of Christian discipline. But if this be so, is it any wonder that we find so few Christians; for where is Christian discipline”
― John Wesley

“When spirits fall, their darkness is revealed, for they are stripped of the garment of your light. By the misery and restlessness which they then suffer you make clear to us how noble a being is your rational creation, for nothing less than yourself suffices to give it rest and happiness. This means that it cannot find them in itself. For you, O God, will shine on the darkness about us. From you proceeds our garment of light, and our dusk shall be noonday.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“Fear least have power! The power of fear lies in the power of our fears. Without the power of our fears, fear is least empowered!”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“There is nothing in the world that I cannot achieve when I have the courage to believe.”
― Chiara Gizzi

“The only way to survive after death is by breathing life into the universe before death.”
― Michael Bassey Johnson, Master of Maxims

“The spiritual kingdom of Israel, nevertheless, subsists not on ethnicity or family ties, but on faith.”
― James Mikołajczyk, Jesus the Jew, Christ the King: Exploring the Hypostatic Union Between the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith

“There was no arguing with a man’s faith in the legends of his childhood.”
― Steven Saylor, Rogues

“Don’t be too lazy. Don’t get too desperate”
― Constance Friday

“Do not be afraid of what should be afraid of you”
― Constance Friday

“Can you, at a minimum, objectively step back—throw out the stereotypes, ditch the conformity, set aside the religion—and ask yourself, why? Why Jesus?”
― William Thrasher

“Torah is not merely a collection of prohibitions, rigid strictures and boring observances. Rather, it is a narrative of the blessings and promises of God initially offered to one person and family, but through which the whole world will ultimately be blessed.”
― Walter C. Kaiser Jr.

“You least obtain something great from the great thing you regard as least though such great thing can give you something great”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“A prayer culture is fueled by experience not explanation. A passion to seek the Lord in prayer is more caught than taught.”
― Daniel Henderson, Old Paths, New Power: Awakening Your Church Through Prayer and the Ministry of the Word

“I have concluded that the more we seek the Lord, with a passion for His worthiness, the more we are gripped with our neediness. Adoration cultivates desperation.”
― Daniel Henderson, Old Paths, New Power: Awakening Your Church Through Prayer and the Ministry of the Word

“Strong Faith Achieves the Impossible!”
― Davin Whitehurst, I Have Faith

“When prayer goes viral, people are not excited about “it” (prayer) but are infectious about “Him”
― Daniel Henderson, Old Paths, New Power: Awakening Your Church Through Prayer and the Ministry of the Word

“There is a difference between a church that prays and a praying church. One has prayer programs. The other develops a prayer culture.”
― Daniel Henderson, Old Paths, New Power: Awakening Your Church Through Prayer and the Ministry of the Word

“I feel Man would be wise to work at correcting his own mistakes instead of waiting for intervention from on high, and should replace faith in an unknowable divine plan with a well-thought-out scheme of his own.”
― Mark Hodder, Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon

“Neither the Temple of Solomon, the Second Temple, Mount Gerizim, nor Jerusalem itself replace the existential awareness of God within the soul. Likewise, the ornate sanctuaries of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, neither Westminster Abbey in London, nor Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York contain the Holy Spirit without the faith of their congregants.”
― James Mikołajczyk, Jesus the Jew, Christ the King: Exploring the Hypostatic Union Between the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith

“Hope, tell me how could it be possible that grief and happiness are scattered all over the world so unevenly? Why do some people get all the troubles and misfortunes while the others are intoxicated with the abundance of material belongings, fat bellies and money? Why is there such injustice? Or, maybe, we are mistaken it’s unfair!?”
― Igor Eliseev, One-Two

“Spiritual humility is not about getting small, not about debasing oneself, but about approaching everything and everyone else with a readiness to see goodness and to be surprised. This is the humility of a child, which Jesus lauded. It is the humility of the scientist and the mystic. It has a lightness of step, not a heaviness of heart. That lightness is the surest litmus test I know for recognizing wisdom when you see it in the world or feel its stirrings in yourself. The questions that can lead us are already alive in our midst, waiting to be summoned and made real. It is a joy to name them. It is a gift to plant them in our senses, our bodies, the places we inhabit, the part of the world we can see and touch and help to heal. It is a relief to claim our love of each other and take that on as an adventure, a calling. It is a pleasure to wonder at the mystery we are and find delight in the vastness of reality that is embedded in our beings. It is a privilege to hold something robust and resilient called hope, which has the power to shift the world on its axis.”
― Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

“Life is about the moments you create, that you can keep it with you FOREVER. After everything is over,That is what we have or what we are left with.”
― Abhishek S, Feelings Undefined: The Charm of the Unsaid

“I’m strangely comforted when I hear from scientists that human beings are the most complex creatures we know of in the universe, still, by far. Black holes are in their way explicable; the simplest living being is not. I lean a bit more confidently into the experience that life is so endlessly perplexing. I love that word. Spiritual life is a way of dwelling with perplexity—taking it seriously, searching for its purpose as well as its perils, its beauty as well as its ravages.”
― Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

“I’m helped by a gentle notion from Buddhist psychology, that there are “near enemies” to every great virtue—reactions that come from a place of care in us, and which feel right and good, but which subtly take us down an ineffectual path. Sorrow is a near enemy to compassion and to love. It is borne of sensitivity and feels like empathy. But it can paralyze and turn us back inside with a sense that we can’t possibly make a difference. The wise Buddhist anthropologist and teacher Roshi Joan Halifax calls this a “pathological empathy” of our age. In the face of magnitudes of pain in the world that come to us in pictures immediate and raw, many of us care too much and see no evident place for our care to go. But compassion goes about finding the work that can be done. Love can’t help but stay present”
― Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

“I’ve come to understand the cumulative dialogue of my work as a kind of cartography of wisdom about our emerging world. This book is a map in words to important territory we all are on now together. It’s a collection of pointers that treat the margins as seriously as the noisy center. For change has always happened in the margins, across human history, and it’s happening there now. Seismic shifts in common life, as in geophysical reality, begin in spaces and cracks.”
― Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

“Many have doubts; few voice them. The silent tended to quickly condemn those honest few who air misgivings dormant deep within us all.”
― Sandra Byrd, Mist of Midnight

“Life is about the moments you create,that you can keep with you forever.After everything is over,That is what we have or what we are left with.”
― Abhishek S, Feelings Undefined: The Charm of the Unsaid

“One person can only lose so much before he starts to realize that he’s not strong enough to lose any more.”
― Ellie Wade, Finding London

“Oftentimes what we do to minimize a problem maximizes it! Embrace truth helps us to let go!”
― Evinda Lepins, Back to Single

“For a happy life,it’s best we should ignore &overlook things,people,incidents,affairs & matters.It is not necessary that we show a reaction to everything. Step back & ask yourself if the matter is really worth responding to.”
― Abhishek S, Feelings Undefined: The Charm of the Unsaid

“If someone talks bad about us, we feel bad. If someone talks good about us we feel good. The question is ,Have we given our remote to others for the way we feel?
Live your life in your way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
― Abhishek S, Feelings Undefined: The Charm of the Unsaid

“All dreams are possible, if we work and wait for the manifest.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Why do people go to these places, these places that are not for them?
It must be that they believe in their night vision. They believe themselves able to draw images up out of the dark.
But black wells only yield black water.”
― Helen Oyeyemi, White is for Witching

“Faith is not the presence of warm religious feeling. It’s the knowledge that you walk before the God who hears.”
― Edward T. Welch, Depression: A Stubborn Darkness–Light for the Path

“In human life and in the history of faith, I think, love has a quality of a bedrock reality we discover— adventurers, travelers, each of us, only fitfully apprehending its potential. I take some solace in the fact that I’m not alone in this intuition that the reality of evil, of injustice, of suffering notwithstanding, “at the center of this existence is a heart beating with love.” That’s how Desmond Tutu put it to me, with greater authority than mine from a life that has known extremes of human cruelty one to another.”
― Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

“When you believe from your heart & soul you can achieve any goal!”
― Abhishek Kumar, Stardust Family – We Are One!

“If you need someone to explain morality to you, then you likely have little of it to draw from.”
― Auliq-Ice

“Sometimes, just be. Do not think or worry, do not get angry under stress. Just pray and keep your faith in the Lord. Keep patience and see how well things will work out for you!”
― Sanchita Pandey, Voyage to Happiness!

“My life of conversation leads me to reimagine the very meaning of hope. I define hope as distinct from optimism or idealism. It has nothing to do with wishing. It references reality at every turn and reveres truth. It lives open eyed and wholeheartedly with the darkness that is woven ineluctably into the light of life and sometimes seems to overcome it. Hope, like every virtue, is a choice that becomes a habit that becomes spiritual muscle memory.”
― Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

“Dear God, if one day I lose my hope and purpose, give me confidence that your destiny is better than anything I ever dreamed.”
― Daniel Friday Danzor

“When the whispers of fear and doubt start screaming inside of you, turn up the volume of your courage by focusing on your faith, energizing through example, living to learn, and learning to love and be loved better.”
― Connie Kerbs, Paths of Fear: An Anthology of Overcoming Through Courage, Inspiration, and the Miracle of Love

“Sister Simone Campbell: “I sometimes think we, in the United States, think we ought to do something about everything and that it’s my job to fix everything. Well, it’s not. That’s way beyond us. It’s more important, I think, that we listen deeply to our stories and then see where it leads. And that’s the piece. If we all do our part . . . Whatever our part is, wherever we are. Whatever our part is. Just do one thing. That’s all we have to do. The guilt—or the curse—of the progressive, the liberal, the whatever, is that we think we have to do it all. And then we get overwhelmed. I get all those solicitations in the mail. And I can’t do everything. And so I don’t do anything. But that’s the mistake. Community is about just doing my part.”
― Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

“..moments of transport, and of comfort, and of a bracing vastness of possibility. That was all there for me sometimes when I plunged my mind into the Bible’s puzzles; and it was always there in the music of church. I wouldn’t have said it this way then. But I would feel all the cells in my body as I sang hymns that connected my little life with the grandeur of the cosmos, the Christian drama across space and time. This was my earliest experience of breath and body, mind and spirit soaring together, alive to both mystery and reality, in kinship with others both familiar and unknown. That’s one way I’d define the feeling of faith now.”
― Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

“As long one is not able to let go of the insistence on a certain opinion [faith, sect], he has not earned the right for Moksha [Ultimate Liberation]. He is not worthy of Moksha if he is in the sect. He is only worthy of material happiness; he is worthy of a celestial life.”
― Dada Bhagwan

“We are among the first peoples in human history who do not broadly inherit religious identity as a given, a matter of kin and tribe, like hair color and hometown. But the very fluidity of this—the possibility of choice that arises, the ability to craft and discern one’s own spiritual bearings—is not leading to the decline of spiritual life but its revival. It is changing us, collectively. It is even renewing religion, and our cultural encounter with religion, in counterintuitive ways. I meet scientists who speak of a religiosity without spirituality—a reverence for the place of ritual in human life, and the value of human community, without a need for something supernaturally transcendent. There is something called the New Humanism, which is in dialogue about moral imagination and ethical passions across boundaries of belief and nonbelief.
But I apprehend— with a knowledge that is as much visceral as cognitive— that God is love. That somehow the possibility of care that can transform us— love muscular and resilient— is an echo of a reality behind reality, embedded in the creative force that gives us life.”
― Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

“Pico Iyer: “And at some point, I thought, well, I’ve been really lucky to see many, many places. Now, the great adventure is the inner world, now that I’ve spent a lot of time gathering emotions, impressions, and experiences. Now, I just want to sit still for years on end, really, charting that inner landscape because I think anybody who travels knows that you’re not really doing so in order to move around—you’re traveling in order to be moved. And really what you’re seeing is not just the Grand Canyon or the Great Wall but some moods or intimations or places inside yourself that you never ordinarily see when you’re sleepwalking through your daily life. I thought, there’s this great undiscovered terrain that Henry David Thoreau and Thomas Merton and Emily Dickinson fearlessly investigated, and I want to follow in their footsteps.”
― Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

“Keep faith in your abilities to deal with an uncertain next”
― Utpal Vaishnav

“i’d rather not look for a job… to let a fine one find me. And that definitely wouldn’t define me as a snob!;)”
― Ana Claudia Antunes, A-Z of Happiness: Tips for Living and Breaking Through the Chain that Separates You from Getting That Dream Job

“Is it so hard to offer your help and sympathy to somebody in grief? It takes a little to make one step, but, in an inexplicable manner, it stretches into thousands of kilometers. All of us are full of empathy and consolation but always prefer to express it from a distance.”
― Igor Eliseev, One-Two

“Do you believe that it is impossible for the Holy God to love you and even delight in you? If so, you are believing Satan’s lie that God loves you because of what you do. The truth is that he loves you because he is the God who loves, and the sacrifice of Jesus proves it. The cross of Christ expresses God’s delight in all who believe, and if you believe that Jesus is the risen Lord, he delights in and loves you.”
― Edward T. Welch, Depression: The Way Up When You Are Down

“When someone in vulnerability tells you everything they’ve known has fallen apart, the correct response is not to quote scripture, the correct response is not biblical apologetics, the correct response is a hug. The correct response is to say, I love you. They have to encounter an impossible love. It’s the only way the gospel comes to life.”
― Mike McHargue

“Do not recite words just to prove to yourself and others that you know and love God; for he already put his breath and light inside you. Instead, put truth in your every word and action, and always let your conscience steer and guide you.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“There are so many things that we learn in our lives most of which we can’t learn without seeing the hearts of others.”
― Imania Margria

“There are two missions we are obligated to carry out during our life journey. The first, is to seek Truth throughout our lifetime. The second, is simply to be good. Engrave it in your mind that life is just one big board game where you have to make it from start to finish by being good. That is all you have to do. The hardest part, is dealing with all the obstacles that prevent smooth sailing. The trick is, to always strive to be the right person in all situations – regardless of personal cost to you. Your aim is to make sure the right book on your shoulder weighs more that the bad book on the left. The scales are real. Regardless of your chosen faith, there is a measurement system to be found in all of the world’s religions. After all, does it make sense for all souls, good or bad, to end up in the same place? Of course not. To really secure the very best setting in the afterlife, the vibrations of your good deeds must surpass your death.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Living on Faith.
Striving on Desire.
Flying on Hope.”
― Imania Margria

“I was raised in church, Gray. If you’d asked me during my wildest phases if I was a Christian, I’d have told you I was. But there was a disconnect there.
You’re judging me.
No, I’m calling it like it is, unlike most of the people you know, who would all agree with you if you said the sky is red.”
― Becky Wade, Her One and Only

“I love being high. High on Life, High on Love, High on Hope, and High on Faith.”
― Imania Margria

“O Heavenly Children, do not forget that God is here, there and everywhere. The birds are his eyes and the air is his ears. And as you sleep, your heart and soul rest naked before him. He can drink from the rivers of your thoughts, and even feel the wetness of your tears.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“My god is not a ten-devotee-to-the-average-dozen, got-a-priest-on-every-corner kind of god who is always being badgered by his worshipers. He keeps a very close eye on me, and what may look completely stupid to you is merely a demonstration of my faith.”
― Megan Whalen Turner, The King of Attolia

“Do not get down on your knees to pray just to show God that you always remember him. Instead stay on your feet, and always do as he would do in place of him.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Faith is homesickness. Faith is a lump in the throat. Faith is less a position on than a movement toward, less a sure thing than a hunch. Faith is waiting. Faith is journeying through space and through time.”
― Frederick Buechner, The Clown in the Belfry: Writings on Faith and Fiction

“Strength is wearing a smile even when you are wailing inside!”
― Deeba Salim Irfan

“O Heavenly Children, God has blessed you all with many treasures that only the most purehearted already know. His fruitful garden is vast and without measure, and in your own very bodies, He has planted metals of copper, silver and gold.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“In my experiences, the common critic of Christianity, when he thinks of Christianity, imagines a sort of elementary, Sunday School blunder of elements: fiery Hell, an angry God, ‘try not to sin’, ‘be good so that you can go to Heaven’, absurd miracles, hyper-fundamentalist tales, religious hypocrites, and Jesus telling people not to judge. There is no horse more dead than such. I maintain that understanding Christianity and the Bible is quite like painting a piece of art. Let a toddler paint a puppy; then let an adult who is a long-time painter paint the very same puppy. They are both paintings of the puppy, but one is far more detailed, rational, realistic, and believable than the other. One is distorted and comical; the other is proportional and lively. One can write off Theology if he so pleases, but he might not be very wise in using the toddler’s painting when it comes time to identify the real puppy or when trying to confront actual men of the Faith.”
― Criss Jami

“The gods whispered to you once, Finnikin. And you listened. But they are proud and refuse to speak to those who do not believe that there is something out there mightier than the minds and intellect of mortals.”
― Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Rock

“I’m not here to disagree with people or try to change anyone’s mind. I’m just here to accept and love others right where they are – no matter their belief systems or backgrounds.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“But faith is so easy to hold onto when you don’t need it. And so hard to find when you do.”
― Malorie Blackman, Checkmate

“The acquisition of knowledge has become too intimidating a prospect for them, so they shun it in favour of faith.”
― Mark Hodder, The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man

“It always turns out this way: at first people idolize you, swear to be your faithful friend forever and then spit in your tea and in your soul, too.”
― Igor Eliseev, One-Two

“My spiritual investigations interest my sister mostly from a point of intellectual curiosity. ‘I think that kind of faith is so beautiful,’ she whispers to me in the church, ‘but I can’t do it, I just can’t…”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“Sometimes acts of faith are called for in life.”
― Menna van Praag, The Dress Shop of Dreams

“People! Please. Listen. Our life, our bodies are the most authentic clinical record ever! Why do you have to ask for any other one, alien, fake, distorted by illegible handwriting belonging to someone who has never been us and has never tried to understand us? Do you think that is right?”
― Igor Eliseev, One-Two

“I do not think it can be disputed that while we lay heavy stress on faith (coming to Christ, trusting His promises, believing that God knows what He is doing with our lives, and hoping for heaven), we touch very lightly on repentance (binding one’s conscience to God’s moral law, confessing and forsaking one’s sins, making restitution for past wrongs, grieving before God at the dishonor one’s sins have done Him, and forming a game plan for holy living).”
― J.I. Packer, Rediscovering Holiness

“Een, som af Missionario blev opmuntret til at troe, sagde: Jeg troer dine Ord; thi du kommer mig for at være en skikkelig og sandru Mand: Men jeg kand ikke saa læt troe, hvad den haver skrevet, som staaer i denne Bog; thi jeg kiender Skribenten ikke.”
― Ludvig Holberg, Epistler

“Even innocent Adam is liker to forget God in a paradise, than Joseph in a prison, or Job upon a dunghill(376)[.]”
― Richard Baxter, The Saints’ Everlasting Rest

“I think in many ways that even though the pages of our future are still blank, even though we are still confounded by the unending choices we make that will forever decide our future, even with all of this uncertainty, the pages of our future seem to be written in invisible ink. It’s as if the pages shutter and grow restless under the weight of this ink, wanting to open up to the final pages to show us we need not worry. But alas the pages seem blank to us, and were it not for faith I too would shutter at the prospect of a future, any future. But it is with this faith that I say come forth with your future, any future you wish. I do not need to know the score, I accept that every ending is right in its own way, and my future and yours will be in harmony with the universe.”
― RHETT BURCH

“I think in many ways that even though the pages of our future are still blank, even though we are still confounded by the unending choices we make that will forever decide our future, even with all of this uncertainty, the pages of our future seem to be written in invisible ink. It’s as if the pages shutter and grow restless under the weight of this ink, wanting to open up to the final pages to show us we need not worry. But alas the pages seem blank to us and were it not for faith I too would shutter at the prospect of a future, any future. But it is with this faith that I say come forth with your future, any future you wish. I do not need to know the score; I accept that every ending is right in its way, and my future and yours will be in harmony with the universe.”
― RHETT BURCH

“Maybe the consequences of someone’s unreason can be remedied only with a new unreason?”
― Igor Eliseev, One-Two

“Maybe when we face a tragedy, someone, somewhere is preventing a bigger tragedy from happening.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“A faith pure and simple distinguishes itself from superstition as a flame from the smoke and music from noise.”
― José Rizal

“If you want to know how negative you are, pay attention to how much you hate negativity in other people. Fragile, artificial positivity needs always to be surrounded by more positivity in order to stay positive, but the ability to be positive, happy, and even, at times, appreciative around ‘negative people’ is the mark of real positivity.”
― Criss Jami

“What I’ve learned to do is be certain that I am uncertain. To revel in the fuzziness of my understanding of the world. And to look with great anticipation toward the next moment I’ll figure out that I’m wrong about something. And that lets you get on this trajectory where you just become more and more and more open.”
― Mike McHargue

“Without the sun, there is no shadow; without the Son, there is only shadow.”
― Anthony Liccione

“Sadness is an invitation to God.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“Remember that churches would be empty ruins without the sinners who transform them into places of life, love and worship.”
― Rev. Kellen Roggenbuck

“Hope is steel covered in velvet. It can seem soft and cuddly, but hope is at the core of what makes people become what God designed them to be. Hope and its sister, faith, always create action.”
― Dave Ramsey

“When listeners become leaders, the world changes.”
― Rev. Kellen Roggenbuck

“Some skeptics believe religious people are religious because they fear Hell. It’s about as fair as saying skeptics are skeptics because they fear the ridicule of modern society.”
― Criss Jami

“Don’t be afraid to be exactly as awesome as you were created to be.”
― Rev. Kellen Roggenbuck

“Evangelism is more about being than being perfect.”
― Rev. Kellen Roggenbuck

“If you aren’t willing to fight for what you believe in, then you don’t really believe in it. Faith is a verb.”
― Kellen Roggenbuck

“Of course, if one does not fully trust the promise of God’s Kingdom, he will have a hard time taking risks and making sacrifices in this life. A gospel centered around the temporal self – fleeting happiness, earthly success, vain prosperity, things such as these – is the primary ambition of the half-hearted Christian; the one who somewhat believes he is subject to an eternal death; the one who just might believe in men before God, who morbidly fears seeming less than anyone else. The man of this school feels deeply that he has but one life to live, that this must be his only chance, and therefore must have it all in his favor – from glory to comfort to riches – and have it right this instant. He is but hinting that he is overcome because he insists always that he must overcome, that his judgment comes now and by the persons around him. The point is, however, in this sense, that by grace the Christian is indeed free, but only for as long as he wants to be free – the practicality of true freedom: that of God which offers not so much freedom to be like the world as it does freedom from the pressures of having to be like the world. For Divine Law is based solely on love and freedom; whereas secular law, pressure and imitation.”
― Criss Jami

“We can’t understand the solutions other people arrive at until we understand the problems they are trying to solve.”
― Brandon J Brown

“Every time I go look for God amidst sorrow, I always find Jesus at the cross, in death and resurrection. This is our God.”
― Nadia Bolz-Weber

“Faith, I tell them, is a mystery, elusive to many and never easy to explain”
― David Ebershoff, The 19th Wife

“The last thing this world needs is another self-help or feel-good faith book, seven simple steps to whatever. Just the thought makes my stomach turn. The truth is that life is far too complex to be put in a box, labeled, and have the appropriate manual attached. I wonder, have these people who seem to have all the answers ever really experienced hardship or grief, true joy, or adventure? Have they ever really lived? For those of us who venture outside the cookie cutter lives that many settle for, a superficial, plastic faith with the corresponding instruction booklet will do nothing. When we take the brave step from the comfortable mainstream into the unknown, we quickly discover that we are all just travelers on a journey trying to find our way.”
― Erik Mirandette, The Only Road North: 9,000 Miles of Dirt and Dreams

“Faith is underrated. Paradoxically, religion is vastly overrated.”
― Seth Godin, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

“we have faith to sit in a chair, and continue to believe in its foundation that holds us up. If we have faith in God, the foundation will hold us both up, so its our decision to take the seat and trust him.”
― Trae R. Miller

“When you make up your mind that you want to be Great, you have to learn about the Great people of the past, the Great people who changed the world, and the Great people of each respective category of absolutely everything you can think of. You have to saturate your mind in greatness. You literally have to get a degree in it. Greatness is a journey into those who have come before you. ‪”‬
― Tiffany Winfree

“Faith and hope remove worry, anxiety, and fear. Human life becomes very painful and burdensome if a person has no one to trust and love. Then why should it bother an atheist, if a mother who just has lost her child, takes up a doll of baby Jesus or Krishna and pampers it like her own child, while in the process she actually succeeds in coping with her traumatic situation!”
― Abhijit Naskar, The Spirituality Engine

“Everytime I share Jesus Christ, I feel like a superhero!”
― Jane Bulos

“They always act this way: push those who are falling.”
― Igor Eliseev, One-Two

“If we truly believe and understand how omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent God is, we should know He is better equipped to lead our life than we are.”
― Tiffany L. Jackson, 12 Keys to Success for Misfits, Weirdos & Introverts: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Understanding Your Place in the World

“Whatever God does today will be as significant as the parting of the Red Sea.”
― Rebecca VanDeMark

“I believe not myself, how do you expect me to believe you, God is the One I believe.”
― Boakye Opoku Agyemang

“Worldly religion is that which replaces Faith with mere wishful thinking. One must not make the common mistake of putting his faith in all the things he thinks God ought to bless him with; he should instead keep his faith planted in God Himself. Present to Him his needs and wants like a child to his Father, but have faith only in His wisdom and goodness like a servant to his King. God must always be one’s Everything before He is one’s token to everything.”
― Criss Jami

“When you have become willing to hide nothing, you will not only be willing to enter into communion but will also understand peace and joy.”
― Helen Schucman

“Faith removes fear from your mind by adding courage to your heart.”
― Courtney Brooks, S.H.E. Serenity, Hope, & Encouragement: For Daily Motivation

“Светостта се ражда в сблъсъците и борбата с изкушенията. Венеца на правдата получават победителите в тая борба, която често пъти е истинско мъченичество, същинска Голгота. Но колкото по-трагично е стълкновението на чувствата, толкова по-сияйна е светостта на победилия своите естествени привързаности в името на един висш идеал — благото на всички.”
― Архимандрит Серафим (Алексиев), Житие на св. цар Борис, покръстител на българите

“People will say anything, especially if they think it’s what you want to hear. What we do is what matters. The proof of words is in actions.”
― Rev. Whitney Wilkinson

“Sometimes God will place a wall on your path to force you to go in another direction.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Worry not
if you are in darkness
and the void sucks you in further.
This is not the place we go to die.
It’s where we are born
and our stories begin.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“I love the optimism on the shores of youth, where time hasn’t yet eroded faith.”
― Amy Neftzger, The War of Words

“The Law of Attraction takes into account all of your doubts. So, if you say you practice the Law of Attraction yet always carry an extra parachute with a Plan B, C, & D for those ‘just in case’ scenarios… you may be tricking yourself into believing that you believe when, in actuality, you are quite insecure. If you always have a backup plan ready – though it may come off as ‘prepared’ and ‘smart’ – it also implies that you do not fully trust that Spirit will always provide.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“For every Gospel action, there is an opposite and devious demonic reaction. We see this in the book of Acts. It appears in church history. We experience it in our personal journeys.”
― Daniel Henderson

“If we try to see something positive in everything we do, life won’t necessarily become easier but it becomes more valuable.”
― Abhishek S, Feelings Undefined: The Charm of the Unsaid

“God only requires two things from us. First, He asks that we stay unwavering in our knowledge that His faithful love endures forever. And second, He asks that we stay steadfast in our belief that His intentions are to bless and redeem. As we stand on these two truths, He strengthens our faith and increases our trust.”
― Katherine J. Walden, Dare to Call Him Friend

“But I was immobilized—less by another’s static imposition than by my own static will. For the enemy had in thrall my power to choose, which he had used to make a chain for binding me. From bad choices an urge arises; and the urge, yielded to, becomes a compulsion; and the compulsion, unresisted, becomes a slavery—each link in this process connected with the others, which is why I call it a chain—and that chain had a tyrannical grip around me. The new will I felt stirring in me, a will to ‘give you free worship’ and enjoy what I yearned for, my God, my only reliable happiness, could not break away from the will made strong by long dominance. Two wills were mine, old and new, of the flesh, of the spirit, each warring on the other, and between their dissonances was my soul disintegrating.”
― Augustine of Hippo, Confessions

“Whenever I feel as if my faith is being tested, give me the grace to see you moving in my life to strengthen my relationship with you.”
― Amy E. Mason, 365 Pocket Prayers for Women: Guidance and Wisdom for Each New Day

“Our real problem is not the pervasiveness of the darkness but a failure of the light. Light always dispels darkness. The glorious light of the resurrection life of Jesus Christ is still sufficient and available to those who reject self-reliance and return to His plan for biblical leadership. This return can reignite the radiance of the Gospel in transforming power.”
― Daniel Henderson, Old Paths, New Power: Awakening Your Church Through Prayer and the Ministry of the Word

“You cannot rush God’s timing.
When the Lord speaks a word into your life, it is like a seed. Is your confidence in God’s seed?”
― T.D. Jakes

“It’s time to demand that the faithful keep their personal choices, preferences and beliefs in irrational and sometimes dangerous things strictly private. Everyone is absolutely free to believe what they want, provided they do not harass others (or force, or kill them) .. But nobody has the right to insist on privileges simply because they are supporters of one or other of the world’s many religions.”

From: “Gesels van een imaginaire god”
(‘Scourges of an imaginary god’)”
― A.J. Beirens, Gesels van een imaginaire god

“A true religious person should not think that “my religion alone is the right path and other religions are false.” Other religions are also so many paths leading to the same domain of transcendental bliss.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Autobiography of God: Biopsy of A Cognitive Reality

“A lot of pain that we are dealing with are really only THOUGHTS.”
― Abhishek S, Feelings Undefined: The Charm of the Unsaid

“One man suffers to save many.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“She was benediction, a touch of faith, life itself coursing through my veins collapsed in age and turmoil, and to my fatigued and weary heart, a new and vibrant throb.”
― F. Sionil José, Ben Singkol

“You must give him time,’ said her grandmother;’and you must be content not to be believed for a while. It is very hard to bear; but I have had to bear it, and shall have to bear it yet. I will take care of what Curdie thinks of you in the end. You must let him go now.”
― George MacDonald

“Wachawi hivi ndivyo wanavyoapishwa na kuikana imani ya Kikristo: Mwanafunzi hupelekwa kilingeni katika siku maalumu kuonana na Shetani, pamoja na jopo la wachawi. Shetani hutokea katika mwili wa hewa, mwili uliochanganyikana na hewa na mvuke mzito, wa mwanamume na kuwasihi waishikilie imani yao kwake kwa mioyo yao yote, huku akiwaahidi utajiri na maisha marefu kama hawatamkana. Kisha wachawi wanampendekeza mwanafunzi kwa Shetani. Shetani humuuliza mwanafunzi kama yuko tayari kuikana imani yake, kuachana na Ukristo na kutokumwabudu Mwanamke Aliyebarikiwa Kuliko Wanawake Wote Duniani Maria Magdalena, na kutoziheshimu sakaramenti za aina zote. Mwanafunzi atakapokubaliana na masharti hayo, Shetani atanyoosha mkono wake na kumsihi mwanafunzi anyooshe wa kwake. Kwa mkono wake mwenyewe, mwanafunzi ataapa na kuweka agano na Shetani mbele ya jopo la wachawi.

Baada ya hapo bila kuchelewa Shetani ataendelea na kusema kuwa hicho kiapo hakitoshi. Lakini mwanafunzi atakapouliza afanye kitu gani cha ziada, Shetani atahitaji kiapo kifuatacho kwa heshima yake na kwa heshima ya mashetani wote: Mwanafunzi ajikabidhi kwa Shetani kwa mwili na kwa roho yake yote daima dawamu, na afanye kila awezalo kuleta wanafunzi wengine wa kike na wa kiume katika ufalme wake. Kama hiyo haitoshi Shetani ataongeza kuwa lazima mwanafunzi atengeneze mafuta fulani kutokana na mifupa na viungo vya miili ya watoto, hasa watoto waliobatizwa, kwani kwa kufanya hivyo atamtimizia kila kitu atakachokitaka hapa duniani. Hiyo ni njia mojawapo ya kiapo.

Njia nyingine ya kiapo ni kwa wale ambao hawajiamini au wana hofu ya kuonana na Shetani uso kwa uso kilingeni, akiwa na mwili wa kimazingaombwe na sauti ya kutisha kwani Shetani hana mapafu wala hana ulimi. Badala ya kilingeni mwanafunzi hupelekwa kanisani na jopo la wachawi ambapo mbele ya jopo atalazimishwa kuikana imani yake, kumkana Yesu Kristo, kuukana ubatizo na kulikana kanisa zima kwa ujumla wake. Mwanafunzi baada ya hapo atalazimishwa kutoa heshima kuu kwa Mfalme Mdogo, kwani hivyo ndivyo wanavyomwita Shetani ili kumwondolea mwanafunzi hofu, kisha atalazimishwa kunywa supu ya mtoto mchanga waliyemuua akazikwa kisha wakamfukua na kupika viungo vya mwili wake; na dakika hiyo mwanafunzi atapata maarifa, maarifa ya kichawi, kama walimu wake na watarudi nyumbani.”
― Enock Maregesi

“In modern neurotheology we examine the physical bases to spiritual, religious and mystical experiences and beliefs, that implicitly appear to reduce this rich phenomenology to only neuronal functions. So, the thing is, there was no divine intervention necessary in the evolution of spirituality and religiosity. “Human Brain is the true God of all beliefs”.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Neurosutra: The Abhijit Naskar Collection

“Laney, why do I believe you transcend the ordinary? Why do I look at you, and expect to see a façade fall away, revealing something much more than even the extraordinary? Tell me.”
Elaine flushed, her knees wobbling. “I…don’t…know. But thank you—for the kind words. I’m flattered.” She closed her eyes wanting to hide. He was too close…too beautiful…too fervid.
And she was too vulnerable, too exposed.
“Look at me.”
She hesitantly met his unwavering gaze.
“No more hiding in your shadows,” he whispered, “because I will find you. And I will drag you kicking and screaming back into the light, where you belong. Do you understand?”
“Yes.”
“Good.” He took her hand and guided her forward.”
― R.W. Patterson

“A true religious person should not think that “my religion alone is the right path and other religions are false.” Other religions are also so many paths leading to the same domain of transcendental bliss. Likewise, no person should think “my perception of the reality is the only absolute reality, and all others’ are false”, because each human brain has its own unique way of perceiving the reality.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Autobiography of God: Biopsy of A Cognitive Reality

“I am like the H2O in a lake. Some drink it at one place and call it “water”, others at another place and call it “jal”, and some others at a third place and call it “pani”. The Christians call it “water”, the Hindus “jal”, and the Muslims ”pani”. But it is one and the same thing. I am not tied to the doctrines of any church, synagogue, temple or mosque, yet I am the reason of their birth.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Autobiography of God: Biopsy of A Cognitive Reality

“Your spiritual goals can be as numerous as there are stars in the sky. And so can be your religions. But in all your vivid and diverse paths of practicing religion and spirituality, there is one very common and simple element that knows no bounds. That element is the eternal bliss that enables you to attain unimaginable feats of excellence. It is not tied to any scripture of yours, yet it is in every scripture of yours.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Autobiography of God: Biopsy of A Cognitive Reality

“I know you’re tired…but this is your time, Laney. Claim your power. Make everything…from the beginning until the end…make it all count.”
― R.W. Patterson

“Mammon ni mungu wa pesa wa kuzimu anayesimamia mambo yote ya kifedha ulimwenguni. Ni miongoni mwa mashetani saba waliotupwa na Mwenyezi Mungu hapa duniani kutokea mbinguni akiwemo Ibilisi, Beelzebub, Asmodeus, Leviathan, Amon na Belphegor. Ibilisi ni mungu wa kiburi, Beelzebub ni mungu wa uroho, Asmodeus ni mungu wa zinaa, Leviathan ni mungu wa wivu, Amon ni mungu wa hasira na Belphegor ni mungu wa uvivu. Jukumu la mashetani hawa ni kusimamia kwa uaminifu mkubwa kutokea kuzimu dhambi kubwa saba duniani ambazo ni kiburi, uroho, zinaa, wivu, hasira, uvivu na uchoyo. Dawa ya dhambi hizo ni busara, kiasi, ujasiri, imani, haki, tumaini na upendo.”
― Enock Maregesi

“The Story Is Always There
Sometimes you don’t need to speak to someone to know how they are feeling. You don’t need to ask what is their story – often people have it written on their faces and you just have to take the time out to read it.”
― Delma Pryce, ABOVE AND BEYOND: My Spiritual Journey

“God promises to be our Strong Tower, our Protector, our Champion, and our Advocate. He also promises that if we call Him friend we will see persecution; we will suffer, and we will go through the fires of sanctification. He promises to shake us out of our complacency. There is no safer place to be than in His presence, but He is not the God of the complacent.”
― Katherine J. Walden, Dare to Call Him Friend

“Imani ina thamani kubwa kuliko mali, wale wenye mali wana thamani machoni pa Mammon, wale wenye imani wana thamani machoni pa Yehova.”
― Enock Maregesi

“one should not embrace religion because they are born into it,
one should embrace religion because they have faith in it.
Gabriel O Gabriels
Ghana
2016”
― Gabriel O Gabriels

“I cannot tell you that the sacrifice will be light: it is a serious thing to stand against the whole current of an age; it is a serious thing to be despised and hated by the generality of one’s fellow men. Yet that is increasingly the lot of the true Christian today. He will not, indeed, be inclined to complain; for he has something with which all that he has lost is not worthy to be compared; and he knows that despite temporary opposition the ultimate future belongs to him and to His Lord. But for the present he is called upon to endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. It can hardly be said that unworthy motives of self-interest can lead a man to enter into a calling in which he will win nothing but reproach.”
― J. Gresham Machen

“Faith keeps our ships moving, while empathy and the memories of our experiences guide us to wisdom.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“I always knew a good man should do no bad deeds, but it never occurred to me that a good man must do good deeds. He cannot just sit back and do nothing. He cannot just relax and let things happen around him. He must act or his faith is meaningless, mere words or thoughts.”
― Aleksandra Layland, Ansgar: The Struggle of a People. The Triumph of the Heart.

“Abortion is not allowed
because apparently it is against the law of god.
Yes, that butter-wouldn’t-melt deity
who ordered babies to be slaughtered,
killed all the first-born in Egypt
And caused an entire human race to drown.

From: “Gesels van een imaginaire god”
(Scourges of an imaginary god)”
― A.J. Beirens

“God’s power is the grace of prayer.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“May the Spirit lead us to walk on sacred ground.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“The bullshit detector is the biggest enemy
of every religion.”
From: “Gesels van een imaginaire god”
(‘Scourges of an imaginary god’)”
― A.J. Beirens

“I cannot tell you that the sacrifice will be light: it is a serious thing to stand against the whole current of an age; it is a serious thing to be despised and hated by the generality of one’s fellow men. Yet that is increasingly the lot of the truth Christian today. He will not, indeed, be inclined to complain; for he has something with which all that he has lost is not worthy to be compared; and he knows that despite temporary opposition the ultimate future belongs to him and to His Lord. But for the present he is called upon to endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. It can hardly be said that unworthy motives of self-interest can lead a man to enter into a calling in which he will win nothing but reproach.”
― J. Gresham Machen

“Call on Jesus Christ in any circumstance.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Jesus Christ seeks to save lost souls.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Jesus Christ seeks to save the lost souls.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“The sacred duty of every soul is to fear God.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“I am willing to walk with God”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“O Lord lead me along a sacred straight path.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Wonders and signs shall never cease.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“I surrender my life to the Saviour, Jesus Christ.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“God unconditionally loves us.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Cry to Christ!”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Call on the Saviour, He will save you.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“God give grace for obedience to His commandments.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Throw out of your head the idea that you can, through a comfortable life, become what you must be in Christ.”
― Феофан Затворник, Письма о духовной жизни

“Are you willing to walk with God?”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Is it too bold to point out
that there is nothing in the ten commandments
about protecting children against cruelty?
Nothing against rape and nothing against slavery,
and nothing agains genocide.
Could this be because these crimes
are positively recommended
in the rest of the bible?”
― A.J. Beirens

“From bigots who hawk their god
door-to-door, preserve us.”
― A.J. Beirens

“Embrace all people with love, mercy and faith.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“On the sixth day god created man,
on the seventh day man created god.
Now we are even.”
― A.J. Beirens

“Live in peace with all people.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Did god make man too perfect,
So that a piece has to be removed
through circumcision?”
― A.J. Beirens

“The moment that all these myths
were brought together in so-called ‘holy books’
has -without any doubt- to be seen
as the most disastrous point in time
in the history of mankind.

From: “Gesels van een imaginaire god”
(Scourges of an imaginary god)”
― A.J. Beirens

“Embrace the fearful souls with faith.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Life is fearless battle.”

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