Quotes To Stimulate Your Thoughts
1. God's promises are like the stars; the darker the night the brighter they shine.
2. God often gives in one brief moment that which he has for a long time denied.
3. There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as praying for him.
4. The self-sufficient do not pray, the self-satisfied will not pray, the self-righteous cannot pray. No man is greater than his prayer life.
5. Each of us has a capacity for God and an ability to relate to him in a personal way. When we do, he brings to us pardon for the past, peace for the present, and a promise for the future.
6. The Almighty does nothing with out reason, though the frail mind of man cannot explain the reason.
Augustine of Hippo
7. God often gives in one brief moment that which he has for a long time denied.
8. "A man's best collateral is his character.
Financier J. P. Morgan
9. "Reputation is what folks think you are. Personality is what you seem to be. Character is what you really are."
Alfred Armand Montapert House
10. "Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings, those who cheer today may curse tomorrow, only one thing endures - character."
11. "A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble."
12. To give plesure to a single heart by a single kind act is better than a thousand head-bowings in prayer.
13. I wonder why it is that we are not all kinder to each other. How much the world needs it! How easily it is done!
14. It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
15. Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
16. True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.
17. The view we entertain of God will determine our view of the world.
18. You and I have a terrible time letting go. We ask God to help us with a problem, but we keep worrying about it. We carry our burdens to the foot of the cross, lay them down, then hook a toe on them and drag them with us when we leave! Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." He didn't mean, "Come tell me your problems, but go fix them yourself." He meant, "come tell me your problems, and then forget about them. They're my problems now."
19. In this world of ours, that which matters most is not what happens to the outside of things, but what happens to the inside of people.
20. God loves us the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way.
21. God does not offer us a way out of the testings of life. He offers us a way through, and that makes all the difference.
W. T. Purkiser
22. We should be thankful for our tears; they prepare our eyes for a clearer vision of God.
23. God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supplies.
J. Hudson Taylor
24. It is not the will of God to give us more troubles than will bring us to live by faith in him.
25. Blessed is the influence of one true, loving soul on another.
26. God made you as you are in order to use you as He planned.
S. C. Mcauley
27. There is comfort in the fact that God can never be taken by surprise.
28. When God delivered Israel out of Egypt, he didn't send an army. We would have sent an army or an orator! But God sent a man who had been in the desert forty years, and had an impediment in his speech. It is weakness that God wants! Nothing is small when God handles it.
29. For the man sound in body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather.
30. What the work of Christ requires is not our admiration or even gratitude, not our impressions or our thrills, but ourselves and our shame.
P. T. Forsyth
31. Don't forget, a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
32. It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.
33. Blame keeps wounds open. Only forgiveess heals.
34. I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.
Louisa May Alcott
35. Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
36. Think wrongly, it you please, but in all cases think for yourself.
37. True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends but in the worth and choice.
38. Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.
Corrie ten Boom
39. People are like stained glass windows; they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.
40. The art of being happy ies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
Henry Ward Beecher
41. A kind heart is a fountain of gladness making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
42. Do what you can do and pray for what you cannot yet do.
43. The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do.
44. Love is not a matter of counting the years, it's making the years count.
45. My happiness is not to remake myself, but make the absolute best of what God made.
46. I don't know the key to success, but, the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
47. Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.
Corrie Ten Boom
48. Assuredly nobody will care for him who cares for nobody.
49. Nobody can make you feel interior without your consent.
50. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
51. There is no circumstance, no trouble, no testing, that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment. But I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart.
52. I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess.
53. No sorrow touches man until it has been filtered through the heart of God.
54. There are comforts and compensations that one who has not suffered knows nothing of- like the lamps that nobody sees till the tunnel comes.
R. W. Barbour
55. It is impossible to have the feeling of peace and serenity without being at rest with God.
56. When God wants to move a mountain, he does not take a bar of iron, but he takes a little worm. The fact is, we have too much strength. We are not weak enough. It is not our strength that we want. One drop of God's strength is worth more than all the world.
57. The happiest, sweetest, tenderest homes are not those where there has been no sorrow, but those which have been overshadowed with grief, and where Christ's comfort was accepted.
J. R. Miller
58. When we allow God to work through us, then it becomes easy...because He's doing all the work.
59. Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.
60. The stream of time sweeps away errors and leaves the truth for the inheritance of humanity.
61. Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
Henry Ward Beecher
62. A smile takes but a moment, but its effects sometimes last forever.
J. E. Smith
63. He became what we are that he might make us what he is.
64. Have courage for the great sorrows of life and have patience for the small ones...Go to sleep in peace. God is awake.
65. How can you expect God to speak in that gentle and inward voice which melts the soul, when you are making so much noise with your rapid reflections? Be silent, and God will speak again.
66. This world is so full of care and sorrow that it is a gracious debt we owe to one another to discover the bright crystals of delight hidden in somber circumstances and irksome tasks.
67. Take that gift God has entrusted to you; and use it in the service of Christ and your fellow men. He will make it glow and shine like the very stars of heaven.
68. Don't try to deal with sin, for you are sure to lose. Deal with Christ; let him deal with your sin and you are sure to win.
69. Real friendship is shown in times of trouble; prosperity is full of friends.
70. A real friend feels no need to excuse himself for some failing.
The Laubliner Rabbi
71. True friends . . . face in the same direction toward common projects, interests, and goals.
C. S. Lewis
72. Trouble is a sieve through which we sift our acquantances. Those too big to pass through are our friends.
73. Most of the methods that Satan uses to confuse and tempt can be very beautiful and very alert. He seems to be not the enemy of God, but the uplifter and edifier of man.
74. God hurts when we hurt. When you ache with your brokenhearted friend, you emulate the heart of God.
75. Serenity comes not alone by removing the outward causes and occasions of fear, but by the discovery of inward reservoirs to draw upon.
76. One may go wrong in many different ways, but right only in one.
77. The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying.
78. A cheerful friend is like a sunny day, which sheds its brightness on all around.
79. A good laugh is sunshine in a house.
William Mokepeace Thackeray
80. Friendship has splendors that love knows not.
81. The real friend is he or she who can share all our sorrow and double our joys.
B. C. Forbes
82. Faith in God...life can never take you by surprise again.
Dr. James Dobson
83. Life has taught me to forgive much, but to seek forgiveness still more.
Otto von Bismarck
84. Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
85. Love doesn't make the world go 'round.
Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
Franklin P. Jones
86. Separate what counts from what doesn't.
R. R. Ball
87. The world's greatest need is not more Christians but more Christians who practice their Christianity.
88. "Being rich isn't about money. Being rich is a state of mind. Some of us, no matter how much money we have, will never be free enough to take time to stop and eat the heart of the watermelon. And some of us will be rich without ever being more than a paycheck ahead of the game."
89. The essence of true friendship is to make allowances for another's little lapses.
90. Each morning is the open door to a new world - new vistas, new aims, new plans, new thoughts... and whether one is twenty, forty, sixty, or eighty; whether one has succeeded, failed or just muddled along - life begins each morning!"
L. M. Hodges
91. Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those you hold well.
92. "Some people go through life trying to find out what the world holds for them only to find out too late that it's what they bring to the world that really counts."
Anne of Green Gables
93. "It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power."
94. The purpose of prayer is not to inform God of our needs, but to invite him to rule our lives.
95. The essence of true friendship is to make allowances for another's little lapses.
96. "Each morning is the open door to a new world - new vistas, new aims, new plans, new thoughts... and whether one is twenty, forty, sixty, or eighty; whether one has succeeded, failed or just muddled along - life begins each morning!"
L. M. Hodges
97. "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."
98. What we need is a cup of understanding, a barrel of love, and an ocean of patience.
St. Francis de Sales
99. Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
100. "At this very moment, there are people only you can reach... and differences only you can make."
101. Suspense, that toothache of the mind.
Francis E. Smedley
102. A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
103. Happiness is inward and not outward; and so it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.
Henry Van Dyke
104. Love builds memories that endure, to be treasured up as hints of what shall be hereafter.
105. Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
106. You are bigger than the things that annoy you.
107. Home is where the heart is.
Pliny the Elder
108. A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.
109. No amount of good deeds can make us good persons: we must be good before we can do good.
110. Don't worry about opposition. Remember a kite rises against the wind, not with the wind.
Hamilton Wright Mabie
111. There are three principal postures of love. It gives with joy, receives with appreciation and rebukes with humility and hope.
Albert M. Wells Jr.
112. I would rather walk in the dark with God than go alone in the light.
Mary Gardiner Brainard
113. I find that it is not the circumstances in which we are placed, but the spirit in which we meet them that constitutes our comfort.
114. Love decreases when it ceases to increase.
115. The weakest among us has a gift, however seemingly trivial, which is peculiar to him, and which, worthily used, will be a gift also to his race.
116. Love is the greatest refreshment in life.
117. The soul, like the body, lives by what it feeds on.
Josiah Gilbert Holland
118. I always prefer to believe the best of everybody - it saves so much trouble.
119. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
120. While faith makes all things possible it is love that makes all things easy.
121. What we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expected generally happens.
122. Loving relationships are a family's best protection against the challenges of the world.
123. Love cures people both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.
124. It is not only what you do, but also what you don't do, for which you are accountable.
125. If you think you can, you can. And if you thin you can't, you're right.
Mary Kay Ash
126. How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone.
127. If I were you I would not worry. Just make up your mind to do better when you get another chance, and be content with that.
128. Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
129. He who receive a benefit should never forget it; he who bestows should never remember it.
130. God gave you the gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?
William A. Ward
131. The soul needs friendship, the heart needs love.
132. Always remember to forget the things that made you sad. But never forget to remember the things that made you glad.
133. Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
134. Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings by counting your troubles.
Maltbie D. Babcock
135. I like not only to be loved, but to be told I am loved.
136. A kiss is a secret told to the mouth instead of to the ear.
137. Success in marriage is more than finding the right person: it is a matter of being the right person.
138. I have learned that to have a good friend is the best of all God's gifts, for it is a love that has no exchange of payment.
139. Love is the child of freedom, never that of domination.
140. Happiness is inward and not outward; and so it does not depend on what we have but on what we are.
Henry Van Dyke
141. Each one of us has a choice. We can choose to accept the things we can't change and learn to act on the things we can change.
142. We gain self-respect when we decide to stop blaming other for out dilemmas and start taking responsibility for our own choices.
143. How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it.
144. Our voluntary thoughts not only reveal what we are, they predict what we will become.
A. W. Tozer
145. Cheerfulness is the atmosphere in which all things thrive.
Jean Paul Richter
146. I'll not willingly offend, nor be easily offended; what's amiss i'll strive to mend. And endure what can't be mended.
147. Always tell the truth. Then you don't have to worry about what you said last.
Robert A. Cook
148. Each man can interpret another's experience only by his own.
149. Impatient people are like catspetted backwards--apt to yowl over the discomfort of things not done right or not done at all.
150. Repentance is the laundry day of the spirit. It is a time of sorting, deep cleaning, followed by rest and preperation to be used again.
151. Remove failure as an option and your chances for success become infinitely better.
152. Success comes in a can..."I can!"
153. Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
154. I think it's very important to be positive about everything in your life that's negative. You can turn a twist on it.
155. What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
156. It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
George S. Patton, Jr.
157. We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by
standing in awe of death.
158. A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
159. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are
160. God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.
161. Until you know that life is interesting--and find it so--you haven't
found your soul.
162. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
163. It's the circle of life, and it moves us all, through despair and hope,
through faith and love, 'till we find our place, on the path unwinding.
164. "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to
pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the
inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
165. The greater the obstacle, the more the glory in overcoming it.
166. The Word of God must always be heard quite specifically and in a new way, varying according to the conditions under which it is preached. Faith is not an acceptance of general, abstract truths, but an answer and a decision at a certain time and in a very certain place.
J. L. Hromadka
167. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you yourself shall be the miracle.
168. How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource! We go to Him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven.
169. Love is careful of little things, of circumstances and measures, and of little accidents; not allowing to itself any infirmity which it strives not to master, aiming at what it cannot yet reach, desiring to be of an angelic purity, and of a perfect innocence, and a seraphical fervor, and fears every image of offense; is as much afflicted at an idle word as some at an act of adultery, and will not allow to itself so much anger as will disturb a child, nor endure the impurity of a dream. And this is the curiosity and niceness of divine love: this is the fear of God, and is the daughter and production of love.
170. You are a man, not God; you are human, not an angel. How can you expect to remain always in a constant state of virtue, when this was not possible even for an angel of heaven, nor for the first man in the Garden?
Thomas à Kempis
171. God, though present everywhere, has His special residence, as being a pure Spirit, in our minds -- "In Him we live, and move, and have our being". He is somewhere in the recesses of our soul, in the springs of our existence, a light in that mysterious region of our nature where the wishes, feelings, thoughts, and emotions take their earliest rise. The mind is a sanctuary, in the center of which the Lord sits enthroned, the lamp of consciousness burning before Him.
172. Quit now, you'll never make it. If you disregard this advice, you'll be halfway there
173. The test of a successful person is not an ability to eliminate all problems before they arise, but to meet and work out difficulties when they do arise. We must be willing to make an intelligent compromise with perfection lest we wait forever before taking action. It's still good advice to cross bridges as we come to them.
David Joseph Schwartz
174. My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate - that's my philosophy.
175. Advice is probably the only free thing which people won't take.
176. To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
G. K. Chesterton
177. Bringing up a family should be an adventure, not an anxious discipline in which everybody is constantly graded for performance.
Milton R. Saperstein
178. Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.
179. Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.
180. It is not good to hang on to anger - I am the only one that it is really hurting.
181. He who angers you conquers you.
182. Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
183. Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?
Corrie Ten Boom
184. Trust God for great things; with your five loaves and two fishes, he will show you a way to feed thousands.
185. Life is a wilderness of twists and turns, where faith is your only compass.
186. Write it on your heart that every day
is the best day of the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
187. We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
188. We can do nothing, we say sometimes, we can only pray. That, we feel, is a terribly precarious second-best. So long as we can fuss and work and rush about, so long as we can lend a hand, we have some hope; but if we have to fall back upon God -- ah, then things must be critical indeed!
A. J. Gossip
189. The deceit, the lie of the devil consists of this, that he wishes to make man believe that he can live without God's Word. Thus he dangles before man's fantasy a kingdom of faith, of power, and of peace, into which only he can enter who consents to the temptations; and he conceals from men that he, as the devil, is the most unfortunate and unhappy of beings, since he is finally and eternally rejected by God.
190. Let no man deceive you with vain words or vain hopes or false notions of a slight and sudden repentance. As if heaven were a hospital founded on purpose to receive all sick and maimed persons that, when they can live no longer to the lusts of the flesh and the sinful pleasures of this world, can but put up a cold and formal petition to be admitted there. No, no, as sure as God is true, they shall never see the Kingdom of God who, instead of seeking it in the first place, make it their last refuge and retreat.
191. He has loved us without being loved... We are bound to Him, and not He to us, because before He was loved, He loved us... There it is, then: we cannot... love Him with this first love. Yet I say that God demands of us, that as He has loved us without any second thoughts, so He should be loved by us. In what way can we do this, then? ... I tell you, through a means which he has established, by which we can love Him freely; ... that is, we can be useful, not to Him -- which is impossible -- but to our neighbor... To show the love that we have for Him, we ought to serve and love every rational creature and extend our charity to good and bad -- as much to one who does us ill service and criticizes us as to one who serves us. For, His charity extends over just men and sinners.
Catherine of Siena
192. One great remedy against all manner of temptation, great or small, is to open the heart and lay bare its suggestion, likings, and dislikings before some spiritual adviser; for, ... the first condition which the Evil One makes with a soul, when he wants to entrap it, is silence.
François de Sales
193. Resolve to be a master of change rather than a victim of change.
194. Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
Jacob M. Braude
195. If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.
196. Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw
197. Change. It has the power to uplift, to heal, to stimulate, surprise, open new doors, bring fresh experience and create excitement in life. Certainly it is worth the risk.
198. I used to say, 'I sure hope things will change.' Then I learned that the only way things are going to change for me is when I change.
199. You can learn from people, and educate others, but the only one you can change is yourself.
Dan D. Limon
200. To keep our faces toward change, and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate, is strength undefeatable.
201. In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there i= s room for nothing.
202. Do you know what real poverty is? It is never having a big thought or a gen= erous impulse.
Jerome P. Fleishman
203. We can't always control what happens to us, but we can always control how w= e react to it.
204. Like heroes in a mythic journey, we are meant to struggle to make the right= choices.
205. I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you
206. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
207. The answer to having a better life is not about getting a better life, it's just about changing how we see the one we have right now.
Angel Kyodo Williams
208. Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
209. At this very moment, there are people only you can reach... and
differences only you can make.
210. If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.
211. If you have no confidence in self you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence you have won even before you have started.
212. Those who dance are considered insane
by those who can't hear the music."
213. Soft words are hard arguments.
214. The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion.
215. Character is what God and the angels know of us; reputation is what men and women think of us.
216. Within your reflection, discover perfection. Don't fall for the loveless lies. The one to believe in is right before your eyes.
Matthew and Gunnar Nelson
217. "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."
218. True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes by.
E. S. Bouton
219. He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
220. A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's.
Jean Paul Richter
221. When you are scared, the trick is not to rid your stomach of butterflies, but to make them fly in formation.
222. There comes a time when one must take a position that's neither safe, nor political, nor popular, but he must make it because his conscience tells him that it's right.
Martin Luther King
223. We are more than the sum of all our problems.
Christian Acts of Kindness
224. When I bristle with cold words deflating, Lord, help me find warm ones more elevating.
225. When I run into obstacles, dear Lord, help me to look for ways around them.
226. Holy Spirit, I want to keep open the windows of my heart and let you rearrange my thinking and my doing.
Mary Jane Clark
227. God, Your Blessings always arrive. Teach me to be patient and wait for them, and never to tire of looking.
228. Dear God, help me see your goodness and find blessings in the burdens of this day.
229. God give me the patience to do what I can and leave the rest to You.
230. Let me always reach out to those around me, God. Your time is too precious to waste on imagined slights.
231. When troubles mount and worries grow large, remind me, Lord, Who is in charge.
232. Lord, when I'm upset, help me keep my words brief and let me save my wordiness for praising.
233. Lord, help me to keep the helping chain going. If I am tempted to become the broken link, give me a boost.
234. Today, God, help me find a balance between my needs and the needs of those who look to me for help.
235. Jesus, you are the same yesterday today and forever. Be my past, my present, and my future.
236. Dear, God, help me to be more sensitive to the differences in people that make them so special.
237. Thank you, Lord, for the memories of love and friendship that add sweetness to our days.
238. Lord, help me get the most out of this wonderful life You've created by being a doer not just a listener or watcher.
239. God, teach us to be planters of seeds, tillers of prayers, fillers of needs.
240. Have you ever noticed that those who make the greatest impact upon society are often those who have suffered most.
241. It is your duty to keep yourself s fit as possible, spiritually and physically. You cannot be the best for God if you drive yourself to the point where you are practically dropping with fatigue and something within you is about to snap.
242. Getting to know ourselves better, knowing who we are, accepting who we are, and finding the freedom to be who we are...is a direct product of slowing down and taking time.
243. Are you letting the worrows, the what if's of life, rob you of the joy of what is!
244. I continue to love recess. We were designed to work and to work heartily. But without respites, work will wear us to a frazzle. Recess keeps the dazzle in our footwork.
245. Effective communication is: two people hearing each other's words without uncontrolled tonguing.
246. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
247. Careful void in yourself those things which disturb you in others.
248. Learn to share your feelings and preferences withour being unkind or unfriendly. Don't let me kid you: this takes work.
249. Learning to live with upside down situations isn't easy. But we have to since we are all living mistakes, things under constructionm, and othing perfect or finished yet.
250. Some people have the mistaken idea that becoming a christian will be a shelter from the personal storms of life.