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"Vulgarity is no substitute for wit."
-Julian Fellowes

"So stay true to your own nature. If you like to do things in a slow and steady way, don't let others make you feel as if you have to race. If you enjoy depth, don't force yourself to seek breadth. If you prefer single-tasking to multitasking, stick to your guns. Being relatively unmoved by rewards gives you the incalculable power to go your own way. It's up to you to use that independence to good effect.
-Susan Cain, Quiet

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's that I stay with problems longer."
-Albert Einstein

"Persistence isn't very glamorous. If genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration, then as a culture we tend to lionize the one percent. We love its flash and dazzle. But great power lies in the other ninety-nine percent."
-Susan Cain, Quiet

"[The orchid hypothesis] holds that many children are like dandelions, able to thrive in just about any environment. But others...are more like orchids: they wilt easily, but under the right conditions can grow strong and magnificent...The reactivity of these kids' nervous systems makes them quickly overwhelmed by childhood adversity, but also able benefit from a nurturing environment more than other children do. In other words, orchid children are more strongly affected by all experience, both positive and negative."
-Susan Cain, Quiet

"Another study, of 38,000 knowledge workers across different sectors, found that the simple act of being interrupted is one of the biggest barriers to productivity. Even multitasking, that prized feat of modern-day office warriors, turns out to be a myth. Scientists now know that the brain is incapable of paying attention to two things at the same time. What looks like multitasking is really switching back and forth between multiple tasks, which reduces productivity and increases mistakes by up to 50 percent."
-Susan Cain, Quiet

"But when he analyzed what the highest-performing companies had in common, the nature of their CEOs jumped out at him. Every single one of them was led by an unassuming man like Darwin Smith. Those who worked with these leaders tended to describe them with the following words: quiet, humble, modest, reserved, shy, gracious, mild-mannered, self-effacing, understated.
"The lesson, says Collins, is clear. We don't need giant personalities to transform companies. We need leaders who build not their own egos but the institutions they run."
-Susan Cain, Quiet

"Asked later about his strategy, Smith [CEO of Kimberly-Clark] replied that he never stopped trying to become qualified for the job."
-Susan Cain, Quiet

"They were good generals and good men, and I would never have mentioned their dancing and intrigues, had not all of them, annoyingly, written later...on their love for the fatherland and the Tsar and similar such nonsense, whereas in actual fact they were mostly concerned with their dinner and a little blue ribbon, or a red one. This is a natural human aspiration, and it should not be condemned, but it must be called by its true name, otherwise it will mislead the younger generations as they gaze in astonishment and despair at the weaknesses which they discover in their own souls, while in...Russian history they see nothing but heroes."
-Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

"People who love authentic community always prefer the pain of temporary chaos to the peace of permanent superficiality."
-John Ortberg, Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them

"There is a very important theological distinction between being a prophet and being a jerk. What burns deeply in the heart of a true prophet is not just anger but love."
-John Ortberg, Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them

"I will not run away from you when you fail to meet my expectations."
-Tisha Olson

"It is ironic that we try to impress people by saying clever or funny things, yet nothing binds one human being to another more than the sense that they have been deeply, carefully listened to."
-John Ortberg, Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them

"When we practice the [art of silence], we begin to learn amazing things. We can live without getting the last word. We can live without trying to make sure we control how other people are thinking about us. We can live without winning every argument, without powering up over every decision, without always drawing attention to ourselves."
-John Ortberg, Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them

"Sometimes, the best way to change the world is to live extraordinarily in what looks like an ordinary existence - to radically love and serve those around us every day, no matter where we are."
-Michael S. Horton

"In your business, set goals that are bigger, more noble, more sacred, than sales targets. How about eliminating employee turnover, or customer complaints? Or number of employee children failing school? What really are the most important things in business? I challenge us all to think bigger than sales."
-Joel Salatin, owner Polyface Farms

"Your naked body deserves the honor of being shared only with someone who is covenanted to never stop loving your naked soul."
-Ann Voskamp

"We are tempted to live under the illusion that somewhere out there are people who are normal."
-John Ortberg

"Hardly any amount of oppression from above takes the heart out of a boy like oppression from his fellows."
-C.S. Lewis, Surprised By Joy

"I notice that a man seldom mentions what he had supposed to be his most idiosyncratic sensations without receiving from at least one (often more) of those present the reply, 'What! Have you felt that too? I always thought I was the only one.'"
-C.S. Lewis, Surprised By Joy

"He danced a lot, drank a lot, wrote a lot of verse in ladies' albums and every evening he wondered if he was in love with this one or that, but no, he was not in love with anyone, least of all with Sonya, whom he simply loved. And the reason he was not in love with anyone was that he was in love with himself."
-Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

"I don't always know where this life is going. I can't see the end of the road, but here is the great part: Courage is not about knowing the path. It is about taking the first step. It is about Peter getting out of the boat, stepping out onto the water with complete faith that Jesus will not let him drown."
-Katie Davis, Kisses From Katie

"There is truly no greater gift than to give yourself away."
-Katie Davis, Kisses From Katie

"Sometimes the sadness seems almost unbearable, the problems unsolvable, the wounds unhealable. This has taught me one of the greatest lessons: the tension between inefficiency and faithfulness. The assurance that I must obey and be faithful only to what He has asked of me, even when tangible, earthly results or successes are not seen…Often in an unideal situation, there is not an ideal solution this side of heaven."
-Katie Davis, Kisses From Katie

"The horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of a man's mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy."
-Charles Darwin

"'Remember, God will never give you more than you can handle.'
People repeat this frequently, I heard it when I was growing up and I hear it now. It is meant to be a source of encouragement, and it would be if I believed it were true. But I don't.
I believe that God totally, absolutely, intentionally gives us more than we can handle. Because this is when we surrender to Him and He takes over, proving Himself by doing the impossible in our lives…
I have learned to accept it, even ask for it, this 'more than I can handle.' Because in these times, God shows Himself victorious. He reminds me that all of this life requires more of Him and less of me. God does give us more than we can handle. Not maliciously, but intentionally, in love, that His glory may be displayed, that we may have no doubt of who is in control, that people may see His grace and faithfulness shining through our lives."
-Katie Davis, Kisses from Katie

"Though she be but little, she is fierce."
-William Shakespeare

"Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful."
-Sophia Loren

"...And gradually they realized their fear of death had brought them closer to it."

"When I imagine God creating each one of us and planting a purpose deep in our hearts, I never imagine that purpose being mediocrity."
-Katie Davis, Kisses from Katie

"The place God calls us is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."
-Frederick Beuchner

"I wanted to share with them the truth that many of us seemed to have overlooked - that God wanted us to care for the poor, not just care about them…"
-Katie Davis, Kisses from Katie

"I didn't believe it was possible to tell a child about the love of Christ without simultaneously showing her that love by feeding her, clothing her, inviting her in. If a child has never known what love is, how can we expect him to accept the love of his Savior until we first make that love tangible?"
-Katie Davis, Kisses from Katie

"The great advantage of being a 'reasonable' creature is that you can find a reason for whatever you want to do."
-Benjamin Franklin (paraphrased by Michael Pollan)

"I wasn't at it long enough for slaughtering chickens to become routine, but the work did begin to feel mechanical, and that feeling, perhaps more than any other, was disconcerting: how quickly you can get used to anything, especially when the people around you think nothing of it. In a way, the most morally troubling thing about killing chickens is that after awhile it is no longer morally troubling."
-Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma

"But either-or is a construction more deeply woven into our culture than into nature, where even antagonists depend on one another and the liveliest places are the edges, the in-betweens or both-ands."
-Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma

"I had some terrific experiences in the wilderness since I wrote you last - overpowering, overwhelming. But then I am always being overwhelmed. I require it to sustain life."
-Everett Ruess

"I prefer the saddle to the streetcar and star-sprinkled sky to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail, leading into the unknown, to any paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bred by cities. Do you blame me then for staying here, where I feel that I belong and am one with the world around me? It is true that I miss intelligent companionship, but there are so few with whom I can share the things that mean so much to me that I have learned to contain myself. It is enough that I am surrounded with beauty…"
-Everett Ruess

"Mesmerized by [Jack] London's turgid portrayal of life in Alaska and the Yukon, McCandless read and reread The Call of the Wild, White Fang, "To Build a Fire," "An Odyssey of the North," "The Wit of Porportuk." He was so enthralled by these tales, however, that he seemed to forget they were works of fiction, constructions of the imagination that had more to do with London's romantic sensibilities than with the actualities of life in the subarctic wilderness. McCandless conveniently overlooked the fact that London himself has spent just a single winter in the North and that he'd died by his own hand on his California estate at the age of forty, a fatuous drunk, obese and pathetic, maintaining and sedentary existence that bore scant resemblance to the ideals he espoused in print."
-Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

"There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."
-Mohandas Gandhi

"You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid…You refuse to do it because you want to live longer…You're afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you're afraid that somebody will stab you, or shoot at you or bomb your house; so you refuse to take the stand. Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you're just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit."
-Martin Luther King Jr.

"If you pick and choose what you want to believe and reject the rest, how will you ever have a God who can contradict you?…You'll have a Stepford God! A God, essentially, of your own making, and not a God with whom you can have a relationship and genuine interaction. Only if your God can say things that outrage you and make you struggle (as in real friendship and marriage!) will you know that you have gotten hold of a real God and not a figment of your imagination. So an authoritative Bible is not the enemy of a personal relationship with God. It is the precondition for it."
-Tim Keller, The Reason for God

"Perhaps many dreams have been fulfilled - a move to a larger house, to vice president, to a condo after the kids have finally moved out - but the soul has become like a boarded-up discount store in an empty parking lot with weeds rising up out of the pavement cracks."
-David L. Goetz, Death By Suburb

"One of the most astounding things about the affluent minority is that we honestly think we barely have enough to survive in modest comfort."
-Ronald J. Sider, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger

"Think of people you consider fanatical. They're overbearing, self-righteous, opinionated, insensitive, and harsh. Why? It's not because they are too Christian but because they are not Christian enough. They are fanatically zealous and courageous, but they are not fanatically humble, sensitive, loving, empathetic, forgiving, or understanding - as Christ was. Because they think of Christianity as a self-improvement program they emulate the Jesus of the whips in the temple, but not the Jesus who said, 'Let him who is without sin cast the first stone' (John 8:7). What strikes us as overly fanatical is actually a failure to be fully committed to Christ and his gospel."
-Tim Keller, The Reason for God 

"Right now you have in your pocket, in the shape of a phone, the capacity to waste your entire life…Make the best use of your time."
-Mark Driscoll

"If the Church is a body, and the body is a business, isn't that the same thing as prostitution?"
-Ann Voskamp

"We are given a choice, day by day, to choose good and refuse evil. Feelings will not, as a rule, help us very much. Although impulse is not invariably bad, more often than not the choice will be between principle and impulse. What I ought to do and what I feel like doing are seldom the same thing."
-Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline

"It is a great temptation to look to special spiritual experiences as the test of holiness. To feel oneself carried away by the Spirit, to exhibit certain unusual manifestations, or to be thrilled by sudden exaltation in prayer or success in some particular effort made for God are all too often taken as proof positive that we are, at last, on the right wavelength…But those who insist on such signs invariably split communities and draw attention to themselves rather than to Christ….Our love will be shown by obedience, not by how good we feel about God at a given moment."
-Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline

"Dualism holds that to escape, repress, or ignore the material is good. The body is in itself a prison from which the soul must escape. Christianity is not dualism. The body is not evil. Jesus Christ came down from heaven, was incarnate by the Holy Ghost, and was made man, thus forever sanctifying visible things. God is not looking for men and women who will learn to hate what He has made, but for those who will learn to love it as He loves it, as proceeding from Him and going back to Him."
-Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline

"Before we open our mouths to protest, we might consider carefully the possibility that we disagree only because agreement will cost us something."
-Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline

"There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking."
-Sir Joshua Reynolds

"In five years you're the same person except for the people you've met and the books you've read."
-John Wooden….true or not, but thought provoking

"In every growing church you will find leadership that is not afraid to believe God."
-Rick Warren

"Jesus came to release us from the slavish need to be right, rewarded, regarded, and respected. Because Jesus came to set the captives free, life does not have to be a tireless effort to establish ourselves, justify ourselves, and validate ourselves."
-Tullian Tchividjian, One Way Love 

"In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him-"
"- you love him, Ender."
(Ender's Game, movie quote)

"I find that the quietest times of my life speak the loudest."
-Regina Dugan

"I see a strategy for fracturing humanity well in play: just keep people separated and let them reinforce invented boundaries in their imaginations. Because when people come together and really listen to each other, doing the hard work of human kindness, virtually every barrier is breached."
-Jen Hatmaker

"It is immature and lazy to imagine we know everything there is to know about someone before we know that someone. We don't know their stories, their histories, their real live human feelings. We don't know their favorite movies and best memories and what makes them afraid. It is unfair to take one fact, one thing they've said or we heard they said, or one thing they wrote, or someone else's experience, or a group they identify with and make a character sketch. If people did that to us, the picture would be so woefully incomplete, we wouldn't even recognize our own description."
-Jen Hatmaker

"Love comes softly, it cannot be forced...cannot bear the weight of our expectations. Love always comes in the surrender - in the falling."
-Ann Voskamp

"I love writers who are insightful enough to be cynical but choose not to be."
-Brian D. McLaren

"We frequently hear about women's struggles with body image. It's easy to find advice on ways to manage this pervasive issue, but our greatest problem is that we remain fixated on our bodies instead of our hearts."
-Hilary Tompkins

"In life, you're going to lose more often than you win, even if you're good at something. You've got to get used to that to keep going."
-Ashley Merryman

"While it's not nearly as glamorous to care for an aging parent as it is to post a profile pic on Facebook of oneself holding a frail HIV-positive Nepalese baby, in a kingdom economy, these two aren't so very different."
-Margot Starbuck, Small Things With Great Love

"Just as there is an 'outer you' that is being formed and shaped all the time, like it or not, by accident or on purpose, so there is an 'inner you.' You have a spirit. And it's constantly being shaped and tugged at: by what you hear and watch and say and read and think and experience. Everyone is being spiritually formed all the time. Whether they want to or not."
-John Ortberg

"Self-righteous service fractures community. In the final analysis (once all the religious trappings are removed) it centers in the glorification of the individual. Therefore it puts others into our debt and becomes one of the most subtle and destructive forms of manipulation known. The result is the rupture of community.
"True service, on the other hand, builds community. It quietly and unpretentiously goes about caring for the needs of others. It puts no one under obligation to return the service. It draws, binds, heals, builds. The result is the unity of the community."
-Richard Foster, The Celebration of Discipline

"In some ways we would prefer to hear Jesus' call to deny father and mother, houses and land for the sake of the gospel, than His word to wash feet. Radical self-denial gives the feel of adventure. If we forsake all, we even have the chance of glorious martyrdom. But in service we are banished to the mundane, the ordinary, the trivial."
-Richard Foster, The Celebration of Discipline

"[Fritz] Haber's story embodies the paradoxes of science: the double edge to our manipulations of nature, the good and evil that can flow not only from the same man but the same knowledge."
-Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma

"And now, another point about wishes. A wish may lead to false beliefs, granted. But what does the existence of the wish suggest? At one time I was much impressed by Arnold's line 'Nor does the being hungry prove that we have bread.' But surely, tho' it doesn't prove that one particular man will get food, it does prove that there is such a thing as food! i.e. if we were a species that didn't normally eat, weren't designed to eat, would we feel hungry? You say the materialist universe is 'ugly'. I wonder how you discovered that! If you are really a product of a materialistic universe, how is it you don't feel at home there? Do fish complain of the sea for being wet? Or if they did, would that fact itself not strongly suggest that they had not always been, or would not always be, purely aquatic creatures? Notice how we are perpetually surprised at Time. ('How time flies! Fancy John being grown-up and married! I can hardly believe it!') In heaven's name, why? Unless, indeed, there is something in us which is not temporal."
-C.S. Lewis, in a personal letter

"But supposing one believed and was wrong after all? Why, then you would have paid the universe a compliment it doesn't deserve. Your error would even so be more interesting and important than the reality. And yet, how could that be? How could an idiotic universe have produced creatures whose mere dreams are so much stronger, better, subtler than itself?"
-C.S. Lewis, in a personal letter

"Moved as we were by the great library...we sometimes suspected that the little bespectacled scholars who crawled about in the stacks and the footnotes upon footnotes, had forgotten what the poems meant."
-Sheldon Vanauken, A Severe Mercy 

"He had been wont to despise emotions: girls were emotional, girls were weak, emotions - tears - were weakness. But this morning he was thinking that being a great brain in a tower, nothing but a brain, wouldn't be much fun. No excitement, no dog to love, no joy in the blue sky - no feelings at all. But feelings - feelings are emotions! He was suddenly overwhelmed by the revelation that what makes life worth living is, precisely, the emotions. But, then - this was awful! - maybe girls with their tears and laughter were getting more out of life. Shattering! He checked himself: showing one's emotions was not the thing: having them was. Still, he was dizzy with the revelation. What is beauty but something that is responded to with emotion? Courage, at least partly, is emotional. All the splendor of life. But if the best of life is, in fact, emotional, then one wanted the highest, purest emotions: and that meant joy. Joy was the highest.
"How did one find joy? In books it seemed to be found in love - a great love - though maybe for the saints there was joy in the love of God. He didn't aspire to that, though; he didn't even believe in God. Certainly not! So, if he wanted the heights of joy, he must have, if he could find it, a great love. But in the books again, great joy through love seemed always to go hand in hand with frightful pain. Still, he thought, looking out across the meadow, still, the joy would be worth the pain - if, indeed, they went together. If there were a choice - and he suspected there was - a choice between, on the one hand, the heights and depths and, on the other hand, some sort of safe, cautious middle way, he, for one, here and now chose the heights and the depths."
-Sheldon Vanauken, A Severe Mercy

"We must get to the place of real solitude with Christ. He is our mountain-height and our sea-calm."
-Oswald Chambers

"Do not waste time bothering whether you 'love' your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone you will presently come to love him."
-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

"I've learned that there really aren't intimidating people - only lost people."
-"Maaz" as quoted by Mark Driscoll (Who Do You Think You Are?)

[Speaking of the Church as a body] "The church members you dislike may be assholes, but would you want to live without yours?"
-Dave Barnhart

"From my perspective, 'in Christ' far outstrips the term 'Christian' in describing Christianity. Aside from the fact that 'Christian' is only used three times in the New Testament (Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28; and 1 Peter 4:16), that title allows for an ambiguous interpretation. It can mean one who has a specific cultural affinity, or the 'western tradition,' or one who lives on one side of barbed wire and is killing those on the other side. But 'in Christ' invites no such abuse, because it demands reflection on a dynamic, living relationship."
-R.K. Hughes

"Our worship never starts and stops. It's not limited to a building in which we attend sacred meetings and sing worship songs. Rather, our entire life is devoted to pouring ourselves into someone or something. Saying it another way, we're 'unceasing worshipers.' We aren't created to worship, but rather we're created worshiping.
"Everything in life is sacred, and nothing is secular. It's a lie from Satan that life can be compartmentalized in such a way. Everyone - from atheists to Christians - worship unceasingly. In the eyes of God, our choices, values, expenditures, words, actions, and thoughts are all acts of worship. They make up our identity. The only question is, what is your object of worship?"
-Mark Driscoll, Who Do You Think You Are? 

"It might not even be safe to say that we were created for worship, because the inference can be drawn that worship is a capacity that can be separated out and eventually relegated to one of several categories of being. I believe it is strategically important, therefore, to say that we were created continuously outpouring - we were created in that condition, at that instant, imago Dei [Image of God]...I have worked out a definition for worship that I believe covers every possibly human condition. It is this: Worship is the continuous outpouring of all that I am, all that I do and all that I can ever become in light of a chosen or choosing god."
-Harold Best

"The only thing evil can't stand is forgiveness."
-Mr. Rogers

"The one who says, 'Yes, Lord, but,' is always the one who is fiercely ready, but never goes."
-Oswald Chambers, So I Send You

"His voice does not come with a voice like thunder, with strong emphatic utterance. That may come ultimately, but at the beginning His voice is as gentle as a breath. At the same time it carries an imperative compulsion: we know the voice must be obeyed...Never discard a conviction; if it is important enough for the Spirit of God to have brought it to your mind, that is the thing He is detecting. You were looking for a great big thing to do, and God is telling you of some tiny thing; but at the back fo the tiny thing is the central citadel of obstinacy..."
-Oswald Chambers, So I Send You

"We make a blunder when we fix on a particular location for our service and say, 'God called me there.' When God shifts the location, the battle comes. Will I remain consistent to what I have said I am going to do, or be true to the insurgent call of God, and let Him locate me where He likes?"
-Oswald Chambers, So I Send You

When you wage your wars against the one who adores you
You'll never know the treasure you are worth
-The Oh Hello's, "In Memoriam"

"Grace teaches us that God loves because of who God is, not because of who we are. Categories of worthiness do not apply."
- Philip Yancey, What's So Amazing About Grace?

"My secret is that I need God - that I am sick and can no longer make it alone. I need God to help me give, because I no longer seem to be capable of giving; to help me be kind, as I no longer seem capable of kindness; to help me love, as I seem beyond being able to love."
- Douglas Coupland

"Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace."
-Jerry Bridges

"Do not go too far afield for help. Either it is right near you, in your heart, or it is nowhere. It is not a question of character, it is a question of reality. If you try to be strong, you will be weak. If you try to understand, you will go crazy. No, reality is not your character, which, for its part, is only a by-product - I can't define it, a collection of elements. Reality is Here and Now. It is the life you are living in the moment. Don't be afraid to lose your soul there, for God is in it."
-Jacques Lusseyran

"Not all change is growth, as not all movement is forward."

"There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveller."
-Dietrich Boenhoffer

"If you are in a meeting and you disagree mentally then you have an obligation to disagree verbally!"
-Perry Noble

"The reputations of the Lord's people should be very precious in our sight...We may ourselves one of these dark days need forbearance and silence from our brethren, let us render it cheerfully to those who require it now. Be this our family rule, and our personal bond: Speak evil of no man."
-Charles Spurgeon

"So what is the difference between [a Christian] who willfully indulges in sexual pleasures while ignoring the Bible on moral purity and [a Christian] who willfully indulges in the selfish pursuit of more and more material possessions while ignoring the Bible on caring for the poor? The difference is that one involves a social taboo in the church and the other involves a social norm in the church."
-David Platt, Radical

"Anyone wanting to proclaim the glory of Christ to the ends of the earth must consider not only how to declare the gospel verbally but also how to demonstrate the gospel visibly in a world where so many are urgently hungry. If I am going to address urgent spiritual need by sharing the gospel of Christ or building up the body of Christ around the world, then I cannot overlook dire physical need in the process."
-David Platt, Radical

"What the heart loves, the will chooses, and the mind justifies. The mind doesn't direct the will. The mind is actually captive to what the will wants, and the will itself, in turn, is captive to what the heart wants."
-Thomas Cranmer (as summarized by Ashley Null)

"There are, in the end, only two ways to read the Bible: It is either about me or about Jesus. It is either advice to the listener or news from the Lord. It is either about what I must do or about what God has done.
Jesus is the true temple, the true prophet, the true priest, the true king, the true sacrifice, the Lamb, the Light, the bread. The Bible is not about you - it is about him."
-Tim Keller

"He who does not weep does not see."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"The pursuit of God is not a part-time, weekend exercise. If it is, chances are you will experience a part-time, weekend freedom. Abiding requires a kind of staying power. The pursuit is relentless. It hungers and thirsts. It pants as the deer after the mountain brook. It takes the kingdom by storm...The pursuit of God is a pursuit of passion. Indifference will not do. To abide in the Word is to hang on tenaciously. A weak grip will soon slip away. Discipleship requires staying power. We sign up for duration. We do not graduate until heaven."
-R.C. Sproul

"To love another person is to see them as God intended them to be."
-Fyodor Dostoevsky

"Everybody has noticed with what address a piece of money which you drop on the floor, runs and hides, and what art is has in rendering itself undiscoverable. There are thoughts which play us the same trick; they hide in a corner of our brain; it is all over; they are lost; impossible to put the memory back on them."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"We set young leaders up for a fall if we encourage them to envision what they can do before they consider the kind of person they should be."
-R. Ruth Barton

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
-Abraham Lincoln

"I have noticed that people tend to stop maturing when they start self-medicating. Everyone has very tough seasons of life, but by persevering through them we have an opportunity to mature and grow as people. Those who self-medicate...often thwart maturity as they escape the tough seasons of life rather than face them."
-Mark Driscoll

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 
But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.
(Psalm 130:3-6)

"When time after time your grand strategies don't work out, it is evidence of either low capacity or no interest. In other words, there was something about the current reality that you overlooked."
-Andy Stanley, Next Generation Leader

"Dream no small dreams, for they stir not the hearts of men."

"But dreaming requires courage. For on the heels of every dream is the demon of doubt. No sooner have we latched on to a preferred future than our minds are suddenly filled with all the reasons it won't work...In spite of all that, we must forge ahead and dream. Otherwise we will simply spend our lives facilitating the dreams of others."
-Andy Stanley, Next Generation Leader

"The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think."
-Horace Walpole (1717-1797)

"Some of us are more concerned with our reputation than our character. The latter takes care of the former."

"If God has made your cup sweet, drink it with grace; if he has made it bitter, drink it in communion with him."
-Oswald Chambers

"Ladies, use a loving voice, use a respectful voice, use a godly voice, but don't lose your voice."
-Mark Driscoll

"This business of forgiving is by no means a simple thing...We say, 'Very well, if the other fellow is sorry and begs my pardon, I will forgive him, then I'll give in.' We make of forgiveness a law of reciprocity. And this never works. For then both of us say to ourselves, 'The other fellow has to make the first move.' And then I watch like a hawk to see whether the other person will flash a signal to me with his eyes or whether I can detect some small hint between the lines of his letter which shows that he is sorry. I am always on the point of forgiving...but I never forgive. I am far too just."
-Helmut Thielicke

"It's Him. It's the fact that when He leads, it isn't to a place...it's to Himself. It's to follow Him...Jesus, who bids us carry His cross to death...but to carry His yoke and have rest. He's amazing. He's surprising. He's Jesus who loves us infinitely, enough to bleed for us. Jesus, who went to church and got so angry at the hypocrites that He threw furniture down the steps. Jesus, who didn't look 'religious' enough to be religious at all, but who loved everyone and even got down in the middle of their mess to love them."

"From the vantage-point of God's loving-kindness, the shards in the dustpan were our shattered idols. He was after our whole-hearted worship in the midst of suffering."
-Gloria Furman

"As leaders we are asking men and women not only to follow us to a place they have never been before; we are asking them to follow us to a place we have never been before either. That takes guts. That takes nerve. That takes courage."
-Andy Stanley, Next Generation Leader

"A leader is someone who has the courage to say publicly what everybody else is whispering privately. It is not his insight that sets the leader apart from the crowd. It is his courage to act on what he sees, to speak up when everyone else is silent. Next generation leaders are those who would rather challenge what needs to change and pay the price than remain silent and die on the inside."
-Andy Stanley, Next Generation Leader

"Failure is not an option. Failure is necessary...We try. We fail. We learn. We adjust."
-Craig Groeschel

"Instead of preparing women for marriage and motherhood, prepare them for the life to come - eternity. Their families will be far more affected if you feed their souls than if you teach them to feed their stomachs."
-Amanda Edmonson

"In regards to the Christian life, one good shorthand is to say that since we worship our way into sin, we worship our way out."
-Nick Bogardus

"The nudity is not supposed to move us. We are asked to behold without shock, without even surprise, the nearly total exposure of every conceivable shape and size of physique. But I don't want to look at nudity without emotion...I feel I am being robbed of the incalculably valuable treasures of delicacy, mystery, and sophistication. Modesty was a system of protection."
-Elisabeth Elliot

"Father God, I pray for my brothers. I pray Lord God for an army, not of bullies, not of thugs, not of jerks, but of men who when needed will fight, will fight for holiness and purity and sound doctrine, will fight for the love of their wife, will fight for the raising of their children, will fight for the wellbeing of their city, will fight for the wellbeing of their church."
-Mark Driscoll

"Jesus doesn't just make us better - he makes us new!"
-Casey Cease

"There is no such thing as a carefree, pain-free life with no price to be paid for progress. But the pain that comes for the Christian is purposeful, not purposeless. It is pain that perfects us. As Hebrews says that Jesus was himself perfected through suffering, not that he didn't have a cognizant awareness of the difficulty of toil and strife and pain. He did. But he experienced it. Though he was sinless and perfect, he was perfected all the more, Hebrews says, through his suffering.
"Our suffering is not pointless. It's not purposeless. It's fruitful. It's for legacy. It's for tomorrow. That's why Scripture says to fix our eyes on Jesus. Consider him who endured such opposition so that we don't grow weary and lose heart, we don't tap out because it hurts. We play hurt, and we continue forward paying the price of pain to see the fruit of progress."
-Mark Driscoll, Nehemiah series

"Are they picking a fight? No. God's people should not pick a fight! And they shouldn't lose one."
-Mark Driscoll, Nehemiah series

"Be not afraid of absurdity; do not shrink from the fantastic. Within the dilemma, choose the most unheard of, the most dangerous solution. Be brave, be brave!"
-Isak Dinesen, "The Deluge at Norderny"

"Whenever there is fear, there is opportunity. When there is great fear, there is great opportunity."
-Andy Stanley

"The good seed cannot flourish when it is repeatedly dug up for the purpose of examining its growth."
-J.C. Kromsigt

"Singular devotion and focused worship are the battlefronts of the heart."
-Jen Schmidt

"It is a naive view of human nature to assume that two equals can take turns leading and following, and can, because they are 'mature,' do without rank."
-Elisabeth Elliot

"So let me tell you this, when it comes to...trying to introduce other people to Jesus. Don't get mad at them: it's not because they're stupid. It's because they're blind. Yelling louder, arguing harder, pushing firmer won't make someone who is blind see. Pray for them, speak to them, care for them."
-Mark Driscoll

"For everything you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Poetry replaces grammar, gospel replaces law, and longing transforms obedience; just as gradually as the tide lifting a grounded ship."
-C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

"Never think she loves him wholly,
Never believe her love is blind
All his faults are locked securely
In a closet of her mind;
All his indecisions folded
Like old flags that time has faded,
Limp and streaked with rain,
And his cautiousness like garments
Frayed and thin, with many a stain - 
Let them be, oh let them be.
There is treasure to outweigh them, 
His proud will that sharply stirred,
Climbs as surely as the tide.
Senses strained too taut to sleep,
Gentleness to beast and bird,
Humor flickering hushed and wide,
As the moon on moving water,
And a tenderness too deep
To be gathered in a word."
-Sara Teasdale, "Appraisal"

"Boundaries are a 'litmus test' for the quality of our relationships. Those people in our lives who can respect our boundaries will love our wills, our opinions, our separateness. Those who can't respect our boundaries are telling us that they don't love our no. They only love our yes, our compliance."
-Cloud, Townsend

"It's one thing to communicate to people because you believe you have something of value to say. It's another to communicate with people because you believe they have value."
-John C. Maxwell

"Solo porque alguien no te ame como tu quieres, no significa que no te ama con todo su ser"
-Gabriel García Márquez

"I marvel at the company I keep. My friends would be intimidating if they weren't so fun and occasionally naughty."
-Jen Hatmaker,

"I am commissioned to be a light, but I can't illuminate this world while competing with the lights of others. I mean, really? It isn't possible to miss the point any worse. Together we are a city on a hill. When one of us shines, it is a community victory. If we all lived radiantly, we simply couldn't be hidden any longer. This is not about individual wattage; our power is communal, or it is meaningless."
-Jen Hatmaker,

"Many Christians resist the idea that social systems need to be dealt with directly. They prefer the idea that 'society is changed one heart at a time,' and so they concentrate on only evangelism and individual social work. This is naive."
-Tim Keller, Generous Justice 

"The argument is: Be ethical, and you will gain a long-term advantage for yourself and your business. But the Bible says that the righteous disadvantage themselves to advantage others, while 'the wicked...are willing to disadvantage the community to advantage themselves.' In this case, the Christian business owner was willing to permanently disadvantage his business, if it meant doing justice."
-Tim Keller, Generous Justice 

"The only thing that walks back from the tomb with the mourners and refuses to be buried is the character of a man. This is true. What a man is survives him. It can never be buried."
-J.R. Miller

"Fasting should be a symbol of a pervasive change across the whole face of one's life. People changed by grace should go, as it were, on a permanent fast. Self-indulgence and materialism should be given up and replaced by a sacrificial lifestyle of giving to those in need. They should spend not only their money but 'themselves' on others."
-Tim Keller, on Isaiah 58, Generous Justice

"The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor's glory should be laid daily on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it...This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously - no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be a real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner - no mere tolerance or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment..."
-C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

"Because we treasure the owner, we honor his house...So we must treasure each and every human being as a way of showing due respect for the majesty of their owner and Creator."
-Tim Keller, Generous Justice

"We all want to help kind-hearted, upright people, whose poverty came upon them through no foolishness or contribution of their own, and who will respond to our aid with gratitude and joy. However, almost no one like that exists...the causes of poverty are complex and intertwined."
-Tim Keller, Generous Justice

"The handshake of the host affects the taste of the roast."
-Benjamin Franklin

"This means, then, that Biblical righteousness is inevitably 'social,' because it is about relationships. When most modern people see the word 'righteousness' in the Bible, they tend to think of it in terms of private morality, such as sexual chastity or diligence in prayer or Bible study. But in the Bible tzadeqah refers to day-to-day living in which a person conducts all relationships in family and society with fairness, generosity and equity. It is not surprising, then, that tzadeqah [righteousness] and mishpat [justice] are brought together scores of times in the Bible."
-Tim Keller, Generous Justice

"What it takes to rebuild a poor neighborhood goes well beyond public policy or social programs. It takes the rebuilding of families and communities and individual lives."
-Tim Keller, Generous Justice

"He messed up, then he asked forgiveness - it's the oldest song of humanity, one we've all sung."
-Jen Hatmaker

"There is something so nourishing about sharing your living space with people where they see your junk mail pile and pee-wee football schedule on the fridge and pile of shoes by the front door. Opening your home says, 'You are welcome into my real life.' This square footage is where we laugh and hold family meetings and make homemade corn dogs and work through meltdowns. Here is the railing our kids pulled out of the wall. This is the toilet paper we prefer. These are the pictures we frame, the books we're reading, the projects we're undertaking - the raw material of our family. It's unsanitized and truthful. We invite you into this intimate place, saturated with our family character."
-Jen Hatmaker,

"Take something away, and your habits become clear."
-Jen Hatmaker,

"We have to deal with rather than anesthetizing tension with TV or video games. It's easier to bypass relational snags with a convenient distraction, forfeiting the chance to improve problem solving and listening skills. I don't want my kids to be more comfortable interacting with a computer screen than a human being. We stay the course until we've resolved an issue, not allowing 'Phineas & Ferb' to fill the space instead. This is harder and requires more time, but my kids will marry people and have bosses and children. Learning healthy relational skills is now or never."
-Jen Hatmaker,

"Static has always surrounded the Christian life; so much threatens to distract us from the main point. People have always preferred details and complications and rules, but when Jesus was pressed, He said (Jen translation), "Love God and love people. That's pretty much it."...This is what we do, and this is why we do it.
"Sometimes the best way to bring good news to the poor is to bring actual good news to the poor. It appears a good way to bring relief to the oppressed is to bring real relief to the oppressed. It's almost like Jesus meant what He said. When you're desperate, usually the best news you can receive is food, water, shelter. These provisions communicate God's presence infinitely more than a tract or Christian performance in the local park. They convey, 'God loves you so dearly, He sent people to your rescue.'"
-Jen Hatmaker,

"The working poor are one missed shift from homelessness, one lost paycheck from hunger, one overdue bill from repossession. However, they learn to camouflage nicely into society. They laugh at the right jokes and deflect questions with sarcasm or silence. The children are ashamed to admit they haven't eaten all weekend or can't afford to play soccer, so you'd never know. In many ways they are invisible."
-Jen Hatmaker,

"Faith is a refusal to panic."
-Martyn Lloyd-Jones

"See what a person is doing every day, day after day, and you'll know who that person is and what he or she is becoming."
-John C. Maxwell

"The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his time when it comes."
-Benjamin Disraeli

"Death had to take him sleeping, for if Roosevelt had been awake, there would have been a fight."
-Vice President Marshall

"Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time."
-Oswald Chambers

"...conquering and to conquer, not as the prince of this world...with whips and prisons, tortures and torments on the bodies of creatures, to kill and destroy men's lives...but with the word of truth...returning love for hatred, wrestling with God against the enmity, with prayers and tears night and day, with fasting, mourning and lamentation, in patience, in faithfulness, in truth, in love unfeigned, in long suffering, and in all the fruits of the spirit, that if by any means [we] may overcome evil with good..."
-James Nayler, A Collection of Sundry Books, Epistles, and Papers Written By James Nayler

"To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God."
-William Temple

"Service flows out of worship. Service as a substitute for worship is idolatry. Activity is the enemy of adoration."
-Richard Foster, The Celebration of Discipline 

"Experiment with doing deeds without any words of explanation whatever. Note your sense of fear that people will misunderstand why you have done what you have done. Try to allow God to be your justifier. Discipline yourself so that your words are few and full. Become known as a person who has something to say when you speak. Maintain plain speech. Do what you say you will do."
-Richard Foster, The Celebration of Discipline 

"For the sake of argument, let's imagine that Christianity is not the product of any one culture but is actually the transcultural truth of God. If that were the case we would expect that it would contradict and offend every human culture at some point, because human cultures are ever-changing and imperfect. If Christianity were the truth it would have to be offending and correcting your thinking at some place."
-Timothy Keller, The Reason for God

"Think how we feel when we see someone we love ravaged by unwise actions or relationships. Do we respond with benign tolerance as we might toward strangers? Far from it...Anger isn't the opposite of love. Hate is, and the final form of hate is indifference...God's wrath is not a cranky explosion, but his settled opposition to the cancer...which is eating out the insides of the human race he loves with his whole being."
-Becky Pippert, Hope Has Its Reasons

"She needs to know that she is desirable; that she is loved and that she's exciting. Some of you guys say, 'Well, she's not.' Well, tell her she is and she'll start acting like it, right? Love her. Encourage her. Nurture her. Bless her. Speak to her."
-Mark Driscoll

"Good judgement is the result of experience. Experience is the result of bad judgement."
-Clive Jacobs

"My ambition in the Army was to make everybody I worked for regretful when I was ordered to other duty."
-Dwight Eisenhower

"What kind of king wears a crown that bleeds and scars to win my heart?"
-Natalie Grant, Alive

"In this new epoch in which the needy are without income and the wealthy are without needs, radical inequality is simply assumed...Inequality leaves capitalism with a dilemma: the over-producing capitalist market must either grow or expire. If the poor cannot be enriched enough to become consumers, then grown-ups in the First World who are currently responsible for 60% of the world's consumption, and with vast disposable income but few needs, will have to be enticed into shopping."
-Benjamin Barber

"Remember that feeling from grade school? 'Mom, look what I made!' It's that unadulterated sense of accomplishment. Visions of art galleries and coffee table books floating in your head. That is, until your older brother says, 'What's that supposed to be? It looks like you pooped on it.' And you run crying to your room swearing off future creativity. Yeah. It's the same feeling when you're older."
-"Susana", quoted by Jen Hatmaker

"We were a crowd of women in ponytails and old jeans, not trying to impress one another or paste on a Christian face. It was the feminine group dynamic at its simplest, and it appealed to the truest part of me that loves authenticity. I wish women could regularly enjoy this freedom together, liberated from competition and comparison. There is something so marvelous about women comfortable in their own skin."
-Jen Hatmaker,

"The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But the Good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'"
-Martin Luther King Jr.

"More than one hundred people perished on the Austin streets last year; they died alone huddled in doorways and alleys. With one bed available for every five who need it, death by exposure is a certainty. For them, extreme weather goes far beyond inconvenience or thrill; it is perilous...
"I'm going to bed tonight grateful for warmth, an advantage so expected it barely registers. May my privileges continue to drive me downward to my brothers and sisters without. Greater yet, I'm tired of calling the suffering 'brothers and sisters' when I'd never allow my biological siblings to suffer likewise. That's just hypocrisy veiled in altruism. I won't defile my blessings by imagining that I deserve them. Until every human receives the dignity I casually enjoy, I pray my heart aches with tension and my belly rumbles for injustice."
-Jen Hatmaker, 7

"When you're pouring out your heart to others, you don't want them just to nod and repeat your last few words. You want them to offer their own words, as an indication that they have heard you and thought about what you've said - have processed it in some meaningful way. This is what writers want also: for you to 'enrich their words' with your own responses. And this is the main reason to read books, especially difficult and challenging books, with a pencil in your hand: not primarily so that you can remember what you've read - though that is nice - but so you ccn register your reaction."
-Alan Jacobs

"We should affirm the great value of reading just for the fun of it...In my experience, Christians are strangely reluctant to take this advice. We tend to be earnest people, always striving for self-improvement, and can be suspicious of mere recreation. But God doesn't just create, He takes delight in His creation, and expects us to delight in it too."
-Alan Jacobs

"Some books are to be tasted
others to be swallowed,
and some few to be chewed and digested;
that is, some books are to be read only in parts,
others to be read, but not curiously,
and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention."
-Francis Bacon

"Preachiness in films is always obnoxious...People go to the theater with the hopes of being told a compelling story...They came for an adventure and they got a sermon...A good story, on the other hand, can carry profound redemptive themes and portray the agonies and ecstasies of everyday life in ways that a sermon can't."
-Mike Cosper, Create Culture, Not Subculture

So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit' says the LORD Almighty."
-Zechariah 4:6

"I'm sure Jesus got the 'I-though-you-were-normal-but-now-I-see-I-was-plainly-wrong' face plenty of times. He seriously knew how to thin out a crowd. He always gunned for less, reduced, simplified. He was the most fully and completely unselfish, ungreedy, unpretentious man to ever live, and I just want to be more like Him. It's as simple and hard as that."
-Jen Hatmaker,

"Ironically, studies show that increased consumerism comes at a steep price. A rise in prosperity is not making people happier or healthier. Findings from a survey of life satisfaction in more than sixty-five countries indicate that income and happiness track well until about $13,000 of annual income per person. After that, additional income produces only modest increments of self-reported happiness. It's no wonder. We are incurring debt and working longer hours to pay for the high-consumption lifestyle, consequently spending less time with family, friends, and community."
-Jen Hatmaker,

"When was the last time you failed? ...When we're not failing, we're not growing."
-James Groeschel

"Today's problems are not generally solved through brute strength or large amounts of money but by creative, inspired thinking."

"[President Truman] was free of the greatest vice in a leader, his ego never came between him and his job."
-Dean Acheson

"True Christians keep going. It doesn't mean we're not sad. It doesn't mean we're not limping. It doesn't mean we're not bleeding. It doesn't mean we're not discouraged. It doesn't mean we're not crying. It just means we keep moving. We don't give up."
-Mark Driscoll

"Never, never, never give up."
-Winston Churchill

"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don't need escape from."
-Seth Godin

"Those who only seek friends without seeking to be a good friend are selfishly needy and demanding. And those who only want to be a good friend but do not wisely seek good friends are bound to be taken advantage of, abused, neglected, and suffer from their foolish friend choices."
-Mark Driscoll

"The highest mental health is not liking myself, but being joyfully interested in everything but myself...Self is simply too small to satisfy the exploding longings of my heart."
-John Piper

"God is good. He has His plan and it is not to make this metamorphosis easy. Just certain."
-John Piper

"Truth is never our enemy, ever. So we should never freak out about people who claim to have discovered truth. If it's true truth, God owns it and has already accounted for it, and while nothing that is true ever contradicts God's revealed word in the Bible, discovered truth sometimes contradicts the words of Christians. We shouldn't be afraid of this, because God knew it before anybody else and its discovery is dependent on his sovereignty anyway. The truth is that the truth is ours - all truth is our truth because we are of Christ and Christ is of the sovereign God."
-Matt Chandler

"Every 'happily ever after' demands the cultivation of reasonable tolerance and a willingness to forgive, as disappointment in one form or another is inevitable."
-Bill Simmonds

Why should I gain from HIs reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart:
His wounds have paid my ransom
-How Deep the Father's Love for Us (an old hymn)

"I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself."
-Robert E. Lee

"Leaders may entertain, impress, or even motivate people, but if their followers do not advance spiritually, their leadership emanates from their own talent and vision, not from God's powerful direction."

"The Gospel is offensive: It lifts up a mirror and shows us who we really are. But it's also redemptive: It lifts up Christ and shows us who we can become."
-Jonathan Dodson

"We need to make Jesus the stumbling block, not preachy self-righteous or spiritual performance."
-Jonathan Dodson (on self/righteousness in sharing our faith)

"You are less beautiful than you think and more beautiful than you believe."
-Jen Smidt

"I think most of us associate the favor of God with living pain-free lives. I believed this until the Lord graciously allowed me to suffer the loss of two miscarriages. He awakened me to the favor of his nearness in pain, the favor of being stripped of something desirous to see intimacy with him and joy in him as ultimate; to say with Paul that 'I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ (Phil. 3:8).'
"What I've found to be so interesting is that there are plenty of people who are surprised when suffering comes but also plenty who suspect it around every corner. Some believe that the Lord has positioned them on the anvil of suffering and is just waiting to bring the hammer of loss down on their heads. Lamentations 3:31-33 says that though the Lord may cause grief to his children, 'He does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men.' This gives us a very different glimpse of God. Yes, he may choose for his great purpose and our great joy to allow suffering in our lives, but he isn't champing at the bit to do so. At the heart of suffering is God's steadfast love."
-Lauren Chandler

"Too many of us are trying to have hundred dollar conversations in dime moments."
-Paul Tripp

"Those who complain about their difficulties or shrink from crises prove they are not leaders regardless of whether they hold such an office."
-Henry and Richard Blackaby

"Great men are necessary for our life, in order that the movement of world history can free itself sporadically, by fits and starts, from obsolete ways of living and inconsequential talk."
-Jacob Burkhardt

"In any Christian view of life, self-fulfillment must never be permitted to become the controlling issue. The issue is service, the service of real people. The question is, 'How can I be most useful?', not, 'How can I feel most useful?'"
-D.A. Carson

"We can often get disgusted with someone's particular ideology, worldview, religion, and ideas. The battle is not against you; it is against principalities and powers. To take their rejection personally means you don't understand which battle we are in."
-Tim Gaydos

"You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes."
-Winnie the Pooh

"It is important that when others are opening their griefs to us we discipline ourselves to be quiet. We will be severely tempted to relieve the tension of the situation by some offhanded comment. This is very distracting and even destructive to the sacredness of the moment. Neither should we try to pry out more details than are necessary. If we feel that out of embarrassment or fear they are holding something back, the best method is to wait silently and prayerfully."
-Richard Foster, The Celebration of Discipline

"Anybody who lives beneath the Cross and who has discerned in the Cross of Jesus the utter wickedness of all men and of his own heart will find there is no sin that can ever be alien to him. Anybody who has once been horrified by the dreadfulness of his own sin that nailed Jesus to the Cross will no longer be horrified by even the rankest sin of a brother."
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

"All good things, all godly things, have been counterfeited by the devil."
-Jeff Iorg

"Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision, once prayed, 'Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.' But who really wants his heart broken? Is that something we ask of God? Don't we pray that God will not break our hearts?  But as I look at the life of Jesus, I see that He was, as Isaiah described him, 'A man of sorrows...acquainted with grief' (53:3 NKJV). Jesus' heart was continually moved to compassion as he encountered the lame, the sick, the widow, and the orphan."
-Richard Stearns

"But that expression of 'violently in love' is so hackneyed, so doubtful, so indefinite, that it gives me very little idea. It is as often applied to feelings which arise from an half-hour's acquaintance, as to a real, strong attachment."
-Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

"In your personal life and in crucial moments of ministry response or decision, you cannot let yourself think that the war for what is right is a war of behavior...You must be willing to fight the spiritual fight at the place where your behavior is formed: in the desires of the heart."
-Paul Tripp

"Rarely, if ever, does a church have a spring training. The common belief is that you get to keep your position no matter how poor your performance, or that you cannot lose your position until you die, become a heretic, or commit adultery...The result is that most churches take the field every year with a bunch of players out of position and people in uniform who have no business being on the team."
-Mark Driscoll, Leadership Lessons from Baseball

"Any organization that has to hire mainly from the outside has failed in attracting, training, deploying, and retaining emerging leaders. Thus, the organizational future is in jeopardy; payroll will be high, performance will be low (because young leaders won't be pushing the older ones), innovation will wane, and young talent will slow to a trickle."
-Mark Driscoll, Leadership Lessons from Baseball

"Reading is an important discipline in the life of a leader."
-Angel Haynes

"One of the most common errors of a leadership team that has worked well together for many years is to begin to trust too much in the wisdom of the team. Having a great team is only half of what is needed for making great decisions. The other half of the equation is the right data."
-Mark Driscoll, Leadership Lessons from Baseball

"We need leaders who are voices, not echoes."
-Dave Kraft

"A leader's ability to identify and develop new leaders will either make or break him or her as a leader."
-Dave Kraft

"If you idolize, you will also demonize."
-Jonathan Edwards

"Idols are often good things that we have made into ultimate things."
-Tim Keller

"The number of seats we fill will not determine the legacy of our churches, but the depth to which the gospel penetrates those lives."
-Brad House

"As important as it is to do good works, care for the poor, nobody becomes a Christian and enters into eternal life because we gave somebody a sandwich; They get saved because they hear...the news of Jesus...In other words, good works without good news do no good."
-Harvey Turner

You became mine, you were a stunning bride
And the world, they saw you
And how you loved their eyes, my bride
You broke my heart, my heart, my love
-Gungor, "Ezekiel" (ref. Ezekiel 16...heavy stuff)

"A live body is not one that never gets hurt, but one that can to some extent repair itself. In the same way a Christian is not a man who never goes wrong, but a man who is enabled to repent and pick himself up and begin over again after each stumble - because the Christ-life is inside him, repairing him all the time, enabling him to repeat (in some degree) the kind of voluntary death which Christ Himself carried out. "
-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

"A good idea is a bad idea if it doesn't have a leader."
-Chad Haynes

"Now let me ask you this: who sinned first? Adam or Eve? Eve. Who did God come looking for first? Adam. Why? Because to be a man is to bear additional responsibility,  not just for yourself but for your wife and your children. Eve is going to be held responsible for sure, but the problems in this family could have been dealt with had Adam led, loved, humbly, courageously as God intended...Men you need to know this: the decisions we make greatly affect for good or evil our wives and our children, which means the decisions we make ring for generations toward death or life."
-Mark Driscoll

"Sometimes prayer moves the hand of God, and sometimes prayer changes the heart of the person who is praying."
-Mark Driscoll

"There are some women who are a good time and there are some women who are a good legacy."
-Mark Driscoll

"Fathers need to be tough and tender...you be tough for your family, be tender with your family. You protect them, and you be a safe place."
-Mark Driscoll

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
-1 John 1:9

"Forgiveness must be granted before it can be felt."
-Timothy Keller, The Reason for God

"[Jesus] should be the ultimate beauty and satisfaction for our hearts. He is not simply to be admired and respected, but worshiped, adored, and delighted in. The purpose of our lives is to behold his glory (John 17:24), and that certainly means more than simply believing in him or even obeying him. He is the ultimate object of worship. He is to be reveled in, savored, and rejoiced in."
-Timothy Keller, Gospel In Life

"If I was saved by my good works then there would be a limit to what God could ask of me or put me through. I would be like a taxpayer with 'rights' - I would have done my duty and now I would deserve a certain quality of life. But if I am a sinner saved by sheer grace - then there's nothing he cannot ask of me."
-anonymous (quoted by Tim Keller)

"The devil, if anything, prefers Pharisees - men and women who try to save themselves [by earning God's favor]. They are more unhappy than either mature Christians or irreligious people, and they do a lot more spiritual damage."
-Timothy Keller, The Reason for God

"If anything threatens your identity you will not just be anxious but paralyzed with fear. If you lose your identity through the failings of someone else you will not just be resentful, but locked into bitterness. If you lose it through your own failings, you will hate or despise yourself as a failure as long as you live. Only if your identity is built on God and his love, says Kierkegaard, can you have a self that can venture anything, face anything."
-Timothy Keller, The Reason for God

"The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still."
-A.W. Tozer

"Depression of the spirit is no index of declining grace. The very loss of joy and the absence of assurance may be accompanied by the greatest advancement in spiritual life...We do not want rain all the days of the week and all the weeks of the year, but if the rain comes sometimes, it makes the fields fertile and the streams flow."
-Charles Spurgeon

"Faith is not frownless. Maturity is not painless. It is the presence of Jesus and not the absence of happiness that designates the situation and provides our hope."
-Zack Eswine

"Jesus is called, Immanuel, God with us. He is not the God who gives us immunity from the world. Rather, he is the God who does not leave us when people, sicknesses, the weather, or devils do their worst."
-Zack Eswine

"To be cast down is often the best thing that can happen to us."
-Charles Spurgeon

"It is possible to attend a conference or read a book and begin to dream of doing ministry somewhere other than where God has planted us. Yet many of those thoughts, if we are honest, are motivated by pride and not love. The calling to proclaim the love of God in the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ should work itself out in love toward our congregations and neighbors."
-Petar Nenandov

"Opportunities that 'widen your audience' or 'create exposure' should be taken seriously, reluctantly, and with affirmation from wise counsel."
-Mike Cosper

"Just because we feel the desire for a steak dinner doesn't mean we will get it. However, while hunger doesn't prove that the particular meal desired will be procured, doesn't the appetite for food in us mean that food exists? Isn't it true that innate desires correspond to real objects that can satisfy them, such as sexual desire (corresponding to sex), physical appetite (corresponding to food), tiredness (corresponding to sleep), and relational desires (corresponding to friendship)? Doesn't the unfulfillable longing evoked by beauty qualify as an innate desire? We have a longing for joy, love, and beauty that no amount or quality of food, sex, friendship, or success can satisfy. We want something that nothing in this world can fulfill. Isn't that at least a clue that this "something" that we want exists?"
-Timothy Keller, The Reason for God

"Jesus' miracles in particular were never magic tricks, designed only to impress and coerce. You never see him say something like: 'See that tree over there? Watch me make it burst into flames!' Instead, he used miraculous power to heal the sick, feed the hungry, and raise the dead. Why? We modern people think of miracles as the suspension of the natural order, but Jesus meant them to be a restoration of the natural order. The Bible tells us that God did not originally make the world to have disease, hunger, and death in it. Jesus has come to redeem where it is wrong and heal the world where it is broken. His miracles are not just proofs that he has power but also wonderful foretastes of what he is going to do with that power. Jesus' miracles are not just a challenge to our minds, but a promise to our hearts, that the world we all want is coming."
-Timothy Keller, The Reason for God 

"It is not my ability, but my response to God's ability, that counts."
-Corrie ten Boom

"Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction."
-Anne Frank

"Boys will be boys. And even that wouldn't matter if only we could prevent girls from being girls."
-Anne Frank

"In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit."
-Anne Frank

"The theologian who labors without joy is not a theologian at all. Sulky faces, morose thoughts and boring ways of speaking are intolerable in this field."
-Karl Barth

"Love, the ultimate freedom, is more constraining than we might think...Love is the most liberating freedom-loss of all."
-Timothy Keller, The Reason for God 

"Pain is a holy angel…Through him men have become greater than through all the joys of the world…The pain of longing, which often can be felt physically, must be there, and we shall not and need not talk it away. But it needs to be overcome every time, and thus there is an even holier angel than the one of pain, that is the one of joy in God."
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

"In many areas of life, freedom is not so much the absence of restrictions as finding the right ones, the liberating restrictions. Those that fit with the reality of our nature and the world produce greater power and scope for our abilities and a deeper joy and fulfillment. Experimentation, risk, and making mistakes bring growth only if, over time, they show us our limits as well as our abilities."
-Timothy Keller, The Reason for God

"For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living. He has no right to deprive future generations of a past that belongs to our collective memory. To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time."
-Elie Wiesel, Night preface

"...Seattle has unleashed this weird phenomenon on the world called the coffee shop. And the coffee shop, thanks to Starbucks, is the place where socially isolated, lonely, needy people gather together to ignore one another."
-Mark Driscoll

"Now, I'm not all that discerning as to what constitutes a cute guy, okay? And I'll say that as a matter of personal gladness...As a dad, though, what I find cute in a boy is a Bible and a job. That's what I find cute."
-Mark Driscoll, commenting on an article in Seventeen Magazine

"Gentleman, it is a terrifying thing for a woman to trust a sinful man."
-Mark Driscoll

"It isn't enough to feel the pressure of a situation; you must repent and change your heart...When you cry out to God, let it be the beginning of consistent change in your life."
-Terry Virgo

"In the biographies of authors we do not always find that genius rests on a strong basis of character, and there are many instances where we approve the mind and condemn the man..."
-Alfred Bates

"The Church exists by mission as a fire exists by burning."
-Emil Brunner

"Is the church even a church, biblically speaking, if people are not meeting Jesus?"
-Harvey Turner

"If we are walking with God, He will always lead us to the place where we are desperate for Him!"
-Perry Noble, The Resurgence

"Redemption is about the Redeemer, but so easily we make it about the results. We want his gifts often more than Jesus, himself. Redemption isn’t a commodity; it is what God does for us that results in our transformation. One can want redemption, but it begins and ends with wanting Jesus. It is a subtle yet significant difference to see people thirsty for redemption's results more than craving the redeemer for lasting satisfaction."
-Trisha Wilkerson, The Resurgence

"If it's God's will then it's God's bill. He knows how to take care of what belongs to Him."
-Perry Noble, The Resurgence

"Any community that did not hold its members accountable for specific beliefs and practices would have no corporate identity and would not really be a community at all."
-Timothy Keller, The Reason for God

"But you cannot go on 'explaining away' for ever: you will find that you have explained explanation itself away. You cannot go on 'seeing through' things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it. It is good that the window should be transparent, because the street or garden beyond it is opaque. How if you saw through the garden too?...a wholly transparent world is an invisible world. To 'see through' all things is the same as not to see."
-C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

"Christians should expect to find nonbelievers who are much nicer, kinder, wiser, and better than they are. Why? Christian believers are not accepted by God because of their moral performance, wisdom, or virtue, but because of Christ's work on their behalf."
-Timothy Keller, The Reason for God

"You know what I find amazing is within Christianity it is not uncommon to find [married] people who don't have sexual intimacy, don't have emotional intimacy, don't have spiritual intimacy, don't pray together, don't do their life together, don't put their schedules together, don't put their budgets together, but they don't get divorced. So they can pat themselves on the back and say, 'We're good Christians.' They're divorced in everything but the paperwork."
-Mark Driscoll

"You're either selfish, or you're a servant...but fundamentally selfish people are terrible friends, terrible lovers, terrible spouses, terrible Christians, terrible parents. They leave a terrible legacy. Will you be selfish? Will you be a servant?...A good marriage is a servant and a servant."
-Mark Driscoll

"A faith without some doubts is like a body without any antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic. A person's faith can collapse almost overnight if she has failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection."
-Timothy Keller, The Reason for God

"Every man must choose his love and then he must love his choice."

"Oh, from what heights of blessing it is possible for a man to fall! To what depths of sin a man can descend, even with all that spiritual background! The higher the pinnacle of blessing, authority, and publicity he has attained by grace, the deeper and more staggering can be his collapse. There is never a day in any man's life but that he is dependent upon the grace of God for power and the blood of Jesus for cleansing."
-Alan Redpath

"Happy is the heart that still feels pain
Darkness drains and light will come again"
-Ingrid Michaelson, "Everybody"

"The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community [even if their intentions are ever so earnest], but the person who loves those around them will create community."
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer 

"Our world is desperately in need of imagination, for we have spent so much creativity devising ways of destroying our enemies that some folks don't even think it's possible (much less practical) to love them. We have placed such idolatrous faith in our ability to protect ourselves that we call it more courageous to die killing than to die loving."
-Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution

"There are many people who are morally 'pure' but devoid of any life, joy, or celebration. For some, this 'purity' means that we do not touch anything that is 'secular,' and for others, it means that we don't eat anything that is not 'organic.' But if it is not born of relationships, if it is not liberating for the oppressed and the oppressors, if it is not marked by raw, passionate love, then it is the same old self-righteousness that does little more than flaunt our own purity by making the rest of the world see how dirty they are."
-Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution

"And there will come a time, you'll see, with no more tears,
And love will not break your heart but dismiss your fears,
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair."
-Mumford and Sons :)

"However loving and sympathetic we try to be, however sound our psychology, however frank and open our behavior, we cannot penetrate the incognito of the other man, for there are no direct relationships, not even between soul and soul. Christ stands between us, and we can only get into touch with our neighbors through him. That is why intercession is the most promising way to reach our neighbors, and corporate prayer, offered in the name of Christ, the purest form of fellowship."
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

"The call of Jesus teaches us that our relation to the world has been built on an illusion. All the time we thought we had enjoyed a direct relation with men and things...Now we learn that in the most intimate relationships of life, in our kinship with father and mother, brothers and sisters, in married love, and in our duty to the community, direct relationships are impossible. Since the coming of Christ, his followers have no more immediate realities of their own, not in their family relationships nor in the ties with their nation nor in the relationships formed in the process of living. Between father and son, husband and wife, the individual and the nation, stands Christ the Mediator, whether they are able to recognize him or not."
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

"Self denial is never just a series of isolated acts of mortification or asceticism. It is not suicide, for there is an element of self-will even in that. To deny oneself [in the Christian sense] is to be aware only of Christ and no more of self, to see only him who goes before and no more the road which is too hard for us. Once more, all that self-denial can say is: 'He leads the way, keep close to him.'"
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

"Does not our preaching contain too much of our own opinions and convictions, and too little of Jesus Christ? Jesus invites all those that labour and are heavy laden, and nothing could be so contrary to our best intentions, and so fatal to our proclamation , as to drive men away from him by forcing upon them man-made dogmas. If we did so, we should make the love of Jesus Christ a laughing-stock to Christians and pagans alike. It is no use taking refuge in abstract discussion, or trying to make excuses, so let us get back to the Scriptures, to the Word and call of Jesus Christ himself. Let us try to get away from the poverty and pettiness of our own little convictions and problems, and seek the wealth and splendour which are vouchsafed to us in Jesus Christ."
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

"When a man really gives up trying to make something out of himself - a saint, or a converted sinner, or a churchman (a so-called clerical somebody), a righteous or unrighteous man,...and throws himself into the arms of God...then he wakes with Christ in Gethsemane. That is faith, that is metanoia and it is thus that he becomes a man and Christian."
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Wherever it pleases God to put man in this world, the Christian must be ready for martyrdom and death. It is only in this way that man learns faith."
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Sin, if we want to call it sin, is stuff that we do that God doesn't like, and the reason he doesn't like it is because he loves us, he is fathering us, and when we sin, we weaken ourselves, we confuse ourselves, we practice immaturity. He doesn't like that, not because he wants to feel powerful or right, but because he wants what is best for us. That's the first thing we have to remember about all of this."
-Donald Miller, Father Fiction

"I heard recently that 94 percent of people in prison are men. And 85 percent of those men grew up in fatherless homes. If we have a crisis in this country...It's a crisis of manhood, of masculinity. It's affecting our families, our schools, it's filling our prisons, and it's killing the hearts of our women."
-Donald Miller, Father Fiction

"I believe something magical happens when a father tells his daughter she is beautiful, that she is a woman, and that she has a reason to be respected and loved by a good man."
-Donald Miller, Father Fiction

"He was somebody who stepped into my life and helped me believe I was here on purpose and for a purpose. I don't think there are very many things more important than this when we are kids."
-Donald Miller, Father Fiction

"A girl doesn't really want you to stare into her eyes like a lovesick puppy (at least not for long); she wants you to put your arms around her and stare into the horizon, to the place you are going to take her."
-Donald Miller, Father Fiction

"There is nothing as strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength."
-Ralph W. Sockman

"We play the hands of cards life gives us. And the worst hands can make us the best players."
-Doc Searls

"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."
-Phillips Brooks

"Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence."
-Mason Cooley

"But Lust dies at the next dawn, and when it returns in the evening, to search where it may, it is with its own past erased. Love wants to enjoy in other ways the human being whom it has enjoyed [sensually], it looks forward to having breakfast. But in the morning, Lust is always furtive. It dresses as mechanically as it has undressed and heads straight to the door, to return to its own solitude."
-Henry Fairlie

“He wants each man, in the long run, to be able to recognize all creatures (even himself) as glorious and excellent things. He wants to kill their animal self-love as soon as possible; but it is His long-term policy, I fear, to restore to them a new kind of self-love—a charity and gratitude for all selves, including their own; when they have really learned to love their neighbors as themselves, they will be allowed to love themselves as their neighbors. For we must never forget what is the most repellent and inexplicable trait in our Enemy; He really loves the hairless bipeds He has created and always gives back to them with His right hand what He has taken away with His left.”
-C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

"What are the convulsions of a city to the émeutes of the soul?"
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

-my ballet instructor to a student

"[Prayer] takes no time, but it occupies all our time."
-A.W. Tozer

"If we turn on our television set and it does not work, we do not declare that there are no such things as television waves in the air. We assume something is wrong, something we can find and correct. We check the plug, switch, tubes, until we discover what is blocking the flow of this mysterious energy that transmits pictures through the air. We can know the problem has been found and fixed by seeing whether or not the TV works. That is the way it is with prayer. We can determine if we are praying aright if the requests come to pass. If not, we look for the 'break'; perhaps we are praying wrongly, perhaps something within us needs changing, perhaps there are new principles of prayer to be learned, perhaps patience and persistence are needed. We listen, make the necessary adjustments and try again. We can know that our prayers are being answered as surely as we can know that the television set is working."
-Richard Foster, The Celebration of Discipline

"[Infatuation] is a very different thing from love. Infatuation is like a roller coaster ride - crazy, scary, and somewhat fun, while love is something more down to earth, less exhilarating, less dramatic but more real."

"But I won't need to identify you by any special Matthews or any special Marks, Cause His word will be tatted all over your heart."
-Janette Ikz

"But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before Him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted." 
-Job 5:8-9

"Love overlooks everything else. Love each other, yourself, the needy. If we can't love each other, we become hypocrites trying to love the poor"

"If we find ourselves becoming critical of other people we should stop examining them, and start examining ourselves."
-William Barclay

"But true love always costs the giver something. Otherwise, the giving remains only a philanthropic contribution. At best, kind. At worst, self-serving."
-Joanna Weaver

"Due to budgetary restrictions, the light at the end of the tunnel will be going out"
-one some reader at the Taco Shop

"Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend."
-Proverbs 27:5-6 KJV

"The love for equals is a human thing- of a friend for friend, brother for brother. It is to love what is loving and lovely. The world smiles. The love for the less fortunate is a beautiful thing- the love for those who suffer, for those who are poor, the sick, the failures, the unlovely. This is compassion, and it touches the heart of the world. The love for the more fortunate is a rare thing- to love those who succeed where we fail, to rejoice without envy with those who rejoice, the love of the poor for the rich, of the black man for the white man. The world is always bewildered by its saints. And then there is the love for the enemy- love for the one who does not love you but mocks, threatens, and inflicts pain. The tortured’s love for the torturer. This is God’s love. It conquers the world.”
-Frederick Buechner

"You may be able to rush the unfolding of some aspects of God's will, but you harm His work in the long run. You can force a rosebud open, but you spoil the flower. Leave everything to Him, without exception."
-L.B. Cowman

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now is springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."
-Isaiah 43:18-19

"And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ."
-Philippians 1:9-10

There is a light
That burns brighter than the sun
He steals the night
There is hope
Should oceans rise and mountains fall
He never fails
-"Take Heart", Hillsong 

"But God's ways are not our ways, and his timing rarely coincides with our own. While God is never late, I've found he's rarely early."
-Joanna Weaver, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

Elly: Catch me!
(She jumps into my arms around 10 times over the next few minutes)
Elly: Ok, I'll catch you!!

While sitting on opposite sides of the dorm room, at our respective desks.
Megan: (Out of nowhere) Christy, can I ask you something?
Me: (Thinking she wants to have a serious discussion) ...What? Is everything ok?
Megan: Do you think that Swedish fish are the same thing as sour patch kids?

"If the wife sins, the husband is not innocent..."
-Italian proverb (interesting....)

"...man can no more survive psychologically in a psychological milieu that does not respond empathetically to him, than he can survive physically in an atmosphere that contains no oxygen."
-Heinz Kohut

"Duty can pack an adequate lunch, but love may decide to enclose a little love note inside... Obligation sends the children to bed on time, but love tucks the covers in around their necks and passes out kisses and hugs (even to teenagers!).... Duty gets offended quickly if it isn't appreciated, but love learns to laugh a lot and to work for the sheer joy of doing it. Obligation can pour a glass of milk, but quite often, love adds a little chocolate."
-Linda Andersen

"Courage is not the absence of fear but the judgment that something else is more important than fear."
-Ambrose Redmoon

"What would your church (and the worldwide church) look like if everyone was as committed as you are? If everyone gave and served and prayed exactly like you, would the church be healthy and empowered? Or would it be weak and listless?"
-Francis Chan, Forgotten God

"If we expect God to perform certain miracles or to give us a particular experience, it will be tempting to manipulate or even fake experiences of the supernatural. The point in all this is simply calling us to pursue Christ and grow in our obedience to Him, rather than pursuing the supernatural for its own sake."
-Francis Chan, Forgotten God

"A lot of people want to talk about supernatural things like miracles, healing, or prophecy. But focusing inordinately on these things quickly becomes misguided. God calls us to pursue Him, not what He might do for us even in our midst. Scripture emphasizes that we should desire fruit, that we would concern ourselves with becoming more like His Son. God wants us to seek to listen to His Spirit and obey. The point of it all was never the miracles in and of themselves. Those came when they were unexpected, when people were faithful and focused on serving and loving others."
-Francis Chan, Forgotten God

Elly: 9...10..11...12
Me: What comes after 12?

Caleb: You know, I think I'd like to make a young clone of myself, just so I can find out what my own kids are going to be like.
Scott: You know that's not how having kids works, right?

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
-Philippians 4:4-7

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
-Psalm 119:9-11

"The point is not to completely understand God, but to worship Him."
-Francis Chan, Forgotten God

"At one level, the message of the book of Ruth is that the life of the godly is not a straight line to glory, but they do get there. The life of the godly is not an Interstate through Nebraska but a state road through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee. There are rockslides and precipices and dark mists and bears and slippery curves and hairpin turns that make you go backward in order to go forward. But all along this hazardous, twisted road that doesn't let you see very far ahead, there are frequent signs that say, 'The best is yet to come.'"
-John Piper, A Sweet and Bitter Providence

"Because I love you, and because I love God, and because I have seen the connection between high purity and historic purposes, we will wait."
-John Piper, A Sweet and Bitter Providence

"The sheer fact that Naomi has a strategy teaches us something. People who feel like victims rarely make plans."
-John Piper, A Sweet and Bitter Providence

"One of the lessons I have learned...is that hope helps us dream. Hope helps us think up ways to do good. Hope helps us pursue our ventures with virtue and integrity. It's hopelessness that makes people think they have to lie and steal and seize illicit pleasures for the moment."
-John Piper, A Sweet and Bitter Providence

"If you want to know a man's relation to God, it helps to find out how far God has saturated him down to the details of his everyday life."
-John Piper, A Sweet and Bitter Providence

"Unbelief is actually perverted faith, for it puts its trust not in the living God but in dying men."
-A.W. Tozer

"Whatever may befall us, God knows and cares as no one else can."
-A.W. Tozer

"Sometimes we're forced in directions we ought to have discovered for ourselves."
Maid In Manhatten 

-So what's next, Sam?
-Well, I guess we're supposed to change the world.

"In 1959 Corrie was part of a group that visited Ravensbruck, which was then in East Germany, to honor Betsie and the 96,000 other women who died there. There Corrie learned that her own release had been part of a clerical error; one week later all women her age were taken to the gas chamber."
-The Hiding Place (the incredible story of Corrie ten Boom, a humble middle-aged spinster and member of the Resistance in Holland, WWII)

After finding a piece of shrapnel on her pillow that would have killed her if she hadn't gone to the kitchen for an hour to talk to her sister Betsie in the middle of the night:
"Don't say it, Corrie! There are no 'ifs' in God's world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety - Oh, Corrie, let us pray that we may always know it!"
-Betsie ten boom, quoted by Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place

"I don't know...But if God has shown us bad times ahead, it's enough for me that He knows about them. That's why He sometimes shows us things, you know - to tell us that this too is in His hands."
-Betsie ten Boom, quoted by Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place

How long I lay on my bed sobbing for the one love of my life I do not know. Later, I heard Father's footsteps coming up the stairs. For a moment I was a little girl again, waiting for him to tuck the blankets tight. But this was a hurt no blanket could shut out, and suddenly I was afraid of what Father would say. Afraid he would say, "There'll be someone else soon," and that forever afterward this untruth would lie between us. For in some deep part of me I knew already that there would not - soon or ever - be anyone else.
The sweet cigar-smell came into the room with Father. And of course he did not say false, idle words.
"Corrie," he began instead, "do you know what hurts so much? It's love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain.
"There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill the love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies, too. Or, Corrie, we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.
"God loves Karel - even more than you do - and if you ask Him, He will give you His love for this man, a love nothing can prevent, nothing destroy. Whenever we cannot love in the old, human way, Corrie, God can give us the perfect way."
-Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place

"But more than that, I felt - no, not beautiful. Even on such a romantic day as this I could not persuade myself of that. I knew that my jaw was too square, my legs too long, my hands too large. But I earnestly believed - and all the books agreed - that I would look beautiful to the man who loved me."
-Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place 

"Happiness isn't something that depends on our surroundings, Corrie. It's something we make inside ourselves."
 -Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place 

He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case from the rack over our heads, and set it on the floor.
"Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?"
I stood up and tugged at it. It was crammed with the watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning. 
"It's too heavy," I said.
"Yes," he said. "And it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It's the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you."
 -Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place 

"I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will give us to do."
-Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place

"To accept your country without betraying it, you must love it for that which shows what it might become. America -- this monument to the genius of ordinary men and women, this place where hope becomes capacity, this long, halting turn of 'no' into the 'yes' -- needs citizens who love it enough to re-imagine and re-make it."
- Cornel West

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
-Galatians 5:1

"It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds."

"One writer said that what we commonly think of as love is really the desire to be loved. I know this is true for me, and it has been true for years, that often when I want somebody to like me, I am really wanting them to say I am redeemed, that I am not a loser, that I can stay on the boat, stay in the circus, that my act redeems me.
"In this sense, as harsh as some of Jesus' words are, they are also beautiful and comforting. No more worrying about what an audience thinks, no more trying to elbow our way to the top. We have Him instead, a God who redeems our identity for us..."
-Donald Miller, Searching for God Knows What

"It feels like we all have these little acts, these stupid little things we do that we all hang our hats on...Some of us are athletes and some of us are physicists, and some of us are good-looking and some of us are rich, and we are all running around, in a way, trying to get a bunch of people to clap for us, trying to get a bunch of people to say we are normal, we are healthy, we are good. And there is nothing wrong with being beautiful or being athletic or being smart, but those are some of the pleasures of life, not life's redemption."
-Donald Miller, Searching for God Knows What

"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second."
-William James

"We can hold a correct view of truth only by daring to believe everything God has said about Himself. It is a grave responsibility that a man takes upon himself when he seeks to edit out of God's self-revelation such features as he...deems objectionable...All that God is must accord with all that God does. Justice must be present in mercy, and love in judgment. And so with all the divine attributes."
-A.W. Tozer, Knowledge of the Holy

"Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side-by-side with those who were so treated. You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you know that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded."
-Hebrews 10:32-35

"One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time."
-John Piper

"Jesus...is the Lion of Judah (Rev. 5:5) and the Lamb of God (Rev. 5:6) - He was lionhearted and lamblike, strong and meek, tough and tender, aggressive and responsive, bold and brokenhearted. He sets the pattern for manhood."
-John Piper

"Fight for us, O God, that we not drift numb and blind and foolish into vain and empty excitements. Life is too short, too precious, too painful to waste on worldly bubbles that burst. Heaven is too great, hell is too horrible, eternity is too long that we should putter around on the porch of eternity."
-John Piper

"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

"The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night."
-John Piper

"I do not think so much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday."
-Abraham Lincoln

"Were all human beings suddenly to become blind, still the sun would shine by day and the stars by night, for these owe nothing to the millions who benefit from their light. So, were every man on earth to become atheist, it could not affect God in any way. He is what He is in Himself without regard to any other. To believe in Him adds nothing to His perfections; to doubt Him takes nothing away.
"Almighty God, just because He is almighty, needs no support. The picture of a nervous, ingratiating God fawning over men to win their favor is not a pleasant one; yet if we look at the popular coneption of God that is precisely what we see. Twentieth century Christianity has put God on charity. So lofty is our opinion of ourselves that we find it quite easy, not to say enjoyable, to believe that we are necessary to God. But the truth is that God is not greater for our being, nor would He be less if we did not exist. That we do exist is altogether of God's free determination, not by our desert nor by divine necessity...
"A God who must be defended is one who can help only while someone is helping Him. We may count upon Him only if He wins in the cosmic seesaw battle between right and wrong. Such a God could not command the respect of intelligent men; He could only excite their pity."
-A.W. Tozer, Knowledge of the Holy

"[If we make our own god] we can understand him; because we have created him he can never surprise us, never overwhelm us, nor astonish us, nor transcend us."
-A.W. Tozer

"Secularism, materialism, and the intrusive presence of things have put out that light in our souls and turned us into a generation of zombies. We cover our deep ignorance with words, but we are ashamed to wonder, we are afraid to whisper, 'mystery.'"
-A.W. Tozer

"No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne–everything–to rescues the ones he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life."
-Jesus Storybook Bible

"When I lay these questions before God I get no answer. But a rather special sort of "No answer." It is not the locked door. It is more like a silent, certainly not uncompassionate, gaze. As though He shook His head not in refusal but waiving the question. Like, 'Peace, child; you don't understand.'"
-C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.” -Charles Spurgeon

"We like to pretend like we know when a good time for people to die is. You know, right around 78-82 when they've lived a long and full life. The only problem with that thinking is that I've known of people that died at a very early age that lived fuller and more productive lives for the Kingdom than a lot of really old folks.I'm banking on the fact that the God of the universe knows a little bit more than we do and has specific purposes and reasons for doing what He does."
-Jeff Bajenaru

"Wesley Sneijder, who scored the goals that turned the game around, and Arjen Robben said that the players in the locker room saw no way that they could advance to the next round. Not after being dominated in every way by Brazil for a half. What changed that, Sneijder said, was the realization that nothing would be gained by staying timid."
-Rob Hughes, The New York Times

"It is our responsibility as parents to mature with our children."
-Chad Haynes

"Happiness is dependent on circumstance; joy is dependent on being. Blessing is the presence of God's favor, but if you'll notice, God's favor does not always equal happiness (think of Abraham)...As Americans, we often take the terms 'joy', 'happiness', and 'blessing' and put them in one box and say, 'That's what God wants for me.' But James tries to help us see that these ideas are distinct...God wants to give us joy, and He defines joy by giving us himself..."
-Chad Haynes (paraphrased)

“The victory of the Church over the power which was embodied in the Roman imperial system was not won by seizing the levers of power: it was won when the victims knelt down in the Colosseum and prayed in the name of Jesus for the Emperor.”
-Lesslie Newbigin

"Up until the moment that the courier from the Palace arrives at her door, Cinderella's life seems set in stone. She will always be a washerwoman, a cellar girl. Her enemies will forever have the upper hand. She will live a life of enduring disappointments, though she will suffer then nobly. No other life seems possible. This is her fate. Then, word from the Prince arrives - an invitation to a ball. It is at this point that all hell breaks loose. Her longings are awakened. Her enemies become enraged. And her life is never the same...Cinderella's response took immense courage, courage that came only out of a deep desire to find the life her heart knew it was meant for. She wanted to go. But it took steadfastness to press through her fears just to get to the ball. It took courage not to abandon all hope even after she danced with the Prince. (She ran back to the cellar, as we all do.) But she became the woman she was born to be, and the kingdom was never the same. It is a beautiful parable [to our lives in Christ]."
-John and Stasi Eldredge, "Captivating"

"The place that God calls us is that place where the world's deep hunger and our deep desire meet."
-Frederick Buechner

"Security is not found in the absence of danger, but in the presence of Jesus."
-Jeanine Bellavista

"The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name."
-Exodus 15:3

“Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know you trust him.”
-Booker T. Washington

"The second service that one should perform for another in a Christian community is that of active helpfulness. This means, initially, simple assistance in trifling, external matters...We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. God will be constantly canceling our plans by sending us people with claims and petitions. We may pass them by, preoccupied with our more important tasks, as the priest passed the man who had fallen among thieves, perhaps - reading the Bible."
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together 

"Princeton's Robert Wuthnow has found that small groups mainly 'provide occasions for individuals to focus on themselves in the presence of others. The social contract binding memebers together asserts only the weakest of obligations. Come if you have time. Talk if you feel like it. Respect everyone's opinion. Never criticize. Leave quietly if you become dissatisfied.' In Overcoming Lonliness in Everyday Life, two Boston psychiatrists...suggest that...groups 'fail to replicate the sense of belonging we have lost. Attending weekly meetings, dropping in and out as one pleases, shopping around for a more satisfactory or appealing group - all of these factors work against the growth of true community.'"
-Timothy Keller's Gospel In Life
“Treat a man as he appears to be and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.”
- Goethe 

"Our gender is something beautifully designed by the Creator, each with different functions and roles and responsibilities, meant not to elevate one above the other, but to elevate the One who created them both." -Brett Visk

"We love God so much that we are content in any circumstance, because we always have what we most want in life: Him."
-semi-paraphrased from Timothy Keller (Gospel In Life)

"Your religion is what you do with your solitude."
-William Temple

"Every man lives by faith, the nonbeliever as well as the saint; the one by faith in natural laws and the other by faith in God. Every man throughout his entire life constantly accepts without understanding."
-A.W. Tozer, Knowledge of the Holy 

Me: I think I take people in a wide slow circle inward, layer by layer, to get to know me.
Alex Y: Like Dante's Inferno?

"Tear down the walls, see the world. Is there something we have missed? Turn from ourselves, look beyond. There is so much more than this...More than this life, there is love, there is hope and this is real. And I don't need to see it to believe it, no I don't need to see it to believe it. 'Cause I, I can't shake, this fire burning deep inside my heart...Let love tear down these walls that all Creation would come back to You, it's all for You..."
-Hillsong United, "Tear Down the Walls"

"Joy is a deep spiritual union with the unchanging God. A man's life, said Jesus Christ, is not fulfilled, nor is it filled full of, nor by, the abundance of things which he possesses. Here is one of the most important statements ever given to a bewildered, heart-hungry world. Joy, then, is a living spring hidden deep in the inner life that is no more dependent upon things than the sunrise is dependent upon a cock's crowing."
-A.P. Gouthey

"Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart...Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight."
-Proverbs 3:3,5

"What are the influences that rob you of the joy that exists when God is in control? Or do we even believe that it is more joyful when God is in control? What about my kids, who sometimes wish they could control the amount of ice cream they eat, or the time they get to watch TV? Even though these things may seem more joyful at times, the truth is that they are not."
-Chad Haynes

"What we often don't know on this side of something big that's gonna happen is that God's going to increase our capacity to handle whatever's coming up."
-Chad Haynes

"The bumpity-bumping on the dirt track causes the large watermelon in the luggage rack to fall onto the head of a child. The child lets out a squeal but seems not to be seriously hurt. No one gets angry. No one threatens to sue. Falling watermelons are just an occupational hazard of travel in China."
-Rob Gifford, China Road

"The DVD is playing several hundred decibels above the level permissible in heavy industrial factories in the United States, though I don't at first realize this. It's only when the child in the seat behind leans over the back of the seat next to me and starts singing that I realize how, over time, I have become inoculated against Chinese noise. This is the sort of thing that used to infuriate me. 'What are you doing, kid, crooning out of tune in my ear? And what is the driver doing playing that music so loud in the first place?' Now, I astound myself by even smiling in encouragement to the boy, as though I think that out-of-tune wailing in my hear with no sense of rhythm is just fine.
China does that to you. You go back to the United States or Europe, and people wonder why you're not jumping up and down with annoyance at some minor noise or irritation, and you look at them and think, What's your problem? We have such low thresholds of annoyance in our cozy Western world."
-Rob Gifford, China Road

"There is a purity and an intensity to Christian believers in China, and it overflows in their prayers. Mention Christianity to ordinary Chinese people, and they are not burdened by visions of crusading soldiers, fornicating popes, or right-wing politicians. They have heard about this belief relatively late in the faith's long and winding history, and for them it is a matter of the heart. This is perhaps how it was supposed to be."
-Rob Gifford, China Road

"I am not what I ought to be,
I am not what I want to be,
I am not what I hope to be,
But by the grace of God
I am not what I was."
- John Newton

"Guarding the reputation of others is a deep and lasting service."
-Richard Foster, The Celebration of Discipline

"The spiteful tongue strikes a deadly blow at charity in all who hear him speak and, so far as it can, destroys root and branch, not only in the immediate hearers but also in all others to whom the slander, flying from lip to lip, is afterwards repeated."
-Bernard of Clairvaux

"The second service that one should perform for another in a Christian community is that of active helpfulness. This means, initially, simple assistance in trifling, external matters. There is a multitude of these things wherever people live together. Nobody is too good for the meanest service. One who worries about the loss of time that such petty, outward acts of helpfulness entail is usually taking the importance of his career too solemnly."
-Bonhoeffer, Life Together

"[Jesus'] life was a constant celebration of the supreme value, dignity and preciousness of human life."
-Becky Pippert, Out of the Salt Shaker

"Romantic love can be real and deep, but only if it is not asked to be what it isn't."
-Becky Pippert, Out of the Salt Shaker

"But what do you do with a man who is supposed to be the holiest man who has ever lived and yet goes around talking with prostitutes and hugging lepers? What do you do with a man who not only mingles with the most unsavory people but actually seems to enjoy them? The religious accused him of being a drunkard, a glutton and having tacky taste in friends. It is profound irony that the Son of God visited this planet and one of the chief complaints against him was that he was not religious enough."
-Becky Pippert, Out of the Salt Shaker

"Moreover, Cosette by nature was not easily startled. There was in her veins the blood of the gypsy and of the adventuress who goes barefoot. It must be remembered she was rather a lark than a dove. She was wild and brave at heart."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"It's important to remember that we all have different dreams."
-Native American Proverb

"Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, beautiful old people are works of art."
-Eleanor Roosevelt

"Would you like to stay for dinner?"
"Would you like to stay forever??"

"The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all."

"You...you fight good."
-Shang (Mulan)

"People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant." 
- Helen Keller

"We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased."
-C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

"Does my response [to trials] reflect that, despite outward appearances, I believe God loves me and has a good plan for my life?
"My responses of unbelief generally fall into two categories. First, I respond in unbelief by taking things into my own hands. I come up with an agenda to fix my situation, usually forgetting God entirely. I start manipulating circumstances in subtle ways or grab the reigns in an obvious effort to regain control and change direction. When God finally gets my attention, I realize that acting in belief usually requires me to put aside my agenda and wait patiently for God to work on my behalf.
"My other response of unbelief is despair. When this happens, although I am well aware that God exists, i just no longer believe he's working for my good. Since I can't figure out how God is going to use this bad circumstance for my good, I assume it is impossible that he will. The move from unbelief to belief, in this situation, is evidenced when I move from despair to peace, despite nothing changing in my circumstances. Then I again find myself waiting, but this time I have earnest expectation that God is working this bad situation for my good in ways I am currently unable to comprehend."
-Wendy Alsup Practical Theology for Women

"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?...Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?...For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
-Romans 8:31-32, 35, 38-39

"Many Christians in today's churches seem much more convinced of the reality of their problems than the reality of their God."
-Wendy Alsup

"To say we have faith in [God] while living a life characterized by anxiety and worry is to deny Him by our actions, if not our words."
-Wendy Alsup

"Dark am I, yet lovely."
-Song of Songs 1:5a

"Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him - for this is his lot. Moreover when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy for his work - this is a gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart."
Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

"Two are better than one, because they have good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one can be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
-Ecclesiastes 4:8-12

"So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun."
-Ecclesiastes 8:15

"Joy is the best makeup"
-Anne Lamott

"Sometimes that mountain you've been climbing is just a grain of sand, and what you've been out there searching for forever is in your hand."
-"So Small" Boyce Avenue

"How can we worship a homeless man on Sunday and ignore one on Monday?"

"And I'll tell you this, the violence in film does not depict the sudden bursts with which most pain is dealt; the quick hits to the face, the crack of knuckles on skull, the blood pumped from lips and buckteeth, the profanities and insults coming up from some deep, gut place of horrors."
-Donald Miller, Searching for God Knows What

"Live out of your heart in the truest version of yourself you can be and you'll unwittingly beg the man to emerge from every boy around you."
-Aleen McCulloch

"Imagine how much a man's life would be changed if he trusted that he was loved by God? He could interact with the poor and not show partiality, he could love his wife easily and not expect her to redeem him, he would be slow to anger because redemption was no longer at stake, he could be wise and giving with his money because money no longer represented points, he could give up on formulaic religion, knowing that checking stuff off a spiritual to-do list was a worthless pursuit, he would have confidence and the ability to laugh at himself, and he could love people without expecting anything in return. It would be quite beautiful, really."
-Donald Miller, Searching for God Knows What

"The circus, and I am talking about life now, really sucks. It feels like we all have these little acts, these stupid things we do that we all hang our hats on. The Fall has made monkeys of us, for crying out loud. Some of us are athletes and others of us are physicists, and some of us are good-looking and some of us are rich, and we all are running around, in a way, trying to get a bunch of people to clap for us, trying to get a bunch of people to say we are normal, we are healthy, we are good. And there is nothing wrong with being beautiful or being athletic or being smart, but those are some of the pleasures of life, not life's redemption."
-Donald Miller, Searching for God Knows What

"I get this feeling sometimes that after the world ends, when God destroys all our buildings and our flags, we will wish we had seen everybody as equal, that we had eaten dinner with prostitutes, held them in our arms, opened up spare rooms for them and loved them and learned from them."
-Donald Miller, Searching for God Knows What

"He will take your dark, distorted view
and with His light He will show you Truth
and again you'll see through the eyes of a little girl."
-Johnny Diaz, "More Beautiful You"

"And [with the Bible] the formulas that are obvious are terrible.
For instance, a guy named Stephen was miserable (or at least I assumed he was miserable) and then he became a Christian, and then he was stoned to death. This formula, of course, was not good enough to make the cut. And for that matter, neither was the one about Paul, who was a murderer before he became a Christian and then was blinded while traveling, met Jesus in a burst of light, and then spent various painful years moving from city to city, prison to prison, routinely being beaten and bitten by snakes. No formula there. So I moved on to Peter, who was rescued from a successful fishing business only to be crucified, some historical accounts claim, along with his wife. And of course that wouldn't work. So I decided to ignore the actual characters of Scripture and just go with the teachings of Jesus. And that is when things really became difficult. Apparently Jesus had not heard of the wonderful tool of acronym. He mostly told stories, some of which were outlandish. Step one: Eat my flesh. Step two: Drink my blood. Do you know what having to read something like that would do to a guy trying to process dairy products?"
-Donald Miller, Searching for God Knows What

"He is jealous for me,
loves like a hurricane, I am a tree
bending beneath the wind of
His grace and mercy"
-David Crowder Band, "How He Loves"

"There comes a day when every young girl has this look. Woe to him on whom she looks!
The first glance of a soul not yet aware of itself is like dawn. It is the awakening of something radiant and unknown. Nothing can express the dangerous charm of this unexpected gleam that lightly glances off delicate mysteries and is made of innocence and future passion. It is a kind of irresolute tenderness revealed by chance, waiting. It is a trap that Innocence unconsciously lays, where she catches hearts without intending to, and without knowing it. It is a virgin glancing like a woman. It is rare that deep reverie is not born of this glance wherever it falls. All that is pure and vestal is concentrated in this celestial and fatal gleam which, more than most meaningful looks of coquette, has the magic power of suddenly forcing into bloom the innermost depths of the heart, this somber flower full of perfumes and poisons that is called love."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"The glances of women are certainly apparently peaceful but really formidable machines. You pass them every day quietly, with impunity, and without suspicion of danger. There comes a moment when you forget even that they are there. You come and go, you muse, and talk, and laugh. Suddenly you feel that you are seized! it is done. The wheels have caught you, the glance has captured you. It has taken you, no matter how or where, by any portion whatever of your thought which was trailing, through any absence of mind. You are lost. You will be drawn in entirely. A train of mysterious forces has gained possession of you. You struggle in vain. No human succour is possible. You will be drawn down from wheel to wheel, from anguish to anguish, from torture to torture. You, your mind, your fortune, your future, your soul; and you will not escape from the terrible machine, until, according as you are in the power of a malevolent nature, or a noble heart, you shall be disfigured by shame or transfigured by love."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables 

"Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason, and the mind becomes a wreck." 
-Thomas Jefferson

"Why do we go with the flow
Or take the easier road
Why are we playin' it safe?
Love came to show us the way
Love is a chance we should take."
-Britt Nicole, "The Lost Get Found"

"Laughter is sunshine; it chases winter from the human face."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"The delight we inspire in others has this enchanting peculiarity that, far from being diminished like every other reflection, it returns to us more radiant than ever."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"Everybody has noticed the taste which cats have for stopping and loitering in a half-open door. Who has not said to a cat: Why don't you come in? There are men who, with an opportunity half-open before them, have a similar tendency to remain undecided between two resolutions, at the risk of being crushed by destiny abruptly closing the opportunity. The over prudent, cats as they are, and because they are cats, sometimes run more danger than the bold."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"Man lives by affirmation even more than he does by bread."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers."
-1 Corinthians 6:7-8

"Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know."
-1 Corinthians 8:1b-2

"I learned that wealth is not what I have; rather it is who I am. Being poor, being homeless, having my startled eyes opened to blinding lights and long rows of metal cots from which so many strangers were arising, these were not disadvantages, but blessings, because they taught me more about myself."
-Lauralee Summers, a homeless student who earned a full-ride to Harvard

"The shocks of destiny have this peculiarity; however subdued or disciplined our feelings may be, they draw out the human nature from the depths of our souls, and compel us to exhibit it to others."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"The realities of the soul, because they are not visible and palpable, are not the less realities."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"One can no more prevent the mind from returning to an idea than the sea from returning to the shore. In the case of the sailor, this is called the tide; in the case of the guilty, it is called remorse."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"A little lie, an innocent lie, can such a thing exist?"
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"Curiosity is a kind of glutton. To see is to devour."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables (commenting on gossips)

"What is the story of Fantine? It is society buying a slave.
From whom? From misery.
From hunger, from cold, from lonliness, from abandonment, from privation. Melancholy barter. A soul for a bit of bread. Misery makes the offer, society accepts."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"If we would take a few pains, the nettle would be useful; we neglect it, and it becomes harmful. Then we kill it. How much men are like the nettle!...My friends, remember this, that there are no bad herbs, and no bad men; there are only bad cultivators."
-Victor Hugo Les Miserables (Jean Valjean)

"She worked to live; then, also to live, for the heart too has its hunger, she loved."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"Poverty and coquetry are fatal counsellors; the one grumbles, the other flatters, and the beautiful daughters of the people have both whispering in their ear, each on its side. Their ill-guarded souls listen. Thence their fall, and the stones that are cast at them."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables (commenting on the injustice of society)

"'Ah, there you are!' said he, looking towards Jean Valjean, 'I am glad to see you. But! I gave you the candlesticks also, which are silver like the rest, and would bring you two hundred francs. Why did you not take them along with your plates?'"
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"The bishop, who was sitting near him, touched his hand gently and said: 'You need not tell me who you are. This is not my house; it is the house of Christ. It does not ask any comer whether he has a name, but whether he has an affliction. You are suffering; you are hungry and thirsty, be welcome. And do not thank me; do not tell me that I take you into my house. This is the home of no man, except him who needs an asylum. I tell you, who are a traveller, that you are more at home here than I; whatever is here is yours. What need have I to know your name? Besides, before you told me, I knew it.'
The man opened his eyes in astonishment:
'Really? You knew my name?'
'Yes,' answered the bishop, 'your name is my brother.'
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables (exchange between bishop M. Muriel and convict Jean Valjean)

"''The night wind is raw in the Alps; you must be cold, monsieur.'
Every time he said this word monsieur, with his gently solemn, and heartily hospitable voice, the man's countenance lighted up. Monsieur to a convict, is a glass of water to a man dying of thirst at sea. Ignominy thirsts for respect."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"His universal tenderness was less an instinct of nature than the result of a strong conviction filtered through life into his heart, slowly dropping in upon him, thought by thought; for a character, as well as a rock, may be worn into by drops of water. Such marks are ineffaceable; such formations are indestructible."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"Who knows how easily ambition disguises itself under the name of a calling, possibly in good faith, and deceiving itself, saint that it is!"
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"Can you imagine a man near a fire, who does not feel warm? Can you imagine a labourer working constantly at a furnace, who has not a hair burned, nor a nail blackened, nor a drop of sweat, nor a speck of ashes on his face? The first proof of charity in a priest, and especially a bishop, is poverty."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"What fine clocks! fine carpets! fine liveries! This must be very uncomfortable. Oh! how unwilling I should be to have all these superfluitites crying for ever in my ears: 'There are people who hunger! there are people who are cold! there are poor! there are poor!'"
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables (charccter bishop M. Muriel)

"Have no fear of robbers or murderers. Such dangers are without, and are but petty. We should fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murderers. The great dangers are within us. What matters it what threatens our heads or our purses? Let us think only of what threatens our souls."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"And so," said the bishop, "I intend to go without an escort"
"Do not think of such a thing," exclaimed the mayor.
"I think so much of it, that I absolutely refuse the gendarmes, and I am going to start in an hour."
"To start?"
"To start."
"Monseigneur, you will not do it."
"There is on the mountain," replied the bishop, "a humble little commune, that I have not seen for three years; and they are good friends of mine, kind and honest peasants. They own one goat out of thirty that they pasture. They make pretty woollen thread of various colours, and they play their mountain airs upon small six-holed flutes. They need someone occasionally to tell them of the goodness of God. What would they say of a bishop who was afraid? What would they say if I should not go there?"
"But, monseigneur, the brigands?"
"True," said the bishop, "I am thinking of that. You are right. I may meet them. They too must need someoneto tell them of the goodness of God."
"Monseigneur, but it is a band! a pack of wolves!"
"Monsieur Mayor, perhaps Jesus has made me the keeper of that very flock. Who knows the ways of providence?"
"Monseigneur, they will rob you."
"I have nothing."
"They will kill you."
"A simple old priest who passes along muttering his prayer? No, no; what good would it do them?"
"Oh, my good sir, suppose you should meet them!"
"I should ask them for alms for my poor."
"Monseigneur, do not go. In the name of heaven! you are exposing your life."
"Monsieur Mayor," said the bishop, "that is just it. I am not in the world to care for my life, but for souls."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"Nisi Dominus custodierit domum, in vanum vigilant qui custodiunt eam." 
(Unless God protects a house, they who guard it, watch in vain.)
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"Ask not the name of him who asks you for a bed. It is especially he whose name is a burden to him, who has need of an asylum."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"Am I not a physician as well as they? I also have my patients; first I have theirs, whom they call the sick; and then I have my own, whom I call the unfortunate."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables (this said by bishop M. Muriel)

"Death belongs to God alone. By what right do men touch that unknown thing?"
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

“You must know, surely you must know it was all for you.” 
Pride and Prejudice

“Right here we must see the difference between choosing to serve and choosing to be a servant. When we choose to serve we are still in charge. We decide whom we will serve and when we will serve. And if we are in charge we will worry a great deal about anyone’s stepping on us, i.e., taking charge over us.
But when we choose to be a servant we give up the right to be in charge. There is a great freedom in this. If we voluntarily choose to be taken advantage of, then we cannot be manipulated. When we choose to be a servant we surrender the right to decide who and when we will serve. We become available and vulnerable.” 
–Richard Foster, The Celebration of Discipline

“…condescend to all the weaknesses and infirmities of your fellow-creatures, cover their frailties, love their excellencies, encourage their virtues, relieve their wants, rejoice in their prosperities, compassionate their distress, receive their friendship, overlook their unkindness, forgive their malice, be a servant of servants, and condescend to do the lowest offices to the lowest of mankind.” 
– William Law

“Nothing disciplines the inordinate desires of the flesh like service, and nothing transforms the desires of the flesh like serving in hiddenness. The flesh whines against service but screams against hidden service. It strains and pulls for honor and recognition. It will devise subtle, religiously acceptable means to call attention to the service rendered. If we stoutly refuse to give in to this lust…we crucify it. Every time we crucify [it] we crucify our pride and arrogance.” 
-Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline

“Self-righteous service is affected by moods and whims. It can serve only when there is a ‘feeling’ to serve (‘moved by the Spirit’ as we say). Ill health or inadequate sleep will control the desire to serve. True service ministers simply and faithfully because there is a need. It knows that the ‘feeling to serve’ can often be a hindrance to true service. It refuses to allow the feeling to control the service, but rather the service disciplines the feelings.” 
–Richard Foster, The Celebration of Discipline

"Whenever there is trouble over who is the greatest there is trouble over who is the least. That is the crux of the matter for us, isn't it? Most of us know we will never be the greatest; just don't let us be the least." 
-Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline

“Service enables us to say ‘no!’ to the world’s games of promotion and authority. It abolishes our need (and desire) for a ‘pecking order.’ That phrase is so telling, so revealing. How like chickens we are! In the chicken pen there is no peace until it is clear who is the greatest and who is the least and who is at which rung everywhere in between. A group of people cannot be together for very long until the ‘pecking order’ is clearly established. We can see it so easily in such things as where people sit, how they walk in relation to each other, who always gives way when two people are talking at the same time, who stands back when a job needs to be done and who steps forward. (Depending on the job it may be a sign of mastery or a sign of servitude.) These things are written on the face of human society.” 
–Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline

"Don't please yourself, prepare yourself."
-Chad Haynes 

"There is something about a woman who trusts in the LORD that is fearless."
-Chad Haynes (Second Mile)

"Imagine - here let me now address non-Indian readers - somehow meeting a member of the Haudenosaunee from 1491. Is it too much to speculate that beneath the swirling tattoos, asymmetrically trimmed hair, and bedizened robes, you would recognize someone much closer to yourself, at least in certain respects, than your own ancestors?"
-Charles C. Mann, 1491 (what a final sentence!)

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” 
-John Wooden

Religion, even the Religion of Christianity, is an attempt to control people by controlling their desires and passions, rather than awakening and unleashing them. I mean, how many of you have been involved in a church culture that says do not do that, you better not do that, that’ll get you in trouble, no drinking, no dancing, no, you know, anything! Whatever it is. Whatever it is, the do, do, do NOT. That’s what it’s about. Don’t do this. Christianity, as a religion, is simply trying to control people by lessening their desires. But scripture teaches the exact opposite. The exact opposite! When you read in Psalm 37:4, it says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” God will give you pleasure. Pleasure that He created, pleasure that erupts in laughter, and enjoys food, and enjoys the things that God has given us to do…God gave us the world to enjoy. Don’t let your Christianity be uh, this is horrible. Let it be exciting!...You were created to enjoy, but make sure you enjoy what it is you were created for. We should make decisions that enhance our joy for a lifetime, rather than sacrificing our joy for momentary pleasure.” 
-Chad Haynes (Second Mile)

“For riches and abundance come hypocritically clad in sheep’s clothing pretending to be security against anxieties and they become then the object of anxiety…they secure a man against anxieties just about as well as the wolf which is put to tending the sheep secures them…against the wolf…” 
--this was in Richard Foster's The Celebration of Discipline, but i don't remember who he was quoting

"Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.” 

“The modern hero is the poor boy who becomes rich rather than the Franciscan or Buddhist ideal of the rich boy who voluntarily becomes poor…Covetousness we call ambition. Hoarding we call prudence. Greed we call industry.” 
-Richard J. Foster, The Celebration of Discipline

“We buy things we do not want to impress people we do not like.” 
-Arthur G. Gish

“Scars are souvenirs you never lose.” 
-Goo Goo Dolls, Name

“I think God sometimes operates on a need-to-know basis, but we don’t always need to know as much as we want to know.” 
- Matthew Helmke (Second Mile)

“I can’t control my circumstances, I can only control my obedience.” 
- Matthew Helmke (Second Mile)

“Becoming strong often involves facing- and overcoming- many opportunities to be weak.”

“It behooves us Americans, in this connection, to repress, and if possible to extinguish once and for all, our inveterate tendency to judge others by the extent to which they contrive to be like ourselves.”
-George Kennan

"...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
-Philippians 1:6

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
-Philippians 4:7

"You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men."
-1 Corinthians 7:23

"'Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked?' declares the Sovereign Lord, 'Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?'"
-Ezekiel 18:23

"The fact that the Lion became a sacrificial lamb does not mean he ceases to be the Lion. He is not a tame lion, Ben. His ways are above ours. The gods of our imagination never surprise us. Yesu does. For he is far greater than what we imagine..."
-Li Quan (in Randy Alcorn's Safely Home)

"Never believe a man who says God no longer does miracles, Ben. But never believe a man who says God must do a miracle the way a man wants him to. God is God."
-Li Quan (in Randy Alcorn's Safely Home)

"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing." 
-David Beckham

"All of my life, in every season
You are my God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship."
-Hillsong, Desert Song

"Run if you can, walk when you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up."
-Dean Karnazes

"Our world is too small and our God too big to ignore the reality of poverty, suffering, and human trafficking."
-Chad H. (Second Mile)

"Our deepest disorder is a failure to worship."
-Chad H. (Second Mile)

"If you want to build a ship, don't summon people to buy wood, prepare tools, distribute jobs, and organize the work; teach people the yearning for the wide, boundless ocean."
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Who can say if I've been changed for the better? But because I knew you, I have been changed for good."
-Wicked, the musical

"Protein represents chemistry, living, breathing, metabolism and behavior - what biologists call the phenotype. DNA represents information, replication, breeding, sex - what biologists call the genotype. Neither can exist without the other. It is the classic case of chicken and egg: which came first, DNA or protein? It cannot have been DNA, because DNA is a helpless, passive piece of mathematics, which catalyses no chemical reactions. It cannot have been protein, because protein is pure chemistry with no known way of copying itself accurately. It seems impossible either that DNA invented protein or vice versa..."
-Matt Ridley, Genome

"Capitalism says you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. Communism says you scratch my back or I'll break yours. Would I rather have my back scratched or broken? The answer is obvious. But having my back scratched still does not fill the hole in the heart. And even if you do not know it, our hearts still have holes in them - and many backs are still broken in China."
-Randy Alcorn, Safely Home

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep the streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare composed poetry. He should sweep the streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper, who did his job well.'"
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."
-Psalm 91:4

This is what the LORD Almighty says: "In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, 'Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.'"
-Zechariah 8:23

"Circumstances may appear to wreck our lives and God's plans, but God is not helpless among the ruins. Our broken lives are not lost or useless. God's love is still working. He comes in and takes the calamity and uses it victoriously, working out His wonderful plan of love."
-Eric Liddell

"In my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person will still think the sun shines out your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with."

"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature...Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
-Helen Keller

"I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart."
-Anne Frank

"Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads."
-Erica Jong

"And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"
-Esther 4:14b

" And if I perish, I perish."
-Esther 4:16b

"Careful, your girly is showing."
-Matt W

"All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be."
-C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

"For His ignoble idea is...the creatures are to be one with Him, but yet themselves; merely to cancel them, or assimilate them, will not serve. He is prepared to do a little overriding at the beginning. He will set them off with communications of His presence which, though faint, seem great to them, with emotional sweetness, and easy conquest over temptation. But He never allows this state of affairs to last long. Sooner or later He withdraws, if not in fact, at least from their conscious experience, all those supports and incentives. He leaves the creature to stand up on its own legs - to carry out from the will alone duties which have lost all relish. It is during such trough periods, much more than during the peak periods, that it is growing into the sort of creature He wants it to be...He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles...Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys."
-C.S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters (written from the vantage point of a demon)

"Love is not Time's fool."

"If everything comes down to love
then just what am I afraid of?"
-Addison Road "Hope Now"

"Why do you cry aloud - have you no king?"
-Micah 4:9a

Sam: Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folks in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something. 
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam? 
Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for. 
- The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkein)

"Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees."
-William Cowpur

"It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen. Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like running, but life is on a stroll. This is how God does things.” 
-Donald Miller

"Everytime you get up and get back in the race, one more small piece of you starts to fall into place."
-Rascal Flatts, "Stand"

"When push comes to shove
You taste what you're made of
You might bend, till you break
Cause its all you can take
On your knees you look up
Decide you've had enough
You get mad you get strong
Wipe your hands shake it off
Then you Stand."
-Rascal Flatts, "Stand"

“Any religion which professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the social and economic conditions that scar the soul, is a spiritually moribund religion.”
-Walter Rauschenbusch 

"If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans."

"And I've been housing all this doubt
And insecurity
And I've been locked inside that house
All the while you hold the key
And I've been dying to get out
And that might be the death of me
And even though there's no way of knowing
Where to go
I promise I'm going"
-Relient K, "Be My Escape"

"Something tells me this is gonna make sense; something tells me it's gonna take patience."
-Relient K, "The One I'm Waiting For"

Frodo: What a pity that Bilbo did not stab the vile creature, when he had the chance!
Gandalf: Pity? It was Pity that stayed his hand. Pity, and Mercy: not to strike without need. And he has been well rewarded, Frodo. Be sure that he took so little hurt from the evil, and escaped in the end, because he began his ownership of the Ring so. With Pity.
Frodo: I am sorry, but I am frightened; and I do not feel any pity for Gollum.
Gandalf: You have not seen him.
Frodo: No, and I don’t want to. I can’t understand you. Do you mean to say that you, and the Elves, have let him live on after all those horrible deeds? Now at any rate he is as bad as an Orc, and just an enemy. He deserves death.
Gandalf: Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. I have not much hope that Gollum can be cured before he dies, but there is a chance of it. And he is bound up with the fate of the Ring. My heart tells me that he has some part to play yet, for good or ill, before the end; and when that comes, the pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many – yours not the least.
-The Fellowship of the Ring (J.R.R. Tolkein)

“Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.”
-C.S. Lewis, The Magician's Nephew

“Wouldn’t he know without being asked?” said Polly.
“I’ve no doubt he would,” said the Horse…”But I’ve a sort of idea he likes to be asked.”
-C.S. Lewis, The Magician's Nephew

"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is that quiet voice at the end of the day that says, 'I will try again tomorrow.'"

"Women don't fear a man's strength if he is a good man. In fact, passivity might make a man 'safe,' but it has done untold damage to women in the long run."
-John and Stasi Eldredge, Captivating

"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it careful round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket - safe, dark, motionless, airless - it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable...The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers...of love is Hell."
-C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

"Few men looked on her without becoming, in a certain fashion, her lovers. But it was the kind of love that made them not less true, but truer, to their own wives."
-C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

"You've come this far, don't you ever lose heart now."
-Tobymac, Atmosphere

"I can feel You all around me,
thickening the air I'm breathing;
holding on to what I'm feeling
Savoring this heart that's healing"
-Flyleaf, All Around Me

“I shook, I feared – but I resolved.”
-Jane Eyre

“Everybody loves a rose. Will you be thankful for the thorns?”
-All Together Separate, Paradigm

“’He is not to them what he is to me’, I thought; “he is not of their kind. I believe he is of mine; I am sure he is – I feel akin to him – I understand the language of his countenance and movements: though rank and wealth sever us widely, I have something in my brain and heart, in my blood and nerves, that assimilates me mentally to him…I must remember that he cannot care much for me. For when I say that I am of his kind, I do not mean that I have his force to influence, and his spell to attract; I mean only that I have certain tastes and feeling in common with him, I must then, repeat continually that we are forever sundered; and yet, while I breathe and think, I must love him.’”
-Jane Eyre

“People never crumble in a day…It’s a slow fade.”
-Casting Crowns, Slow Fade

“Unity does not mean that everyone has to agree.”
-Rob Bell

“We are not afraid, although we know there’s much to fear. We were moving mountains long before we knew we could.”
-Prince of Egypt

“Violence is for those who have lost their imagination. Has your country lost its imagination?”
-Iraqi doctor

“To our most bitter opponents we say: ‘Throw us in jail and we will still love you. Bomb our houses and threaten our children and we will still love you. Beat us and leave us half dead and we will still love you. But be ye assured that we will wear you down by our capacity to suffer. One day we shall so appeal to your heart and conscience that we shall win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.’”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Hope. People want hope. We crave hope. We long for hope. Hope has been present since the very beginning. And almost in the worst situations of human history, you often find the greatest amount of hope. The very nature of the situation, the way stepped-on people created within them even more hope than when things were going fine. Hope has always been around.”
-Rob Bell

“Many spiritual seekers have not been able to hear the words of Christians because the lives of Christians have been making so much horrible noise.”
-Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution

“It is a beautiful thing when folks in poverty are no longer just a missions project but become genuine friends and family with whom we laugh, cry, dream, and struggle.”
-Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution

"I learned more about God from the tears of homeless mothers than any systematic theology ever taught me."
-Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution

"In the poor we meet Jesus in his most distressing disguises."
-Mother Teresa

"It's what always happens to the saints and prophets who are dangerous: we bronze them, we drain them of their passion and life and trap them in stained-glass windows and icons, confining them safely in memories of the past. St. Francis becomes a birdbath, Malcolm X is put on a stamp, and Martin Luther King gets a holiday. And Jesus gets commercialized, whether it's the plastic night-lights or the golden crucifixes. (And now there is a bobbing-head "Buddy Jesus" for your car and the "Jesus is my homeboy" T-shirt.) It becomes hard to know who Jesus really is, much less to imagine that Jesus ever laughed, cried, or had poop that smelled."
-Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution

"Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds."

"I am not skilled to understand what God has willed what God has planned. I only know at his right hand stands one who is my Savior."
-Aaron Shust My Savior My God (I believe it's taken from an old hymn)

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the very worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat" 
-Theodore Roosevelt

"The Church is a whore, but she's my mother."
-St. Augustine

"And why do we fall, sir? So we might learn to pick ourselves up."
-Batman Begins

"She said, 'I will go after my lovers, who give me my food and my water, my wool and my linen, my oil and my drink'...She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them...She has not acknowledged that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, who lavished on her the silver and gold.."
-Hosea 2:5b, 7a, 8a

"I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mortal men, the sons of men, who are but grass, that you forget the Lord your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror every day because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction? For where is the wrath of the oppressor? The cowering prisoners will soon be set free; they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread. For I am the Lord your God."
-Isaiah 51:12-15a

"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken."
-Isaiah 54:10a

"I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced."
-Isaiah 50:6-7a

"But a certain sign of grace is this: from the broken earth, flowers come up"
-David Crowder Band Wholly Yours

"Maybe sometimes the Good God who made everything just says, 'Yup.'"
-Rob Bell in his "Everything is Spiritual" tour 

"Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words."
-Saint Francis of Assisi

"What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease."
-In Christ Alone

"Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul...It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart."
-Mohandas Ghandi

"We cannot live unaffected by love. We are most alive when we find it, most devastated when we lose it, most empty when we give up on it, most inhumane when we betray it, and most passionate when we pursue it."
-Erwin McManus, Soul Cravings

"'...she decked herself with rings and jewelry, and went after her lovers, but me she forgot,' declares the Lord. 'Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt. 
In that day,' declares the Lord, 'you will call me 'my husband'; you will no longer call me 'my master'...I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.'"
-Hosea 2:13b-16, 19-20

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom."
-Isaiah 40:28

"Excercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands."
-Legally Blonde

"If we have no peace, it's because we've forgotten we belong to each other."
-Mother Teresa

"The Law can't give a man a heart, but it can restrain the heartless man. The Law can't make people love me, but it can keep them from lynching me."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

"You said I know that this will hurt,
but if I don't break your heart 
things will just get worse.
If the burden seems to much to bear,
the end will justify
the pain it took to get us there."
-Relient K Let It All Out

"Jesus can you tell me
Just how far the east is from the west
'Cause I can't bear to see the man I've been
Rising up in me again
In the arms of your Mercy I find rest
Cause you know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other."
-Casting Crowns East to West

"It's hard to beat the system
When we're standing at a distance."
-John Mayer Waiting On the World to Change

"Always up or down
Never down and out
Dream of demons while you sleep
That make you stutter when you speak."
-The Academy Is... Down and Out

"To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals is courtesy, to inferiors nobleness."
-Benjamin Franklin

"Love without an agenda."

"There is always some madness in love; but there is always some reason in madness."
-Friedrich Nietzsche

"The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity."
-Bernard Shaw

“Whoever is devoid of the capacity to wonder, whoever remains unmoved, whoever cannot contemplate or know the deep shudder of the soul in enchantment, might just as well be dead for he has already closed his eyes upon life.” 
-Albert Einstein

"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 

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."
-Leo Tolstoy

"I believe in the sun, even when it's not shining.
I believe in love, even when I don't feel it,
And I believe in God, even when He is silent"
-Barlowgirl I Believe in Love

"God designed us to dream because he created us to create."
-Erwin McManus, Soul Cravings

"It is, in fact, our dreams that energize us to literally go to war against reality and make what only exists in our imagination our future."
-Erwin McManus, Soul Cravings

"...by all theories of aerodynamics and physics, the bumblebee should not be able to fly, but it can. No scientific reason why it should; it just does. I guess no one bothered to tell it that flying wasn't possible...The bumblebee has a purpose that makes it necessary for it to fly, and so it does. Bumblebees are a great reminder that we should never underestimate potential."
-Erwin McManus, Soul Cravings

"A part of growing up seems to be acquiescing to mediocrity. It's easy to say that we're just becoming realistic, that it's just a part of growing up. But, in fact, it's the death of our souls. When we stop dreaming, we start dying."
-Erwin McManus, Soul Cravings

"Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there i will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me."
-Ruth 1:16-17 (Ruth to the mother of her deceased husband, who is also a widow)

"Many people confuse religion with God and walk away from them both. The point isn't Christianity, the point is being a Christian."
-Rob Bell

"Humble yoursleves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may life you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
-1 Peter 5:6-7

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed."
-2 Corinthians 4:7-9

"Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good."
-1 Peter 2:1-3

"And we can tell the world that there is life after death, but the world really seems to be wondering if there is life before death."
-Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution

"All around you, people will be tiptoeing through life, just to arrive at death safely. But dear children, do not tiptoe. Run, hop, skip, or dance, just don't tiptoe."
-uknown college professor

"It's a shame that a few conservative evangelicals have had a monopoly on the wordconversion. Some of us shiver at the word.But conversion means to change, to alter, after which something looks different than it did before - like conversion vans or converted currency. We need converts in the best sense of the word, people who are marked by the renewing of their minds and imaginations, who no longer conform to the pattern that is destroying our world. Otherwise, we have only believers, and believers are a dime-a-dozen nowadays. What the world needs is people who believe so much in another world that they cannot help but begin enacting it now."
-Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution.

"We have never really considered ourselves missionaries to the poor. Jesus was not simply a missionary to the poor. He was poor - born a baby refugee from the badlands of Nazareth, wandered the world a homeless rabbi, died the rotten death of insurrectionists and bandits on the cross, executed by an oppressive empire, burried in a borrowed tomb. Jesus was crucified not for helping the poor, but for joining them. That is the Jesus we follow."
-Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution

"Safe? Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good."
-C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

"The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still." 
- Exodus 14:14

"Love is not blind - it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less."
-Rabbi Julius Gordon

"I like those moments: I like to wave at them as they pass by."
-Pirates of the Caribbean

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity."
-1 Timothy 4:12

"Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."
-Marylin Monroe

"I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, there is no hurt, only more love."
-Mother Teresa

"We can do no great things, just small things with great love. It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into doing it."
-Mother Teresa

"What do we do when we are the ones who have gone sane in a crazy world?"
-Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution

"The greatest cause for Atheism today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. This is what and unbelieving world finds unbelievable."
- DC Talk

"Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God." 
- Mary Manin Morrissey

"You are everything
that is bright and clean;
the antonym of me;
You are Divinity"
-David Crowder Band, Wholly Yours

"In religion, as in war and everything else, comfort is the one thing you cannot get by looking for it. If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth - only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair."
-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

"Hold on to what is good, even if it is a handful of earth."
-on a random piece of Target home decor

"How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different the saints."
-C.S. Lewis

"We were expecting some older lady, and then in walks Dr. Studmuffin!"
-my mother

"If you trust people as if they were what they ought to be, you help them become what they're capable of being."

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
-Marianne Williamson

"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-
when you see the naked, to clothe him, 
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you, 
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help and he will say: Here am I."
-Isaiah 58:6-9

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day."
-2 Corinthians 4:16

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