I love a good quote. I love the way someone can express a thought so succinctly. Better yet, I love how someone can take what I’ve been trying to say and state it in a way better than I ever could.
Here is a small sample of some of the quotes that I’ve run across recently that have impacted me.
“To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world” (Karl Barth).
“Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair” (G. K. Chesterton).
“Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself” (Charlie Chaplin).
“Religion is what you are left with after the Holy Spirit has left the building” (Bono).
“See, I return good for evil, love for injuries, and for deeper wounds a deeper love” (Father Peter Chrysologus).
“Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much” (Blaise Pascal)
“The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy” (Henri Nouwen).
“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable” (Brennan Manning).
“Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup” (Someone Wise).
“I want neither a terrorist spirituality that keeps me in a perpetual state of fright about being in right relationship with my heavenly Father nor a sappy spirituality that portrays God as such a benign teddy bear that there is no aberrant behavior or desire of mine that he will not condone. I want a relationship with the Abba of Jesus, who is infinitely compassionate with my brokenness and at the same time an awesome, incomprehensible, and unwieldy Mystery” (Brennan Manning).