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ABSTINENCE
“Abstinence is easier than temperance.”
– Seneca

ACCEPTANCE
“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for, and deserted by everybody.”
– Mother Teresa

ACCOMPLISHMENT
“People of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
– Elinor Smith

“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”
– John Ruskin

“If this world is going to be reached, I am convinced that it must be done by men and women of average talent.”
– Dwight L. Moody

“The world’s moving so fast, the man who says it can’t be done is interrupted by someone doing it.”
– Elbert Hubbard

“We the willing, led by the unknowing are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much for so long with so little we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.”
– Unknown

“What gets rewarded, gets done.”
– Unknown

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And that which I can do, by the grace of God, I will do.”
– Dwight L. Moody

“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.”
– Thomas Edison

ACCOUNTABILITY
“The most dangerous man in the world is the contemplative who is guided by nobody. He trusts his own visions. He obeys the attractions of an interior voice but will not listen to other men. He identifies the will of God with anything that makes him feel, within his own heart, a big, warm, sweet interior glow. The sweeter and the warmer the feeling is, the more he is convinced of his own infallibility.”
– Thomas Merton

“My greatest thought is my accountability to God.”
– Daniel Webster

ACHIEVEMENT
“If you want to be remembered after you’re dead, write something worth reading, or do something worth writing about.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“Criticism is easy; achievement is more difficult.”
– Winston Churchill

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”
– Thomas Edison

“The world has a lot of starters but very few finishers.”

“It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.”
– Mabel Newcomber

“Four steps to achievement:
1. Plan purposefully.
2. Prepare prayerfully.
3. Proceed positively.
4. Pursue persistently.”
– William A. Ward

“The world of achievement has always belonged to the optimist.”
– J. Harold Wilkins

“Achievers are resolute in their goals and driven by determination. Discouragement is temporary, obstacles are overcome, and doubt is defeated, yielding to personal victory. You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals. Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.”
– General George S. Patton

ACTION
“I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but I can still do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
– Edward Everett Hale

“The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps—we must step up the stairs.”
– Vance Havner

“God loves not the questioner but the runner.”
– Martin Luther

“Talk doesn’t cook rice.”
– Chinese Proverb

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
– Leonardo da Vinci

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”
– William Butler Yeats

“All worthwhile men have good thoughts, good ideas, and good intentions, but precious few of them ever translate those into action.”
– John Hancock Field

“After all is said and done, a lot more will have been said than done.”
– Unknown

“The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.”
– John Locke

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
– Walt Disney

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
– Elinor Smith

“We Christians too often substitute prayer for playing the game. Prayer is good; but when used as a substitute for obedience, it is nothing but a blatant hypocrisy, a despicable Pharisaism…To your knees, man! and to your Bible! Decide at once! Don’t hedge! Time flies! Cease your insults to God, quit consulting flesh and blood. Stop your lame, lying, and cowardly excuses. Enlist!”
– C.T. Studd

“Have you already in your mind a plan wholly or partially formed? If you have, prosecute it without interference from me.  If you have not, please inform me, so that I, incompetent as I may be, can try to assist in the formation of some plan for the Army.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is the lightening that does the work.”
– Mark Twain

“Don’t hit at all if it’s honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!”
– Theodore Roosevelt

“History and our own conscience will judge us more harshly if we do not make every effort to test our hopes by action.”
– John F. Kennedy

“At the day of judgment, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done.”
– Thomas A Kempis

“I suppose they say of me, “He is a radical; he is a fanatic; he only has one idea. Well, it is a glorious idea. I would rather have that said of me than be a man of ten thousand ideas and do nothing with them.”
– Dwight L. Moody

“Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”
– Conrad Hilton

“The time is always right to do what is right.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death.”
– Blaise Pascal

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

“When evil men plot, good men must plan.  When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glory of love.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“Above all, try something.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.”
– Robert H. Schuller

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
– John Wooden

“Better that we should err in action than wholly refuse to perform. The storm is so much better than the calm, as it declares the presence of a living principle. Stagnation is something worse than death. It is corruption also.”
– William Gilmore Sims

“Speak little, do much.”
– Benjamin Franklin

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

“Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little.”
– Edmund Burke

“Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome.”
– Samuel Johnson

“Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future run over him.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.”
– Leonardo da Vinci

“The Bible says, ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish.’ Have you a vision? And are you undeviatingly pressing and pushing toward its accomplishment? Dreaming alone will not get you there. Mix your dreams with determination and action.”
– B.C. Forbes

“Well done is better than well said.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly in the distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.”
– Thomas Carlyle

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”
– Frederick Douglass

“The only good thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good man to do nothing.”
– Edmund Burke

“The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of.”
– C. S. Lewis

“As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.”
– Andrew Carnegie

“You’re more likely to act yourself into feeling, than feel yourself into acting.”
– Jerome Bruner

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty-five years ago. The second best time is today.”
– Unknown

ADAPTABILITY
“All failure is failure to adapt, all success is successful adaptation.”
– Max McKeown

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
– Albert Einstein

ADJUSTMENTS
“A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn.”
– Unknown

ADVENT
“A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes…and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent.”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

ADVENTURE
“Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.”
– Cardinal Newman

“Every forward step achieved by man has been due to the adventurous attitude. This attitude inspires dissatisfaction with the world as it is; it arouses the desire to change and improve things. The attitude of adventure is the flame that lights the fuse to explode new ideas.”
– Wilfred A. Peterson

“Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare.”
– Queen Mother Elizabeth

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
– Walt Disney

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do…Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain

“The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore…unlike the mediocre, intrepid spirits seek victory over those things that seem impossible…it is with an iron will that they embark on the most daring of all endeavors…to meet the shadowy future without fear and conquer the unknown.”
– Ferdinand Magellan, Explorer

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
– Helen Keller

ADVERSITY
“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.”
– Napoleon Hill

“There is an old saying that only in the winter can you tell which trees are evergreens.”
– John F. Kennedy

“One important ingredient of success is a good, wide-awake, persistent, tireless enemy.”
– Frank B. Shutts

“Never make a permanent decision based on a temporary storm. No matter how raging the billows are today, remind yourself, ‘This too shall pass.’”
– T.D. Jakes

“Jesus promised his disciples three things—that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.”
– G.K. Chesterton

“People of great ability do not emerge, as a rule, from the happiest background. So far as my own observation goes, I would conclude that ability, although hereditary, is improved by an early measure of adversity and improved again by a later measure of success.”
– C. Northcote Parkinson

“In times like these, it helps to remember that there have always been times like these.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
– Martin Luther King

“Do not let us speak of darker days; let us speak rather of sterner days.  These are not dark days; these are great days – the greatest days our country has ever lived, and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race.”
– Sir Winston Churchill

“That which does not kill me makes me stronger.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”
– Winston Churchill

“A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure.”
– Unknown

“Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records.”
– William A. Ward

“Adversity introduces a man to himself.”
– Anonymous

ADVICE
“No enemy is worse than bad advice.”
– Sophocles

“The two quick ways to disaster are to take nobody’s advice and to take everybody’s advice.”
– Unknown

“Advice is seldom welcome, and those who need it most like it the least.”
– Samuel Johnson

AFFIRMATION
“Do not keep the alabaster boxes of your love and tenderness sealed up until your friends are dead.  Fill their lives with sweetness.  Speak approving, cheering words while their ears can hear then and while their hearts can be thrilled by them.”
– Henry Ward Beecher

“Commendation heals; condemnation destroys.”
– Carl Jung

AGE
“Age is something that doesn’t matter unless you are a cheese.”
– Billie Burke

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
– Henry Ford

“No matter how many years have passed since I was a boy, I am still that boy, and I will never be able to see myself as being old enough to break my hip in a fall, unless a linebacker landed on top of me. At 50, I know the way of all flesh intellectually, but a part of me still feels as immortal as a child.”
– Bill Cosby

There are four ages of man:
(1) When you believe in Santa Claus.
(2) When you don’t believe in Santa Claus.
(3) When you are Santa Claus.
(4) When you look like Santa Claus.

“Childhood: the time in life when you make funny faces in the mirror. Middle age: the time of life when the mirror gets even.”
– Unknown

“Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

AGING
“I have seen the aged linger, so round, and rich, and bright, and beautiful, as to make youth seem poor in treasure when compared with old age. It is a great thing so to have lived that the best part of life shall be its evening. October, the ripest month of the year, and the richest in colours, is a type of what old age should be.”
– Henry Ward Beecher

AGREEMENT
“My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.”
– Benjamin Disraeli

ALCOHOL
“Total abstinence is considered Victorian and puritanical. We discuss what to do about alcoholism, but nobody seems to want to do much about alcohol. And that is simply a matter of trying to mop up the floor while you leave the faucet running.”
– Vance Havner

“Whiskey and beer are all right in their place, but their place is in hell.”
– Billy Sunday

AMBASSADOR
“What is an ambassador? He is an authorized representative of a sovereign. He speaks not in his own name but on behalf of the ruler whose deputy he is, and his whole duty and responsibility is to interpret that ruler’s mind faithfully to those to whom he is sent.”
– James Packer

AMBITION
“Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach, we are never satisfied.”
– Niccoló Machiavelli

“Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

ANGER
“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.”
– Chinese Proverb

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret.”
– Ambrose Bierce

“A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.”
– Winston Churchill

“When a man is wrong and won’t admit it, he always gets angry.”
– Thomas Chandler Haliburton

“When a man’s temper gets the best of him, it reveals the worst of him.”

“Keep your temper; nobody else wants it.”

The Chinese tell a story based on three or four thousand years of wisdom. Two merchants were arguing heatedly in the midst of a crowd. A stranger, noting the depth of their anger, expressed surprise that no blows were being struck. His friend explained, “The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

“The man who gets angry at the right things and with the right people, and in the right way and at the right time and for the right length of time, is commended.”
– Aristotle

“Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.”
– Albert Einstein

“Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.”
-Marcus Aurelius

“The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn’t angry enough.”
– Bede Jarrett

“As a girl my temper often got out of bounds. But one day when I became angry at a friend over some trivial matter, my mother said to me, ‘Elizabeth, anyone who angers you conquers you.’”
– Elizabeth Kenny

“No person is important enough to make me angry.”
– Carlos Castaneda

ANIMALS
“Dogs look up to you, cats look down on you. Give me a pig. He just looks you in the eye and treats you as an equal.”
– Winston Churchill

ANOINTING
“Without the anointing of the Holy Spirit the preacher may storm, the teacher may strive, the Christian worker may sweat, but all to no avail.”
– Vance Havner

“When are we going to learn that all the wonderful things we read about in the Book of Acts were simply the outflow and the overflow of the inflow of the Holy Spirit.”
– Vance Havner

ANONYMITY
“The best servant does his work unseen.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Let my name perish, and let Christ’s name last for ever,”
– George Whitfield

“There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”
– Ronald Reagan

F.D.R. once said that what he wanted on his staff was young men with a passion for anonymity.

ANXIETY
“The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of faith is the end of anxiety.”
– George Muller

“Anxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered in anything short of God and His will for us.”
– Billy Graham

“It has been well said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”
– Charles H. Spurgeon

ANTICIPATION
“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it’s been.”
– Wayne Gretzky

APATHY
“Apathy is the acceptance of the unacceptable.”
– John Stott

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those, who in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
– Dante

“Everywhere there is apathy. Nobody cares whether that which is preached is true or false. A sermon is a sermon whatever the subject; only, the shorter it is, the better.”
– Charles Spurgeon

APOLOGETICS
“A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.”
– John Calvin

APOSTASY
“I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”
– William Booth

APPLICATION
“An ounce of application is worth a ton of abstraction.”
– Booker T. Washington

APPRECIATION
“We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.”
– Will Rogers

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”
– William James

APPROVAL
“I praise loudly; I blame softly.”
– Catherine II

“I have yet to find the man, said Charles Schwab, ‘However exalted in his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism’.”

ASSOCIATION
“Associate with people who are likely to improve you.”
– Seneca

“If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl.  But if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.”
– Unknown

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
– Isaac Newton

“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation, for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.”
– George Washington

“Tell me with whom thou art found, and I will tell thee who thou art.”
– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

ASSURANCE
“About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.”
– John Wesley, referring to his experience on Aldersgate Street

ASPIRATION
“When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.”
– Leo Burnett

ATHEISM
“If God does not exist, everything is permissible.”
– Fyodor Dostoevsky

ATTENTION
“Please listen to me – you are not paying attention. I am talking to you about the Holy Scriptures, and you are looking at the lamps and the people lighting them. It is very frivolous to be more interested in what the lamplighters are doing… After all, I am lighting a lamp too – the lamp of God’s Word.”
– John Chrysostom (347-407 A.D.)

ATTITUDE
“Life is 10 percent what happens to you, and 90 percent how you respond to it.”
– Charles Swindoll

“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.”
– Hugh Downs

“It isn’t our position, but our disposition toward our position that counts.”
– B.C. Forbes

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
– Art Linkletter

“A winner says, ‘It may be difficult, but it’s possible.’ A loser says ‘It may be possible, but it’s too difficult’.”

“Life is like a grindstone – whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends on what you’re made of.”
– Jacob M. Braude

“What counts is not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.”
– Dwight David Eisenhower

“Attitudes are more important than facts.”
– Karl Menninger

“There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.”
– William John Bennett

“I like a man who grins when he fights.”
– Winston Churchill

“Nations which went down fighting rose again, but those which surrendered tamely were finished.”
– Winston Churchill

“We are not retreating – we are advancing in another direction.”
– General Douglas MacArthur

“In many instances we can’t control what happens to us, but we can control our reactions to what happens to us.  We can stay down for the count and be carried out of the ring, or we can pull ourselves back to our feet.”
– Ann Landers

“A great attitude is not the result of success; success is the result of a great attitude.”
– Earl Nightingale

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
– Lou Holtz

“Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company… a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
– Charles Swindoll

“The last of all human freedoms is the ability to choose one’s own attitude in any set of circumstances.”
– Victor Frankl, Nazi Concentration Camp Survivor

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal. Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“I have resolved that from this day on, I will do all the business I can honestly, have all the fun I can reasonably, do all the good I can willingly, and save my digestion by thinking pleasantly.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson

“Keep your heart right, even when it is sorely wounded.”
– J.C. Macaulay

“The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
– Winston Churchill

“You are in charge of your own attitude, whatever others do or circumstances you face. The only person you can control is yourself….worry more about your attitude than your aptitude or lineage.”
– Marian Wright Edelman

AVOIDANCE
“It is possible to evade a multitude of sorrows by the cultivation of an insignificant life.”
– John Henry Jowett

“There is no problem so big it cannot be run away from.”
– Charles Schulz

AWE
“Two things fill my heart with the awe and never-ceasing wonder: the starry heavens above me and the moral imperative within me.”
– Immanuel Kant

“When the heart is not being fascinated, when the heart is not being won over, it will pursue anything to move it – and is therefore ripe for the seeds of compromise to be planted.”
– Dwayne Roberts

BALANCE
“Jesus ministered balance when He ministered to the woman at the well. He made the simple statement (John 8:11), ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’ In pronouncing ‘no condemnation,’ he was freeing her from her past. In admonishing her to ‘go and sin no more,’ he was providing a wholesome directive for her future. Balance means incorporating the whole counsel of God.”
– Tony Cooke

“No one truth is rightly held till it is clearly conceived and stated, and no single truth is adequately comprehended till it is viewed in harmonious relations to all the other truths of the system of which Christ is the centre.”
– A.A. Hodge

“It is not an easy thing to maintain the balance of our spiritual life. No man can be spiritually healthy who does not meditate and commune; no man, on the other hand, is as he should be unless he is active and diligent in holy service.”
– Charles H. Spurgeon

BATTLE
“Stay battle ready! When things go badly, it’s not the end of the world. When things go well, it’s not the end of the battle.”
– Tony Cooke

BEAUTY
“The most beautiful things in the world are not seen or touched; they are felt by the heart.”
– Helen Keller

BEGINNING
“Everyone who got where he is has had to begin where he was.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”
– Plato

BEHAVIOR
“Don’t believe words. Believe behaviors.”
– Doug Weiss

“Un-Christian behavior on the part of any Christian is a disgrace to all Christians.”
– F.F. Bruce

BELIEF
“A man’s real belief is that which he lives by. What a man believes is the thing he does, not the thing he thinks.”
– George MacDonald

Let me encourage serious students of the Bible… Don’t formulate your perception of God by cute clichés and trendy, catchy phrases. Establish your beliefs on the comprehensive—not selective—teachings of the New Testament. If there are substantial New Testament teachings that you need to ignore or explain away to protect your pet doctrine, perhaps you need to re-evaluate your belief system.
– Tony Cooke

“The Early Church did something because it believed something. We are trying to do what they did without believing what they believed.”
– Vance Havner

“They can conquer who believe they can. . . . He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances.”
– Bruce Barton

“Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself believe.”
– Winston Churchill

“Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.”
– Blaise Pascal

“I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. I believe in love even when not feeling it. I believe in God even when He is silent.”
– Inscription on a wall in a cellar in Cologne, Germany, where Jews who eventually perished were hiding from the Nazis.

“Believe in dreams. Never believe in hurts… You can’t let the grief and the hurts and the breaking experiences of life control your future decisions.”
– Robert H. Schuller

“I could not say I believe. I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself, something people call God.
– Carl Jung

“Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.”
– Henry Ford

“When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing; they believe in anything.”
– G.K. Chesterton

BELIEF / OBEDIENCE
“Only he who believes is obedient; Only he who is obedient believes.”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

BENEVOLENCE
“Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”
– Abraham Lincoln

BIBLE
“The Bible doesn’t yield its fruit to the hurried or lazy mind.”
– Charles Swindoll

“The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives.
– D.L. Moody

“To those holy men who gave us the sacred Scriptures we owe a debt we can never hope to pay.”
– A.B. Simpson

“The religion of the Bible is wholly supernatural.”
– A.B. Simpson

“The Bible was composed in such a way that as beginners mature, its meaning grows with them.”
– Augustine

“If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.”
– Augustine

“The words of Scripture thrill my soul as nothing else ever can. They bear me aloft or dash me down. They tear me in pieces or build me up. The words of God have more power over me than ever David’s strings had over his harp strings.”
– Charles H. Spurgeon

“Why do you need a voice when you have a verse?”
– Jim Elliot

“The Bible is simply God’s love story, the story of the love of a holy God to a sinful world.”
– R.A. Torrey

“God’s voice will never tell us to engage in any activity or relationship that is inconsistent with the Holy Scriptures.”
– Charles Stanley

“The will of God is found in the Word of God. The more a person grows, the more he begins to think instinctively and habitually from a divine perspective.”
– Howard G. Hendricks

“The men doing the vital things of life are those who read the Bible and are Christians and not ashamed to let the world know it.”
– Booker T. Washington

“The Bible has bookend commands: The first command is ‘Eat freely.’ The last command is ‘Drink freely.’ And everything in between is a banquet. Not a snack. Not a smorgasbord where we choose between what we like and leave what we don’t like. Rather, a life-course meal on which we feast on Him in our hearts with thanksgiving.”
– Leonard Sweet

“The Bible doesn’t really care if we’re offended when we read it.”
– Thor Ramsey

“If I utter a syllable that is not justified by the Scriptures, don’t believe me. The Bible is the only rule. Walk by it and it alone.”
– D.L. Moody

“Ninety-nine Christians in every hundred are merely playing at Bible study; and therefore ninety-nine Christians in every hundred are mere weaklings, when they might be giants.”
– R.A. Torrey

“It is well to remember that reading books about the Bible is a very different thing to searching the Word for oneself.”
– Harry Ironside

“In the divine Scriptures, there are shallows and there are deeps; shallows where the lamb may wade, and deeps where the elephant may swim.”
– John Owen

“Amidst the flood of dangerous reading, I plead for my Master’s book; I call upon you not to forget the book of the soul. Do not let newspapers, novels, and romances be read, while the prophets and Apostles be despised. Do not let the exciting and sensual swallow up your attention, while the edifying and the sanctifying can find no place in your mind.”
– J.C. Ryle

“If you do not understand a book by a departed writer you are unable to ask him his meaning, but the Spirit, who inspired Holy Scripture, lives forever, and He delights to open the Word to those who seek His instruction.”
– Charles Spurgeon

“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”
– Charles Spurgeon

“If I did not believe in the infallibility of Scripture – the absolute infallibility of it from cover to cover, I would never enter this pulpit again!”
– Charles Spurgeon

“The Scripture can only be read intelligently by inspired men and women. The value we get from our reading is in direct proportion to the measure in which we are filled with God’s Spirit.”
– G. Campbell Morgan

“Whenever a man takes upon him to make additions to the Scriptures, he is likely to end with valuing his own additions above Scripture itself.”
– J.C. Ryle

“Let a man question the inspiration of the Scriptures and a curious, even monstrous, inversion takes place: thereafter he judges the Word instead of letting the Word judge him; he determines what the Word should teach instead of permitting it to determine what he should believe; he edits, amends, strikes out, adds at his pleasure; but always he sits above the Word and makes it amenable to him instead of kneeling before God and becoming amenable to the Word.”
– A.W. Tozer

“If you are ignorant of God’s Word, you will always be ignorant of God’s will.”
– Billy Graham

“True Christianity finds all of its doctrines in the Bible;
true Christianity does not deny any part of the Bible;
true Christianity does not add anything to the Bible.
For many centuries the Bible has been the most available book on the earth. It has no hidden purpose. It cannot be destroyed.”
– Billy Graham

“If it is Christian, it will be Bible-centered.”
– Billy Graham

“The reason why we have so little success in our teaching is because we know so little of the Word of God. You must know it, and have it in your heart. A great many have it in their head and not in their heart.”
– D. L Moody

“Read the Bible, my friends, as if you were seeking for something of value. It is a good deal better to take a single chapter, and spend a month on it, than to read the Bible at random for a month.”
– D.L. Moody

“I’m glad there are things in the Bible I don’t understand. If I could take that book up and read it as I would any other book, I might think I could write a book like that, or that you could. I am glad there are heights I haven’t been able to climb to. I am glad there are depths I haven’t been able to fathom. It’s the best proof that the book came from God.”
– D.L. Moody

“Would the Holy Spirit, who authored the Scriptures for the purpose of their being our infallible guide, promote them as a grab-bag of all kinds of meanings?”
– Jim Elliff

“God’s Word is not obsolete, it is absolute.”
– Vance Havner

“It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.”
– Horace Greeley

“I plead for a closer and wider and deeper study of the Bible, so that our people may be in fact as well as in theory ‘doers of the Word and not hearers only’.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

“I want to know one thing – the way to heaven. God Himself has condescended to teach the way….He hath written it down in a Book! O give me that Book! At any price, give me that Book of God!”
– John Wesley

“When you read God’s Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, ‘It is talking to me, and about me?”
– Soren Kiekegaard

“I never saw a useful Christian who was not a student of the Bible.”
– D.L. Moody

“Most people are bothered by those passages in Scripture which they cannot understand, but as for me, I always noticed the passages in Scripture which trouble me most are those which I do understand.”
– Mark Twain

“Within the covers of the Bible are all the answers for all the problems men face. The Bible can touch hearts, order minds and refresh souls.”
– Ronald Reagan

“After reading the doctrines of Plato, Socrates, or Aristotle, we feel that the specific difference between their words and Christ’s is the difference between an inquiry and a revelation.”
– Joseph Parker

“The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.”
– Martin Luther

“It is easier for me to have faith in the Bible than to have faith in D.L. Moody, for Moody has failed me lots of times.”
– D.L. Moody

“Men do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself, but because it contradicts them.”
– E. Paul Hovey

“Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.”
A.W. Tozer

“Let us receive nothing, believe nothing, follow nothing which is not in the Bible nor can be proved by the Bible.”
– J.C. Ryle

“We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.”
– John Stott

BIBLE STUDY
“In our prayers, we talk to God, in our Bible study, God talks to us, and we had better let God do most of the talking.”
– D.L. Moody

BIRTHDAYS
“The first fact about the celebration of a birthday is that it is a way of affirming defiantly, and even flamboyantly, that it is a good thing to be alive.”
– G. K. Chesterton

BLAME
“I believe it is one of democracy’s failings that it seeks to make scapegoats for its own weaknesses.”
– John F. Kennedy

BLAMESHIFTING
“God can do little for those who think their problems are everybody else’s fault.”
– Willie George

BLESSING
“The ‘Doctrine of Blessability’ teaches that God chooses to bless the faith and faithfulness He sees in our lives rather than to withhold His blessing because of our inconsistencies.”
– John Borek, Danny Lovett, Elmer Towns (The Good Book on Leadership)

“However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts.”
– John Calvin

“All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors.”
John Calvin

Augustine said: “God is more anxious to bestow his blessings on us than we are to receive them.”

BOASTING
“Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.”
– Mark Twain

BOLDNESS
“The fear of the Lord tends to take away all other fears… This is the secret of Christian courage and boldness.”
– Sinclair B. Ferguson

BOOKS
“He is inspired, and yet he wants books! He has been preaching for at least thirty years, and yet he wants books! He has seen the Lord, and yet he wants books! He has had a wider experience than most men, and yet he wants books! He had been caught up to the third heaven, and had heard things which it was unlawful for a man to utter, yet he wants books! He had written the major part of the New Testament, and yet he wants books! The apostle says to Timothy and so he says to every preacher, ‘Give thyself unto reading.’”
– Charles H. Spurgeon (regarding 2 Timothy 4:13)

“Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.”
– Edwin Percy Whipple

“It is a man’s duty to have books. A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessaries of life.”
– Henry Ward Beecher

“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”
– Atwood H. Townsend

“Do not deny yourself the help of good books on the subject of your lessons. Buy, borrow or beg, if necessary, but obtain somehow the help of the best thinkers, enough at least to stimulate your own thought; but do not read without thinking. If possible, talk the lesson over with an intelligent friend; collision often brings light.”
– John Milton Gregory

BREVITY
Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address contained 272 words, was written in ten sentences, and took less than three minutes to deliver. The speech before Lincoln’s that day, delivered by Edward Everett, took two hours to deliver, and contained 13,607 words.

“Unless you are brief, your complete plan of thought will seldom be grasped. Before you reach the conclusion, the reader or listener has forgotten the beginning and the middle.”
– Horace

“What you cannot say briefly you do not know.”
Danish Proverb

“A long-winded novelist once asked author Ambrose Bierce to critique his latest book. Bierce had one comment: ‘I think the covers are too far apart.”

“I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter.”
– Blaise Pascal

BROTHERHOOD
“Do not say, ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ for I shall have to give you a horrible answer if you do. I shall have to say, ‘No, Cain, you are not your brother’s keeper but you are your brother’s killer.’ If, by your effort you have not sought his good, by your neglect you have destroyed him.”
– Charles H. Spurgeon

BURDEN
“A burden is a deep sense of responsibility and a call to action.”
– A.R. Bernard

BURNOUT
“Some persons become apathetic because they burn out. These are ones who are apt to be long-term church members because they can’t carry their heavy responsibilities any longer. Burned out leaders are depleted idealists, persons who tend to be over committed and under encouraged. Their weariness pushes them to give up and drop out. In the wise words of Vince Lombardi, the late coach of professional football’s Green Bay Packers, ‘Fatigue makes cowards of us all.’”
– Robert D. Dale (Surviving Difficult Church Members, Abingdon, page 86-87)

BUSY-NESS
“If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.”
– Adrian Rogers

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