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50 of My Favorite Quotes

50 of My Favorite Quotes

written by on the topic of Ministry Helps, Personal Development on November, 2009

I enjoy quotes. I have books of quotes that I like to read. Often, if I am teaching or preaching on a certain subject, I will search the internet for quotes on that subject and use those quotes while I teach. I am helped when I hear others give quotes. During my years in Bible college, I began a habit of writing quotes in the back of my Bible until the pages were lined with hundreds of different quotes from books and great people of God who have influenced me. I have continued the practice of recording helpful thoughts to this day. Obviously, there have been many books of quotes written about various subjects. There is no way I could list every helpful quote that I have come across. In this article, I have included just a small selection of fifty of my favorite quotes that have been a challenge and help in my life. These quotes cover a wide range of topics. Hopefully, one or more will be a help and challenge to you as you go about your day today!

“You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan

“Revenge is God’s department. Forgiveness is mine.” – Jack Trieber

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

“I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no “brief candle” to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” – George Bernard Shaw

“I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.” – John D. Rockefeller

“You don’t have to go to church to be a Christian. You don’t have to go home to be married, either. But it sure makes for a better relationship.” – John Wilkerson

“The world is not unreachable. The world is unreached.” – Mark Smith

“If you are not getting better, you are getting left behind.”
– T. Alan Armstrong

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

“I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there can be any kindness I can show, or any good things I can do to any fellow human being, let me do it now, and not defer it or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.” – William Penn

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliott

“No person has ever been honored for what he received. Honor is our reward when we give.” – Calvin Coolidge

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” –Anne Frank

“The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.” –William James

“Introduce me to your friends, and I’ll introduce you to your destiny.” – Jack Trieber

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’”
– Ronald Reagan

“Anything done in my own strength is bound to fail miserably or succeed even more miserably.”

“Gratitude is felt in the heart, expressed with words, and demonstrated with actions.” – Jack Trieber

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“He who throws dirt always loses ground.”

“There will never be a victory without a battle.” – Jack Trieber

“Happiness comes at the beginning of doing wrong. Joy comes at the end of doing right.”

“What I am to have my child to be, I must first be myself.” – Andrew Murray

“The scariest statement in a Christian’s life is ‘I used to.’”
– James Reid

“A wise man learns from his own mistakes. A wiser man learns from the mistakes of others.” – Tony Hutson

“Your decisions determine your destination.” – Jack Trieber

“I have so much to do that I spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it.” John Wesley

“It doesn’t take much to serve Jesus. It just takes all that we have.” – Don Sisk

“Affliction is a main ingredient in greatness for God.” – Tommy Ashcraft

“The quality of our life is based on the quality of our decisions.” – Tom Sexton

“God didn’t call us to be happy. He called us to be holy. Holy people will be happy.” – John Wilkerson

“Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you are going to be used of God, there is reproach in your future.” – Tommy Ashcraft

“The one who rocks the boat is usually not the one doing the rowing.”

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

“Be grateful for what God gives you, but never satisfied with what you give God.” – R.B. Oullette

“I will go anywhere, as long as it is forward.” – David Livingstone

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – Gen. H. Norman Schwartzkopf

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

“Some people give as though the church were coin-operated.” – Raymond Barber

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”

“Failure cannot cope with persistence.” – Bob Smith

“Generosity is the antidote to materialism.” – Dwight Tomlinson

“Victory lies just a few steps past where the average person quits.”

“It’s more important how we live our lives than how long we live our lives.”

“I’m a great believer in luck; and I find the harder I work, the more luck I have!” – Thomas Jefferson

“Big things are accomplished when we master the little things.” – John Wooden

“If I were given 8 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend 7 of them sharpening the ax.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance is merely the demonstration on their championship character.” – T. Alan Armstrong

I close with a great quote from B.C. Forbes in 1953:

“What have Americans to be thankful for? More than any other people on the earth, we enjoy religious freedom, political freedom, social freedom. Our liberties are sacredly safeguarded by the Constitution of the United States, ‘the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.’ Yes, we Americans of today have been bequeathed a noble heritage. Let us pray that we may hand it down unsullied to our children and theirs.”

About the Author

Ryan Thompson is the Administrative Pastor of North Valley Baptist Church. He is also the church bus director and teaches an adult Bible class. His most recent book is entitled Making a Difference.

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