Favorite Quotes

All people collect things. I collect great quotes. There’s something powerful about a quote that can sharpen, mold, direct, focus, prod, scold, remind and encourage. Here, I’ve compiled some personal favorites.

[September 26, 2012]

There is no joy in the world like the joy of bringing one soul to Christ.
~William Barclay

I want the whole Christ for my Savior, whole Bible for my book, whole Church for my fellowship, & whole world for my mission field.
~John Wesley

Ministers are not cooks, but physicians and therefore should not study to delight the palate, but to recover the patient. 
~Jean Daille

In a storm there is no shelter like the wings of God.                                                           ~Thomas Brooks

[February 22, 2011]

A man’s greatest care should be for that place where he lives longest; therefore eternity should be his scope.
~Thomas Watson

The one who came from heaven to earth for us and died on that cruel cross of shame on Calvary’s hill; who spared not himself; who endured the contradiction of sinners. He who bore that agony in the garden and on the cross, He will look at us – and what He will look for is this: how we spent our time in this world after we realized what He had done for us. It is the terror of love you see, not the fear of torment. You will look into that beloved face and into those eyes and you will realize, as you have never done before, what He did for you. Then you will realize with shame what you did not do for Him. Oh, says Paul, buy up the opportunity, do not waste a second. Keep that in the forefront of your mind.
~Martyn-Lloyd Jones

Every perceptive faculty will be an inlet of delight [in heaven].
~Jonathan Edwards

When we shall come home, and enter into the possession of our Brother’s fair kingdom, and when our heads shall find the weight of the eternal crown of glory, then we shall look back to pains and sufferings and then we will see life and sorrow to be less than one step or stride from a prison to glory. Our little inch of time-suffering is not worthy of our first night’s welcome-home to heaven.
~Samuel Rutherford

I bear my testimony that there is no joy to be found in all this world like that of sweet communion with Christ. I would barter all else there is of heaven for that.  Indeed, that is heaven. As for the harps of gold and the streets like clear glass and the songs of seraphs and the shouts of the redeemed, one could very well give all these up, counting them as a drop in a bucket, if we might forever live in fellowship and communion with Jesus.
~Charles Haddon Spurgeon 

[January 18, 2011]

The sum is: remember always the presence of God; rejoice always in the will of God; and direct all to the glory of God.
~Archbishop Leighton

God comes to me in silent hours,                                                                                                          As morning dew to summer flowers.
~Mechthild von Magdeburg

The truly great man is the man that makes every man feel great.
~G.K. Chesterton

…our thoughts and lives now we are to live as though we had already died, been to heaven, and come back as risen.
~Francis Shaeffer

The bow of God’s wrath is bent, and the arrow made ready on the string, and Justice bends the arrow at your heart, and strains the bow, and it is nothing but the mere pleasure of God, and that of an angry God, without any promise or obligation at all , that keeps the arrow one moment from being made drunk with your blood.
~Jonathan Edwards, in his sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”

[September 16, 2010]

Marriage is not about staying in love, its about covenant-keeping.
~John Piper

The sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.
~Blaise Pascal

Time has more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.
~Jim Rohn

[March 18, 2010]

Build your nest upon no tree here; for you see God has sold the forest to death.
~Samuel Rutherford

Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayers and won with thanks.
~Thomas Goodwin

Do you wish people to think well of you? Don’t speak well of yourself.
~Blaise Pascal

[February 10, 2009]

Christianity does not consist in any partial amendment of our lives, any particular moral virtues, but in an entire change of our natural temper, a life wholly devoted to God.
~William Law

Jesus promised His disciples three things: that they would be entirely fearless, absurdly happy, and that they would get into trouble.
~W. Russell Maltby

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.
~Robert Southey

[January 31, 2009]

Daughter, in the tears of women lies the strength of men.
~Valerius, in Rosemary McMillen’s The Anointed

You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve, and that is enough to both honor enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth.
~Aslan, in C.S. Lewis’s Prince Caspian

The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.
~Harper Lee

[December 22, 2007]

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

To be a cult figure in one’s own lifetime is most unpleasant.
~J.R.R. Tolkien

God is pursuing with omnipotent passion a worldwide purpose of gathering joyful worshippers for Himself from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. He has an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the supremacy of His name among the nations. Therefore, let us bring our affections into line with His, and, for the sake of His name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts and join His global purpose.
~John Piper

[November 11, 2007]

Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth.
~John Wesley

God will either give you what you ask, or something far better.
~Robert Murray McCheyne

If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead.
~William Law

In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.
~Dorothy L. Sayers

[September 30, 2007]

In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.
~Oscar Wilde

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
~Albert Einstein

Jesus has to be and become ever more the center of my life.  It is not enough that Jesus is my teacher, my guide, my source of inspiration.  It is not even enough that he is my companion on they journey, my friend and my brother.  Jesus must become the heart of my heart, the fire of my life, the love of my soul, the bridegroom of my spirit.  He must become my only thought, my only concern, my only desire.
~Henri Nouwen

The diligent use of the Word of God is the chief means of reform.
~Philip Jacob Spener

[March 3, 2006]

Only one life.  It will soon be past.  Only what’s done for Christ will last.

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the apprecaition of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is the meaning of success.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

God will either give you what you ask, or something far better.
~Robert Murray McCheyne

This is one of the miracles of love; it gives – to both, but perhaps especially to the woman – a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.
~C.S. Lewis

5 Responses to Favorite Quotes

  1. Andrew,
    I also like the Jim Rohn quote about time/money. I’ve used it on my website too.
    —Jeffrey

  2. Pingback: A Great Place For Great Quotes | Cultivating Epiphanies

  3. Johnson says:

    Great collection from great men. I’m a lover of quotes and fell in love with this page. Though I just came back from a tiring day; I decided to read through before laying my head. And it was worth it… Wisdom is always worth it.

  4. Thanks for sharing this favorite quotes. Donald

  5. kevingina2014 says:

    Excellent collection of quotes. Thank you so much for posting.

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