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God does not require you to follow His leadings on blind trust. Behold the evidence of an invisible intelligence pervading everything, even your own mind and body.

Attempt something so impossible that unless God is in it, it's doomed to failure.
I claim to be an average man of less than average ability. I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.
Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.
When we really worship anything, we love not only its clearness but its obscurity. We exult in its very invisibility.
If prosperity is regarded as the reward of virtue it will be regarded as the symptom of virtue.
The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.
I'm tired of hearing sin called sickness and alcoholism a disease. It is the only disease I know of that we're spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year to spread.
Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.
The covetous man never has money. The prodigal will have none shortly.
There is no greater hell than to be a prisoner of fear.
Force works on servile natures, not the free.
No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
The devil will let a preacher prepare a sermon if it will keep him from preparing himself.
He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. [Proverbs 28:20]
In Giving, a man receives more than he gives; and the more is in proportion to the worth of the thing given.
Faith has to do with things that are not seen, and hope with things that are not in hand.
In order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.
Faith is a higher faculty than reason.
Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.
I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still and quiet in a room alone.
I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.
I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.
In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love
Nothing more clearly shows how little God esteems his gift to men of wealth, money, position and other worldly goods, than the way he distributes these, and the sort of men who are most amply provided with them.
If your riches are yours, why don't you take them with to the other world?
He who multiplies riches, multiplies cares.
One cause, which is not always observed, of the insufficiency of riches, is that they very seldom make their owner rich.
A certain kind of rich man afflicted with the symptoms of moral dandyism sooner or later comes to the conclusion that it isn't enough merely to make money. He feels obliged to hold views, to espouse causes and elect Presidents, to explain to a trembling world how and why the world went wrong. The spectacle is nearly always comic.
So our Lord God commonly gave riches to those gross asses to whom he vouchsafed nothing else.
Love seeks no cause beyond itself and no fruit; it is its own fruit, its own enjoyment. I love because I love; I love in order that I may love.
Repeticio est mater studiorum. Repetition is the mother of all learning.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.
Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Tis better to understand, than to be understood.
Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.
Activate yourself to duty by remembering your position, who you are, and what you have obliged yourself to be.
Whatever you do, do it with intelligence, and keep the end in view.
The loftier the building the deeper the foundation must be.
It is vanity to desire a long life and to take no heed of a good life.
Much violence is based on the illusion that life is a property to be defended and not to be shared.
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate now knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
The God of this world is riches, pleasure and pride.
Mankind has a free will; but it is free to milk cows and to build houses, nothing more.
Forgiveness is God's command.
Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ.
Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.
The Lord commonly gives riches to foolish people, to whom he gives nothing else.
How soon not now, becomes never.
A good servant is a real godsend, but truly this is a rare bird in the land.
The fewer the words, the better the prayer.
Peace if possible, but truth at any rate.
Superstition, idolatry and hypocrisy have ample wages, but the truth goes begging.
Christians are rare people on earth.
Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.
Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.
An earthly kingdom cannot exist without inequality of persons. Some must be free, some serfs, some rulers, some subjects.
I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.
Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.
The people who remained victorious were less like conquerors than conquered.
God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.
The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.
Jesus whom I know as my Redeemer cannot be less than God.
To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience.
Answered prayers cause more tears than those that remain unanswered.
We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can -- namely, surrender our will and fulfill God's will in us.
Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry.
Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.
Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason.
Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.
The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.
In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
One leak will sink a ship: and one sin will destroy a sinner.
To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher.
To find recreation in amusement is not happiness.
The property of power is to protect.
Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true.
Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth.
Our nature consist in motion; complete rest is death.
There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.
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.
If we let ourselves believe that man began with divine grace, that he forfeited this by sin, and that he can be redeemed only by divine grace through the crucified Christ, then we shall find peace of mind never granted to philosophers. He who cannot believe is cursed, for he reveals by his unbelief that God has not chosen to give him grace.
I have made this letter a rather long one, only because I didn't have the leisure to make it shorter.
Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
It is great wisdom to know how to be silent and to look at neither the remarks, nor the deeds, nor the lives of others.
In tribulation immediately draw near to God with confidence, and you will receive strength, enlightenment, and instruction.
Not all who wander are lost
The more intelligent one is, the more men of originality one finds. Ordinary people find no difference between men.
Law, without force, is impotent.
Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.
The Lord has turned all our sunsets into sunrise.
A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.
Jesus says, I love you just the way you are. And I love you too much to let you stay the way you are.
I believe in person to person. Every person is Christ for me, and since there is only one Jesus, that person is the one person in the world at that moment.
Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.
The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.
Evil is easy, and has infinite forms.
Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.
Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.
It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.
If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.
The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing: we know this in countless ways.
If you would have people speak well of you, then do not speak well of yourself.
That best portion of a good man's life; His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
Doubt is the father of invention.
Man proposes, but God disposes.
Don't think so much about who is for or against you, rather give all your care, that God be with you in everything you do.
If your heart were sincere and upright, every creature would be unto you a looking-glass of life and a book of holy doctrine.
Be not angry that you cannot make another what you wish them to be; since you cannot make yourself what you wish to be.
Remember, your prerogative is to govern, and not to serve the things of this world.
It is much safer to obey, than to govern.
The highest in God's esteem are the lowest in their own.
The better you understand yourself the less cause you will find to love yourself.
Many deceive themselves, imagining they'll find happiness in change.
Set me free from evil passions, and heal my heart of all inordinate affections; that being inwardly cured and thoroughly cleansed, I may be made fit to love, courageous to suffer, steady to persevere.
Don't flatter the rich, or appear to willing before the great.
The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still.
If God gives you a watch, are you honoring Him more by asking Him what time it is or by simply consulting the watch?
An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.
What I believe about God is the most important thing about me.
Salvation is from our side a choice, from the divine side it is a seizing upon, an apprehending, a conquest by the Most High God. Our accepting and willing are reactions rather than actions. The right of determination must always remain with God.
No man should desire to be happy who is not at the same time holy. He should spend his efforts in seeking to know and do the will of God, leaving to Christ the matter of how happy he should be.
The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions.
To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men.
Adversities do not make a man frail. They show what sort of man he is.
We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are.
You are a man, not God; you are human, not an angel. How can you expect to remain always in a constant state of virtue, when this was not possible even for an angel of Heaven, nor for the first man in the Garden?
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.
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.
Love, and do what you like.
Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
Punishment is justice for the unjust.
Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.
To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
I found thee not, O Lord, without, because I erred in seeking thee without that wert within.
The acknowledgment of our weakness is the first step in repairing our loss.
Anyone who thinks hard work will never hurt you has never had to pay to have it done. Jesus now has many lovers of his Heavenly Kingdom, but few bearers of his cross.
No one is qualified to converse in public except those contented to do without such conversation.
Bear the Cross cheerfully and it will bear you.
We do not exist for ourselves...
Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

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