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Man is made to adore and to obey: but if you will not command him, if you give him nothing to worship, he will fashion his own divinities, and find a chieftain in his own passions.

Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth, and you will get neither.
I sometimes wander whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.
Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.
The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.
God whispers in our pleasures, but shouts in our pain.
A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you're looking down, you can't see something that's above you.
Much of the modern resistance to chastity comes from men's belief that they own their bodies -- those vast and perilous estates, pulsating with the energy that made the worlds, in which they find themselves without their consent and from which they are ejected at the pleasure of Another!
I believe in Christianity as I believe in the rising sun; not because I see it, but by it I can see all else.
If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a wandering to find home, why should we not look forward to the arrival?
Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
Religion is doing; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he lives his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy.
Talk to me about the truth of religion and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand.
There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, Thy will be done, and those to whom God says, All right, then, have it your way.
The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.
The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world.
Faith... is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.
We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, 'Blessed are they that mourn
I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.
Most of us spend the first six days of each week sowing wild oats; then we go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure.
The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.
The question is not How much may I indulge in and still be saved. God forbid! I must rather ask, What about Christ's will and the example I set for my fellow Christians?
The great difference between present-day Christianity and that of which we read in these letters is that to us it is primarily a performance, to them it was a real experience. To these men it is quite plainly the invasion of their lives by a new quality of life altogether. They do not hesitate to describe this as Christ living in them.
Many people profess Christianity. Very few live it-almost none. And when you live it people may think you're crazy. It has been truthfully said that the world is equally shocked by one who repudiates Christianity as by one who practices it.
Is your Christianity ancient history--or current events?
If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.
If you make a great deal of Christ, He will make a great deal of you; But it you make but little of Christ, He will make but little of you.
One ABC of Christianity: Always Be Cheerful [1 Thessalonians 5:16]
Faith makes a Christian. Life proves a Christian. Trial confirms a Christian. Death crowns a Christian.
Don't feel superior just because you go to church, it doesn't make you a Christian.
A rule I have had for years is: to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is He Himself we have.
Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion; it is like a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.
Christian life consists of faith and charity.
Bear the Cross cheerfully and it will bear you.
The Christianity which is shared is the Christianity which is convincing.
Christianity is either relevant all the time or useless anytime. It is not just a phase of life; it is life itself.
I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian religion.
Real Christianity is lovely. There is a quality about a Spirit-filled, radiant Christian that draws and attracts others and causes them to enjoy favor with all the people. The truth is that the gospel is not nearly as offensive as some of its proponents!
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
God had given you one face, and you make yourself another. [Hamlet]
Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
She's beautiful, and therefore to be wooed; She is a woman, therefore to be won.
In time we hate that which we often fear.
He that loves to be flattered is worthy of the flatterer.
The fool thinks himself to be wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. [Measure For Measure]
Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.
I hate ingratitude more in a person; than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, or, any taint of vice whose strong corruption inhabits our frail blood. [Twelfth Night]
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. [Twelfth Night]
Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind.
There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things.
All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity.
For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright, who art as black as hell, as dark as night.
Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.
Such as we are made of, such we be.
The devil can site scripture for his own purpose! An evil soul producing holy witness is like a villain with a smiling cheek. [Merchant Of Venice]
The devil has the power to assume a pleasing shape.
We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep. [The Tempest]
No sooner met but they looked; no sooner looked but they loved; no sooner loved but they sighed; no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason; no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy; and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage, which they will climb incontinent, or else be incontinent before marriage.
In my stars I am above thee, but be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; the thief doth fear each bush an officer.
They do not love that do not show their love. The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.
She's gone. I am abused, and my relief must be to loathe her.
A miser grows rich by seeming poor. An extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
Pain pays the income of each precious thing.
Things without remedy, should be without regard; what is done, is done.
The object of art is to give life a shape. [Midsummer Nights Dream]
Lord we may know what we are, but know not what we may be.
Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.
Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.
Let never day nor night unhallowed pass, but still remember what the Lord hath done.
Oppose not rage while rage is in its force, but give it way a while and let it waste.
Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.
The miserable have no other medicine but only hope.
Tis mad idolatry To make the service greater than the god.
There is no darkness, but ignorance.
Though this be madness, yet there is method in it. [Hamlet]
He jests at scars that never felt a wound.
Own more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest.
Life It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury; signifying nothing.
In delay there lies no plenty, Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty. Youth's a stuff will not endure.

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