A Sad Soul

A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker than a germ.

(John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley)

I Would Rather…

I would rather be cheated a hundred times than develop a heart of stone.

(Tim Stafford)

The Problem with Success

Success can go to my head, and will unless I remember that it is God who accomplishes the work, and that He will be able to make out with other means whenever He has to cut me down to size.

(Charles Spurgeon)

The Beginning of Knowledge

The beginning of knowledge is to know oneself to be a sinner.

(Augustine, his view on the meaning of Psalm 32)

The Scripture

Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.

(Charles Spurgeon, “The Talking Book,” a sermon)

Through Every Human Heart

Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line dividing good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either–but right through every human heart.

(Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, Gulag II)

It Is Curious…

It is curious that people who are filled with horrified indignation whenever a cat kills a sparrow can hear the story of the killing of God told Sunday after Sunday and not experience any shock at all.

(Dorothy Sayers, The Man Born to be King)

Getting It Mixed Up

We worship our work, work at our play, and play at our worship.

(Leland Ryken, quote from a Critique magazine article)

Boredom and Contempt

All boredom and contempt are infallible signs we have fallen out of a healthy fear of God.

(Ronald Rolheiser, The Shattered Lantern)

On Atheism

An atheist can’t find God for the same reason a thief can’t find a policeman.

(Adrian Rogers)