"To fall in love with God is the greatest of romances, to seek Him the greatest adventure, to find Him the greatest human achievement." - Augustine

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

"The business of the Christian is nothing else than to be ever preparing for death." - Irenaeus

"If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world." - C. S. Lewis

"A little philosophy inclineth men's minds to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's mind to religion." - Francis Bacon

"I will not walk with your progressive apes / erect and sapient. Before them gapes / the dark abyss to which their progress tends." - J.R.R. Tolkien

"I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabrics of their life." - Leo Tolstoy

"The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world? Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church's prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Oh, priceless scholarship, what would we do without you? Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament." - Søren Kierkegaard

"For every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the root." - Henry David Thoreau

"The pen is mightier than the sword." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"The world has enough for everyone's need but not for everyone's greed." - Mohandas Gandhi

"Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously." -G. K. Chesterton

"Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid." - G. K. Chesterston

"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge." - Stephen Hawking

"[We live in a culture that has] for centuries now cultivated the idea that the skeptical person is always smarter than one who believes. You can be almost as stupid as a cabbage, as long as you doubt... Today it is the skeptics who are the social conformists." - Dallas Willard

"Fashion is the great governor of this world; it presides, not only in matters of dress and amusement, but in law, physic, politics, religion, and all other things of the gravest kind; indeed, the wisest of men would be puzzled to give any better reason why particular forms in all these have been at certain times universally received, and at others universally rejected, than that they were in or out of fashion." - Henry Fielding

"Failure can be defined as success at things that don't matter." - Unknown

"A startup messed up at its foundation cannot be fixed." -Thiel's law [From Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and well known venture capitalist. N.B. This applies to companies, churches, and essentially all organizations.]

"Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough." - Josh Billings

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction." - Albert Einstein

"I believe the word of God without a complicated interpretation, and out of this belief I speak." - Conrad Grebel

"It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men." - Frederick Douglass

"The modern historian avowedly tells his story as a witness does in the presence of a hostile counsel; the sacred historian tells his as a man does to the children round his knee. Surely such an obvious fact should disarm a good deal of the petty criticism which carps at the sacred narrative." - Unknown

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." - Thomas A. Edison

"There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity." - Tom Peters

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect." - Mark Twain

"Temperance may be defined as: moderation in all things healthful; total abstinence from all things harmful." - Xenophon (ca 400 BC)

[Envy is] "the consuming desire to have everyone else be as unsuccessful as you are." - Frederick Buechner

"The grace that does not change my life will not save my soul." - Charles Spurgeon

"As we have already seen, any Christian can detect the man who says outrageously wrong things; but is it unfair or uncharitable to say to say that the vast majority of Christians today do not seem to be able to detect the man who seems to say the right things but leaves out vital things? We have somehow got hold of the idea that error is only that which is outrageously wrong; and we do not seem to understand that the most dangerous person of all is the one who does not emphasize the right things. That is the only way to understand rightly this picture of the false prophets. The false prophet is a man who has no 'strait gate' or 'narrow way' in his gospel." - D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

"I just set myself on fire, and people come from miles around to watch me burn." - John Wesley

"Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right." - Charles Spurgeon

"We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are." - Unknown

"Our generosity is measured not by what we give but by what we keep." - Fulton Sheen (paraphrase)

"You can judge the quality of their faith from the way they behave. Discipline is an index to doctrine." - Tertullian

"Why will God's creatures sin against his throne? Can there be such madness in beings gifted with reason's light?" - Charles Finney