Quote List

We have put together a list of quotes used throughout this site and others that are particularly inspirational, thought provoking, and challenging. This is a list in progress and in no particular order; please add your own favorite quotes through commenting.

“To be saved cost us nothing…to be a disciple costs us everything” ~ Unknown

“You can’t start a movement, but you can prepare for one” ~ Vincent Harding

“Everything has been figured out, except how to live.” ~ Jean Paul Sartre

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.” ~ G.K. Chesterton.

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

“A Christian should always remember that the value of his good works is not based on their number and excellence, but on the love of God which prompts him to do these things.” ~ St. John of the Cross

“Preach the gospel everyday; if necessary, use words.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi

“If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed and color, we would find some other cause for prejudice by noon.” ~ George Aiken

“He who converts his neighbor has preformed the most practical Christian-political act of all.” ~ C.S. Lewis

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Jesus did not say that the whole world should go to church.Essentially He said that the church should go to the whole world.” ~ Greg Laurie

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy

“Critique by creating” ~ Michelangelo

“Fate operates when people give up” ~ Jacques Ellul

“The world is more malleable than you think. You can wrestle it from fools.” ~ Bono

“Kingdom people seek first the Kingdom of God and its justice; church people often put church work above concerns of justice, mercy and truth. Church people think about how to get people into the church; Kingdom people think about how to get the church into the world. Church people worry that the world might change the church; Kingdom people work to see the church change the world” ~ Howard Snyder

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“It is better to be generous than just. It is sometimes better to sympathize instead of trying to understand.” ~ Pierre Lecompte de Nouy

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” ~ Mother Teresa.

“It is not enough for the Church to be engaged with the State in healing social ills, though this is important at times. But when the world can turn around and see a group of God’s people exhibiting substantial healing in the area of human relationships in their present life, then the world will take notice. Each group of Christians is, as it were, a pilot plant, showing that something can be done in the present situation, if only we begin in the right way.” ~ Francis Schaeffer, The God who is There

“It’s naïve to think that social justice is about exposing injustices so that the “good” people of America can eliminate them.” ~unknown

“This is the first generation in all of recorded history that can do something about the scourge of poverty. We have the means to do it. We can banish hunger from the face of the earth.” ~Hubert H. Humphrey, 1965

“Charity depends on the vicissitudes of whim and personal wealth; justice depends on commitment instead of circumstance. Faith-based charity provides crumbs from the table; faith-based justice offers a place at the table.” ~ Bill Moyers

“The matter is quite simple.The Bible is very easy to understand.But we as 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 will I ever get on in the world?” ~ Soren Kierkegaard

“Live like Jesus did and the world will listen.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“It is no good to lecture the dying that they should have done better with their lot in life.” ~ Jeffery Sachs

“The righteous are those willing to disadvantage themselves in order to advantage the community.” ~ Unknown.

“Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people’s souls, when we all ought to be worried abut our own souls, and other people’s bellies.” ~ Rabbi Israel Salanter

“If throughout your life you abstain from murder, theft, fornication, perjury, blasphemy, and disrespect toward your parents, church, and your king, you are conventionally held to deserve moral admiration even if you have never done a single kind, generous or useful action. This very inadequate notion of virtue is an outcome of taboo morality, and has done untold harm.” ~ Bertrand Russell

“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” ~ Elie Wiesel

“All men desire peace, but very few desire those things that make for peace” ~ Thomas A. Kempis

“When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.” ~Desmond Tutu

“When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.” ~Mother Teresa

“With great power comes great responsibility.” ~ Uncle Ben

“It’s not who you are on the inside but what you do that defines you!” ~ Darius Shah

“When you pray, move your feet.” ~ African proverb

“If you want peace, work for justice.” ~ Paul VI

“In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?” ~ St. Augustine

“It is more difficult to fight poverty in a rich country than in a poor one.” ~ Mother Teresa

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” ~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” ~ Nelson Mandela

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” ~ Edmund Burke

“All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”  ~ Edmund Burke

“If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.”  ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”  ~ Calvin Coolidge

“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” ~ Plato

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Foreign aid is when the poor people of a rich country give money to the rich people of a poor country.” ~ Gary Hart, BC Comic Strip

“Anyone who has two shirts when someone has none is not a Christian.” ~ Lenny Bruce

“Wherever there is great property, there is great inequality, for one very rich man; there must be at least five hundred poor.” ~ Adam Smith

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next. Virtue is doing it.” ~ David Starr Jordan

“Today it is fashionable to talk about the poor. Unfortunately, it is not fashionable to talk with them.” ~ Mother Teresa

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.” ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.” ~ John Ruskin

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying.” ~ Bertrand Russell

“A man’s real worth is determined by what he does when he has nothing to do.” ~ Megiddo Message

“We are half hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition, when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea, we are far too easily pleased.” ~ C.S. Lewis

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi

“He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything.” ~ Samuel Johnson

“It is not from reason that justice springs, but goodness is born of wisdom.” ~ Maurice Maeterlinck

“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one!” ~ Marcus Aurelius

“There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.” ~ Bernard Meltzer

“A man can do only what a man can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible loving human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of pride.” ~ William James

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“God wants us to relieve suffering, pursue justice, facilitate reconciliation, and free the heart to love, but He desires for us to do so in a way that reveals His Character.It is not enough just to do well for others or to do things well.We must do well in our unique way in order to reveal the vast creativity of a God who loves to bring change through the most unlikely channels.” ~ Dan Allender

“Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will” ~ Jonathan Edwards

“A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.” ~ John Stuart Mill

“Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.” ~ Saint Augustine

“When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection–or compassionate action.” ~ Daniel Goleman

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” ~ Dom Helder Camara

“We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.” ~ Benjamin Jowett

“Is life to be defined by what I pursue — or must my pursuit be defined by what life was meant to be? If the primary goal of life is a closer walk with GOD — then even the good is sometimes set aside in favor of the best. If a person does not understand that the purpose of life defines lifestyle, then the lifestyle itself is hollow and the life is squandered.” ~ Ravi Zacharias

“I have never read any theologian who claims that God is particularly interested in religion.” ~ Annie Dillard

“God’s way of promoting social justice in this present age is to increase the number of people who pursue justice and righteousness in their social relationships because they have received Christ by faith, and through the indwelling Holy Spirit have been “created anew in Christ Jesus for good works.” ~Raymond Aitchison

“Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

“Justice is truth in action.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

“What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” ~ Robert H. Schuller

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank

“I wish to do something Great and Wonderful, but I must start by doing the little things like they were Great and Wonderful” ~ Albert Einstein

“The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be…The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Justice is what love looks like in public” ~ Cornel West

“An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.” ~ Henry Ford

“I am looking for a dare to be great situation.” ~Lloyd Dobler

“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not deter us from the support of a cause we believed to be just.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“It is exceedingly strange that any follower of Jesus Christ should ever have needed to ask whether social involvement was their concern.” ~ John Stott

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” ~ Anatole France

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” ~ Jim Elliott

“The single largest pool of untapped resource in this world is human good intentions that never translate into action” ~ Cindy Gallop

“But whether they live on the plains or in the valleys, whether they live in slums or isolated villages, whether they speak Hindi, Swahili, or Uzbek, they have one thing in common: They do not want charity. They want a chance. They do not want solutions imposed from without. They want the opportunity to build from within. They do not want my culture or yours. They want their own. They want a future enriched by the inheritance of their past.” ~ James D. Wolfensohn, World Bank President

“A genuinely Christian reflection on social issues must be rooted in the self-giving love of the Divine Trinity as manifested on the cross of Christ; all the central themes of such reflection will have to be thought through from the perspective of the self-giving love of God.” ~ Miroslov Volf

“There can be no redemption unless the truth about the world is told and justice is done.  To treat sin as if it were not there, when in fact it is there, amounts to living as if the world were redeemed when it in fact is not…Since the new world has become reality in the crucified and resurrected Christ (2 Corin 5:17) it is possible to live the new world in the midst of the old in an act of gratuitous forgiveness without giving up the struggle for truth and justice.” ~ Miroslov Volf

“Denouncing evil is a far cry from doing good.” ~ Philip Gourevitch

“A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“People are, if anything, more touchy about being thought silly than they are about being thought unjust.” ~ E. B. White

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” ~ Elie Wiesel

“The church exists for those outside if it.” ~ William Tyndale

“Things do not change; we change.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“We were made to be lovers bold in broken places, pouring ourselves out again and again until we’re called Home.” ~ To Write Love on Her Arms

“We are, on most days, a hard mix of true prophet and wayward voice, a mix of your call to justice and our hope for shalom.  Here we are, as we are, mixed but faithful, compromised but committed, anxious but devoted to you.  Use us and our gifts for your newness that pushes beyond all that we can say or imagine.” ~ Walter Brueggemann

“Love is the final fight.” ~ John Perkins

He has shown you what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. ~Micah 6:8