Colleen, a lover of the written word, has a master's degree in English literature and enjoys finding unique and poignant quotes.
Even Now I Am Full Of Hope, But The End Depends On God
Starting your morning with a positive attitude can affect your mood and happiness for the whole day. An uplifting quote based on the love, strength, and goodness of Christianity can nourish your positive attitude and be a shield against the trials of the day ahead.
The following quotes are not solely worship or bible extracts, but emanate from authors that have related a subject to God in a righteous way. You might return to this page, mornings, and arm yourself with fresh words inspired by Jesus.
♠ True miracles are created by men when they use the courage and intelligence that God inspired within them. Jean Anouilh
♠ There are many thoughts and hopes for the future. But the most important of all should be the same as one of Jesus Christ. May there be peace on earth and goodwill to all. Tom Johnston
♠ As a college freshman, I always thought people who went to church on a regular basis must be dreary and boring. Then, visiting a friend at his parents’ home, my hand seemed to reach out, almost by itself, towards their family Bible. Once I had touched it, I felt a glow, starting in my hand, then moving up through my wrist, to my arm and shoulder, and then, slowly but definitely, to my soul. I realize now it was the Lord’s sunlight, which has flowed in my life since that day. Armando Gomez
♠ The care of God for us is a great thing. If a man believe it at heart, it plucks the burden of sorrow from him. Euripides
♣ It is not known precisely where angels dwell. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode. Voltaire
♣ To believe with certainty we must begin with doubting. Stanislaus
♣ It is faith alone that vividly and certainly comprehends the deep mysteries of our religion. Montaigne
♣ Routine is the God of every social system; it is the seventh heaven of business and inspiration, the essential component in the success of every factory, the ideal of every statesman. Alfred North Whitehead
♥ What power has love but forgiveness? In other words by its intervention; what has been done can be undone; what good is it otherwise? William Carlos Williams
♥ The power that holds the sky's majesty wins our worship. Aeschylus
♥ The reality is we have all done things wrong in our lives, and continue to make mistakes, whoever we are. We are not saved by our own actions and achievements, but rather by God’s grace. If God, the perfect and blameless creator, can find it in his heart to forgive us, then why can’t we find it in our hearts to do the same? John Sentamu
♥ Long-time actor Sidney Poitier, recounts in his memoir , “This life”, his growing bond with God: “I felt guilty because I always seemed to call on the Lord when I was in potentially dangerous situations, and as that guilt intensified through the years, I started thinking of myself as dishonest and hypocritical.... As a result, I still pray, but I do not pray only in adversity.”
You've Got to Have Faith
Driving on the motorway,
Through the cold and rainy night,
With my two baby boys.
There was nothing left behind us,
Money, house and job, all gone.
There was nothing new in front of us,
Only an address, that spelt emptiness.
All my friends had disappeared,
Except one; our Lord Jesus Christ.
I said aloud,
“O.K my friend, what happens now,
Is this old car my coffin.”
The rain stopped,
Dawn broke, parting clouds, shafts of golden sunshine.
Two baby boys shouted with joy,
"Daddy, Daddy, there's a rainbow.”
I said "Yes boys, that's where we're going.”
♠ God is the perfect poet, who in his person acts his own creations. Robert Browning
♠ Former alcoholic Irene Howat recounts the joy of her conversion in her gripping memoir, Miracles from Mayhem:
“Right from the day I was converted, God made me a missionary. .. Everywhere I looked I could see poor people, just the same as I had been, and I had to tell them about Jesus. The thought of them going to hell horrified me, and I had to do something about it. .. My neighbours were amazed at the total change. Instead of cursing and swearing when I saw them, I stopped and talked to them about Jesus. Some asked me what had changed me, and I wasn’t slow to tell them.”
♠ One is always wrong to open a conversation with the devil, for, however he goes about it, he always insists upon having the last word. Andre Gide
♠ The true Christian is in all countries a pilgrim and a stranger. George Santayana
♠ Everything is perfect coming from the hands of the creator; everything degenerates in the hands of man. Rousseau
To descend into hell is easy, but to return-what work, what labor it is
♣ My confidence was dashed; the theme for my sermon blotted from memory. I placed my hands upon the wood of the pulpit and prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ for "Inspiration". And I preached in his words. Rev. Paul Jackson
♣ Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe. St. Augustine
♣ All things are God's already; we can give him no right by consecrating any that he had not before. John Selden
♥ The wish to pray is a prayer in itself. Georges Bernanos
♥ My six-year-old nephew, having been told his dad had been killed in a road accident, at first kept saying it could not be true. Then, after crying a long time, he brightened and said,
“I prayed a lot every night for a month I would get a bike last Christmas, and then God gave me one. Maybe if I pray Daddy will come to be with us again, God will let him come back.”
Although I was saddened to think of this trusting boy’s upcoming disappointment, I also envied the purity of his faith. Through his prayers, surely God will give him the strength and understanding to cope with those later struggles which are a part of our lives. Terry Jenkins
God’s mill grinds slow, but sure
♣ If you try to abandon your faith you will not find another. All pathways will lead back to the faith that set no bounds. William Hannan
♣ A man might journey for a lifetime in search of a sincere friend, but faith in the Lord is the true friend found within a single step. George Burgess
♣ I like to use an analogy that each marriage has three strands: the husband, the wife, and God, each making the relationship stronger, and hopefully unbreakable. John Sentamu
♣ There are different seasons, and God uses us in different ways. I think that if you are a committed Christian, your values will be reflected in whatever work you do. Paul Birch
♦ God, I can push the grass apart, and lay my finger on thy heart. Edna St. Vincent Millay
♦ Religion has nothing more to fear than not being sufficiently understood. Stanislaus
♦ Teach me, like you, to drink creation whole; and casting out myself, become a soul. Richard Wilbur
The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness
— William Blake
♠ He prays best who loves best all things great and small; for the dear God who loves us made and loves all. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
♠ Who breaks his faith, no faith is held with him. Seigneur Du Bartas
♠ Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night. Thomas Fuller
♠ Where true religion has prevented one crime, false religions have afforded a pretext for a thousand. Charles Caleb Colton
♣ May God prevent us from becoming "right thinking men", that is to say men who agree perfectly with their own police. Thomas Merton
♣ The infinite goodness has such wide arms that it takes whatever turns to it. Dante
♣ When I was around eleven, I felt I should give up eating gherkins for lent, because I enjoyed them so much . My mom suggested God might be glad if, rather than give them up, I make an effort to be more patient, and maybe get to know someone at school who seemed a little lonesome. Mom was right, and as it happened, the girl I befriended turned out to be a terrific person. Sarah Anderson
♥ The cosmic religious experience is the strongest and noblest driving force behind scientific research. Einstein
♥ Who rises from prayer a better man, his prayer is answered. George Meredith
♥ Souls are not saved in bundles. Emerson
♥ God gives, but man must open his hand. Proverb
Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods
♠ When you get called onto a ward, you don’t know who you are going to meet. You get ushered behind a curtain, and you have no idea of the dynamics, who these people are, or what has happened. .. I’ve sat in an intensive care unit with about thirty family members, and actually there was nothing to say, but it’s important that I stay there. Even in the times when I can’t think of anything to say, I’m amazed that God still finds a way to use me. Stuart Petty.
♠ The most painful aspect of hell is not its eternal burning; it is the absolute absence of God and Jesus Christ. Sister Anne-Peter
♠ God gives burdens; also shoulders. Unknown
♦ My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure. Alfred Lord Tennyson
♦ I have always had a rebellious streak regarding authority figures. Also, I can quickly become claustrophobic in situations where when I feel trapped in a place where people tend to repeat themselves, using far too many words than are needed.
Hence, while I do not attend church, my private ministry involves volunteering for approximately, twenty hours per week, giving support to those suffering from various types of emotional traumas. While it is not the most orthodox way, I feel the Lord hears it. Karen Osprey
God weeps with us so we may one day laugh with him
— Jurgen Moltmann
♠ God enters by a private door into every individual. Emerson
♠ Men have torn up the roads that led to heaven, and which all the world followed; now we have to make our own ladders. Joseph Joubert
♠ We are punished by our sins, not for them. Elbert Hubbard
♣ There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul. Victor Hugo
♣ Faith without works is dead. James 2.26
♣ Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedoms, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering. Seneca
♣ My husband recently passed away; he was fifty-eight. What will I do without him? Where will I go? I have no idea, but God who has remained faithful throughout my life will always be with me. Lynn Edwards
♥ Only this I know, that one celestial father gives to all. Milton
♥ It is the heart which experiences God, and not the reason. Pascal
♥ The greatest test of my faith came when two young men dated me for awhile, and then married my room-mates. I asked Jesus to help me overcome my feelings of betrayal and anger. I sensed I should forgive myself for those feelings. Soon, he said, he would be sending me the truly right person. A few months later that happened. We got married last year, and recently named our first child Christiana. Brenda Alcott
♦ If happiness in self-content is placed; the wise are wretched, and fools only blessed. William Congreve
♦ Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt. John Henry Newman
♦ To believe only possibilities is not faith, but mere philosophy. Sir Thomas Browne
♦ The stout heart is also a warm and kind one, affection dwells with danger, all the holier and the lovelier for such stern environment. Thomas Carlyle
If we are not governed by God, then we will be ruled by tyrants
— William Penn
♠ The confession of one man humbles all. Antonio Porchia
♠ I neglect God and his angels for the noise of a fly, for the rattling of a coach, for the whining of a door. Sermon by John Donne
♠ We need God, not in order to understand the why, but in order to feel and sustain the ultimate wherefore, to give a meaning to the universe. Miguel De Unamuno
♣ Goodness is easier to recognize than to define. W. H. Auden
♣ Some years ago,a platonic male friend from my church told me God had said we were meant to get married. When I prayed, I did not get the same feeling-instead, I felt uneasy. Still, I married the man, and found him to be tyrannical and even violent. Since our divorce, I always listen to my own soul, and am not influenced by others. Molly Crest
♥ When your load's too much to bear Just go talk to God He cares. Stevie Wonder
♥ My faith in the words of Christ empower and inspire me. I am able to overcome what I believed would engulf me. Paul Raymond
♥ Inspiration grows from the soul of the believer; anything is possible. John D. Jacob
Joy is the infallible proof of the presence of God
— Madeleine L'engle
♦ May the good God pardon all good men. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
♦ Not truth, but faith it is, that keeps the world alive. Edna St. Vincent Millay
♦ I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11
♣ It is by disease that health is pleasant; by evil that good is pleasant; by hunger, satiety; by weariness, rest. Heraclitus
♣ I used to enjoy debating and being flat-out argumentative. If someone gave me the beginning of a bad time, I gave it straight back, and then some. Now, since I’ve become a Christian, I realize how much finer it feels to interact with calmness and grace. Although I still voice my viewpoint, I see in the eyes of others the changes which are now part of my soul. This, in turn, brings me joy. Derek Sorensen.
♥ Nothing befalls us that is not of the nature of ourselves. There comes no adventure but wears to our soul the shape of our everyday thoughts. Maurice Maeterlinck
♥ Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin. Aesop
♥ God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another. Shakespeare
♥ A good man has more hope in his death than a wicked man in his life. Thomas Fuller
♦ Yes, that is what good is; to forgive evil. There is no other good. Antonio Porchia
♦ Let the human being throw the energies of his soul into the making of something, and the instinct of workmanship will take care of his honesty. Walter Lippmann
♦ Having joined a church, an evening came when I needed to choose between sitting in a bible study or visiting a friend hospitalized due to a drug overdose. Even though the leader of the Bible study grew annoyed, I believed Jesus Christ would have wanted me to help a fellow being in need, rather than sit in a chair learning compassion in theory. Ellen Barrows
♠ God is good, there is no devil but fear. Elbert Hubbard
♠ The soul contains the event that shall befall it, for the event is only the actualization of its thoughts; and what we pray to ourselves for is always granted. Emerson
♠ There is a courtesy of the heart. It is akin to love. Out of it arises the purist courtesy in the outward behaviour. Goethe
♠ Even God lends a hand to honest boldness. Menander
♠ We need the faith to walk a path untrod; the power to be alone and vote with God. Edwin Markham
♠ There is no harvest for the heart alone; the seed of love must be eternally resown. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
♠ The noblest work of God? Man. Who found it out? Man. Mark Twain
♠ The quality of mercy is not strained. It drops as gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed. It blesses him that gives, and him that takes. Shakespeare
♠ The human body is the best picture of the human soul. Ludwig Wittgenstein
♠ In our late thirties, my wife and I finally succeeded in conceiving a child. I was happy to share our joy with my colleagues at work. I was amazed when one woman laughed, “By the time that kid is ten, you’ll be ready for adult diapers.” I took her aside and asked how she could have said anything so cruel. Her eyes filled with tears, and she asked if I could forgive her. That was hard, because her shaft had cut deep. Still, I thought, if God forgives my sins and mistakes, what right do I have to refuse her? This thought gave me the strength. Glenn McPherson
♠ Goodness is the only investment that never fails. Thoreau
♠ Greatness brings no profit to people, God indeed, when in anger, brings greater ruin to great men's houses. Euripides
© 2015 Colleen Swan
Colleen Swan (author) from County Durham on February 04, 2018:
Hi Vladimir, What an uplifting email! I think you and I share a general sense of spiritualism which is not necessarily confined to one belief. I am always interested in ways to improve well-being, so any suggestions you have would be welcome. Colleen
Val Karas from Canada on February 04, 2018:
Colleen---I like calling my personal story "my personal evolution" because I seem to have evolved from a lower "mentality-species" that I used to be.
What ignited that process was my strong intuition at the top of my mental hierarchy---and so my path has been of a meditative type search for truth from within my own personal space, not from outside, higher authorities, including those celestial.
While I do believe in a universal intelligence, it's not a "god" of any known religion with its whole package of rituals involved.
So, when I wake up in the morning, I produce feeling divinely blissful at will, which I simply trained myself to do. Mind can do some incredible feats---when we trust it.
All this is not to say anything bad about any of those folks who start their day with a prayer. I am simply a dude who happens to "answer to his own prayers". And then, after all, maybe it's true that "god helps those who help themselves", but the only question remains "where that helping hand comes---from within or without, and how far stretches "within".
Nevertheless, I simply loved your article Colleen, it made me think again about all this stuff.
Colleen Swan (author) from County Durham on January 24, 2016:
Hi Surabhi, I am happy you enjoyed these.
Surabhi Kaura on January 23, 2016:
What a wonderful read! Thanks for sharing it, Colleen.
Colleen Swan (author) from County Durham on December 05, 2015:
Hi Janelle, Glad you enjoyed these. Some of longer quotes are stories within themselves and inspire the imagination. Colleen
Pennington on December 05, 2015:
This is an Amazing list of helpful, encouraging quotes to use in our daily life. Thanks.
Colleen Swan (author) from County Durham on December 03, 2015:
Thank you DDE, I am happy you enjoyed these. There is quite an assortment on all aspects of religion.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 03, 2015:
I like these quotes so meaningful and true,.
Colleen Swan (author) from County Durham on December 02, 2015:
Thank you Larry. Many of these are first time published. Reflects some of the more obscure reading material I find.
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on December 02, 2015:
Wonderful list of quotes.