There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.
If I believe in God and life after death and you do not, and if there is no God, we both lose when we die. However, if there is a God, you still lose and I gain everything.
Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.
Don’t try to add more years to your life. Better add more life to your years.
People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.
All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
Either Christianity is true or it’s false. If you bet that it’s true, and you believe in God and submit to Him, then if it IS true, you’ve gained God, heaven, and everything else. If it’s false, you’ve lost nothing, but you’ve had a good life marked by peace and the illusion that ultimately, everything makes sense. If you bet that Christianity is not true, and it’s false, you’ve lost nothing. But if you bet that it’s false, and it turns out to be true, you’ve lost everything and you get to spend eternity in hell.
The more I see of Mankind, the more I prefer my dog.
In difficult times carry something beautiful in your heart.
There are only three types of people; those who have found God and serve him; those who have not found God and seek him, and those who live not seeking, or finding him. The first are rational and happy; the second unhappy and rational, and the third foolish and unhappy.
I bring you the gift of these four words: I believe in you.
We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything.
All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.
The more intelligent a man is, the more originality he discovers in others.
We should seek the truth without hesitation; and, if we refuse it, we show that we value the esteem of men more than the search for truth.
It’s not those who write the laws that have the greatest impact on society. It’s those who write the songs.
Knowing God without knowing our own wretchedness makes for pride. Knowing our own wretchedness without knowing God makes for despair. Knowing Jesus Christ strikes the balance because he shows us both God and our own wretchedness.
If I had more time I would write a shorter letter.
There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.
Do you wish people to think well of you? Don’t speak well of yourself.
I rather live as if God exists to find out that He doesn’t than live as if he doesn’t exist to find out He does.
Once your soul has been enlarged by a truth, it can never return to its original size.
In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.
Man’s greatness lies in his power of thought.
Most of man’s trouble comes from his inability to be still.