Francis Chan Quotes

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake.

It’s not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.

It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.

Truth can never be reached by just listening to the voice of an authority.

A little science estranges a man from God;
a lot of science brings him back.

Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.


All colours will agree in the dark.

Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue.

Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted… but to weigh and consider.

My painting is not violent, it’s life that is violent. Even within the most beautiful landscape, in the trees, under the leaves, the insects are eating each other; violence is a part of life. We are born with a scream; we come into life with a scream and maybe love is a mosquito net between the fear of living and the fear of death.

Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.

I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.

We rise to great heights by a winding staircase of small steps.

The lame man who keeps the right road outstrips the runner who takes the wrong one.

If we are to achieve things never before accomplished we must employ methods never before attempted

There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.

A bad man is worse when he pretends to be a saint.

People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.

You cannot teach a child to take care of himself unless you will let him try to take care of himself. He will make mistakes and out of these mistakes will come his wisdom.

God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we are all familiar with the first book he wrote, namely Scripture. But he has written a second book called creation.

There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.