Someone once said that books don’t change lives; sentences do. I agree. Most of the quotes that I list below are just that–sentences. They are sentences which caused me to pause in my reading. They are sentiments which–I hope–changed me. As I add quotes to this page, I plan to do so by listing them in the order in which I prefer them. Beginning with:
“I do” (Jodi, my wife, May 1991).
“I love you more than most” (Dayton, my very loving third-born child).
“Let it be the one business of my life to glorify Thee, by every word of my tongue and by every work of my hand” (John Wesley, Devotions and Prayers of John Wesley, Baker Book House, 1959, Donald E. Demaray, ed.).
“Man’s sensitivity to trivia, and his insensitivity to matters of major importance reveal he has a strange disorder” (Blaise Pascal, The Mind on Fire: An Anthology of the Writings of Blaise Pascal, Multnomah Press, 1989, James M. Houston, ed.).
“Your thoughts about God are all too human” (Luther and Erasmus: Free Will and Salvation, E. Gordon Rupp and Philip S. Watson, The Westminster Press, 1959, p.113).
“the sluggishness of our mind lies far beneath the height of God’s providence” (John Calvin, Institues of the Christian Religion, The Westminster Press, 1960, Ford Lewis Battles, trans.).
“Sin is my greatest evil, but Thou art my greatest good; I have cause to loathe myself, and not to seek self-honour, for no one desires to commend his own dunghill. My country, family, church fare worse because of my sins” (Unknown author, The Valley Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, The Banner of Truth Trust, 1989).
“Now the Table was furnished with fat things, and with Wine that was well refined : and all their talk at the Table was about the LORD of the Hill” (John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress).
“Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee” (Augustine of Hippo, Confessions).
“I am my only insumountable problem” (Frank Schaeffer, Patience with God: Faith for People Who Don’t Like Religion (or Atheism), Da Capo Press, 2009).
“Into the midst of this people–saturated with Scriptures, sustained by memory and hope, waiting for God–steps Jesus with a mission. Jesus did not just arrive” (Christopher J. H. Wright, The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s grand narrative, Inter-Varsity Press, 2006, p.65).
“Oh Lord, purify my soul from all its stains. Warm my heart with the love of thee, animate my sluggish nature and fix my inconstancy, and volatility, that I may not be weary in well doing” (William Wlberforce from The Roots of Endurance, John Piper, Crossway, 2002, p.138)