„Try how much of the word of God you can understand, and what is more, try how much you can practice. A sincere wish and purpose to do the will of God, will be your best way to know the mind of God.“
Quelle: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 554.
„You don't want to write a big comment that tells others how to make a change they might want to make, because you don't know what change they're going to want to make. Better to have the attitude that you can't help future programmers make their changes. All you can do is make it easy for them to understand what you were trying to do. And it will be easiest for them to understand what you were trying to do if you were very careful to not try to do too much.“
— Ward Cunningham American computer programmer who developed the first wiki 1949
Working the Program
„We need God in ways we do not know. Don't limit your experience of God to what you can think to ask. Ask for the unknown joy.“
— John Piper American writer 1946
John Piper Twitter stream http://twitter.com/JohnPiper/statuses/5570283801 (2009-11-09).
„Do you know how cruel your God can be, David. How fantastically cruel? …Sometimes he makes us live.“
— Stephen King, buch Desperation
„Get out of the boat. Face your fears. Fail. Learn. Adjust. Try again. And watch God do more than you can imagine.“
— Craig Groeschel American priest 1967
It – How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It (2008, Zondervan)
„Do the best you can, without straining yourself too much and too continuously, and leave the rest to God.“
— Don Marquis American writer 1878 - 1937
The Almost Perfect State (1921)
Kontext: The best good that you can possibly achieve is not good enough if you have to strain yourself all the time to reach it. A thing is only worth doing, and doing again and again, if you can do it rather easily, and get some joy out of it.
Do the best you can, without straining yourself too much and too continuously, and leave the rest to God. If you strain yourself too much you'll have to ask God to patch you up. And for all you know, patching you up may take time that it was planned to use some other way.
BUT... overstrain yourself now and then. For this reason: The things you create easily and joyously will not continue to come easily and joyously unless you yourself are getting bigger all the time. And when you overstrain yourself you are assisting in the creation of a new self — if you get what we mean.
„And therefore you must know that you can forfeit the grace and help of God by your willful sinning or negligence, though you cannot, without grace, turn to God. If you will not do what you can, it is just with God to deny you that grace by which you might do more.“
— Richard Baxter, buch A Call to the Unconverted to Turn and Live
A Call to the Unconverted to Turn and Live, Preface.
„I got God on my side.
I'm just trying to survive.
What if what you do to survive
Kills the things you love?
Fear's a powerful thing;
It can turn your heart black you can trust.
It'll take your God filled soul
And fill it with devils and dust“
— Bruce Springsteen American singer and songwriter 1949
"Devils & Dust"
Song lyrics, Devils & Dust (2005)
— Lester del Rey Novelist, short story writer, editor 1915 - 1993
Quelle: The Eleventh Commandment (1962), Chapter 15 (p. 138)
„You can pray until you faint, but if you don’t get up and try to do something, God is not going to put it in your lap.“
— Fannie Lou Hamer American civil rights activist (October 6, 1917 – March 14, 1977) 1917 - 1977
As transcribed in “ We're on our way,” Speech before a mass meeting held at the negro Baptist school in Indianola, Mississippi https://voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu/hamer-were-on-our-way-speech-text/ (September 1964)
„This is the way how we have to understand the accounts of trials; we must not think that God desires to examine us and to try us in order to know what He did not know before.“
— Maimónides, buch The Guide for the Perplexed
Quelle: Guide for the Perplexed (c. 1190), Part III, Ch.24
Kontext: This is the way how we have to understand the accounts of trials; we must not think that God desires to examine us and to try us in order to know what He did not know before. Far is this from Him; He is far above that which ignorant and foolish people imagine concerning Him, in the evil of their thoughts. Note this.
„Know the qualities in each one's heart and then serve him. But first, try to know your own heart. Only then can you understand the hearts of others. If you have that understanding, then whatever words you speak and whatever duty you perform will be true duty, God's everlasting duty. If you are in that state, the love you give to each one will be God's complete love. In every situation, perform your duty with this understanding.“
— Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Sri Lankan Sufi leader 1900 - 1986
My Love You, My Children: 101 Stories for Children of All Ages (1981)
„But it ain't easy, trying to do without God even if you know he ain't there, trying to do without him is a strain“
— Alice Walker, buch The Color Purple
Quelle: The Color Purple
— Sylvia Day American writer 1973
Quelle: Reflected in You
„Deny your desires and you will find what your heart longs for. For how do you know if any desire of yours is according to God?“
— John of the Cross Spanish mystic and Roman Catholic saint 1542 - 1591
The Sayings of Light and Love
„Not, how much of my money will I give to God, but, how much of God’s money will I keep for myself?“
— John Wesley Christian theologian 1703 - 1791
„Does it matter in the least to God whether you believe or not? Even the sage Suka Deva was to Him like a big ant at the most. Infinite is He. How much can you understand of Him?“
— Sarada Devi Hindu religious figure, spiritual consort of Ramakrishna 1853 - 1920
[Swami Tapasyananda, Swami Nikhilananda, Sri Sarada Devi, the Holy Mother; Life and Conversations, 327]
„No matter how many times you get knocked down, keep getting back up. God sees your resolve. He sees your determination. And when you do everything you can do, that’s when God will step in and do what you can’t do.“
— Joel Osteen American televangelist and author 1963
Quelle: Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential
„Don’t bother trying to explain your emotions. Live everything as intensely as you can and keep whatever you felt as a gift from God. The best way to destroy the bridge between the visible and invisible is by trying to explain your emotions.“
— Paulo Coelho, buch Brida
„You people of the South don't know what you are doing. This country will be drenched in blood, and God only knows how it will end.“
— William T. Sherman American General, businessman, educator, and author. 1820 - 1891
Comments to Prof. David F. Boyd at the Louisiana State Seminary (24 December 1860), as quoted in The Civil War : A Book of Quotations (2004) by Robert Blaisdell. Also quoted in The Civil War: A Narrative (1986) by Shelby Foote, p. 58.
Kontext: You people of the South don't know what you are doing. This country will be drenched in blood, and God only knows how it will end. It is all folly, madness, a crime against civilization! You people speak so lightly of war; you don't know what you're talking about. War is a terrible thing! You mistake, too, the people of the North. They are a peaceable people but an earnest people, and they will fight, too. They are not going to let this country be destroyed without a mighty effort to save it … Besides, where are your men and appliances of war to contend against them? The North can make a steam engine, locomotive, or railway car; hardly a yard of cloth or pair of shoes can you make. You are rushing into war with one of the most powerful, ingeniously mechanical, and determined people on Earth — right at your doors. You are bound to fail. Only in your spirit and determination are you prepared for war. In all else you are totally unprepared, with a bad cause to start with. At first you will make headway, but as your limited resources begin to fail, shut out from the markets of Europe as you will be, your cause will begin to wane. If your people will but stop and think, they must see in the end that you will surely fail.