— Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
„Assurance makes most for your comfort, but holiness makes most for God's honor…Assurance is the daughter of holiness…The surest and shortest way to assurance is to wrestle and contend with God for holiness…“
— Thomas Brooks English Puritan 1608 - 1680
Heaven On Earth, 1654
„Dear reader, do you know the living God? Is He, in Jesus, your Father? Be assured that Christianity is something more than forms and creeds, and ceremonies: there is life, and power, and reality, in our holy faith.“
— George Müller German-English clergyman 1805 - 1898
Third Part of Narrative, A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, Third Part.
„If your priority is to look good in front of people, your life will take a different direction than if your priority is to use the talents that God has given you to make a positive difference in the world.“
— Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951
Take The Risk (2008), p. 118
„"Your money or your life." We know what to do when a burglar makes this demand of us, but not when God does.“
— Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983
The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Unclassified
„When the root of your wrong is not from the heart, your wrong will make you to run to God the more.“
— T. B. Joshua Nigerian Christian leader 1963
On the root of sin - "TB Joshua Defends Oyakhilome" http://www.herald.ng/tb-joshua-defends-oyakhilome-dont-disagree-peoples-understanding-differs/#rGUiGU1sJDEPXQC4.99 The Herald, Nigeria (March 23 2014)
„If your actions are motivated by selfish interests rather than God, you are mortgaging tomorrow's joy.“
— T. B. Joshua Nigerian Christian leader 1963
On the 2007 Nigerian Elections - "Selfless Service" http://www.modernghana.com/newsthread2/219944/1/ Modern Ghana (May 28 2009)
„Your life will be good and secure when aliveness will mean more to you than security; love more than money; your freedom more than party line or public opinion“
— Wilhelm Reich, book Listen, Little Man!
Listen, Little Man! (1948), Context: You beg for happiness in life, but security is more important to you, even if it costs you your spine or your life. Your life will be good and secure when aliveness will mean more to you than security; love more than money; your freedom more than party line or public opinion; when your thinking will be in harmony with your feelings; when the teachers of your children will be better paid than the politicians; when you will have more respect for the love between man and woman than for a marriage license.
„Weigh then your wealth, and judge if it’s more dear
To you than life. If not, your course is clear.“
— Michael Shea, book Nifft the Lean
Nifft the Lean (1982), Part 4, “The Goddess in Glass,” Chapter 10 (p. 285)
„No matter how you spend your life, your wit will defend you more often than a sword. Keep it sharp!“
— Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
The Name of the Wind (2007), Context: Any student of mine must be able to defend his ideas against an attack. No matter how you spend your life, your wit will defend you more often than a sword. Keep it sharp! Chapter 40, “On the Horns” (p. 290)
„Throughout your life advance daily, becoming more skillful than yesterday, more skillful than today. This is never-ending.“
— Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure
Hagakure (c. 1716), Context: A certain swordsman in his declining years said the following: In one's life. there are levels in the pursuit of study. In the lowest level, a person studies but nothing comes of it, and he feels that both he and others are unskillful. At this point he is worthless. In the middle level he is still useless but is aware of his own insufficiencies and can also see the insufficiencies of others. In a higher level he has pride concerning his own ability, rejoices in praise from others, and laments the lack of ability in his fellows. This man has worth. In the highest level a man has the look of knowing nothing. These are the levels in general;. But there is one transcending level, and this is the most excellent of all. This person is aware of the endlessness of entering deeply into a certain Way and never thinks of himself as having finished. He truly knows his own insufficiencies and never in his whole life thinks that he has succeeded. He has no thoughts of pride but with self-abasement knows the Way to the end. It is said that Master Yagyu once remarked, "I do not know the way to defeat others, but the way to defeat myself." Throughout your life advance daily, becoming more skillful than yesterday, more skillful than today. This is never-ending.