logo

sign-up-for-free-cybersalt-today-button

Character Quotes

  • Hypocritical Leadership

    Timothy Keller"Perhaps the greatest dilemma of the pastor - or any Christian leader - is the danger of hypocrisy.

    By this I mean that, unlike other professionals, we as ministers are expected to proclaim God’s goodness and to provide encouragement at all times. We are always pointing people toward God in one way or another, in order to show them his worth and beauty. That’s the essence of our ministry.

    But seldom will our hearts be in a condition to say such a thing with complete integrity, since our own hearts are often in need of encouragement, gospel centeredness, and genuine gladness.

    Thus, we have two choices: either we have to guard our hearts continually in order to practice what we are preaching, or we live bifurcated lives of outward ministry and inward gloominess.

  • Oneliner #1076

    dog6"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful."

     - Ann Landers

  • Quote #1432

    theodore roosevelt"It is peculiarly incumbent upon you who have strength to set a right example to others. I ask you to remember that you cannot retain your self-respect if you are loose and foul of tongue, that a man who is to lead a clean and honorable life must inevitably suffer if his speech likewise is not clean and honorable. Every man here knows the temptations that beset all of us in this world. At times any man will slip. I do not expect perfection, but I do expect genuine and sincere effort toward being decent and cleanly in thought, in word, and in deed. As I said at the outset, I hail the work of this society as typifying one of those forces which tend to the betterment and uplifting of our social system. Our whole effort should be toward securing a combination of the strong qualities with those qualities which we term virtues. I expect you to be strong. I would not respect you if you were not. I do not want to see Christianity professed only by weaklings; I want to see it a moving spirit among men of strength. I do not expect you to lose one particle of your strength or courage by being decent.

    On the contrary, I should hope to see each man who is a member of this society, from his membership in it become all the fitter to do the rough work of the world; all the fitter to work in time of peace; and if, which may Heaven forfend, war should come, all the fitter to fight in time of war. I desire to see in this country the decent men strong and the strong men decent, and until we get that combination in pretty good shape we are not going to be by any means as successful as we should be.

    There is always a tendency among very young men and among boys who are not quite young men as yet to think that to be wicked is rather smart; to think it shows that they are men. Oh, how often you see some young fellow who boasts that he is going to “see life,” meaning by that that he is going to see that part of life which it is a thousandfold better should remain unseen!"
    - Theodore Roosevelt

  • Quote #1469

    quote 1469

    "As scarce as truth is, it has always been in excess of the demand."

    - Josh Billings

  • Quote #1470

    quote 1470

    "But he who dares not grasp the thorn, should never crave the rose."

    - Anne Brontë

  • Quote #1489

    quote 1489

    "Live every day as if it were your last, because one of these days, it will be."

    – Jeremy Schwartz

  • Quote #1512

    quote 1512

    Pope Francis revealed recently he daily prays a meditation from St. Thomas More that includes the line:

    “Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor. Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke.”

  • Quote #1521

    quote 1521

    "Leaders who refuse to listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing helpful to say."

    - Andy Stanley

  • Quote #1522

    quote 1522

    "A crisis doesn’t make a man; it shows what a man is made of."

    - Warren Wiersbe

  • Quote #1542

    quote 1542

    "The willingness to share does not make one charitable, it makes one free."

    - Robert Brault

  • Quote #1544

    quote 1544

    "Choose to live generously and watch your life change."

    - ILikeGiving.com

  • Quote #1545

    quote 1545

    The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.

    - Stephen R. Covey

  • Quote #1550

    quote 1550

    “When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.”

    - Abraham Joshua Heschel

  • Quote #1551

    quote 1551

    "I myself am the enemy who also must be loved..."

    - Carl Jung

  • Quote #1566

    quote 1566

    "If I were called upon to state in a few words the essence of everything I was trying to say both as a novelist and as a preacher, it would be something like this: Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace."

    - Frederick Buechner

  • Quote #1572

    quote 1572

    "Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate."  

    - Barnett R. Brickner

  • Quote #1584

    quote 1584

    "How we walk with the broken speaks louder than how we sit with the great."

    - Bill Bennot

  • Quote #1605

    quote 1605

    "The only way to live a truly remarkable life is not to get everyone to notice you, but to leave noticeable marks of Jesus' love everywhere you go."

    - Ann Voskamp

  • Quote #1608

    quote 1608

    "Givers have to set limits because takers rarely do."

    - Irma Kurtz

  • Quote #1615

    quote 1615

    "The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless."

    - Unknown

  • Quote #1617

    quote 1617

    "Don’t eat till your stomach cries out. Don’t sleep till you can’t stay awake. Don’t open your mouth till it’s the truth opens it."

    Medieval spiritual formation

    - Frederick Buechner

  • Quote #1622

    quote 1622

    "Holding a grudge is letting someone live rent free in your head."

    - Unknown

  • Quote #1631

    quote 1631

    Individuality: "You laugh at me because I'm different. I laugh at you because you're all the same!"

    - Unknown

  • Quote #1638

    quote 1638

    "The secret to contentment is Christ in me, not a different set of circumstances."

    - Elisabeth Elliot

  • Quote #1640

    quote 1640

    "A preacher should have the mind of a scholar, the heart of a child, and the hide of a rhinoceros. Our biggest problem is how to toughen our hides without hardening our hearts."

    - Vance Havner

  • Quote #1642

    quote 1642

    "True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less."

    - C.S. Lewis

  • Quote #1643

    quote 1643

    "Be more concerned with being thoughtful than being beautiful."

    - Ann Voskamp

  • Quote #1645

    quote 1645

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

    - Theodore Roosevelt

  • Quote #1646

    quote 1646

    “The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.”

    - Antoine François Prévost d'Exiles, Manon Lescaut

  • Quote #1649

    quote 1649

    "You don't have to agree on anything to be kind to everyone."

    - Ann Voskamp

  • Quote #1657

    quote 1657

    "Kindness is the noblest weapon to conquer with."

    - Thomas Fuller

  • Quote #1662

    quote 1662

    "If any man think ill of you, do not be angry with him for you are worse than he thinks you to be."

    - C. H. Spurgeon

  • Quote #1664

    quote 1664

    "Givers have to set limits because takers never do."

    - Unknown

  • Quote #1668

    We live in a world starved for solitude, silence, and privacy.

    "We live in a world starved for solitude, silence, and privacy: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship."

    - C.S. Lewis

  • Quote #1672

    quote 1672

    "Be who you needed when you were younger."

    - Unknown