A life spent in brushing clothes, and washing crockery, and sweeping floors – a life which the proud of the earth would have treated as the dust under their feet; a life spent at the clerk’s desk; a life spent in the narrow shop; a life spent in the laborer’s hut, may yet be a life so ennobled by God’s loving mercy that for the sake of it a king might gladly yield his crown.
No man has earned the right to intellectual ambition until he has learned to lay his course by a star which he has never seen – to dig by the divining rod for springs which he may never reach . . . To think great thoughts you must be heroes as well as idealists. Only when you have worked alone – when you have felt around you a black gulf of solitude more isolating than that which surrounds the dying man, and in hope and in despair have trusted to your own unshaken will – then only will you have achieved. Thus only can you gain the secret isolated joy of the thinker, who knows that, a hundred years after he is dead and forgotten, men who never heard of him will be moving to the measure of his thought – the subtle rapture of a postponed power, which the world knows not because it has no external trappings, but which to his prophetic vision is more real than that which commands an army.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came. Anticipate your battles; fight them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have victory.
– R.A. Torrey
“Don’t forget who you are. But more importantly, don’t forget Whose you are.”
– Jeremiah Kearns
“Get on fire for the Lord, and people will come to watch you burn”
– Nicole Stratton