Who said that?

This page is a collection of interesting quotes I have gathered from books, conversations, signs, and other places.

“Oh, it is easy for the one who stands outside the prison-wall of pain to exhort and teach the one who suffers.” Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound.

Yet world was not complete:

It lacked a creature that had hints of heaven

And hopes to rule the earth. So man was made.

Whether He who made all things aimed at the best,

Creating man from his own living fluid,

Or if earth, lately fallen through heaven’s aether, took an immortal image from the skies,

It had a godlike figure and was man.

While other beasts, heads bent, stared at wild earth,

The new creation gazed into blue sky.”

Ovid, The Metamorphoses

“There is not an inch of any sphere of life over which Jesus Christ does not say, ‘Mine.'” Abraham Keyper, quoted by John Piper in The Pleasures of God.

“Can you imagine what it would be like to hear God singing? A mere spoken word from his mouth brought the universe into existence. What would happen if God lifted up His voice and not only spoke but sang! Perhaps a new heaven and a new earth would be created. ‘Behold, I create a new heavens and a new earth…. I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.’ Isaiah 65:17-18.” John Piper, The Pleasures of God.

“You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,” said Aslan. “And that is both honor enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth. Be content.” Aslan to Prince Caspian in Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis.

“When Jesus died he glorified his Father’s name and saved his Father’s people. And since the Father has overflowing pleasure in the honor of his name, and since he delights with unbounded joy in the election of a sinful people for himself, how then shall he not delight in the bruising of his Son by which these two magnificent divine joys are reconciled and made one!” John Piper, The Pleasures of God.

“O Jesus, fill me with Thy love now, […] and I beseech Thee, accept me, and use me a little for Thy glory.” David Livingston, as quoted by John Piper in The Pleasures of God.

“This is what makes Jesus and the Holy Spirit rejoice–the humbling of human pride and the exaltation of God’s freedom and grace.”  John Piper, The Pleasures of God.

“She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the
Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward.”  Aslan to Lucy and Suan in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis.

“High-hearted son of Tydeus, why ask about my birth? Like the generations of leaves, the lives of mortal men.”  Homer, The Iliad

“No theme may be played that hath not its uttermost source in me, nor can any alter the music in my despite. For he that attempteth this shall prove but mine instrument in the devising of things more wonderful, which he himself hath not imagined.”  J. R. R. Tolkien, Silmarillion.

“I have a sin of fear, that when I have spun
    My last thread, I shall perish on the shore ;
But swear by Thyself, that at my death Thy Son
    Shall shine as he shines now, and heretofore ;
        And having done that, Thou hast done ;
                    I fear no more.”  John Donne, A Hymn To God the Father.

“I’ve been a soldier and a slave. I’ve seen my comrades fall in battle or die more slowly under the lash in Africa. I’ve held them in my arms at the final moment. These were men who saw life as it is, yet they died despairing. No glory, no brave last words, only their eyes, filled with confusion, questioning “Why?” I don’t think they were wondering why they were dying, but why they had ever lived. When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? To surrender dreams – -this may be madness; to seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness! But maddest of all – -to see life as it is and not as it should be.”  Miguel  Cervantes in Man of La Mancha.

“Whenever I’m wrong, the world makes a little less sense.”  Frasier.

“Science is not the only way of knowing. The spiritual worldview provides another way of finding truth. Scientists who deny this would be well advised to consider the limits of their own tools, as nicely represented in a parable told by the astronomer Arthur Eddington. He described a man who set about to study deep-sea life using a net that had a mesh size of three inches. After catching many wild and wonderful creatures from the depths, the man concluded that there are no deep-sea fish that are smaller than three inches in length! If we are using the scientific net to catch our particular version of truth, we should not be surprised that it does not catch the evidence of spirit.” Francis Collins, The Language of God.

“…coming to a knowledge of God’s love and grace is empowering, not constraining. God is in the business of release, not incarceration.” Francis Collins, The Language of God.

“Do not yield to misfortunes, but go more boldly against them, as much as your fortune will allow you.” Vergil, The Aeneid.

“Some spells, after all, liberate rather than enslave.” David Marshall in The Truth Behind the New Aetheism, quoting someone (C. S. Lewis?)

“All truth is God’s truth.” Clement of Alexandria, quoted by David Marshall.

“Communist cells split faster than Presbyterian churches.” David Marshall.



  1. I LOVE the Frasier quote. I should have that on our wall. 🙂

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