Forum thoughts and quotes

In our discussions, we often come across ideas and quotations that are worth noting. They might capture something in a succinct way, shed new light or provide a different perspective.


They are collected here in the hope that you may find them helpful. It is suggested that you don’t read them like a shopping list. Just select one that catches your mind’s eye, ponder on it, turn it over like a sweet in the mouth, or maybe use it for meditation.




We may spend the whole of our lives climbing the ladder of success only to find when we get to the top that it is leaning against the wrong wall.    Thomas Merton


You are not here to save the world, but you are here to touch the hands that are within your reach.          Kathleen Price


Faith is not a matter of signing up to a set of creedal statements.          Richard Rohr


Christianity helps us face the music even when we don't like the tune.        Phillips Brooks


I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much.            Mother Teresa


If there is no joy and freedom, it is not a church; it is simply a crowd of melancholy people basking in a religious neurosis.          Steven Brown


I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.          Billy Graham


Does being born into a Christian family make one a Christian? No! God has no grandchildren.             Corrie ten Boom


The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.         William Blake


God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist. All of those are human systems which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God. I honour my tradition, I walk through my tradition, but I don't think my tradition defines God, I think it only points me to God.             John Shelby Spong


I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.         C. S. Lewis

The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God.         Rob Bell

You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.           Anne Lamott


There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.         Tennyson


Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.      Albert Einstein

Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.      Pope John Paul II

Hate the sin, love the sinner.  Mahatma Gandhi


Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.                Corrie ten Boom

Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.              Francis Chan


Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and sometimes in the middle of nowhere you find yourself.    Stacy Westfall

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.             Cristoforo Colombo

If you think you are going through hell, keep going.             Winston Churchill

When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment, you create trust.     John C. Maxwell

You cannot pour from an empty cup.


You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.


I never lose. I either win or learn.      Nelson Mandela