An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown






Faith has to do with things that are not seen, and hope with things that are not in hand.


St. Thomas Acquinas (1225-1274, Italian scholastic philosopher and theologian)


Faith is a continuation of reason.


William Adams (American businessman)


In faith and hope the world will disagree, But all mankind's concern is charity.


Alexander The Great (352-323 BC, Alexander III, Macedonian King)


Faith is a certitude without proofs... a sentiment, for it is a hope; it is an instinct, for it precedes all outward instruction.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


To win true peace, a man needs to feel himself directed, pardoned and sustained by a supreme power, to feel himself in the right road, at the point where God would have him be -- in order with God and the universe. This faith gives strength and calm.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


Prayer begins where human capacity ends.


Marian Anderson (1902-1993, American contralto concert and opera singer)


I knew without a glimmer of doubt that all things in the universe were connected by a living truth that would not relent its continuing search for wholeness until every form of life was united.


Lynn V. Andrews


There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.


Marie Antoinette (1755-1793 French Queen)


Far graver is it to corrupt the faith that is the life of the soul than to counterfeit the money that sustains temporal life.


St. Thomas Aquinas


To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.


St. Thomas Aquinas


May it not be that, just as we have to have faith in Him, God has to have faith in us and, considering the history of the human race so far, may it not be that "faith" is even more difficult for Him than it is for us?


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


The relation of faith between subject and object is unique in every case. Hundreds may believe, but each has to believe by himself.


W.H. Auden


As to the aridity you are suffering from, it seems to me our Lord is treating you like someone He considers strong: He wants to test you and see if you love Him as much at times of aridity as when He sends you consolations. I think this is a very great favor for God to show you.


St. Teresa of Avila


However much we do to avoid them, we shall never lack crosses in this life if we are in the ranks of the Crucified.


St. Teresa of Avila


It constantly happens that the Lord permits a soul to fall so that it may grow humbler.


St. Teresa of Avila


It is only mercenaries who expect to be paid by the day.


St. Teresa of Avila


Let nothing disturb thee, Let nothing affright thee, All things are passing, God changeth never.


St. Teresa of Avila


Life is to life in such a way that we are not afraid to die.


St. Teresa of Avila


With all this wide and beautiful creation before me, the restless soul longs to enjoy its liberty and rest beyond its bound.


St. Teresa of Avila


For the facts that make up the world need the non-factual as a vantage point from which to be perceived.


Ingeborg Bachmann


Faith is the capacity of the soul to perceive the abiding... the invisible in the visible.


Leo Baeck (1873-1956, Jewish religious leader, lecturer)


Faith is a kind of betting, or speculation.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


Faith is a higher faculty than reason.


Henry Christopher Bailey


I never really look for anything. What God throws my way comes. I wake up in the morning and whichever way God turns my feet, I go.


Pearl Bailey (1918-1990, American vocalist, movie and stage actress)


Faith is the proper name of religious experience.


John Baillie


You don't decide to build a church because you have money in the bank. You build because God says this is what  you should do. Faith is the supplier of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.


Jim Bakker (1940-, American evangelist)


There is one inevitable criterion of judgment touching religious faith... Can you reduce it to practice? If not, have none of it.


Hosea Ballou (1771-1852, American theologian, founder of "Universalism")


So often we have a kind of vague, wistful longing that the promises of Jesus should be true. The only way really to enter into them is to believe them with the clutching intensity of a drowning man.


William Barclay (1907-1978, Scottish theologian, religious writer, broadcaster)


It is better to be unfaithful than faithful without wanting to be.


Brigitte Bardot (1934-, French actress)


The ablest men in all walks of modern life are men of faith. Most of them have much more faith than they themselves realize.


Bruce Barton (1886-1967, American author, advertising expert)


Faith without works is like a bird without wings; though she may hop with her companions on earth, she will never fly with them to heaven.


Francis Beaumont (1584-1616, British dramatist)


In the midst of your doubts, don't forget how many of the important questions God does answer.


Verne Becker


Faith is spiritualized imagination.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Faith is the sturdiest, the most manly of the virtues. It lies behind our pluckiest... strivings. It is the virtue of the storm, just as happiness is the virtue of the sunshine.


Ruth Benedict (1887-1948, American anthropologist)


Faith is the virtue of the storm, just as happiness is the virtue of the sunshine.


Ruth Benedict (1887-1948, American anthropologist)


Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future.


Ruth Benedict (1887-1948, American anthropologist)


Faith is not a thing which one "loses," we merely cease to shape our lives by it.


Georges Bernanos (1888-1948, French novelist, political writer)


Our family never had any hard luck, because nothing seemed hard luck to it, nor was it ever disgraced for there was nothing which it would acknowledge as disgrace.


Boxcar Bertha


Patience with others is Love, Patience with self is Hope, Patience with God is Faith.


Adel Bestavros


I plunged into the job of creating something from nothing.... Though I hadn't a penny left, I considered cash money as the smallest part of my resources. I had faith in a living God, faith in myself, and a desire to serve.


Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955, American educator, consultant for the U.S. government)


Faith. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


Faith is the soul riding at anchor.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


If there was no faith there would be no living in this world. We could not even eat hash with any safety.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


All the scholastic scaffolding falls, as a ruined edifice, before a single word: faith.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Faith is like radar that sees through the fog -- the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.


Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983, Dutch evangelist)


Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.


Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983, Dutch evangelist)


A red-hot belief in eternal glory is probably the best antidote to human panic that there is.


Phyllis Bottome (1884-1963, American writer)


No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.


Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973, Anglo-Irish novelist)


I see not a step before me as I tread on another year; But I've left the Past in God's keeping, the Future His mercy shall clear; And what looks dark in the distance may brighten as I draw near.


Mary Gardiner Brainard


I would rather walk with God in the dark than go alone in the light.


Mary Gardiner Brainard


Faith is the soul's adventure.


William Bridges (American author)


I see heaven's glories shine and faith shines equal...


Emily Bronte (1818-1848, British novelist, poet)


I see heaven's glories shine and faith shines equal...


Emily Bronte (1818-1848, British novelist, poet)


To believe only possibilities is not faith, but mere philosophy.


Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682, British author, physician, philosopher)


Faith is obedience, nothing else.


Emil Brunner


I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


Strike from mankind the principle of faith, and men would have no more history than a flock of sheep.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


What is faith but a kind of betting or speculation after all? It should be, "I bet that my Redeemer liveth."


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


There is no such thing as a lack of faith. We all have plenty of faith, it's just that we have faith in the wrong things. We have faith in what can't be done rather than what can be done. We have faith in lack rather than abundance but there is no lack of faith. Faith is a law.


Eric Butterworth


Faith is the response of our spirits to beckonings of the eternal.


George A. Buttrick


It is useless to tell one not to reason but to believe -- you might as well tell a man not to wake but sleep.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Faith in our associates is part of our faith in God.


Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929, American sociologist)


Faith consists, not in ignorance, but in knowledge, and that, not only of God, but also of the divine will.


John Calvin (1509-1564, French protestant reformer)


Faith is a knowledge of the benevolence of God toward us, and a certain persuasion of His veracity.


John Calvin (1509-1564, French protestant reformer)


It is faith, and not reason, which impels men to action.... Intelligence is content to point out the road, but never drives us along it.


Dr. Alexis Carrel (1873-1944, French biologist)


What is faith? What you do not see. What is hope? A great thing. What is charity? A great rarity.


Facetiae Cantabrigiensis


The minds of people are so cluttered up with everyday living these days that they don't, or they won't, take time out for a little prayer -- for mental cleansing, just as they take a bath for physical, outer cleansing. both are necessary.


Jo Ann Carlson


Faith is loyalty to some inspired teacher, some spiritual hero.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


To us also, through every star, through every blade of grass, is not God made visible if we will open our minds and our eyes.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Faith is putting all your eggs in God's basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch.


Ramona C. Carroll


Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.


Oswald Chambers (1874-1917, Scottish preacher, author)


Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.


William Ellery Channing (1780-1842, American Unitarian minister, author)


In prayer one must hold fast and never let go, because the one who gives up loses all. If it seems that no one is listening to you, then cry out even louder. If you are driven out of one door, go back in by the other.


Jane Frances De Chantal


We cannot hand our faith to one another.... Even in the Middle Ages, when faith was theoretically uniform, it was always practically individual.


John Jay Chapman (1862-1933, American author)


The historic glory of America lies in the fact that it is the one nation that was founded like a church. That is, it was founded on a faith that was not merely summed up after it had exited, but was defined before it existed.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


All the strength and force of man comes from his faith in things unseen. He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.


James Freeman Clarke (1810-1888, American minister, theologian)


Faith makes the discords of the present the harmonies of the future.


Robert Collyer (1823-18?, American reverend)


Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Faith moves mountains, but you have to keep pushing while you are praying.


Mason Cooley


Do you know how to digest your food? Do you know how to fill your lungs with air? Do you know how to establish, regulate and direct the metabolism of your body -- the assimilation of foodstuff so that it builds muscles, bones and flesh? No, you don't know how consciously, but there is a wisdom within you that does know.


Donald Curtis


No one thinks of how much blood it costs.


Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321, Italian philosopher, poet)


What we wish, that we readily believe.


Demosthenes (c.383-322 BC, Greek orator)


To me, faith means not worrying.


John Dewey (1859-1952, American philosopher, educator)


Doubt is a necessity of the mind, faith of the heart.


Comtesse Diane


It could be that our faithlessness is a cowering cowardice born of our very smallness, a massive failure of imagination. If we were to judge nature by common sense or likelihood, we wouldn't believe the world existed.


Annie Dillard (1945-, American author, poet)


Something will turn up.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.


E. L. Doctorow (1931-, American novelist)


Faith walks simply, childlike, between the darkness of human life and the hope of what is to come.


Catherine De Hueck Doherty


As he that fears God hears nothing else, so, he that sees God sees every thing else.


John Donne (1572-1632, British metaphysical poet)


Reason is our soul's left hand, faith her right, by these we reach divinity.


John Donne (1572-1632, British metaphysical poet)


Divine love always has met and always will meet every human need.


Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910, American founder of the Christian Science Church)


God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite. Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.


Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910, American founder of the Christian Science Church)


God is universal; confined to no spot, defined by no dogma, appropriated by no sect.


Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910, American founder of the Christian Science Church)


To live and let live, without clamor for distinction or recognition; to wait on divine love; to write truth first on the tablet of one's own heart -- this is the sanity and perfection of living, and my human ideal.


Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910, American founder of the Christian Science Church)


Faith is not contrary to reason…


Sherwood Eddy


Faith is reason grown courageous.


Sherwood Eddy


Science has sometimes been said to be opposed to faith, and inconsistent with it. But all science, in fact, rests on a basis of faith, for it assumes the permanence and uniformity of natural laws -- a thing which can never be demonstrated.


Tryon Edwards (1809-1894, American theologian)


If I saw the gates of hell open and I stood on the brink of the abyss, I would not despair, I would not lose hope of mercy, because I would trust in You, my God.


Gemma Galgani


To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty... this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


 Back to Daimon Library English Quotes Search Page


website tracking