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






Boys, this is only a game. But it's like life in that you will be dealt some bad hands. Take each hand, good or bad, and don't whine and complain, but play it out. If you're men enough to do that, God will help you and you will come out well.


Ida Eisenhower


No faith is our own that we have not arduously won.


Havelock Ellis (1859-1939, British psychologist)


All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Our faith comes in moments... yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more reality to them than to all other experiences.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The course of everything goes to teach us faith.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The disease with which the human mind now labors is want of faith.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The faith that stands on authority is not faith.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


It is faith among men that holds the moral elements of society together, as it is faith in God that binds the world to his throne.


William M. Evarts (1818-1901, American lawyer, statesman)


By virtue of love is the lover transformed in the beloved and the beloved transformed in the lover.


St. Angela of Foligno


Pity the human being who is not able to connect faith within himself with the infinite.... He who has faith has... an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust that all will come out well -- even though to the world it may appear to come out most badly.


B.C. Forbes


Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch, which ought to be applied as sparingly as possible.


Edward M. Forster (1879-1970, British novelist, essayist)


Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers; fear disheartens, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable.


Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969, American minister)


I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.


Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969, American minister)


Just as a small fire is extinguished by the storm whereas a large fire is enhanced by it -- likewise a weak faith is weakened by predicament and catastrophes whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them.


Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997, Austrian psychiatrist, author, "Man's Search for Meaning")


In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


The act of philanthropy is a spiritual act, an expression of caring for one's fellow human beings. It is a belief in the future that the future can be good. It is investing in that future. It is helping to make the dream come true.


Arthur C. Frantzreb


Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others.


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else does the thinking.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


Faith is the summit of the Torah.


Solomon Ibn Gabirol


Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


Faith is the function of the heart.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


Faith is the function of the heart.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


Faith must be enforced by reason. When faith becomes blind it dies.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


Non-violence is the article of faith.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


Some people say Liz and I are whores, but we are saints. We do not hide our loves hypocritically, and when in love, we are loyal and faithful to our men. [On the subject of her multiple marriages]


Ava Gardner (1922-1990, American actress)


We must move from asking God to take care of the things that are breaking our hearts, to praying about the things that are breaking His heart.


Margaret Gibb


Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


It is by faith that poetry, as well as devotion, soars above this dull earth; that imagination breaks through its clouds, breathes a purer air, and lives in a softer light.


Henry Giles


Faith is hidden household capital.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Peace ... was contingent upon a certain disposition of the soul, a disposition to receive the gift that only detachment from self made possible.


Elizabeth Goudge


Some things have to be believed to be seen.


Ralph Hodgson (1871-1962, British poet)


It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


If you have abandoned one faith, do not abandon all faith. There is always an alternative to the faith we lose. Or is it the same faith under another mask?


Graham Greene (1904-1991, British novelist)


I pray hard, work hard, and leave the rest to God.


Florence Griffith-Joyner (1959-, American track athlete)


A person who believes ... that there is a whole of which one is a part, and that in being a part one is whole: such a person has no desire whatever, at any time, to play God. Only those who have denied their being yearn to play at it.


Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-, American author)


The opposite of having faith is having self-pity.


Og Guinness


In properly organized groups no faith is required; what is required is simply a little trust and even that only for a little while, for the sooner a man begins to verify all he hears the better it is for him.


George Gurdjieff (1873-1949, Russian adept, teacher, writer)


Attempt something so impossible that unless God is in it, it's doomed to failure.


John Haggai


Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active.


Edith Hamilton (1867-1963, American classical scholar, translator)


A faith that sets bounds to itself, that will believe so much and no more, that will trust so far and no further, is none.


Julius Charles Hare


A faith to live by, a self to live with, and a purpose to live for.


Bob Harrington (American minister of "Chaplain Of Bourbon Street")


Faith doesn't wait until it understands; in that case it wouldn't be faith.


Vance Havner


My faith has wavered but has saved me.


Helen Hayes (1900-1993, American actress)


Faith is necessary to victory.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


If you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe.


Heinrich Heine (1797-1856, German poet, journalist)


Faith is building on what you know is here, so you can reach what you know is there.


Cullen Hightower


Faith is an assent of the mind and a consent of the heart, consisting mainly of belief and trust.


E.T. Hiscox


The farther we go, the more the ultimate explanation recedes from us, and all we have left is faith.


Vaclav Hlavaty


Faith is a gift of God which man can neither give nor take away by promise of rewards, or menaces of torture.


Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679, British philosopher)


Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Faith is primarily a process of identification; the process by which the individual ceases to be himself and becomes part of something eternal.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


God does not require you to follow His leadings on blind trust. Behold the evidence of an invisible intelligence pervading everything, even your own mind and body.


Raymond Holliwell


Faith implies the disbelief of a lesser fact in favor of a greater.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


Faith, as an intellectual state, is self-reliance.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


Don't lose faith in humanity: think of all the people in the United States who have never played you a single nasty trick.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Without risk, faith is an impossibility.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


God tests His real friends more severely than the lukewarm ones.


Katherine Hulme


You must never lose the awareness that in yourself you are nothing, you are only an instrument. An instrument is nothing until it is lifted.


Katherine Hulme


Faith hasn't got no eyes, but she' long-legged.


Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960, American novelist)


Faith is the little night light that burns in a sick room; as long as it is there, the obscurity is not complete, we turn towards it and await the daylight.


Abbe Henri Huvelin


Faith may be relied upon to produce sustained action and, more rarely, sustained contemplation.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


Faith begins as an experiment and ends as an experience.


Dean William R. Inge (1860-1954, Dean of St. Paul's, London)


Faith is not a series of gilt -- edged propositions that you sit down to figure out, and if you follow all the logic and accept all the conclusions, then you have it. It is crumpling and throwing away everything, proposition by proposition, until nothing is left, and then writing a new proposition, your very own, to throw in the teeth of despair.


Mary Jean Irion


Faith is one of the forces by which men live; the total absence of it means collapse.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Our faith is faith in someone else's faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Faith is an encounter in which God takes and keeps the initiative.


Eugene Joly


There is no great future for any people whose faith has burned out.


Rufus M. Jones


There are no atheists on turbulent airplanes.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


It's going to be a long, hard drag, but we'll make it.


Janis Joplin (1943-, American folk singer)


All things are inconstant except the faith in the soul, which changes all things and fills their inconstancy with light, but though I seem to be driven out of my country as a misbeliever I have found no man yet with a faith like mine.


James Joyce (1882-1941, Irish author)


The primary cause of unhappiness in the world today is... lack of faith.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


I believe in the immortality of the soul because I have within me immortal longings.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel towards our distant goal.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Myself when young did eagerly frequent doctor and saint, and heard great argument about it and about: but evermore came out by the same door as in I went.


Omar Khayyam (1048-1131, Persian astronomer, poet)


Faith is kind of like jumping out of an airplane at 10,000 feet. If God doesn't catch you, you splatter. But how do you know whether or not he is going to catch you unless you jump out?


Ann Kiemel


Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


I always prefer to believe the best of everybody -- it saves so much trouble.


Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936, British author of Prose, Verse)


Faith is that quality or power by which the things desired become the things possessed.


Kathryn Kuhlman


The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.


George E. Mueller (1918-, American engineer)


The thing that is incredible is life itself. Why should we be here in this sun-illuminated universe? Why should there be green earth under our feet?


Edwin Markham (1852-1940, American poet and editor)


To disbelieve is easy; to scoff is simple; to have faith is harder.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


We must do our business faithfully, without trouble or disquiet, recalling our mind to God mildly, and with tranquility, as often as we find it wandering from him.


Brother Lawrence (17th century mystic of the Catholic persuasion)


Put your hands to work, and your hearts to God.


Mother Ann Lee the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


Faith enables persons to be persons because it lets God be God.


Carter Lindberg


Faith is the refusal to panic.


David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981, British preacher, writer)


It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you're a winner, when you're number one. What you've got to have is faith and discipline when you're not yet a winner.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


Our faith triumphant over our fears.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


The only faith that wears well and holds its color in all weathers is that which is woven of conviction and set with the sharp mordant of experience.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


Our duty is to believe that for which we have sufficient evidence, and to suspend our judgment when we have not.


Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913, British statesman, banker, naturalist)


At the beginning of every act of faith, there is often a seed of fear. For great acts of faith are seldom born out of calm calculation.


Max L. Lucado (American author, "The Eye Of The Storm")


Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


Faith is a living and unshakable confidence, a belief in the grace of God so assured that a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


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