Love and Life

“The best dreams are bled for, not handed to you.”- Rebekka Lien

“We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end”- Benjamin Disraeli

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” – Thomas Merton

“You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.”- Author Unknown

“For some strange reason, no matter where I go, the place is always called ‘here’.”- Ashleigh Brilliant

“All you who are called and gifted, hear me. Love is the missing ingredient. Follow after love and the calling, the gifting, and the revelation will find its deepest and fullest expression” -Chip Brogden

“People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.”-Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“Science will never be able to reduce the value of a sunset to arithmetic. Nor can it reduce friendship to formula. Laughter and love, pain and loneliness, the challenge of beauty and truth: these will always surpass the scientific mastery of nature.”-Louis Orr (speech to the American Medical Association, 6/6/60)
“If you have love, you don’t need to have anything else, and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter much what else you have” -Sir James M. Barrie

“Humility and love are precisely the graces which the men of the world can understand, if they do not comprehend doctrines. They are the graces about which there is no mystery, and they are within reach of all classes… [The poorest] Christian can every day find occasion for practicing love and humility” -J. C. Ryle

“There is no remedy for love but to love more”- Henry David Thoreau

“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for”- Grace Hopper

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we can give”- Winston Churchill

People may fail many times, but they become failures when they begin to blame someone else.

“Your children need your presence more than your presents”- Jesse Jackson

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint.”- Isaiah 40:31

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve…You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Never learn anything about your people except from themselves. A good manager needs no detectives, and anybody who can’t read human nature can’t manage it.– George Horace Lorimer

“The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it”- William James

“To truly care for people requires not caring too much about their approval or their disapproval”

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”- Philippians 2:3-4

“There is something about the dangerous beauty that is revealed to us when trust triumphs over fear”- Aaron Griffith

“God is the wellspring of everything that has ever romanced your heart. The thundering strength of a waterfall, the delicacy of a flower, the stirring capacity of music, the richness of wine”- John Eldredge

“Genius is 99% perspiration and 1 percent inspiration” – Thomas Edison

“I do not want to miss out on an opportunity that God placed in my lap because I was dreaming about my glorious plans and dreams and decided that my present circumstances were not important because they were not the desires of my heart”

“If you’re consciously giving up something you’re passionate about, you are sacrificing your intangible assets.  You might not realize that you’re bearing these losts, but you’ll notice over time” – Michael Simmons

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them” – Mark Twain

“A friend is one before whom I may think aloud”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore”- Andre Gide

“The proof that you know something is that you are able to teach it” – Aristotle

“The wise learn many things from their enemies”- Aristophanes

“”The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” Psalm 51:17

“Don’t carry a grudge.  While you’re carrying the grudge, the other guy’s out dancing”- Buddy Hackett

“It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable”-Jean- Baptiste Moliere

“You can’t do anything with the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth”- H.L. Mencken

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new”- Albert Einstein

“The easiest person to deceive is one’s own self”- Edward Bulwer- Lytton

“Vision without action is a daydream.  Action without vision is a nightmare” -Japanese Proverb

“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative”- Woody Allen

“There are no office hours for leaders” – James Cardinal Gibbons

“It’s not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy.  The bee is praised.  The mosquito is swatted”- Mary O’Connor

“Do not confuse motion and progress.  A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress”- Alfred A. Montapert

“If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority”- Yugoslave proverb

“Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, ‘make me feel important’.  Never forget this message when working with people”- Mary Kay Ash

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows”- Timothy 6:10

“Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all”- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“The best sermons are lived, not preached”- Cowboy wisdom

“When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred”- Thomas Jefferson

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.  Hatred confuses life; life harmonizes it.  Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it”- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“What counts can’t always be counted; what can be counted doesn’t always count” – Albert Einstein

“Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty”- Sicilian proverb

“If you want to give God a good laugh, tell Him your plans”

“No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back”- Turkish proverb

“People who ask our advice almost never take it.  Yet we should never refuse to give it, upon request, for it often helps us to see our own way more clearly”- Brendan Francis


“Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep”- Scott Adams

“To be truly creative, you have to work beyond what you know.  Pushing the envelope is what being an artist is all about”- John Ferrie

“Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”- Muriel Strode

“Life without industry is guilt, and industry without art is brutality”- John Ruskin

“If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play” – John Cleese

“Creative people are bold in conception, willing to entertain unpopular ideas, they are dynamic, not allowing their minds to become passive”

“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go- purge yourself (let God).  If you are unhappy with anything…whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it.  Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out”- Tina Turner

“I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people”- Vincent van Gogh

A man who works with his hands is a laborer. A man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman. A man who works with his hands, his brain and his heart is an artist. – Louis Nizer

“Technique alone is never enough.  You have to have passion.  Technique alone is just an embroidered pot holder”- Raymond Chandler

“We don’t have to be right!  We do have to love, to be vulnerable, to accept joy and pain, and to grow through them”- Madeleine L’Engle

Funny Ones

“Give a man a fish, and you have fed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish, and you have fed him for the rest of his life” – Chinese proverb

“Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend” – Anonymous

“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died”- Erma Bombeck

“If you think marriage is going to be perfect, you’re probably still at your reception”- Martha Bolton

“Don’t eat yellow snow”- Anonymous

“For marriage to be a success, every woman and every man should have her and his own bathroom.  The end.”- Catherine Zeta- Jones

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down”- Oprah

“Never assume, for it makes an ASS out of U and ME”

Rebekka’s Quotes:

“Sometimes we have to take life by the balls even if it hurts”

When you take personal responsibility for everything in your life, you will start to see that all power is within you, not outside of you.”

If we say we want something, we must take action towards it. We can’t just wait for the perfect moment, the perfect moment will never come!”

“Grow in your personal life, grow in your business. These 2 are inseparable, parallel. Your integrity is linked to how well you do in #biz

“The Simple Answer: Love”

“I am not able, You are.
I am not strong, You are.
I am not in control, You are.
I fail, You are unfailing.
God I fear, You are fearless.
Each one of us are meant to reflect a certain part of who God is.”- November 2009

“20 turning 10. I heart being fully alive and being me…who God has made me to me- ALIVE AND FULLY HEART BEATING AND DANCING AND SINGING AND CREATING AND GOING CRAZY AND LOVING AND LIVING AND KARAOKING and seriously…..seriously…

just being me”
“As an artist, I must love the people. I must love those that see my art, listen to my music- I must have the intention of touching their souls. It is then that I can truly call myself an artist.”
“Life is short- do the unexpected. Be a dancing fool, eat exotic bugs, laugh and snort, cry and snot away, learn a new language, watch the sunrise, never result to conforming and complacency”
“Without pain, we would not know what love is.  Love is sacrificial, self less, and that means, sometimes getting hurt”
“I would rather hurt and experience beauty and joy, then live in dull, nothingness”
“We’re so selfish we human beings.  We think we’re better, but really we’re all the same.  Under those clothes, those piercings, those crisp collared shirts, that Gucci skirt- we are all longing for love, acceptance, purpose and eternity.  And I know Jesus sees beneath the surface, sees the pain, and cries for you”
“Honest to God, I am freaken scared of commitment”
“To escape pain and suffering is to escape life.  We must embrace suffering to experience love.  Love is bittersweet.  Without love, what is the point of living?”
“People that stand out get the most criticism, while those that conform, fade into the background. The ones that stand out must fight on, knowing that the more criticism, the better. That means we are actually making a change, doing something different from the norm, and doing enough to fail at times. Failing means you are actually trying something new…and then when we succeed, we will pity those that never tried.”- Rebekka Lien


“The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity.” – Mike Stachura

“Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell, I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of Hell.”  – C.T. Studd

“Brother, if you would enter that Province, you must go forward on your knees.” – J. Hudson Taylor

“And people who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives…and when the bubble has burst they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.” – Nate Saint

From Books:

The appearances mislead: prayer is never the first word; it is always the second word. God has the first word. Pryer is answering speech; it is not primarily ‘address’ but ‘response'”- Eugene Peterson, Working the Angles

“We take up positions of leadership not because we have a number of abilities but because of this focused love, the intention of a compassion- filled heart”- Viv Thomas, Future Leader

“Jesus did not need to accomplish anything to establish his status. With his history rooted into his relational life with his Father, his deeds were an outflow from that community, not responses to drives needing to be satisfied. This is so with good leadership. It is possible that the one who most wants to be in control is probably the one looking for significance through the use of various forms of power. A leader’s significance will not come from accomplishments; it will come from a healthy relationship to history and from roots that emerge from God himself”- Viv  Thomas


“Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks. Perhaps this person will never be disappointed or disillusioned; perhaps she won’t suffer the way people do when they have a dream to follow. But when the person looks back-she will hear her heart”-Paulo Coelho

“Do not fear risk. All exploration, all growth is calculated. Without challenge people cannot reach their higher selves. Only if we are willing to walk over the edge can we become winners.”

“Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one’s liberty.”-Henri Frederic Amiel

“He who risks and fails can be forgiven. He who never risks and never fails is a failure in his whole being.”- Paul Tillich

“It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.”- Seneca

“Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don’t. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.”- Philip Andrew Adams

“Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.”- Andre Malraux

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.”- Katherine Mansfield

“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.”- Leo F. Buscaglia


One thought on “Quotes

  1. That is one big list of quotes there!

    “There is something about the dangerous beauty that is revealed to us when trust triumphs over fear”- Aaron Griffith

    I like!

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