1 Abilities are like tax deductions—we use them or we lose them.

Sam Jennings

2 Everyone excels in something in which another fails.

Latin Proverb

3 God does not ask about our ability or our inability, but our availability.

4 God does not require that each individual shall have capacity for everything.

Richard Rothe (1799-1867)

5 God's gifts are meted out according to the taker, not according to the giver.

Meister Eckhart (c. 1260-c. 1327)

6 God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

7 Great talents have some admirers, but few friends.

8 It is not a question of our equipment, but of our poverty; not what we bring with us, but what he puts in us; not our natural virtues, our strength of character, our knowledge, our experience; all that is of no avail.... God can do nothing with people who think they will be of use to him.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

9 It is not my ability, but my response to God's ability, that counts.

Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983)

10 The disillusionment with our own abilities is, perhaps, one of the most important things that can ever happen to us.

Tim Hansel

11 The presence of Christ brings us his power and ability to use our limited resources in his limitless ways.

Rebecca Manley Pippert

12 These are gifts from God arranged by infinite wisdom, notes that make up the scores of creation's loftiest symphony, threads that compose the master tapestry of the universe.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

13 Use your own mind, then rely upon God.

Arabian Proverb

14 When it is a question of God's almighty Spirit, never say "I can't."

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)


15 Abortion stops a beating heart.

—Theme of West Virginians for Life state convention

16 For us murder is once for all forbidden; so even the child in the womb... is not lawful for us to destroy. To forbid birth is only quicker murder.... The fruit is always present in the seed.

Tertullian (c. 160-after 220)

17 How would you like to be that baby inside the womb of a woman who isn't sure she wants you to live any longer?

Charles R. Swindoll (1934- )

18 I believe this society will one day look back at the horror of abortion, and critics will ask, "Where was the church?"

Joel Reiter

19 I do not believe in abortion. But I will prefer to counsel a woman who has had a legal abortion rather than to bury one who has had an illegal one. I have done both.

Albert Demos

20 I have a right to free speech, but not to shout "fire" in a theater. A person's right to anything stops when it injures or kills another living human. Should any civilized nation give to one citizen the absolute right to kill another to solve that first person's personal problem?

John Wilke

21 I will not give a woman an instrument to procure abortion.

Hippocrates (c. 460-c. 377 b.c.)

22 It's haunting me. I can't get it out of my mind.... I helped murder somebody and I can't sleep.

—Linda Johnson, after being forced to witness an abortion and package the aborted baby for use as evidence

23 We are fighting abortion by adoption. We have sent word to the clinics, to the hospitals, to the police stations. "Please do not destroy the child. We will take the child."

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910- )

24 We cannot treat the human embryo as cheap and worthless without passing judgment on all human life, including our own.

Monica Furlong

25 What would God have done if Mary and Joseph had decided to have an abortion?


26 A beast does not know that he is a beast, and the nearer a man gets to being a beast, the less he knows it.

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

27 All cruelty springs from weakness.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 4 b.c.-a.d. 65)

28 Cruelty is a detested sport: that owes its pleasures to another's pain.

William Cowper (1731-1800)

29 Cruelty isn't softened by tears, it feeds on them.

Publilius Syrus (First Century b.c.)

30 Man's inhumanity to man Makes countless thousands mourn.

Robert Burns (1759-1796)

31 Men are the only animals who devote themselves assiduously to making one another unhappy.

H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

32 More than 90 percent of all the prisoners in our American prisons have been abused as children.

John Powell


33 Acceptance says, "True, this is my situation at the moment. I'll look unblinkingly at the reality of it. But I'll also open my hands to accept willingly whatever a loving Father sends."

Catherine Wood Marshall (1914-1983)

34 For after all, the best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

35 If the Giver gives you a hill to plough, don't level it.

Arabian Proverb

36 If you have no power to prevail over someone, leave it to God.

Arabian Proverb

37 It ain't no use to grumble and complain,

It's just as easy to rejoice;

When God sorts out the weather and sends rain,

Why, rain's my choice.

James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916)

38 Let us take things as we find them. Let us not attempt to distort them into what they are not. We cannot make facts. All our wishing cannot change them. We must use them.

Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

39 My child, it will be better for you if you accept my decisions without complaint. Do not ask me to defend my actions or to explain why one person is favored and another seems slighted. The answers to these questions go far beyond your comprehension.

Thomas à Kempis (c. 1380-1471)

40 One already wet does not feel the rain.

Turkish Proverb

41 Resignation is putting God between ourselves and our troubles.

Madame Anne Sophie Soymanov Swetchine (1782-1857)

42 Resignation is the rarest sort of courage.

Gustave Droz

43 Since the house is on fire, let us warm ourselves.

Italian Proverb

44 There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

45 When you are outraged by somebody's impudence, ask yourself at once, "Can the world exist without impudent people?" It cannot; so do not ask for impossibilities.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180)

46 You are not accepted by God because you deserve to be, or because you have worked hard for him; but because Jesus died for you.

Colin Urquhart (1940- )


47 Ancient of Days! except thou deign

Upon the finished task to smile,

The workman's hand hath toiled in vain,

To hew the rock and rear the pile.

William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

48 Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! What you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

49 At the day of judgment we shall not be asked what we have read but what we have done.

Thomas à Kempis (c. 1380-1471)

50 Being able to do something well is one of life's great joys.

Frank Tyger

51 Determine never to be idle.... It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

52 Do what you can with what you have where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

53 Efficiency is enhanced not by what we accomplish but more often by what we relinquish.

Charles R. Swindoll (1934- )

54 Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it.

55 God will not demand more from you than you can do. Whatever God asks of you, he will give you the strength to do.

Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

56 Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

57 He who begins many things finishes but few.

Italian Proverb

58 He who cannot do something big can do something small in a big way.

59 He who moves a mountain starts by carrying away small stones.

60 If we prune back that part of our activity which is not really fruitful in the Holy Spirit, we find that we do less, but accomplish more.

John Michael Talbot

61 Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.

Michelangelo (1475-1564)

62 Men are much more apt to agree in what they do than in what they think.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

63 No matter what a man does, no matter how successful he seems to be in any field, if the Holy Spirit is not the chief energizer of his activity, it will all fall apart when he dies.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

64 The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.

Charles R. Swindoll (1934- )

65 The virtue of deeds lies in completing them.

Arabian Proverb

66 The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.

Elbert Green Hubbard (1856-1915)

67 Thinking well is wise; planning well, wiser; doing well wisest and best of all.

Persian Proverb

68 Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

Ronald E. Osborn

69 Well done is better than well said.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)


70 A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.

John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

71 Life is like a cash register in that every account, every thought, every deed, like every sale, is registered and recorded.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979)

72 My Spirit searches the deep things of the heart. I not only taste the fruit, I test the soundness of the tree. I do not look at the leaves, but examine the roots. I behold not the shape of the tree, but test the heart.

Frances J. Roberts

73 The sins ye do by two and two, ye must pay for, one by one.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

74 What difference does it make to you what someone else becomes, or says, or does? You do not need to answer for others, only for yourself.

Thomas à Kempis (c. 1380-1471)


75 A bell doesn't ring on its own—if someone doesn't pull or push it, it will remain silent.

Plautus (c. 254-184 b.c.)

76 A ship in a harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.

77 A strong man must have something difficult to do.

John Stuart Blackie (1809-1895)

78 Doing becomes the natural overflow of being when the pressure within is stronger than the pressure without.

Lois Lebar

79 Every calling is great when greatly pursued.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

80 Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully, prepare prayerfully, proceed positively, pursue persistently.

William Arthur Ward (1812-1882)

81 Give me a person who says, "This one thing I do, and not these fifty things I dabble in."

Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899)

82 I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

83 It is not enough to aim: you must hit.

Italian Proverb

84 It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

85 No great achievement is possible without persistent work.

Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970)

86 Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

87 Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

88 Sitting on a tack is often more useful than having an idea; at least it makes you get up and do something about it.

89 Some men dream of worthy accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them.

90 The airplane, the atomic bomb, and the zipper have cured me of any tendency to state that a thing can't be done.

R. L. Duffus

91 The greatest works are done by the ones. The hundreds do not often do much, the companies never; it is the units, the single individuals, that are the power and the might.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

92 The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.

Harold Taylor

93 The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit; try to belong to the first class—there's far less competition.

Dwight Whitney Morrow (1873-1931)

94 There is no gathering the rose without being pricked by the thorns.

95 What people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

96 Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

97 Where would you be if God took away all your Christian work? Too often it is our Christian work that is worshiped and not God.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)


98 A Christian should always remember that the value of his good works is not based on their number and excellence, but on the love of God which prompts him to do these things.

Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591)

99 A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.

John Calvin (1509-1564)

100 A few dozen act while millions stand impotent.

John Fowles (1926- )

101 A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

102 All glory comes from daring to begin.

103 All our actions take

Their hues from the complexion of the heart,

As landscapes their variety from light.

W. T. Bacon (1812-1881)

104 Christian action is not of ourselves; it is the spirit of Christ operating in our lives.

105 Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.

Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814-1880)

106 I am only one,

But still I am one.

I cannot do everything,

But still I can do something;

And because I cannot do everything

I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909)

107 If you sit down at set of sun

And count the acts that you have done,

And, counting, find one self-denying deed, one word

That eased the heart of him who heard—

One glance most kind,

That fell like sunshine where it went—

Then you may count that day well spent.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

108 Let a good man do good deeds with the same zeal that the evil man does bad ones.

The Belzer Rabbi

109 Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

110 Some people are content not to do mean actions; I want to become incapable of a mean thought or feeling.

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

111 We have a shortage of effective Christian action at the real centers of national influence because of misplaced Christian energy, misplaced Christian money—and misplaced Christians.

McCandlish Phillips