— Bob Pierce American evangelical charity founder 1914 - 1978
„If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart.“
— Oswald Chambers British missionary 1874 - 1917
„My desire to live is as intense as ever, and though my heart is broken, hearts are made to be broken: that is why God sends sorrow into the world.“
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
Source: The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde
„The more a believer wishes to live the absolute call of God, the more essential it is to do so in the heart of human distress.“
— Brother Roger Swiss monk 1915 - 2005
The Sources of Taizé (2000), p. 79
„The young bamboo can be easily bent, but the full grown bamboo breaks when it is bent with force. It is easy to bend the young heart towards God, but the untrained heart of the old escapes the hold whenever it is so drawn“
— Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886
„A man might say, "The things that are in the world are what God has made…. Why should I not love what God has made?"…Suppose, my brethren, a man should make for his betrothed a ring, and she should prefer the ring given her to the betrothed who made it for her, would not her heart be convicted of infidelity?… God has given you all these things: therefore, love him who made them.“
— Aurelius Augustinus early Christian theologian and philosopher 354 - 430
Second Homily, as translated by John Burnaby (1955), pp. 275-276
Ten Homilies on the First Epistle of John (414)
„I want the word that burns into my heart
Like God's coal alive on the Prophet's tongue.
I would listen now while memory is ablaze
To seal your testament within my soul.“
— Donald Davidson American poet, essayist, critic and author 1893 - 1968
Soldier and Son
— Hazrat Inayat Khan Indian Sufi 1882 - 1927
„I believe with all my heart that the dream to evangelize the world in this generation will be accomplished by God's power working through his disciples. And to God be the glory!“
— Kip McKean minister 1954
http://www.kipmckean.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/Revolution_through_Restoration_1_2_3.pdf, Ending to Revoultion Through Restoration 1, 1992.
Revolution Through Restoration (1992-2002)
„The rose of all the world is not for me.
I want for my part
Only the little white rose of Scotland
That smells sharp and sweet - and breaks the heart.“
— Hugh MacDiarmid Scottish poet, pen name of Christopher Murray Grieve 1892 - 1978
The Little White Rose
— Aurangzeb Sixth Mughal Emperor 1618 - 1707
Dili, Yarana! Khuda hai! Khuda hai!
Aurangzeb during battle with Dara Shikoh Also in Guru Tegh Bahadur, Prophet and Martyr: A Biography by Trilochan Singh [ Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, 1967] p. 98 Also in Heroes of Islam Series: Mohy-ud-Din Alamgir Aurangzeb by Fazl Ahmad [ Sh. Muhammad Ashraf, 1960] p. 54 Also in Aurangzib And The Decay Of The Mughal Empire https://books.google.com/books?id=JodvCwAAQBAJ&pg=PT29 by Stanley Lane Poole [Pickle Partners Publishing, 2014, ISBN 1-782-89473-X]
Quotes from late medieval histories
„The blackness would stir and eventually go away, and God would remain, a shining point of light in my heart. I would go on loving.“
Source: Life of Pi (2001), Chapter 74, p. 232
Context: Despair was a heavy blackness that let no light in or out. It was a hell beyond expression. I thank God it always passed. A school of fish appeared around the net or a knot cried out to be reknotted. Or I thought of my family, of how they were spared this terrible agony. The blackness would stir and eventually go away, and God would remain, a shining point of light in my heart. I would go on loving.
„Christ was a Jew, and God, he is supposed to have made the universe. That's a little far-fetched because if God made the world, who made God?“
— Julius Streicher German politician 1885 - 1946
To Leon Goldensohn, April 6, 1946, from "The Nuremberg Interviews" by Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - History - 2004
„If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God you'll be at rest.“
— Corrie ten Boom Dutch resistance hero and writer 1892 - 1983
„In prayer, you encounter God not only in the small voice and the soft breeze, but also in the midst of the turmoil of the world, in the distress and joy of your neighbor and in the loneliness of your own heart.“
— Henri Nouwen Dutch priest and writer 1932 - 1996
With Open Hands (1972)
Context: To pray means to open your hands before God. It means slowly relaxing the tension which squeezes your hands together and accepting your existence with an increasing readiness, not as a possession to defend, but as a gift to receive. Above all, prayer is a way of life which allows you to find a stillness in the midst of the world where you open your hands to God’s promises and find hope for yourself, your neighbor and your world. In prayer, you encounter God not only in the small voice and the soft breeze, but also in the midst of the turmoil of the world, in the distress and joy of your neighbor and in the loneliness of your own heart.