„Preachers are not sermon makers, but men makers and saint makers, and he only is well-trained for this business who has made himself a man and a saint. It is not great talents nor great learning nor great preachers that God needs, but men great in holiness, great in faith, great in love, great in fidelity, great for God - men always preaching by holy sermons in the pulpit, by holy lives out of it. These can mold a generation for God.“
Power Through Prayer.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Poet, essayist, physician 1809 - 1894
The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (1858)
„Great talents are not, before God, a substitute for love for Himself; the possession of a profound intellect does not free any man from the obligations resting on the heart for purity and holiness; a reputation for attainments in science does not settle the question whether he is righteous before his Maker; refined manners are not, in the sight of God, a substitute for the graces of the Spirit; God does not justify man on the ground of human learning; attainments in chemistry, anatomy, geology, botany, astronomy, or skill in sculpture and painting, — these do not prepare a man to die.“
— Albert Barnes American theologian 1798 - 1870
Source: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 114.
— James Hudson Taylor Missionary in China 1832 - 1905
(Roger Steer. Hudson Taylor: Lessons in Discipleship. OMF International, 1995, 51).
— John of St. Samson 1571 - 1636
From, Light on Carmel: An Anthology from the Works of Brother John of Saint Samson, O.Carm.
— Arthur Penrhyn Stanley English churchman, Dean of Westminster 1815 - 1881
Source: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 105.
— Honoré de Balzac French writer 1799 - 1850
Magnam habet cordis tranquillitatem, qui nec laudes curat, nec vituperia. — Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ (ca. 1418), book II, ch. VI, paragraph 2.
— G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936
Lecture at the University of Notre Dame (13 October 1930), as quoted in notes taken by Professor Richard Baker, of the University of Dayton, and published in The Chesterton Review (Winter/Spring 1977)
— Thomas Brooks English Puritan 1608 - 1680
Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices, 1652
„He is truly great that is great in charity. He is truly great that is little in himself, and maketh no account of any height of honor. And he is truly learned that doeth the will of God, and forsaketh his own will.“
— Thomas à Kempis German canon regular 1380 - 1471
Source: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 293.
(J. Hudson Taylor. A Retrospect. Philadelphia: China Inland Mission, n.d., 35).
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
Attributed to Carlyle in Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends And Influence People (1936), but this quotation is not found in Carlyle's known works. The first mention found in Google Books dates from 1908, where the Rev. John Timothy Stone https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Timothy_Stone is quoted as claiming: 'The greatest critics of this world have been appreciators. Carlyle said, "You can discover a great man, or see a great man, by the way he treats little men.'
The quotation is subsequently found in slightly different forms, mostly in religious publications: "A great man shows his greatness by manner in which he treats little men" (1913, unattributed); The exact wording of Carnegie's quote suggests that it was taken from Stone's 1930 publication.
— Henry Adams journalist, historian, academic, novelist 1838 - 1918
Mont Saint Michel and Chartres (1904)