Source: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848), Ch. XXIII : First weeks of Matrimony; Helen to Arthur
„If God has called you, the more they block your way, the more that trouble and temptation, the more God’s love is provoked… Each attempt to stop you asks for more evidence from God.“
Addressing the reason he does not have church branches everywhere - "Why I Don't Have Church Branches Everywhere - TB Joshua" http://dailypost.ng/2014/08/25/dont-church-branches-everywhere-tb-joshua/ Daily Post, Nigeria (August 25 2014)
— Rick Warren Christian religious leader 1954
Source: The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
„Try how much of the word of God you can understand, and what is more, try how much you can practice. A sincere wish and purpose to do the will of God, will be your best way to know the mind of God.“
— John Angell James British abolitionist 1785 - 1859
Source: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 554.
„When the root of your wrong is not from the heart, your wrong will make you to run to God the more.“
— T. B. Joshua Nigerian Christian leader 1963
On the root of sin - "TB Joshua Defends Oyakhilome" http://www.herald.ng/tb-joshua-defends-oyakhilome-dont-disagree-peoples-understanding-differs/#rGUiGU1sJDEPXQC4.99 The Herald, Nigeria (March 23 2014)
Source: City of Fallen Angels
„And forgive me if I have troubled you more than was needful and inevitable, more than I intended to do when I took up my pen proposing to distract you from your distractions. And may God deny you peace, but give you glory!“
— Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
The Tragic Sense of Life (1913), Conclusion : Don Quixote in the Contemporary European Tragi-Comedy
Context: I hope, reader, that some time while our tragedy is still playing, in some interval between acts, we shall meet again. And we shall recognize one another. And forgive me if I have troubled you more than was needful and inevitable, more than I intended to do when I took up my pen proposing to distract you from your distractions. And may God deny you peace, but give you glory!
„If a pick-pocket or a cut-throat of our country can see everything that is in your country, surely that is no reason why the pick-pocket or cut-throat should be accepted by you as a God. This omnividence, as you call it — it is not a common word in Spaceland — does it make you more just, more merciful, less selfish, more loving? Not in the least. Then how does it make you more divine?I. "More merciful, more loving!"“
But these are the qualities of women! And we know that a Circle is a higher Being than a Straight Line, in so far as knowledge and wisdom are more to be esteemed than mere affection.</p><p>SPHERE. It is not for me to classify human faculties according to merit. Yet many of the best and wisest in Spaceland think more of the affections than of the understanding, more of your despised Straight Lines than of your belauded Circles. But enough of this. Look yonder...</p>
Source: Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (1884), PART II: OTHER WORLDS, Chapter 18. How I came to Spaceland, and What I Saw There
„Because of the Shewing I am not good but if I love God the better: and in as much as ye love God the better, it is more to you than to me.“
— Julian of Norwich English theologian and anchoress 1342 - 1416
The First Revelation, Chapter 9
Context: Because of the Shewing I am not good but if I love God the better: and in as much as ye love God the better, it is more to you than to me. I say not this to them that be wise, for they wot it well; but I say it to you that be simple, for ease and comfort: for we are all one in comfort. For truly it was not shewed me that God loved me better than the least soul that is in grace; for I am certain that there be many that never had Shewing nor sight but of the common teaching of Holy Church, that love God better than I. For if I look singularly to myself, I am right nought; but in general I am, I hope, in oneness of charity with all mine even-Christians.
„God wants you to get where God wants you to go more than you want to get where God wants you to go.“
— Mark Batterson American pastor and writer 1969
Source: In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars
„The more they persecute me, the more the favour of God upon my life. The more they persecute me, the more God will increase my blessing.“
— T. B. Joshua Nigerian Christian leader 1963
On the blessings in persecution - "Persecution Has Increased My Blessings – TB Joshua https://www.thenigerianvoice.com/news/1132/persecution-has-increased-my-blessings-tb-joshua.html Modern Ghana (September 17 2009)
„More: You want me to swear to the Act of Succession?
Margaret: "God more regards the thoughts of the heart than the words of the mouth." Or so you've always told me.
Margaret: Then say the words of the oath and in your heart think otherwise.
More: What is an oath then but words we say to God?“
A Man for All Seasons (1960)
„God is all love, and the more we are like Him the more we shall love; the trouble is not in the quantity but the quality of our love. If it were wholly pure, wholly unselfish, it could not be too deep or intense; for all true loving lifts us to a higher plane, bringing us nearer to God and the eternal goodness.“
— Arthur Kenney Irish dean 1776 - 1855
Source: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 395.
„She said, "Love isn't enough. Your parents have to know how to relate to you, and to each other. They have to want to be with you more than with anyone else. They have to love being home more than anywhere in the world, and they have to be more interested in you than in…"
"Snakes and tornadoes," I suggested.
"God, I love them. They're nice, Jimmy, they really are, and they mean well. But they live inside themselves more than not, and they keep their doors closed. You see them mostly through windows."“
Source: Life Expectancy (2004), Chapter 36; conversation between Lorrie Lynn Hicks and Jimmy Tock
„This union with the lives of other beings is accomplished through love.
God is not love, but the more there is of love, the more man manifests God, and the more he truly exists…
We acknowledge God only when we are conscious of His manifestation in us.“
— Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910
Entry in Tolstoy's Diary http://www.linguadex.com/tolstoy/chapter1.htm (1 November 1910)
Context: God is the infinite ALL. Man is only a finite manifestation of Him.
Or better yet:
God is that infinite All of which man knows himself to be a finite part.
God alone exists truly. Man manifests Him in time, space and matter. The more God's manifestation in man (life) unites with the manifestations (lives) of other beings, the more man exists. This union with the lives of other beings is accomplished through love.
God is not love, but the more there is of love, the more man manifests God, and the more he truly exists...
We acknowledge God only when we are conscious of His manifestation in us. All conclusions and guidelines based on this consciousness should fully satisfy both our desire to know God as such as well as our desire to live a life based on this recognition.
— Horatius Bonar British minister and poet 1808 - 1889
Source: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 538.
„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
„Ask no more, then, "what is best,
How shall those you love be blest,"
Ask at once eternal Rest,
Peace and assurance giving.
Rest of Life and not of death,
Rest in Love and Hope and Faith,
Til the God who gives their breath
Calls them to rest from living.“
— James Clerk Maxwell Scottish physicist 1831 - 1879
Part III Poems, "On St. David's Day. To Mrs. E. C. Morrieson." (March 1, 1854)
— Max Lucado American clergyman and writer 1955
„God is within you, and you can do and have anything you want. You must love yourself more. … and then … you can love your fellow man.“
— Cary Grant British-American film and stage actor 1904 - 1986
Context: Do not blame others for your own mistakes. … YOU are Mother Nature. You have the power within you to be thin or fat, as you desire. … God is within you, and you can do and have anything you want. You must love yourself more. … and then … you can love your fellow man.