Quotations for Daily Use

Overcoming, Healing

"But he was determined to look for the deeper truth hidden in the midst of an otherwise bleak situation." Eric Metaxas in Bonhoeffer Pastor Martyr, Prophet, Spy writing about Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Don't go back and rake over the ashes, but see what we can do better in the future." Dwight D. Eisenhower, (1890–1969), US general and 34th president of the US 1953–61; nicknamed Ike.

"Don't over-react to the trouble maker." Warren Gamaliel Bennis (March 8, 1925 – July 31, 2014) was an American scholar, organizational consultant and author

"Don't take the bait. Take the high ground; don't respond to the fusillade." James Knox Polk (November 2, 1795 – June 15, 1849) was the 11th President of the United States. (1845–49).

A prayer - "Father, we thank you from the deep place of our souls for your unending grace and mercy in _______’s life. Thank you for patience that you may reward it, thank you for brokenness that you may mend it, thank you for love that you may enlarge it above our most heartfelt expectations." Father Tim Kavanagh, a character in Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon

"God has seen to it that the human heart is stronger than any power on earth." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church.

"I wonder why it is that we find some days so much more oppressive than others, for no apparent reason. Is it growing pains, or spiritual trial? Once they're over, the world looks quite a different place again." Dietrich Bonhoeffer,( 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church.This quote is from a letter he wrote from Tegel prison.

"My daddy made _______ a bad name. I’m going to make _______ a good name." Spoken by Sammy Barlowe, a character in Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon - (By inserting your last name in place of each of the lines you can make this quote work for you. You can Romans 8:28 any past bad history to turn around anything into a great thing in your life as you raise your family, mix with friends etc.)

"One day at a time to be patient and strong,
To be calm under trial and sweet under wrong,
Then its toiling shall pass and its sorrow shall cease;
It shall darken and die; and our God will bring peace."

Annie Johnson Flint, poet

"Our fears must never hold us back from pursuing our hopes." John F. Kennedy, (1917–63), 35th president of the US 1961–63; known as JFK.

"The heart is crying, but the lips are smiling." Perla Ovitz, survivor of a concentration camp as written about in Giants by Koren & Negev

"They say the best men are born out of their faults and that they often improve later on, more than if they'd never done anything wrong." Sonia, wife of the main character, Ove, in A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Sonia said this to her husband after he told her he'd lied about something."

"Throw your heart over the bars and your body will follow." Veteran Trapeze Performer

"We are all fixing what is broken. It is the task of a lifetime." Abraham Verghese (born 1955) is an Indian American physician-author, Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University Medical School and Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. This quote was found in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, a book in The Mitford Series by Jan Karon

"We can never be like lillies in the garden unless we have spent time as bulbs in the dark, totally ignored." Oswald Chambers  (24 July 1874 – 15 November 1917) was an early twentieth-century Scottish Baptist and Holiness Movement evangelist and teacher, best known for the devotional My Utmost for His Highest.

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive . . . to bind up the nation's wounds." Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. He preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the U.S. economy. This statement was made in Lincoln's Second Inaugural, March 4, 1865.

" . . . we are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it." Josef, a character in The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews

"You can get through anything in life." Amy Higdon, Nestucca Valley Middle School 6th grader, 2001

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