Tag Archives: soul

The Importance of Prayer

Prayer is the gymnasium of the soul.
Samuel Zwemer

Prayer, meditation, scripture study, and worship are just as essential to running a successful spiritual race as physical discipline is in preparing for athletic competition.
Tom Osborne

Pray twice as much as you fret.
Max Lucado

I have so much business I cannot go on without spending three hours daily in prayer.
Martin Luther

Time spent in prayer will yield more than that given to work. Prayer alone gives work its worth and its success. Prayer opens the way for God Himself to do His work in us and through us. Let our chief work as God’s messengers be intercession; in it we secure the presence and power of God to go with us.
Andrew Murray

Make a Difference

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that has.
Margaret Mead

To the world, you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.
Joseph Billings

Respectable men and women content with the good and easy living are missing some of the most important things in life. Unless you give yourself to some great cause you haven’t even begun to live.
William Merrill

I learned in my four decades in Washington that one person can make a difference.
Liz Carpenter

Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth or power. Those rewards create almost as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will at least be a little bit different for our having passed through it.
Harold Kushner

Education

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.
Joseph Addison

A full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.
Mark Twain

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
Lord Brougham

More people have to start spending as much time in the library as they do on the basketball court. If they took the idea that they could escape poverty through education, I think it would make a more basic and long-lasting change in the way things are done.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

It is the studying that you do after your school days that really counts. Otherwise, you know only that which everyone else knows.
Henry Doherty

The Adversity Advantage

People striving, being knocked down and coming back, that’s what builds character in a man.
Tom Landry

Bless you, prison, for having been in my life. The meaning of earthly existence lies, not as we have grown used to thinking, in prospering, but in the development of the soul.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russian dissident

Adversity puts things in perspective. If you let it, it can help you focus on things that really count in your life. You can free yourself from trivialities and concentrate on what’s really important.
Pat Williams

Adversity is the breakfast of champions.
Rick Godwin

Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has much difficulty and sadness and remains far behind yours. Were it otherwise he would never have been able to find those words.
Rainer Rilke

The Power of Laughter

Laughter can relieve tension, soothe the pain of disappointment and strengthen the spirit for the formidable tasks that always lie ahead.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.
Madeleine L’Engle

I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.
Bob Hope

I believe in laughter. I think it is food for the soul.
Tommy Lasorda

Were it not for my little jokes, I could not bear the burdens of this office. With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
Abraham Lincoln

Leisure

A man who loves life intensely must be always jealous of the few exquisite moments of leisure that he has. His hours of fishing must be as sacred as his hours of business.
Lin Yutang

Don’t overorganize your free time. Use leisure time for spur-of-the-moment impulses.
Alexander Martin

When we lack the proper time for the simple pleasures of life, then we have missed the purpose of life.
Ed Hayes

If you are losing your leisure, look out! You are losing your soul.
Logan Smith

Here are several suggestions for adding “zip” to your leisure:
Begin jogging and/or an exercise program.
Buy a bicycle and start pedaling.
Enroll in a local art class.
Take up a new hobby.
Dig around in the soil, plant a small garden.
Charles Swindoll

Principles

In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Thomas Jefferson

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.
Abraham Lincoln, on supporting the Union

If you don’t believe in something, don’t’ sell your soul. Principles are more important than money.
Jack Nicklaus

He who floats with the current, who does not guide himself according to higher principles, who has no ideal, no convictions – such a man is a mere article of the world’s furniture – a thing moved, instead of a living and moving being – an echo, not a voice.
Henri Frederick Amiel

Leaders have the courage to hold fast to their principles when expediency seems to demand otherwise.
Walter Cronkite