Tell Me What Great Quotes Have Inspired You Most

We live in a world of sound bites, one-liners, and Tweets, where witty, quick, and cutting quotes elbow their way to the front of the line. But often, nobody remembers them.

Tell Me What Great Quotes Have Inspired You Most

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The recent passing of Yogi Berra reminded me the enduring power of quotes. Berra had some great ones, didn’t he? Many almost sounded proverbial.

The future ain’t what it used to be. —Yogi Berra

Of course, we have no better source of wise quotes than the Bible. We could cite it all week and still fail to mention all the great quotes! But we have other quotes that have inspired us outside of God’s Word.

What is your favorite quote? Take 60 seconds and click here to tell me what great quote(s) have inspired you most (other than Scripture).

  • You could include those that have helped you personally, professionally, or spiritually. Feel free to list a couple.
  • Be sure to include who said it.

In an upcoming post, I’ll summarize your top quotes and include my own list of favorites.

Okay, go!

Question: What great quotes have inspired you most (other than Scripture)? To leave a comment, just click here.

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I'd love to hear your thoughts. Just keep it kind and relevant. Thanks!

  • Colin Stevens

    Spoken by Winston Churchill during the Battle of Britain in August 1940

    “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so may to so few”

    • I’ve always loved that one too, Colin. Thanks for including it.

  • Kay

    Don’t out off until tomorrow what you can do today. Benjamin Franklin

    • Almost sounds biblical, Kay! Thanks for a great quote.

  • Patricia Beatty

    “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

    • What a great quote, Patricia. Roosevelt was an amazing individual. Thanks.

  • Rambunctious

    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliott

    • Talk about a great quote! That one is classic for good reason. Thanks.

  • Jeanelle Sims

    “It is finished”. Jesus

    • Aren’t we glad He said that, Jeanelle? Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  • Tanya

    be still and know that I am God. A promise and a warning….. Promise for your eternity if you have accepted Jesus and a warning if you think you know better than Him.

    • Those words from Psalm 46:10 offer such comfort, indeed. Thanks, Tanya.

  • Phil Bruce

    “Knowledge comes from Google. Wisdom from above.” Mike Huckabee yesterday at Prestonwood.

  • Lenir

    “Salvation is so simple we can overlook it; so profound we cannot comprehend it.” – Anonymous
    “Loss carries with it perspective that brings gratitude and thankfulness.” – Wayne Stiles

  • Mitch Sorensen

    “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our
    dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped
    about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let
    it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned
    and unprayed for.”

    Charles H. Spurgeon

    • Oh, wow, Mitch—I love that quote! Really good—and inspiring to be more intentional in interactions. Thanks.

  • Royce Gloria Androa

    “Be the change you want to see in the world”

    Mahatma Ghandi

    • Thanks, Royce. That reminds me of Jesus’ words: “Do for others what you’d have them do for you” (Luke 6:31).

  • Jdub

    A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. ~ Mark Twain [don’t try this at home!]

    There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark. ~ Helen Keller

    • Mark Twain has so many great one-liners—often with wisdom hidden. Thanks.

  • Rick Holmberg

    “Why would I want to resist a temptation tomorrow that I can eliminate today?” Craig Groeschel
    “Honor today, no regrets tomorrow.” Mark Divine Commander, U.S. Navy SEALS (Retired)

    • Some great wisdom there, Rick. I especially like Groeschel’s quote on temptation. Thanks.

  • Elizabeth Herbert

    “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” I actually made a poster for my fifth grade classroom that paraphrased this. It said, “The only true superiority is to who I was yesterday.” Ernest Hemingway was author of first quote.

    • That’s a great perspective, Elizabeth. It really is better to compare yourself with yourself than with anyone else. Thanks.

  • Felix Moses

    “There is no distance in prayer.” I think it’s by Bro. Oral Roberts.

    • Indeed we come to the throne of grace boldly because of Christ. Thanks, Felix.

  • Bill Peck

    We are not human beings going through a temporary spiritual experience, rather we are spiritual beings going through a temporary human experience.

    • That’s an interesting perspective, Bill. Any idea who said that?

      • Bill Peck

        Pierre Teilhard de Chardin – French Jesuit Priest

  • John

    “Girls are not boys with soft legs.” 1Peter 3:7

    • That has to be the freest rendering of that verse I’ve ever heard, John. I like it!

  • Walt Stephens

    1.Oh people of God have great faith. Little faith takes your soul to heaven. Great faith brings heaven to your soul. Charles Spurgeon
    2.God takes us places we don’t want to go and puts us in circumstances we don’t want to be in, in order to give us something we can’t get any where else……..A closer walk with Him. I believe I read this in one of your books, Wayne.

    • Thank you for that quote by Spurgeon! And yes, the quote you mention comes from my Going Places with God introduction. Thanks.

  • Sandy Smith

    Creation is a wordless book that everybody can read because it needs no translation.
    ~ Warren Wiersbe

    • That’s great, Sandy. It reminds me of Psalm 19. Thanks.

  • Kathy McWhorter

    “Treat each person as if he were what he ought to be and you help him to become what he is capable of being.” Goethe

    • I like that Goethe’s quote focuses on both hope and reality. Thanks, Kathy.

  • Kent

    A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for. – William Shedd

    • Great quote, Kent. Let’s get out of that harbor. Thanks.

  • Geri

    He is no fool who gives up what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose. martyred missionary to the Auca Indians in South America, Jim Elliot

  • Geri

    When I teach others I teach myself, Itzhak Perlman, reknown musician

    • So true, Geri. I have found the same true in my life as well. I learned the best when I am teaching. Thanks.

  • Olivia D.

    No reserves, no retreats, no regrets. William Borden

  • Mercy

    Rather than fixate on why God allows a painful chapter in our lives we need to remember that God has the bigger plan and that chapter forms part of it

    • That sounds familiar, Mercy! Thanks for mentioning it.