Rich Mullins

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
I cannot find in my own
And he keeps his fire burning
To melt this heart of stone,

Keeps me aching, with a yearning,
Keeps me glad to have been caught,
In the reckless, raging fury,
That they call the love of God.


C.S. Lewis

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations–these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.


Madeleine L’Engle










A great painting, or symphony, or play, doesn’t diminish us, but enlarges us, and we too want to make our own cry of affirmation to the power of creation behind the universe.


Charles Van Sandwyk











Each time pen goes to paper, the general idea is to try to make the most beautiful book in the world. I’ve failed every time, but it’s still the impetus.


Wendell Berry








Imagine the dead waking, dazed, into a shadowless light in which they know themselves all together for the first time. It is a light that is merciless until they can accept its mercy… In it, they are loved completely, even as they have been, and so are changed into what they could not have been, but what, if they could have imagined it, they would have wished to be.


Evelyn Underhill












After all it is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life.

Tasha Tudor








Life isn’t long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is. Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!


J.R.R. Tolkien







Eucatastrophe is a sudden and miraculous grace: never to be counted on to recur. It does not deny the existence of catastrophe, of sorrow and failure: the possibility of these is necessary to the joy of deliverance; it denies (in the face of much evidence, if you will) universal final defeat and in so far is evangelium, giving a fleeting glimpse of Joy, Joy beyond the walls of the world poignant as grief.


Loreena McKennit
I heard an old voice say,
Don’t go far from the land,
The seasons have their way,
No mortal can understand…


George MacDonald
Be sure that if you go on inquiring, you will find the truth- enough of it to keep you alive and wishing for more, and that is enough for us at a time.


Hans Urs Von Balthasar








We no longer dare to believe in beauty and we make of it a mere appearance in order the more easily to dispose of it. Our situation today shows that beauty demands for itself at least as much courage and decision as do truth and goodness, and she will not allow herself to be separated and banned from her two sisters without taking them along with herself in an act of mysterious vengeance. We can be sure that whoever sneers at her name as if she were the ornament of a bourgeois past — whether he admits it or not — can no longer pray and soon will no longer be able to love.


Leif Enger







I breathe deeply and certainty enters into me like light, like a piece of science, and curious music seems to hum inside my fingers. Is there a single person on whom I can press my belief? No sir. All I can do is say, here’s how it went. Here’s what I saw. I’ve been there and I’m going back. Make of it what you will.


G.K. Chesterton
He is a sane man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head.


Elizabeth Goudge


Faithful was a boy who… supposed that the harder one’s life is the more desperate must be the struggle to find out how to be happy, and the more likely to be successful.


George Eliot








If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.


  1. Thank you for these heroes. I would like have some men or women who did the sports and they had Jesus in their life, to be mentionned here.
    Thank you

  2. Thank you for this list of heroes. I recognize some from my own, rather extensive list of those who inspire and encourage me. Thank you, again.
    God bless!

  3. Ah, so many of the same friends! and thanks for new ones!

  4. I recognize a few….this makes me want to go and learn who the others are!
    Thank Sarah 🙂

  5. Thank you, Sarah, for these beautiful quotes. I would add: Andrew Peterson, S.D. Smith, Jeffrey Overstreet, and N.D. Wilson. And you.

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