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"The steady discipline of intimate friendship with Jesus results in men becoming like Him."

"The fact that astronomies change while the stars abide is a true analogy of every realm of human life and thought, religion not least of all. No existent theology can be a final formulation of spiritual truth."

"I hate war for its consequences, for the lies it lives on and propagates, for the undying hatreds it arouses."

"I hate war... for the dictatorships it puts in the place of democracies, and for the starvation that stalks after it."

"The tragedy of war is that it uses man's best to do man's worst."

"Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to."

"God is not a cosmic bellboy for whom we can press a button to get things."

"Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat."

"Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have."

"Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it. Bitterness paralyzes life; love empowers it. Bitterness sours life; love sweetens it. Bitterness sickens life; love heals it. Bitterness blinds life; love anoints its eyes."

"I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it."

"Preaching is personal counseling on a group basis."

"A good sermon is an engineering operation by which a chasm is bridged so that the spiritual goods on one side-the 'unsearchable riches of Christ' - are actually transported into personal lives upon the other."

"He who cannot rest, cannot work; he who cannot let go, cannot hold on; he who cannot find footing, cannot go forward."

"It is by acts and not by ideas that people live."

"The half is greater than the whole."

"He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determine the end."

"No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined."

"Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it."

"Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere. Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world - making the most of one's best."

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