Self Denial Quotes

Quotes tagged as "self-denial" (showing 1-30 of 34)
Sarah Dessen
“Sometimes it seems safer to hold it all in, where the only person who can judge is yourself.”
Sarah Dessen

Anthon St. Maarten
“Never surrender your hopes and dreams to the fateful limitations others have placed on their own lives. The vision of your true destiny does not reside within the blinkered outlook of the naysayers and the doom prophets. Judge not by their words, but accept advice based on the evidence of actual results. Do not be surprised should you find a complete absence of anything mystical or miraculous in the manifested reality of those who are so eager to advise you. Friends and family who suffer the lack of abundance, joy, love, fulfillment and prosperity in their own lives really have no business imposing their self-limiting beliefs on your reality experience.”
Anthon St. Maarten

Ingrid Law
“You can't get rid of a part that makes you you and be happy.”
Ingrid Law, Savvy

Sarah Dessen
“It was so quiet, I could hear my own breathing, loud in my ears. Outside, the ocean was crashing, waves hitting sand, then pulling back to sea. I thought of everything being washed away, again and again. We make such messes in this life, both accidentally and on purpose. But wiping the surface clean doesn't really make anything any neater. It just masks what is below. It's only when you really dig down deep, go underground, that you can see who you really are.”
Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye

Criss Jami
“I always make sure that the world will prove me right. It gives me the freedom to contradict myself.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“I have now concentrated all my prayers into one, and that one prayer is this, that I may die to self, and live wholly to Him.”
Charles H. Spurgeon

Shannon L. Alder
“Conformity begins the moment you ignore how you feel for acceptance.”
Shannon L. Alder

G.K. Chesterton
“There is only one thing which is generally safe from plagiarism -- self-denial.”
G.K. Chesterton, The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton Volume 29: The Illustrated London News, 1911-1913

Louisa May Alcott
“ridicule is often harder to bear than self-denial.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

K.P. Yohannan
“God's word tells us that righteousness is a gift; it cannot be earned. But godliness is not a gift. We must pay a price to touch godliness through a daily decision to die to self and embrace the cross. God calls us to learn godliness in the classroom of life among people as we sit on airplanes and buses, walk among our neighbors and labor at our factories or desks.”
K.P. Yohannan, Touching Godliness

K.P. Yohannan
“What will you do with your self? Many men and women are still in darkness, trying to figure out the meaning and purpose of life. But no matter what you try to do with your self— whether you deny it, obliterate it, annihilate it, accept it or express it—believe me, it is still alive and kicking.”
K.P. Yohannan, Living in the Light of Eternity

Daniel W. Blair
“Man in his spiritual pride has exchanged God’s method of self-denial for Satan’s plan of self–improvement.”
Daniel W. Blair

“Those who refuse to drink are always thirsty.”
Marty Rubin

“Writing creatively is a process of self-consumption that requires one to dive deeply inside of oneself with no guarantee of reemergence.”
Ashim Shanker, Sinew of the Social Species

Barbara W. Tuchman
“Everything one has a right to do is not best to be done." Benjamin Franklin”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“To deny oneself is to be aware only of Christ and no more of self, to see only him who goes before and no more the road which is too hard for us.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

Alexander Whyte
“You’re not likely to err by practicing too much of the cross.”
Alexander Whyte, Bunyan characters in the Pilgrim's progress

Evelyn Waugh
“I suppose it's something to do with her black-brained religion not to take care of the body.”
Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder

“Christianity is more than just a belief; it is a life of discipline, a firm determination to live a life of prayer and contemplation, a life of self-denial and Christlikeness.”
Ramon M. Torres

Elizabeth Gaskell
“…he strove to leave his life in the hands of God, and to forget himself.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, Ruth

Witness Lee
“The strongest person is not the one who is able to do something, but the one who is able not to do what he has the power to do. This self-denial is the unique way to usher in God's kingdom and to realize the kingdom life.”
Witness Lee

Orrin Woodward
“Self-denial in the pursuit of purpose generates true pleasure while self-indulgence in the pursuit of pleasure generates true misery.”
Orrin Woodward

Lailah Gifty Akita
“It takes self-discipline and persistence action to achieve the goal.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“A wilderness experience includes a long walk back.”
Dennis Garvin, Case Files of an Angel

James Fenimore Cooper
“In America the taint of sectarianism lies broad upon the land. Not content with acknowledging the supremacy as the Deity, and with erecting temples in his honor, where all can bow down with reverence, the pride and vanity of human reason enter into and pollute our worship, and the houses that should be of God and for God, alone, where he is to be honored with submissive faith, are too often merely schools of metaphysical and useless distinctions. The nation is sectarian, rather than Christian.
Religion's first lesson is humility; its fruit, charity. In the great and sublime ends of Providence, little things are lost, and least of all is he imbued with a right spirit who believes that insignificant observances, subtleties of doctrine, and minor distinctions, enter into the great essentials of the Christian character. The wisest thing for him who is disposed to cavil at the immaterial habits of his neighbor, to split straws on doctrine, to fancy trifles of importance, and to place the man before principles, would be to distrust himself.”
James Fenimore Cooper

“But some of it (evangelistic persuasion) is going to come through service. The deficit that many Christians face is that people look at followers of Christ more for what they’re against than what they’re for.”
Skip Vaccarello

“According to Aquinas, effort may not be the best measure of our virtue.”
Jen Pollock Michel, Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition & the Life of Faith

Jiddu Krishnamurti
“What matters is to understand pleasure, not try to get rid of it—that is too stupid. Nobody can get rid of pleasure.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti, The Book of Life: Daily Meditations With Krishnamurti

“The road to self-improvement does not begin with the realization of other people’s scorn. Personal salvation commences with the determined excavation and displacement of a crusty layer of self-denial, which defense mechanism camouflaged my intensifying sense of self-repugnance for how I acted in this earthly life.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

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