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Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “Who can ever measure the benefit of a mother’s inspiration?”

Who can ever measure the benefit of a mother’s inspiration?

— Charles R. Swindoll



Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent of how I react to it. And so it is with you. we are in charge of our attitudes.”

The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent of how I react to it. And so it is with you. we are in charge of our attitudes.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “I am often the brunt of my own humor.”

I am often the brunt of my own humor.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “No, the thing that makes for greatness is determination, persisting in the right direction over the long haul, following your dream, staying at the task.”

No, the thing that makes for greatness is determination, persisting in the right direction over the long haul, following your dream, staying at the task.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “If I ever wrote a book on preaching, it would contain three words: Preach the Word. Get rid of all the other stuff that gets you sidetracked; preach the Word.”

If I ever wrote a book on preaching, it would contain three words: Preach the Word. Get rid of all the other stuff that gets you sidetracked; preach the Word.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “Servants must be big people. Big enough to go on, remembering the right and forgetting the wrong.”

Servants must be big people. Big enough to go on, remembering the right and forgetting the wrong.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “Joy is a deeply felt contentment that transcends difficult circumstances and derives maximum enjoyment from every good experience.”

Joy is a deeply felt contentment that transcends difficult circumstances and derives maximum enjoyment from every good experience.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “Those who feed on rumors are small, suspicious souls.”

Those who feed on rumors are small, suspicious souls.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “You won’t find God at the Seminary and you won’t find wisdom in the halls of intellectualism.”

You won’t find God at the Seminary and you won’t find wisdom in the halls of intellectualism.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “Sometimes people can’t see past us to hear our message. We never have a second chance to leave a first impression.”

Sometimes people can’t see past us to hear our message. We never have a second chance to leave a first impression.

— Charles R. Swindoll



Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “The size of a challenge should never be measured by what we have to offer. It will never be enough. Furthermore, provision is God’s responsibility, not ours. We are merely called to commit what we have – even if it’s no more than a sack lunch.”

The size of a challenge should never be measured by what we have to offer. It will never be enough. Furthermore, provision is God’s responsibility, not ours. We are merely called to commit what we have – even if it’s no more than a sack lunch.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “All he asks is that we trust Him, that we stand before Him in integrity and faith. God is just waiting for us to trust Him.”

All he asks is that we trust Him, that we stand before Him in integrity and faith. God is just waiting for us to trust Him.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “God has somehow placed into Christian’s insides a special something, that extra inner reservoir of power that is more than a match for the stuff life throws at us.”

God has somehow placed into Christian’s insides a special something, that extra inner reservoir of power that is more than a match for the stuff life throws at us.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.”

We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “When a person does something, it has the man or woman look about it. It drips with humanity. You can follow the logic of it and see the meaning behind it.”

When a person does something, it has the man or woman look about it. It drips with humanity. You can follow the logic of it and see the meaning behind it.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “Without a quest, life is quickly reduced to bleak black and wimpy white, a diet too bland to get anybody out of bed in the morning. A quest fuels our fire. It refuses to let us drift downstream gathering debris.”

Without a quest, life is quickly reduced to bleak black and wimpy white, a diet too bland to get anybody out of bed in the morning. A quest fuels our fire. It refuses to let us drift downstream gathering debris.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “Jesus kept it simple. The lesson wasn’t complicated. ‘I speak; you believe My word; your son will be fine.’ We complicate what God has made simple by seeing the world through human eyes. We want to see in order to believe and presume that our limitations are His.”

Jesus kept it simple. The lesson wasn’t complicated. ‘I speak; you believe My word; your son will be fine.’ We complicate what God has made simple by seeing the world through human eyes. We want to see in order to believe and presume that our limitations are His.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “The wonderful thing about God is he knows what we need to persuade us.”

The wonderful thing about God is he knows what we need to persuade us.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “In spite of the extent to which Solomon went to find happiness, because he left God out of the picture, nothing satisfied. It never will. Satisfaction in life will never occur until there is a meaningful connection with the living Lord above the sun.”

In spite of the extent to which Solomon went to find happiness, because he left God out of the picture, nothing satisfied. It never will. Satisfaction in life will never occur until there is a meaningful connection with the living Lord above the sun.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “Have you ever studied Jesus’s approach to talking with people? He didn’t always fill the space with answers for them. Let’s learn to do that with our fellow learners. Let’s give them room to think and answer for themselves.”

Have you ever studied Jesus’s approach to talking with people? He didn’t always fill the space with answers for them. Let’s learn to do that with our fellow learners. Let’s give them room to think and answer for themselves.

— Charles R. Swindoll



Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “It’s easy to get attached to idols, good things inappropriately adored. But when you have Jesus in the centre of a room, everything else only junks up the decor.”

It’s easy to get attached to idols, good things inappropriately adored. But when you have Jesus in the centre of a room, everything else only junks up the decor.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “Not every Christian finds it easy to believe.”

Not every Christian finds it easy to believe.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “Our minds can be kept free of anxiety as we dump the load of our cares on the Lord in prayer.”

Our minds can be kept free of anxiety as we dump the load of our cares on the Lord in prayer.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “It’s the most exciting thing to watch God work when I’ve asked him about something, to listen to him and watch him work. It’s like this friendship, and it just grows and grows and grows and grows.”

It’s the most exciting thing to watch God work when I’ve asked him about something, to listen to him and watch him work. It’s like this friendship, and it just grows and grows and grows and grows.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “If we want the advantages of love, then we must be willing to take the risks of love. And that requires vulnerability. Of course, we can refuse this path and trod another one devoid of openness. But the toll on such a road is extremely high.”

If we want the advantages of love, then we must be willing to take the risks of love. And that requires vulnerability. Of course, we can refuse this path and trod another one devoid of openness. But the toll on such a road is extremely high.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “Honesty has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it. No ulterior motives. No hidden meanings. An absence of hypocrisy, duplicity, political games, and verbal superficiality. As honesty and real integrity characterize our lives, there will be no need to manipulate others.”

Honesty has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it. No ulterior motives. No hidden meanings. An absence of hypocrisy, duplicity, political games, and verbal superficiality. As honesty and real integrity characterize our lives, there will be no need to manipulate others.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters.”

If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “Authentic men aren’t afraid to show affection, release their feelings, hug their children, cry when they’re sad, admit it when they’re wrong, and ask for help when they need it.”

Authentic men aren’t afraid to show affection, release their feelings, hug their children, cry when they’re sad, admit it when they’re wrong, and ask for help when they need it.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “We shouldn’t deny the pain of what happens in our lives. We should just refuse to focus only on the valleys.”

We shouldn’t deny the pain of what happens in our lives. We should just refuse to focus only on the valleys.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “Believing in grace is one thing. Living it is another.”

Believing in grace is one thing. Living it is another.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “There is plenty of television. There are plenty of talk shows. There are plenty of comedians. But there is not plenty of worship of the true and living God.”

There is plenty of television. There are plenty of talk shows. There are plenty of comedians. But there is not plenty of worship of the true and living God.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “Worry and faith just don’t mix.”

Worry and faith just don’t mix.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “God uses those who seem ill-fitted for a significant life.”

God uses those who seem ill-fitted for a significant life.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “Let’s choose each day and every day to keep an attitude of faith and joy and belief and compassion.”

Let’s choose each day and every day to keep an attitude of faith and joy and belief and compassion.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “One essential ingredient for being an original in the day of copies is courageous vision.”

One essential ingredient for being an original in the day of copies is courageous vision.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “We gain the ability to rejoice under pressure through a carefully monitored training program directed by the Lord Himself.”

We gain the ability to rejoice under pressure through a carefully monitored training program directed by the Lord Himself.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “When Christ becomes our central focus, contentment replaces our anxiety as well as our fears and insecurities.”

When Christ becomes our central focus, contentment replaces our anxiety as well as our fears and insecurities.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “When I think of vision, I have in mind the ability to see above and beyond the majority.”

When I think of vision, I have in mind the ability to see above and beyond the majority.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “Noise and crowds have a way of siphoning our energy and distracting our attention, making prayer an added chore rather than a comforting relief.”

Noise and crowds have a way of siphoning our energy and distracting our attention, making prayer an added chore rather than a comforting relief.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “I want to preach till the last breath in my lungs runs out.”

I want to preach till the last breath in my lungs runs out.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “Allow me to offer a simple definition of wisdom. Wisdom is looking at life from God’s point of view.”

Allow me to offer a simple definition of wisdom. Wisdom is looking at life from God’s point of view.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.”

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “I’m not against screens, or new songs, or innovation. I just don’t like the gimmicks. I want to know when worship is over that that leader’s sole purpose was to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.”

I’m not against screens, or new songs, or innovation. I just don’t like the gimmicks. I want to know when worship is over that that leader’s sole purpose was to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “When we have God in clear focus, His powerful presence eclipses our fear.”

When we have God in clear focus, His powerful presence eclipses our fear.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “More often than not, when something looks like it’s the absolute end, it is really the beginning.”

More often than not, when something looks like it’s the absolute end, it is really the beginning.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “I don’t see life divided into public and private, secular and sacred. It’s all an open place of service before our God.”

I don’t see life divided into public and private, secular and sacred. It’s all an open place of service before our God.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “Nothing is more bothersome to me than retiring. Weird things happen when you disengage; first you get negative, then you start telling people about your latest surgeries, and eventually you lose touch. I want to stay in touch.”

Nothing is more bothersome to me than retiring. Weird things happen when you disengage; first you get negative, then you start telling people about your latest surgeries, and eventually you lose touch. I want to stay in touch.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “It’s the nature of the beast within us to keep going back to the familiar rather than to strap on faith and face the future.”

It’s the nature of the beast within us to keep going back to the familiar rather than to strap on faith and face the future.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.”

The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.

— Charles R. Swindoll


Charles R. Swindoll Quote: “We want a crowd to make us feel important and liked. But why is getting a crowd our focus? Jesus never suggested that crowds were the goal. He never addresses getting your church to grow. Never.”

We want a crowd to make us feel important and liked. But why is getting a crowd our focus? Jesus never suggested that crowds were the goal. He never addresses getting your church to grow. Never.

— Charles R. Swindoll

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