Quotes To Live By…


“The person who truly wishes to be healed is he who does not refuse treatment. This treatment consists of the pain and distress brought on by various misfortunes. He who refuses them does not realize what they accomplish in this world or what he will gain from them when he departs this life.”

~ St. Maximus the Confessor, Third Century on Love

“If you find that you have no love but desire to have it, do the works of love and the Lord will see your desire and effort and put love in your heart.”

~ St. Ambrose of Optina

“Long-suffering and readiness to forgive curb anger; love and compassion wither it.”

~ St. Thalassios the Libyan

“Just as the blessings of God are unutterably great, so their acquisition requires much hardship and toil undertaken with hope and faith.”

~ St. Macarius the Great

“If God is slow in answering your request, or if you ask but do not promptly receive anything, do not be upset, for you are not wiser than God.”

~ St. Isaac of Syria

“Have confidence in the compassion of our Creator. Reflect well on what you are now doing, and keep before you the things you have done. Lift up your eyes to the overflowing compassion of heaven, and while He waits for you, draw near in tears to our merciful Judge. Having before your mind that He is a Just Judge, do not take your sins lightly; and having also in mind that He is compassionate, do not despair. The God-Man gives man confidence before God.”

~ St. Gregory the Great

“Never confuse the person, formed in the image of God, with the evil that is in him: because evil is but a chance misfortune, an illness, a devilish reverie. But the very essence of the person is the image of God, and this remains in him despite every disfigurement.”

~ St. John of Kronstadt

“When you pray to God in time of temptation do not say, ‘Take this or that away from me’, but pray like this: ‘O Jesus Christ, sovereign Master, help me and do not let me sin against Thee…’ “

~ Abba Isaiah the Solitary

“Why do you increase your bonds? Take hold of your life before your light grows dark and you seek help and do not find it. This life has been given to you for repentance; do not waste it in vain pursuits.”

~ St. Isaac the Syrian

“Why do you beat the air and run in vain? Every occupation has a purpose, obviously. Tell me then, what is the purpose of all the activity of the world? Answer, I challenge you! It is vanity of vanity: all is vanity.”

~ St. John Chrysostom



“In order to abide in the love of God it is essential for anger and ‘hate’ to attain their maximum intensity but be directed against the sin that lives in me, against the evil active in me – in me, not in my brother.”

~ Saint Silouan the Athonite

“You must bear the spiritual infirmities of your brother gladly, and without annoyance. For when someone is physically ill, we are not only not annoyed with him, but we are exemplary in our care of him; we should also set an example in cases of spiritual illness.”

~ St. Moses of Optina

“You do not just suddenly leap into heaven, but you enter it with humility. The worst of all sins is when we are overwhelmed by our pride and our own opinion about everything.”

~ St. Macarius of Optina

“God Himself heals the proud. This means that inner sorrows (by which pride is healed) are sent to us by God, for the proud man will not suffer anything from others. But the humble person will endure everything, and will always say, ‘I deserve this.’”

~ St. Ambrose of Optina

“If you are constantly angry and complaining, it is indicative of a proud soul. Humble yourself, reproach yourself, and the Lord is powerful to give you comfort and a helping hand.”

~ St. Anatoly of Optina

“Hold your approaching death and the Judgment constantly in your mind, and you will preserve your soul from sin.”

~ Abba Evagrius

“Every affliction tests our will, showing whether it is inclined to good or evil. That is why an unforeseen affliction is called a test, because it enables a man to test his hidden desires.”

~ St. Mark the Ascetic

“When we pray, and God delays in hearing (our prayer), He does this for our benefit, so as to teach us longsuffering; wherefore we need not become downcast, saying: “We prayed, and were not heard.” God knows what is profitable for a man.”

~ Ss. Barsanuphius and John



“God descends to the humble as waters flow down from the hills into the valleys.”

~ St. Tikhon of Voronezh

“Humility is the only thing we need; one can still fall having virtues other than humility – but with humility one does not fall.”

~ Elder Herman of Mt. Athos

“Do not be surprised that you fall every day; do not give up, but stand your ground courageously. And assuredly, the angel who guards you will honour your patience.”

~ St. John of the Ladder

“Behold, this is the true and the Christian humility. In this you will be able to achieve victory over every vice, by attributing to God rather than to yourself the fact that you have won.”

~ St. Martin of Braga

“You cannot destroy the passions on your own, but ask God, and He will destroy them, if this is profitable for you.”

~ St. Anatoly of Optina

“Even though the Father of Lights has given all judgment to the Son, we fools seize it and judge our neighbor without discernment, without realizing his work and God’s divine providence for him.”

~ Elder Joseph the Hesychast

“When anyone is disturbed or saddened under the pretext of a good and soul-profiting matter, and is angered against his neighbour, it is evident that this is not according to God: for everything that is of God is peaceful and useful and leads a man to humility and to judging himself.”

~ St. Barsanuphius the Great

“God is a fire that warms and kindles the heart and inward parts. Hence, if we feel in our hearts the cold which comes from the devil – for the devil is cold – let us call on the Lord. He will come to warm our hearts with perfect love, not only for Him but also for our neighbor, and the cold of him who hates the good will flee before the heat of His countenance.”

~ St. Seraphim of Sarov

“While praying, a person should not have any thoughts but rather become selfess. Even the Holy Fathers say this: ‘While at prayer, behave as though there were no one else in the wolrd, just you and God.’ When praying, we should not be preoccupied with ourselves, because in that case we are so absorbed in our own needs that we ourselves are detrimental to our prayer.”

~ Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica


“It is of great significance if there is a person who truly prays in a family. Prayer attracts God’s grace and all the members of the family feel it, even those whose hearts have grown cold. Pray always.”

~ Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica



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