July 20, 2024

Faith Quotes

 Faith Quotes

Faith is a powerful force that has inspired countless individuals throughout history, providing strength, hope, and perseverance. It transcends religious, cultural, and philosophical boundaries, touching every aspect of human life. The following collection of quotes about faith comes from a diverse group of thinkers, leaders, and writers, each bringing a unique perspective. Accompanying each quote is a brief biography of its author, offering insight into their lives and the context in which these profound words were spoken or written.

Martin Luther King Jr.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

Martin Luther King Jr.: An American Baptist minister and civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the American civil rights movement. He is best known for his advocacy of nonviolent resistance and his leadership in the fight for racial equality.

Rabindranath Tagore

“Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.”

Rabindranath Tagore: A Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.

Saint Augustine

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”

Saint Augustine: An early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He is recognized as one of the most important Church Fathers.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

“Faith is not the clinging to a shrine but an endless pilgrimage of the heart.”

Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Polish-born American rabbi and one of the leading Jewish theologians and philosophers of the 20th century. He is known for his involvement in the American civil rights movement.

Helen Keller

“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.”

Helen Keller: An American author, disability rights advocate, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Khalil Gibran

“Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.”

Khalil Gibran: A Lebanese-American writer, poet, visual artist, and philosopher. He is best known for his book “The Prophet,” a series of poetic essays.

Khalil Gibran

“Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.”

Khalil Gibran: Repeating Gibran’s profound thoughts, this quote highlights his deep understanding of faith beyond intellectual reasoning.

Voltaire

“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.”

Voltaire: A French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his criticism of Christianity—especially the Roman Catholic Church—and his advocacy of freedom of speech, separation of church and state, and civil liberties.

Mahalia Jackson

“Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them.”

Mahalia Jackson: An American gospel singer, widely considered one of the most influential vocalists of the 20th century. She was heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist.

Paul Tillich

“Faith is an act of a finite being who is grasped by, and turned to, the infinite.”

Paul Tillich: A German-American Christian existentialist philosopher and theologian who is regarded as one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century.

Alan Watts

“Faith is a state of openness or trust.”

Alan Watts: A British philosopher who interpreted and popularized Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. He wrote more than 25 books and articles on subjects such as personal identity, the true nature of reality, higher consciousness, and the meaning of life.

Corrie ten Boom

“Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.”

Corrie ten Boom: A Dutch watchmaker and later a writer who worked with her family members to help many Jews escape from the Nazis during the Holocaust in World War II.

Thomas Aquinas

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”

Thomas Aquinas: An Italian Dominican friar, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church. He was an immensely influential philosopher, theologian, and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism.

Khalil Gibran

“Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.”

Khalil Gibran: Another reflection from Gibran, who often juxtaposed doubt and faith to highlight their interconnectedness.

William Wordsworth

“Faith is a passionate intuition.”

William Wordsworth: An English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication “Lyrical Ballads.”

C.S. Lewis

“Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.”

C.S. Lewis: A British writer and lay theologian. He held academic positions in English literature at both Oxford University and Cambridge University. He is best known for his works of fiction, especially “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

Steve Jobs

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”

Steve Jobs: An American business magnate, industrial designer, investor, and media proprietor. He was the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Apple Inc.

Patrick Overton

“Faith is the strength to trust, no matter what the circumstances.”

Patrick Overton: A poet and theologian who has written extensively about faith and the human spirit.

D. Elton Trueblood

“Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.”

D. Elton Trueblood: An American Quaker theologian and author. He wrote more than 30 books on religion and philosophy and was a widely influential speaker.

Rabindranath Tagore

“Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.”

Rabindranath Tagore: This quote reiterates Tagore’s poetic view of faith as a source of light and hope even in darkness.

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