I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference even the tiniest of our prayers make, and all the people those...prayers were destined to affect...we would be so paralyzed with awe...that we would be unable to get up off our knees for the rest of our lives.

— Peter Kreeft

The most reckoning Peter Kreeft quotes that will add value to your life

Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces "nice" people, not heroes.

101

In an age that has thrown off all tradition, the only rebellion possible is orthodoxy.

89

If you love, you will suffer. The only way to protect yourself against suffering is to protect yourself against love - and that is the greatest suffering of all, loneliness.

78

Moral relativism has a reputation for being compassionate, caring and humane, but it is an extremely useful philosophy for tyrants.

67

We are all insane. That is what original sin means. Sin is insanity. It is preferring finite joy to infinite joy, creatures to the Creator, an unhappy, Godless self to a happy, God-filled self Only God can save us from this disease. That is what the name "Jesus" means: 'God saves'.

67

The opposite of Christianity is not atheism, but idolatry.

61

Moral stupidity comes in two different forms: relativism and legalism.

Relativism sees no principles, only people; legalism sees no people, only principles.

58

Don't be more serious than God. God invented dog farts.

42

There is one and only one possible road to joy: selfless love.

39

No culture in history has ever embraced moral relativism and survived.

Our own culture, therefore, will either (1) be the first, and disprove history's clearest lesson, or (2) persist in its relativism and die, or (3) repent of its relativism and live. There is no other option.

37

Abortion is the Antichrist's demonic parody of the eucharist.

That's why it uses the same holy words, "This is my body," with the blasphemous opposite meaning.

37

The heart is like a woman, and the head is like a man, and although man is the head of woman, woman is the heart of man, and she turns man's head because she turns his heart.

33

About Peter Kreeft

Quotes 251 sayings
Profession Professor
Birthday 1937

Remembering the facts of death and Heaven gives us an even more pressing reason to learn to pray: We do not have an infinite amount of time. We are one day nearer Home today than we ever were before. I guarantee you that after you die you will not say 'I spent too much time praying; I wish I had watched more TV instead.'

32

If God is not a Trinity, God is not love.

For love requires three things: a lover, a beloved, and a relationship between them.

32

No one justifies lying, cheating, betraying, promise breaking, devastating and harming strangers. But we expect and we tolerate doing this to the one person in the world we promised most seriously to be faithful to forever: we justify divorce.

28

The greatest Christians in history seem to say that their sufferings ended up bringing them the closest to God - so this is the best thing that could happen, not the worst.

27

Everything smaller than Heaven bores us because only Heaven is bigger than our hearts.

27

The national anthem of hell is, "I Did It My Way."

27

The womb is like an altar, it's the place where God continually comes into the world and does what only God can do...create.

26

The opposite of theism is not atheism, it’s idolatry

26

The church is: a conspiracy of love for a dying world, a spy mission into enemy occupied territory ruled by the powers of evil; a prophet from God with the greatest news the world has ever heard, the most life changing and most revolutionary institution that has existed on earth.

24

An argument in apologetics, when actually used in dialogue, is an extension of the arguer. The arguer's tone, sincerity, care, concern, listening, and respect matter as much as his or her logic - probably more. The world was won for Christ not by arguments but by sanctity: "What you are speaks so loud, I can hardly hear what you say.

24

Why pray if we cannot change God? ...is that why we pray? To change omniscient Love? Isn't it rather to learn what it is and to fulfill it? Not to change it by our acts, but to change our acts by it.

23

Listening to other people's needs is listening to God.

Noticing simple, natural beauty, hearing music, even confronting the challenge of pain and problems - that can all be listening to God too.

23

All of history is a kind of broken marriage and God puts it back together again.

20

Your heart is like an infinitely large hole, and only God is big enough to fill it.

18

Grey is the devil's favorite color.

18

In an age of hope men looked up at the night sky and saw “the heavens.

" In an age of hopelessness they call it simply “space.

16

God writes the story of our lives with the pen strokes of our own free choices.

15

God allows unjust disparities between rich and poor because He does not miraculously intervene to establish justice against human wills. Also, discrepancies are not unjust by themselves; justice does not mean equality of result but equality of opportunity.

14

Only God may be adored, because only God is unlimited goodness, truth, and beauty, and thus only God deserves unlimited love.

14

Pilate's skeptical sneer "What is truth?" was addressed to Truth Himself, standing there right in front of his face. The world's stupidest question was three words; God's profoundest answer was one Word.

14

Story is the oldest, commonest, most beloved, and most effective form of communication because our life is essentially a story. That's why the Bible is the most realistic of religious books. We can easily ignore or argue away abstractions, but we bump up against concretely real people, things, and events in story, as in life.

14

How will the Tower of Babel be undone? How will we understand each other in Heaven? Will we all speak English or Dutch or Latin? No, we will speak music.

14

It was a very stupid mistake to think you could deal with heresy by burning heretics. It's the very same mistake that modernist Catholics are making today in reverse. They think you can love heretics by loving heresies.

13

Sacraments are like hoses. They are the channels of the living water of God's grace. Our faith is like opening the faucet. We can open it a lot, a little, or not at all.

13

This is the secret of life: the self lives only by dying, finds its identity (and its happiness) only by self-forgetfulness, self-giving, self-sacrifice, and agape love.

13

Humility is not an exaggeratedly low opinion of yourself. Humility is self-forgetfulness.

12

Indifference is more truly the opposite of love than hate is, for we can both love and hate the same person at the same time, but we cannot both love and be indifferent to the same person at the same time.

12

Those who meet Jesus always experience either joy or its opposites, either foretastes of Heaven or foretastes of Hell. Not everyone who meets Jesus is pleased, and not everyone is happy, but everyone is shocked.

11

Conscience is thus explained only as the voice of God in the soul.

11

Reason alone cannot give you a whole steak, but it sure helps with identifying bologna.

11

Great saints have often been made out of great sinners, but not one was ever made out of a wimp.

10

Be egalitarian regarding persons. Be elitist regarding ideas.

10

The big, blazing truth about man is that he has a heaven-sized hole in his heart, and nothing else can fill it. We pass our lives trying to fill the Grand Canyon with marbles. As Augustine said: Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.

10

Our soul, like Mary's body, is to receive God Himself if only we, like her, believe, consent and receive; if only we speak her truly magic word fiat, "let it be." It is the creative word, the word God used to create the universe.

9

Trying to fill the God-sized hole in our hearts with things other than God is like trying to fill the Grand Canyon with marbles.

9

In an age of relativism, orthodoxy is the only possible rebellion left

9

The most total opposite of pleasure is not pain but boredom, for we are willing to risk pain to make a boring life interesting.

8
famous quotes