Everybody wants to change the world, but nobody thinks about changing himself.— Leo Tolstoy
Unexpected Orthodox quotations
God loves us more than a father, mother, friend, or any else could love, and even more than we are able to love ourselves.
The greatest danger to Christianity is, I contend, not heresies, not heterodoxies, not atheists, not profane secularism - no, but the kind of orthodoxy which is cordial drivel, mediocrity served up sweet. There is nothing that so insidiously displaces the majestic as cordiality.
Even if we have thousands of acts of great virtue to our credit, our confidence in being heard must be based on God's mercy and His love for men. Even if we stand at the very summit of virtue, it is by mercy that we shall be saved.
Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Food is not evil, but gluttony is. Childbearing is not evil, but fornication is. Money is not evil, but avarice is. Glory is not evil, but vainglory is. Indeed, there is no evil in existing things, but only in their misuse.
These three things God requires of all the Baptized: right faith in the heart, truth on the tongue, temperance in the body.
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.
Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.
Every success in anything we should refer to the Lord and with the Prophet say: 'Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory' (Ps. 113:9).
The Lord came to send fire upon the earth (cf.
Lk. 12:49), and through participation in this fire He makes divine not just the human substance which He assumed for our sake, but every person who is found worthy of communion with Him.
The Gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.
The whole earth is a living icon of the face of God.
It is not he who begins well who is perfect. It is he who ends well who is approved in God's sight.
It is like employing a small tool on big constructions, if we use human wisdom in the hunt for knowledge of reality.
...whoever is guided solely by his own judgment and decision will never climb up to the summit of perfection and will not fail to be the victim of the devil's ruinous power to delude.
Our wickedness shall not overpower the unspeakable goodness and mercy of God;
our dullness shall not overpower God's wisdom, nor our infirmity God's omnipotence.
Regard as free not those whose status makes them outwardly free, but those who are free in their character and conduct. For we should not call men truly free when they are wicked and dissolute, since they are slaves to worldly passions. Freedom and happiness of soul consist in genuine purity and detachment from transitory things.
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.
You cannot be too gentle, too kind. Shun even to appear harsh in your treatment of each other. Joy, radiant joy, streams from the face of one who gives and kindles joy in the heart of one who receives.
Those who have truly decided to serve the Lord God should practice the remembrance of God and uninterrupted prayer to Jesus Christ, mentally saying: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Modern Orthodoxy has a highly positive attitude toward the State of Israel.
Our Ultra-Orthodox brethren recognize only the Holy Land, but not the state.
The Kingdom of God is Within You.
Cheerfulness consists in not regarding things as our own, but as entrusted to us by God for the benefit of our fellow-servants. It consists in scattering them abroad generously with joy and magnanimity, not reluctantly or under compulsion.
Whoever you may be, always have God before your eyes;
whatever you do, do it according to the testimony of the holy Scriptures; in whatever place you live, do not easily leave it. Keep these three precepts and you will be saved.
...we should realize that there are three sources for our thoughts - God, the devil, and ourselves.
Every evil screams only one message: 'I am good.'
The person who loves God cannot help loving every man as himself, even though he is grieved by the passions of those who are not yet purified. But when they amend their lives, his delight is indescribable and knows no bounds.
Those who seek the Lord should not look for Him outside themselves;
on the contrary, they must seek Him within themselves through faith made manifest in action. For He is near you: 'The word is... in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the word of faith' (Rom. 10:8) - Christ being Himself the word that is sought.
Let no man's place, or dignity, or riches, puff him up;
and let no man's low condition or poverty abase him. For the chief points are faith towards God, hope towards Christ, the enjoyment of those good things for which we look, and love towards God and our neighbor.
Cleanse your mind from anger, remembrance of evil, and shameful thoughts, and then you will find out how Christ dwells in you.
Ukraine is a vital link for Europe: our energy transportation networks;
our location between the European Union and Eurasia. We're the melting pot of Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity. The democracy we founded with the Orange Revolution has to be an example for other post-Soviet states.
The rule of life for a perfect person is to be in the image and likeness of God.
Well, I affirm orthodox Christian faith.
I affirm the Nicene Creed. I don't think I'm doing anything terribly new.
The writer is the Faust of modern society, the only surviving individualist in a mass age. To his orthodox contemporaries he seems a semi-madman.