quote by Vance Havner

If they had a social gospel in the days of the prodigal son, somebody would have given him a bed and a sandwich and he never would have gone home.

— Vance Havner

Memorable Prodigal quotations

The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.

If the Prodigal Son's a parable, and if Adam and Eve are metaphors, then maybe God is just figure of speech.

I am the prodigal son every time I search for unconditional love where it cannot be found.

I have come to know a God who has a soft spot for rebels, who recruits people like the adulterer David, the whiner Jeremiah, the traitor Peter, and the human-rights abuser Saul of Tarsus. I have come to know a God whose Son made prodigals the heroes of his stories and the trophies of his ministry.

There is a tiny yellow daffodil, The butterfly can see it from afar, Although one summer evening's dew could fill Its little cup twice over, ere the star Had called the lazy shepherd to his fold, And be no prodigal.

The difference between mercy and grace? Mercy gave the prodigal son a second chance. Grace gave him a feast.

There is a trend today that would put a new robe on the prodigal son while he is still feeding hogs. Some would put the ring on his finger while he still in the pigsty. Others would paint the pigsty and advocate bigger and better hog pens.

When you keep the porch light on for the prodigal child, you do what God does every single moment.

Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him, for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low, could still be saved; the bitterest enemy and also he who was your friend could again be your friend; love that has grown cold can kindle.

A parsimony of words prodigal of sense.

Every good quality runs into a defect;

economy borders on avarice, the generous are not far from the prodigal, the brave man is close to the bully; he who is very pious is slightly sanctimonious; there are just as many vices to virtue as there are holes in the mantle of Diogenes.

One of the hardest things in the world is to stop being the prodigal son without turning into the elder brother.

Every day is a little life, and our whole life is but a day repeated.

Therefore live every day as if it would be the last. Those that dare lose a day, are dangerously prodigal; those that dare misspend it are desperate.

If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.

The prodigality of millionaires is comparable only to their greed of gain.

Let some whim or passion seize them and money is of no account. In fact these Croesuses find whims and passions harder to come by than gold.

To be a Prodigal's favourite,-then, worse truth, A Miser's pensioner,-behold our lot!

Great nations are never impoverished by private, though they sometimes are by public prodigality and misconduct.

As regards the celebrated struggle for life, it seems to me for the present to have been rather asserted than proved. It does occur, but as the exception; the general aspect of life is not hunger and distress, but rather wealth, luxury, even absurd prodigality -- where there is a struggle it is a struggle for power.

[Meanness] is more ingrained in man's nature than Prodigality;

the mass of mankind are avaricious rather than open-handed.

Search out the wisdom of nature, there is depth in all her doings;

she seemeth prodigal of power, yet her rules are the maxims of frugality.

there is nothing so easy as to be wise for others;

a species of prodigality, by-the-by - for such wisdom is wholly wasted.

If we cannot return to fiscal integrity because the public prefers profusion and prodigality over balanced budgets, we cannot escape paying the price, which is ever lower incomes and standards of living for all.

Nature can afford to be prodigal in everything, the artist must be frugal down to the last detail. Nature is garrulous to the point of confusion, let the artist be truly taciturn.

Men are misers, and women prodigal, in affection.

My writing has developed drastically .

The Return of the Prodigal Son is the most important thing I've done, and my most mature book.

The great man is sparing in words but prodigal in deeds.

We deny that it is fun to be saving. It is fun to be prodigal. Go to the butterfly, thou parsimonious sluggard; consider her ways and get wise.

Exaggeration is a prodigality of the judgment which shows the narrowness of one's knowledge or one's taste.

The covetous man never has money. The prodigal will have none shortly.

We Americans tend to be a prodigal lot.

We are as careless with our personal resources as we are with the resources of nature, squandering both as if there were no end to the gifts of earth and sea and sky.

When engaged in safe occupations, and living in healthy countries, men are much more apt to be frugal, than in unhealthy, or hazardous occupations, and in climates pernicious to human life. Sailors and soldiers are prodigals. . . . War and pestilence have always waste and luxury, among the other evils that follow in their train.

One wastes so much time, one is so prodigal of life, at twenty! Our days of winter count for double. That is the compensation of the old.

Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.

[The Return of the Prodigal book] came out of my emotional and spiritual journey during the four months I was gone from Daybreak because of depression.