Quotation Explorer - 'Criss Jami'

People will seek the ends of the galaxy to avoid that which they need most. - Criss Jami
The way of the consumerist culture is to spend so much energy chasing happiness that it has none left to be happy. - Criss Jami
Never marry when under the guise you need to 'see if it'll work', but rather marry because in your mind you want to make it work. - Criss Jami
Men promise freedom while establishing laws; God promises laws while establishing freedom. - Criss Jami
The rather difficult antagonists towards the Faith consist not nearly of the cruel and heartless, nihilistic intellectuals who hate God and humanity, but the well-meaning spirits who for the most part lack Spiritual understanding. - Criss Jami
Sure, some of us humans might be angry at a sovereign God about Hell, but know that that is about as meaningful as a few germs being angry at humans about bleach. - Criss Jami
Growing up I sometimes imagined that for Christ's return perhaps He would appear as 'Black Jesus' to white people and 'White Jesus' to black people just to screw with the racists. - Criss Jami
There are 2 kinds of fighters: those who fight because they hate, and those who fight because they love. - Criss Jami
One's suffering, one's melancholy is, in itself, really only looked upon as failure or as punishment, as detestable or sinful or socially unacceptable in the eyes of man; but this is not so in the eyes of God: for He is close to the broken-hearted. - Criss Jami
If beauty is relative, then any and everything when compared to the beauty of God is absolutely hideous. - Criss Jami
You are believing not in your god but in yourself if your god knows no better than you do...and yet, in this alone, I am afraid, you have already been fooling yourself. - Criss Jami
Do not tell someone you are hungry if, whenever they feed you, you do not eat. - Criss Jami
The Christian who loves his Master needs not fear any longer for himself. For it is then completely irrational, as it is written thus: 'Perfect love casts out fear.' However, it is very much rational for one to instead fear for the enemies of God. - Criss Jami
One is not necessarily made self-centered because he is foolish, but one is very often made foolish because he is self-centered. - Criss Jami
On the one hand you had people constantly fighting Hell; on the other, you had people constantly fighting Hell on earth. - Criss Jami
To understand remotely the omnipotence of God is to understand wholly the beauty of Christ. - Criss Jami
Pride is pride not because it hates being wrong, but because it loves being wrong: To hate being wrong is to change your opinion when you are proven wrong; whereas pride, even when proven wrong, decides to go on being wrong. - Criss Jami
A true prophet would rather be believed false by many but actually true than believed true by many but actually false. - Criss Jami
When you meet someone, and you find that they are prejudiced against your kind, it might be your chance, not to confirm, but to be the one to finally change their mind. - Criss Jami
For what religion has never had sects? Rest assured, Extremism is always the derrière. - Criss Jami
There is a certain delightful sort of hope which the introvert can receive only by having company over...the hope that they will leave soon. - Criss Jami
It's a huge disservice to classify all minds as either closed or open. I find the best minds are closed by openable windows. - Criss Jami
Nothing amuses people more than a cocky guy who starts losing. - Criss Jami
Perhaps not everything happens for a reason. That is, until you make it so; because for everything there is a season, which can, in fact, become beautiful. - Criss Jami
Christ died not so that you could freely go on sinning, and therefore, continue dying; He died rather so that you could freely grow in obedience, and therefore, start living. - Criss Jami
They call good evil and evil good. There are those who are so easily offended that they lose their ability to ever discern any truth, and this is often derived from a sort of frenzy by way of their own masked prejudice. - Criss Jami
Just because something isn't a lie does not mean that it isn't deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction. - Criss Jami
It is not that men become too intelligent for God,' says the Apologist, 'but rather they become too arrogant for intelligence. - Criss Jami
Even the self-assured truth-finders and self-proclaimed freedom-fighters reject Truth. As admirable as such endeavors may be, they still only really want it so long as it to some extent confirms what they had already presumed to be true. - Criss Jami
It is in the nature of man to want what he does not have. This modern concern for happiness seems a real testimony of its absence. - Criss Jami
Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it, but also the father who wipes away the tears. - Criss Jami
It's not the end if you're too shy to say 'I love you.' It's only the beginning; because you're first meant to show it anyway. - Criss Jami
We must not allow our pride to be the motivation behind our apologetics; rather, philoverity, the love of truth must be the full and complete motivation. For pride corrupts truth. - Criss Jami
The actual confident man, the man truly sure of himself, is not he who esteems himself higher than others, but he who is sure enough that he can bear to esteem others higher than himself. - Criss Jami
The pride of man hopes but to blame God for the evils of the world, and to praise himself for the good. - Criss Jami
Assuming what people want is about as controlled as using fireworks to start a fire. - Criss Jami
Their doubt is your fuel for dreams. You just have to drive. - Criss Jami
I am not convinced within myself that to its core and as a whole, humanity has, as some like to assume, progressed a great deal over the millennia. Human technology? Of course. Human beings? Hardly. - Criss Jami
The denial of truth does not harm the Truth; it only harms that which denies the Truth. - Criss Jami
In the heart of appeasement there's the fear of rejection, and in acts of fear there are mirrors of oppression. - Criss Jami
False humility is quite like the worst of both worlds: both that of Meekness and that of Conceit. - Criss Jami
God writes love and speaks poetry. - Criss Jami
It is sometimes but the mere hope for enjoyment that allows one to enjoy something, even when he is not really enjoying it at the moment. - Criss Jami
God's judgment is not like man's judgment. It is not a suspension of His Love but an extension of His Love. His justice is always righteous, so His judgment is always Love. - Criss Jami
That which you love most will then become both your strength and your weakness. - Criss Jami
You might be an introvert if you were ready to go home before you left the house. - Criss Jami
Christians sometimes make themselves into elephants afraid of mice. You have the Creator of the universe on your side; not to mention, you've been given eternal life. 'Whom or what shall you fear?' To be afraid of anything other than God himself is like an insult to God. - Criss Jami
Sanity for anyone is pretty much out of the question, as both the saint and the sinner appear only equally insane: the saint appears it for actually believing in a place of eternal torment; the sinner, for deciding to risk going to that place of eternal torment. - Criss Jami
Rebuke without love is abuse. But, a love that would never rebuke? I dare to admit that that, too, would be a kind of abuse. - Criss Jami
Always have there been great numbers of individuals who were very much eager to fight for good causes. Always there were these, but then there were even greater numbers of trendies who would then become wholly and completely misguided in the efforts. - Criss Jami
The hype cheapens the hyped, as right things are then made wrong by exaggeration. - Criss Jami
To respect a mystery is to make way for the answer. - Criss Jami
To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength. - Criss Jami
It is by continuing to put out good work that the artist best shows his gratitude. - Criss Jami
The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it. - Criss Jami
Keep your finger on the pulse of society, take controversies with a grain of salt, lick your finger and then lift it to the wind; always know what is going on, my friend, so this world can never steer you wrong again. - Criss Jami
...And maybe one day you will wake up as an infant in a completely different universe, and your entire life thus far was just one big dream. - Criss Jami
Life is about discovering things worth dying for. - Criss Jami
You are the enemy and a vessel through which the cure flows - if Christ lives in you, then you are an embodiment of the very shot this hostile and crying world needs as it, in every waking moment, struggles belligerently to resist. - Criss Jami
So the paradox goes: No man who is really ignorant is ever aware that he is ignorant. That is its finest, most faulty manifestation; there can be no true ignorance without first some claim of intelligence or consciousness, or superiority or enlightenment. - Criss Jami
Where God is like the sun, the Devil is like a raindrop. There is no 'God vs. Satan' because they aren't even that close in power and authority. The former is very patient; the latter is at mercy. - Criss Jami
Time and time over it is the ones who try a little too hard to be innovative rebels - and for the sheer glory of being considered innovative rebels - who then turn out not quite as innovative or as rebellious as they would like to think they are. - Criss Jami
To fear man's judgment more than God's judgment is to fear man more than God. - Criss Jami
Some of the most polished ideas are discovered through healthy, honest debate, so if you don't argue with yourself every once in a while, other people will gladly point out if, in any sense, you missed a spot. - Criss Jami
Never hide things from hardcore thinkers. They get more aggravated, more provoked by confusion than the most painful truths. - Criss Jami
Plot twist: everything goes exactly as planned. - Criss Jami
The introvert's anthem for not wanting to hang out is 'It's not you; it's me. - Criss Jami
Some skeptics believe religious people are religious because they fear Hell. It's about as fair as saying skeptics are skeptics because they fear the ridicule of modern society. - Criss Jami
I'm not a political Christian; for the most part I allow people even their vain, earthly rights. And I certainly don't see anti-Christians as bad or evil (as if they actually have the power to pose any kind of threat against God Almighty), but rather complete idiots I was commanded to love. - Criss Jami
There is this common notion that young conservatives are the few, that most people had liberal worldviews when they were young. If this is true, then it is with great irony that a number of old liberals must never had progressed into conservatives as they grew older. - Criss Jami
The Christian God seemed the most offensive to people precisely because he was the most godlike. He was too perfect even to be coaxed by human efforts, and therefore sent his son to do the job. - Criss Jami
They have a special confidence in Christ, plus thoughtfulness plus faithfulness plus humility: for there are no things, in all creation, more beautiful, more rare than the so very disciplined and free, joyful and principled daughters of God. - Criss Jami
If your doctrine changed for the better yet your character changed for the worse, you changed for the worse. - Criss Jami
Peace ought not be regarded the height of civilization, else like barbarians we forever battle for peace. - Criss Jami
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