Sermon quotes on sight

Mark Batterson

Prayer is the difference between seeing with our physical eyes and seeing with our spiritual eyes.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.

Crime and Punishment


William Faulkner

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.

Thomas Fuller

It is said that the darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn. 

A Pisgah Sight of Palestine and the Confines Thereof: With the History of the Old and New Testament Acted Thereon (1869)


Andre Gide

One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore.


Helen Keller (attributed)

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.

C.S Lewis

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.


J. I. Packer

Wisdom is the power to see and the inclination to choose the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it.


Dr. Seuss

I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.”

Yertle the Turtle and Gertrude McFuzz  

Mark Twain

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889)

Fanny Crosby

If I had a choice, I would still choose to remain blind…for when I die, the first face I will ever see will be the face of my blessed Saviour.

John Ruskin

Genius is only a superior power of seeing.

Alexandre Dumas

There are two ways of seeing: with the body and with the soul. The body’s sight can sometimes forget, but the soul remembers forever.

Marguerite Duras

The art of seeing has to be learned.

The Lover

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.

Marilynne Robinson

Wherever you turn your eyes, the world can shine like transfiguration. You don’t have to bring a thing to it except a little willingness to see.

Helen Keller

I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a manmade world.

Iris Murdoch

I can only choose within the world that I can see.

The Sovereignty of Good

John Ruskin

The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see.

Nicholas Wolterstorff

I shall look at the world through tears. Perhaps I shall see things that dry-eyed I could not see.

Lament for a Son

John Berger

The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight. 

Ways of Seeing

John Lubbock

How little we see! What we do see depends mainly on what we look for.

The Beauties of Nature

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