Sermon Quotes


Douglas Adams

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

The Salmon of Doubt

 Maya Angelou

Nothing will work unless you do.



Thomas A. Edison

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.



Thomas A. Edison

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

Sam Ewing

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.


 Timothy Keller

Everyone will be forgotten, nothing we do will make any difference, and all good endeavors, even the best, will come to naught. Unless there is God. If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a true reality beneath and behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavor, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God’s calling, can matter forever.

Timothy Keller

Work is so foundational to our makeup that it is one of the few things we can take in significant doses without harm. Indeed, the Bible does not say we should work one day and rest six or that work and rest should be balanced evenly but directs us to the opposite ratio. Leisure and pleasure are great goods, but we can take only so much of them.

Martin Luther King Jr.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.


C.S. Lewis

Give me all of you!!! I don’t want so much of your time, so much of your talents and money, and so much of your work. I want YOU!!! ALL OF YOU!! I have not come to torment or frustrate the natural man or woman, but to KILL IT! No half measures will do. I don’t want to only prune a branch here and a branch there; rather I want the whole tree out! Hand it over to me, the whole outfit, all of your desires, all of your wants and wishes and dreams. Turn them ALL over to me, give yourself to me and I will make of you a new self—in my image. Give me yourself and in exchange I will give you Myself. My will, shall become your will. My heart, shall become your heart.

Mere Christianity

George Macdonald

It is our best work that God wants, not the dregs of our exhaustion. I think he must prefer quality to quantity.



Mother Teresa

We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.


George Bernard Shaw

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch, which I have got hold of for the moment; and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

George Bernard Shaw, His Life and Works

Bob Woodward

All good work is done in defiance of management

John Donne 

Let no man be disheartened nor discouraged if he have brought a good conscience and faithful labor to the service of the Lord. Let him not think his wages the worse paid if God do mingle bodily sickness, temporal losses, personal disgraces, with his labors. Let him not think that God should not do thus to them that wear out themselves in his service for the best part of our wages is adversity, because that gives us a true fast and a right value of our prosperity. The prophet Jeremiah had it; the best of his rank must.

Anonymous Citizen of Guina-Bissau

When I don’t have any [food to bring my family], I borrow, mainly from neighbors and friends. I feel ashamed standing before my children when I have nothing to help feed the family. I’m not well when I’m unemployed. It’s terrible.

Deepa Narayan with Raj Patel, Kai Schafft, Anne Rademacher, Sarah KockSchulte, Voices of the Poor: Can Anyone Hear Us? (New York: Oxford Univ. Press for the World Bank.

Gordon T. Smith

The huge assumption of our social context is that work is bad and leisure is good. Our only hope for a transformed vision for vocation, work and career, and for navigating the transitions of life, is to engage our world with a theological vision for good work—to redeem the very idea of work.

Taken from Courage and Calling by Gordon T. Smith. ©2011 by Gordon T. Smith.  Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove  IL  60515-1426.

Gordon T. Smith

We talk about our work all the time. It is rare that a conversation with a person we have recently met does not at some point lead to the inevitable question, What do you do? by which we mean, how do you spend your life and days. What is the work that this person does, that, ideally, God has given him or her to do?

Taken from Courage and Calling by Gordon T. Smith. ©2011 by Gordon T. Smith.  Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove  IL  60515-1426.

Klaus Issler

Of the thirty-seven parables in the Synoptic Gospels, thirty-two mention some form of work-related activity as part of the storyline.

Examining Jesus’ Inclusion of Work Roles in His Parables,” Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, accessed February 10, 2017. 

Robert Frost

The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.

Bertrand Russell

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.

Edgar Bergen

Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?

Robert Townsend

If you don’t believe in the resurrection of the dead, look at any office at quitting time.

Bob (Paul Wilson) and Peter (Ron Livingston),

Bob: “Looks like you’ve been missing a lot of work lately.”

Peter: “I wouldn’t say I’ve been missing it, Bob.”

Office Space

Diana Butler Bass

Our bodies move to a rhythm of work and rest that follows the rhythm originally strummed by God on the waters of creation. As God worked, so shall we; as God rested, so shall we. Working and resting, we who are human are in the image of God.

A.J. Swoboda

Our modern dogma is that of Batman: “It’s not who you are underneath . It’s what you do that defines you.

Subversive Sabbath: The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World, Baker Publishing Group, 2018, Kindle Location 576.

Abraham Heschel

Labor is not only the destiny of man; it is endowed with divine dignity.

Anne Wilson Schaef

When we insist on doing too much, we are not only inflicting the damage of this choice on ourselves, we are sharing this damage with those we love the most.

The Wall Street Journal

The good news is, you’re always connected to the office.

The bad news is, you’re always connected to the office.

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A.W. Tozer

Let us practice the fine art of making every work a priestly ministration. Let us believe that God is in all our simple deeds and learn to find Him there.

The Pursuit of God

John Mark Comer

One study found that there was zero difference in productivity between workers who logged seventy hours and those who logged fifty-five.

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, The Crown Publishing Group, 2019.

Cotton Mather

Religion begat prosperity and the daughter devoured the mother.

Ashley Hales

Underneath our frantic pace is a question: Is this work I do good enough?

Taken from Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Living Faithfully in the Land of Too Much by Ashley Hales Copyright (c) 2009 by Ashley Hales. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL.

Thomas Edison

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas Merton

If we want to be spiritual, then let us first of all live out lives. Let us not fear the responsibilities and the inevitable distractions of the work appointed for us by the will of God. Let us embrace reality and thus find ourselves immersed in the life-giving will and wisdom of God which surrounds us everywhere.

Thoughts in Solitude

Martin Luther

Work and let him give the fruits therefore! Rule, and let him prosper it! Battle, and let him give victory! Preach, and let him make hearts devout!”

Quoted in Gustaf Wingren, Luther on Vocation, trans. Carl C. Rasmussen (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2004), p.194.

Ken Costa

It is estimated the average person will spend 150,000 hours at work in his or her lifetime. That translates to roughly 40 percent of our lives being spent at work. That’s a lot. As a result, our work, our jobs, and how we spend the majority of our time are very important to God.

Know Your Why, Thomas Nelson.

T. Boone Pickens

I always say, ‘work eight hours, sleep eight hours — be sure they’re not the same eight hours’

Bob Porter (Paul Willson)

“Looks like you’ve been missing a lot of work lately.“

Ron Livingston (Peter) I wouldn’t say I’ve been missing it, Bob.”

Office Space, 1999

Dorothy Sayers

We cannot deal with industrialism or unemployment unless we lift work out of the economic, political and social spheres and consider it also in terms of the work’s worth and the love of the work, as being in itself a sacrament and a manifestation of man’s creative energy.

The Mind of the Maker, Harper Collins, 1941, 1987, 218.

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