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Sermon Quotes

Growth

Sermon Quotes on Growth

Edward Abbey

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.

The Journey Home: Some Words in Defense of the American West. Plume: New York. 1991, p.183.

Maya Angelou

Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.

Augustine of Hippo

If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing.

Brittany Burgunder

Sometimes the process of growth looks a lot like destruction and pain. But you’ll realize with time that you’re not breaking; you’re healing.

Goodreads, accessed July 4, 2021.

William Ellery Channing

The plant grows in the mist and under clouds as truly as under sunshine.

Max DePree

We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.

Kathleen R. Fischer

At every point in the human journey we find that we have to let go in order to move forward; and letting go means dying a little. In the process we are being created anew, awakened afresh to the source of our being.

Zach Galifianakis

I have a lot of growing up to do. I realized that the other day inside my fort.

Irenaeus

God wanted to give human beings their fullness right from the beginning, but they were incapable of receiving it, because they were still little children.

Against Heresies

Kermit the Frog

And so I say to you, the 1996 graduates of Southampton College, you are no longer tadpoles. The time has come for you to drop your tails and leave this swamp. But I am sure that wherever I go as I travel around the world, I will find each and every one of you working your tails off to save other swamps and give those of us who live there a chance to survive. We love you for it. Enjoy life, and thank you very much.

Graduation Ceremony, “Drop Your Tails and Leave this Swamp,”  Southampton College, NY, 1996.

Nelson Mandela

Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation.

Quoted in Tanea Jackson, “Nelson Mandela Accepts Honorary Doctorate Degree from Six Institutions in the Laureate International Universities Network,” Laureate International Universities, June 5, 2010.

Abraham Maslow

In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth, or to step back into safety. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.

John Newton

I am not what I ought to be,

I am not what I want to be,

I am not what I hope to be,

But by the grace of God

I am not what I was.

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A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.

Abraham Wright

I am mended by my sickness, enriched by my poverty and strengthened by my weakness…. What fools are we, then, to frown upon our afflictions! These, how crabbed soever, are our best friends. They are not indeed for our pleasure, they are for our profit.

The Golden Treasury of Puritan Quotations, p. 17.

Mister Rogers

I don’t think that anybody can grow unless he really is accepted exactly as he is.

John Newton

I am not what I ought to be,

I am not what I want to be,

I am not what I hope to be,

But by the grace of God

I am not what I was.

Source Unknown

A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.