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Sermon Quotes

Prosperity

Aristotle

For what good would their prosperity do them if it did not provide them with the opportunity for good works?

Nichomachean Ethics

Horatius Bonar

In the day of prosperity we have many refuges to resort to; in the day of adversity only one.

John Calvin

Prosperity inebriates men, so that they take delights in their own merits.

John Calvin

Nothing is more dangerous than to be blinded by prosperity.

Thomas Carlyle

For a hundred that can bear adversity there is hardly one that can bear prosperity.

Andrew Carnegie

Why should men leave great fortunes to their children? If this is done from affection, is it not misguided affection? Observation teaches that, generally speaking, it is not well for the children that they should be so burdened.

John Flavel

To see a man humble under prosperity is one of the greatest rarities in the world.

Billy Graham

Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.

Jack Hyles

A friend cannot be known in prosperity. An enemy cannot be hidden in adversity.

Phillip Keller

Material success is no measure of spiritual health. Nor is apparent affluence any criterion of real godliness. And it is well for us that the Shepherd of our souls sees through this exterior and takes steps to set things right.

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, Zondervan, 1970, p.59. 

R.G. LeTourneau

I shovel [money] out, and God shovels it back…but God has a bigger shovel!

C.S. Lewis

Prosperity knits a man to the World. He feels that is “finding his place in it,” while really it is finding its place in him.

Martin Luther

It is prosperity that we cannot endure.

Cotton Mather

Religion begat prosperity and the daughter devoured the mother.

Dwight L. Moody

We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity, for in prosperity we forget God.

John D. Rockefeller

The poorest man I know is the man who has nothing but money.

Colonel Sanders

There’s no need to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can’t do any business from there.

Charles Spurgeon

That only is worth my having which I can have forever. That only is worth my grasping which death cannot tear out of my hand.

Anne Swetchine

We are rich only through what we give: and poor only through what we refuse and keep.

Andrew Walls

Other major world religions are still centered in the same general geographic area from which they originated except for Christianity. Even more intriguing, the center of Christian growth continues to move. Why? This author suggests that Christian principles bring prosperity but then the prosperity brings a temptation to chase stability and respectability. Thus, Christian growth moves to an area where people are desperate enough to trust Christ alone.

Thomas Watson

The soul is a spiritual thing, riches are of an earthly extract, and how can these fill a spiritual substance? How man does thirst after the world, but, alas, it falls short of his expectation. It cannot fill the hiatus and longing of his soul.

Thomas Watson

People are usually better in adversity, than prosperity. A prosperous condition is not always so safe. True, it is more pleasing to the flesh – but it is not always best. In a prosperous state, there is more burden. Many look at the shining and glittering of prosperity – but not at the burdens of prosperity.