100 Insightful and Inspirational Religious Quotes


Since the dawn of mankind, humans have always sought a connection with God. While not all believed in a creator, the vast majority has always tried to seek the Lord’s presence – in one form or the other. Religion has provided them with a form of access to God. Throughout the ages, people have pondered upon the idea of an omnipresent and all-knowing being that deeply cares for us and seeks to guide us. The quest to seek the Lord has resulted in a wide variety of insightful religious quotes. In the following collection, we’ll share the most inspirational statements with you. If you enjoy reading quotes about religion, you may also like our collection of powerful God quotes.

While scientists affirm us that there is no conclusive evidence of God’s existence, millions, if not even billions, of believers worldwide intuitively feel that there is a higher being. They know deep in their hearts that God exists and that he gives us courage in times of despair and strength during moments of hardship.

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
C.S. Lewis

The power of belief can move mountains. Sadly, however, many people turn away from God, in this present day and age. They allow personal happenstance is to drive them away from God or prefer to lead a life based on their own rules.

Inspirational religious quotes

Enjoy the following collection of inspirational religious quotes

It is only too understandable that people who were confronted with great misfortunes and personal challenges blame God for what happened. After all, wouldn’t a benevolent God, keep any kind of hardship away from us? At the same time, millions can testify that their faith gave them great courage and strength during moments of great despair.

100 Insightful and Inspirational Religious Quotes

Believing in God is a conscious choice. It means you have the faith to seek a deep connection with your spiritual father, even though God is not directly visible to all of us. And if you’ve ever opened up your heart to God, if you’ve ever surrendered yourself into the hands of God, you know how he revealed his glory in your life. The following list of religious quotes highlights the importance of making God a part of life and to seek his presence continually.

Here’s our collection of inspirational religious quotes


Being on God's side

“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”
Abraham Lincoln


Religious quote about faith

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
Corrie ten Boom


Going to church

“Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.”
Billy Sunday


Quote about religion

“I hope there will grow in your hearts an overpowering sense of gratitude to God, who has made it possible for you to come upon the earth in this marvelous season of the world’s history.”
Gordon B. Hinckley


Religious quote about God

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”
C.S. Lewis


“Patience is tied very closely to faith in our Heavenly Father. Actually, when we are unduly impatient, we are suggesting that we know what is best—better than does God. We can grow in faith only if we are willing to wait patiently for God’s purposes and patterns to unfold in our lives, on His timetable.”
Neal A. Maxwell


“God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.”
C. S. Lewis


“God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.”
Elbert Hubbard


“When you are at your lowest God speaks the loudest.”
Joanne Wilson-Edwards


“Oh, God, to know you is life. To serve You is freedom. To praise you is the soul’s joy and delight. Guard me with the power of Your grace here and in all places. Now and at all times, forever. Amen.”
St. Augustine of Hippo


“Each of us is under a divinely spoken obligation to reach out with pardon and mercy and to forgive one another.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf


“What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”
Hans Urs von Balthasar


“And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”
C.S. Lewis


“The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty – it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”
Mother Teresa


“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
Soren Kierkegaard


“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
C.S. Lewis


“Quit questioning God and start trusting Him!”
Joel Osteen


“It is better to find God on the threshold of despair than to risk our lives in complacency that has never felt the need for forgiveness.”
Thomas Merton


“The darker the night, the brighter the stars, the deeper the grief, the closer is God!”
Fyodor Dostoevsky


“Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.”
C. S. Lewis


“As a young man with most of my life ahead of me, I decided early to give my life to something eternal and absolute. Not to these little gods that are here today and gone tomorrow. But to God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Martin Luther King Jr.


“It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God. Without God people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another. Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else. Without a central loyalty, life is unfinished.”
Fulton J. Sheen


“God’s extraordinary work is most often done by ordinary people in the seeming obscurity of a home and family.”
Neal A. Maxwell


“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith”
The Apostle Paul


“Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your weakness.”
Mother Teresa


“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.”
Oswald Chambers


“Let us be silent, that we may hear the whisper of God.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”
C.S. Lewis


“He is your friend who pushes you nearer to God.”
Abraham Kuyper


“To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side, and the dark. In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God’s grace means.”
Brennan Manning


“Darkness is drawn to light, but light does not know it; light must absorb the darkness and therefore meet its own extinguishment.”
Edna O’Brien


“Life is an experimental journey undertaken involuntarily. It is a journey of the spirit through the material world and, since it is the spirit that travels, it is the spirit that is experienced. That is why there exist contemplative souls who have lived more intensely, more widely, more tumultuously than others who have lived their lives purely externally.”
Fernando Pessoa


“God is whispering in your heart, in the whole existence, just tune your ears.”
Amit Ray


“Prayers said by good people are always good prayers”
Willa Cather


“God isn’t at the top waiting. He is down below helping his followers to understand that the view is glorious where ever you stand.”
Shannon Alder


“Everything in this life passes away — only God remains, only He is worth struggling towards. We have a choice: to follow the way of this world, of the society that surrounds us, and thereby find ourselves outside of God; or to choose the way of life, to choose God who calls us and for whom our heart is searching.”
Seraphim Rose


“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.”
Max Lucado


“He is always doing something – the very best thing, the thing we ourselves would certainly choose if we knew the end from the beginning. He is at work to bring us to our full glory.”
Elizabeth Elliot


“If we turn penitently to Him, He enables us to bear our punishment with a meek and docile heart, ‘for His mercy endureth forever.”
Elizabeth Gaskell


“The genuine realist, if he is an unbeliever, will always find strength and ability to disbelieve in the miraculous, and if he is confronted with a miracle as an irrefutable fact he would rather disbelieve his own senses than admit the miraculous also.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky


“We see ourselves in terms of yesterday and today. Our Heavenly Father sees us in terms of forever. He sees us as the glorious beings we are capable of becoming.”
Joseph B Wirthlin


“If you want to give the devil a nervous breakdown, just get up every day and see how much good you can do.”
Joyce Meyer


“We pray because we are here – not to change the world, but to change ourselves. Because it is when we change ourselves… that the world is changed.”
Douglas Wood


“The adversary would keep us busily engaged in a multitude of trivial things in an effort to keep us distracted from the few vital things that make all the difference.”
Ardeth G. Kapp


“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”
Augustine of Hippo


“Faith in God is an opening up, a letting go, a deep trust, a free act of love.”
Yann Martel


“It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence.”
C.S. Lewis


“Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Thou art the Potter and I am the clay.”
Chaim Potok


“Sensible men are all of the same religion. Religious sentiments cannot be stirred up within righteous people of any religion for instigating them to do wrong to their own or fellow brethren”.”
Dr. Amit Abraham


Nevertheless, we must let go of our grievances. Heaven is filled with those who have this in common: They are forgiven. And they forgive.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf


“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


“The Father is truly the only Promise Maker who is in earnest a Promise Keeper. A promise from God is a promise kept.”
Sheila Walsh


“It has been my experience that those who claim to be the most spiritual are usually the least so.”
Steve Maraboli


“The more you are in suffering and difficulties and are ‘desperate’ for God, the more He is going to come to your aid, reveal Who He is and show you the way out…”
Seraphim Rose


“But this I know. Those who seek Him will do well to look among the poor and the lowly, the sorrowful and the oppressed.”
Henry Van Dyke


“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.”
Erma Bombeck


“When the challenges of mortality come, and they come for all of us, it may seem hard to have faith and hard to believe. At these times only faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Atonement can bring us peace, hope, and understanding.”
Robert D. Hale


“God never created you to be a slave, man did. God never created division or set up any borders between brothers, man did. God never told you to hurt or kill another, man did. So why is man your god, and not the Creator?”
Suzy Kassem


“I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith.”
Lauren Kate


“Dear Lord, please show me everything I need to understand about forgiveness and surrender”
Elizabeth Gilbert


“We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love. „
Jean Vanier


“When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives.”
Ezra Taft Benson


“Some of the most beautiful things worth having in your life come wrapped in a crown of thorns.”
Shannon L. Alder


“Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car.”
Garrison Keillor


“When every hope is gone, ‘when helpers fail and comforts flee,’ I find that help arrives somehow, from I know not where. Supplication, worship, prayer are no superstition.”
Mahatma Gandhi


“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
Albert Einstein


“This first glance of a soul which does not yet know itself is like dawn in the heavens; it is the awakening of something radiant and unknown.”
Victor Hugo


“If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit.”
Thomas Merton


“The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.”
Swami Vivekananda


“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..”
John Milton


“There are, we know, illustrious and powerful atheists; with them, the matter is nothing but a question of definitions, and at all events, even if they do not believe in God, they prove God, because they are great minds.”
Victor Hugo


“If, in the end, you have not chosen Jesus Christ it will not matter what you have chosen.”
Neal A. Maxwell


“As long as you have life and breath, believe. Believe for those who cannot. Believe even if you have stopped believing.”
Mark Helprin


“Prayer is a path where there is none.”
Noah Benshea


“Light can devour the darkness but darkness cannot consume the light.”
Ken Poirot


“Be believing, be happy, don’t get discouraged. Things will work out.”
Gordon B. Hinckley


“God gave us free will so that we might choose our own destinies. He left it up to us to achieve them.”
R.M. Arce Jaeger


“No matter what your sacred or religious book is, it’s not how well you know the book, it’s how well you’re in alignment with the author.”
Steve Maraboli


“If we will walk humbly with our God, He will lead us by the hand to exactly who and what we need, to those people, things, and experiences He has designed and intended for us, and this alone will be the cause of our deep fulfillment and happiness.”
Matthew Kelly


“Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand.”
Dan Brown


“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”
Jonh Wesley


“I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”
Susan B. Anthony


“The image of the Lord has been replaced by a mirror.”
Jorge Luis Borges


“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.”
Joni Eareckson Tada


“Repeated reading of religious scriptures is not prayer, absorbing them is.”
Tapan Ghosh


“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.”
Paulo Coelho


“But the witness of the substitutionary atonement of Jesus is that God’s most difficult promise has been kept.”
Sheila Walsh


“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
Mahatma Gandhi


“For the happy man prayer is only a jumble of words, until the day when sorrow comes to explain to him the sublime language by means of which he speaks to God.”
Alexandre Dumas


“There is a reason they call God a presence – because God is right here, right now. In the present is the only place to find Him, and now is the only time.”
Elizabeth Gilbert


“If you let people break your spirit and detour you from your path, then you have not been true to yourself or those you’re here to touch, those who believe in you.”
Allison DuBois


“It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates.”
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
Mother Teresa


“I can do nothing without His help. Oh, Lord, what ignorance thinking everything was wealth.”
Venus Angelica Perez


“Lord, when I feel that what I’m doing is insignificant and unimportant, help me to remember that everything I do is significant and important in your eyes, because you love me and you put me here, and no one else can do what I am doing in exactly the way I do it.”
Brennan Manning


“People who fit don’t seek. The seekers are those that don’t fit.”
Shannon L. Alder


“When you’re too religious, you tend to point your finger to judge instead of extending your hand to help.”
Steve Maraboli


“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”
C.S. Lewis

I hope you enjoyed this collection of inspirational religious quotes. Let us know what your favorite quote is from this list. We’re excited to hear from you.

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