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Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.

EUGENE O'NEILL, The Great God Brown

Grace only exists to be fallen from.


One who has been touched by grace will no longer look on those who stray as "those evil people" or "those poor people who need our help." Nor must we search for signs of "loveworthiness." Grace teaches us that God loves because of who God is, not because of who we are.

PHILIP YANCEY, What's So Amazing About Grace?

What once was hurt
What once was friction
What left a mark
No longer stings
Because Grace makes beauty
Out of ugly things

U2, "Grace"

Men do not avail themselves of the riches of God's grace. They love to nurse their cares, and seem as uneasy without some fret, as an old friar would be without his hair girdle. They are commanded to cast their cares upon the Lord; but, even when they attempt it, they do not fail to catch them up again, and think it meritorious to walk burdened. They take God's ticket to heaven, and then put their baggage on their shoulders, and tramp, tramp, the whole way there afoot.


Grace in women is the secret charm that draws the soul into its circle and binds a spell round it forever.

WILLIAM HAZLITT, Characteristics

Grace, like water, flows to the lowest part.

PHILIP YANCEY, Reaching for the Invisible God: What Can We Expect to Find?

Such an explication of Grace as sets men at liberty in morals, makes void the Law through Faith.

BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms

Grace is only nature blossomed out; nature won and warmed into its true growth.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.

FLANNERY O'CONNOR, letter to Cecil Dawkins, Dec. 9, 1958

Let grace conduct thee to the paths of peace.


You can have the other words—chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I'll take grace. I don't know what it is exactly, but I'll take it.

MARY OLIVER, "Sand Dabs, Five," Winter Hours

Man is closer to God according to his existence in grace than he is according to his existence in nature.


Grace is the most perplexing, powerful force in the universe, and, I believe, the only hope for our twisted, violent planet.

PHILIP YANCEY, What's So Amazing About Grace?

Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.

ST. AUGUSTINE, De Libero Arbitrio

Grace doesn't depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors.


The State of Grace and the Life of Sin are incompatibilities.

BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms

I rejected the church for a time because I found so little grace there. I returned because I found grace nowhere else.

PHILIP YANCEY, What's So Amazing About Grace?

I do not at all understand the mystery of grace--only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.

ANNE LAMOTT, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

Our preaching does not stop with the law. That would lead to wounding without binding up, striking down and not healing, killing and not making alive, driving down to hell and not bringing back up, humbling and not exalting. Therefore, we must also preach grace and the promise of forgiveness--this is the means by which faith is awakened and properly taught. Without this word of grace, the law, contrition, penitence, and everything else are done and taught in vain.

MARTIN LUTHER, The Freedom of a Christian

A really sublime moment is that when the last ray of light breaks in upon the soul, and marshals into a single group all the scattered disconnected truths there. There is such a vast difference between the moment which follows, and the moment which precedes this one, between what we were before, and what we are after, that the word grace has been invented to convey the idea of this magic stroke, of this light from on high.



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