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A collection of quotes by Eric Liddell Quotes about love, compassion, sports, winning, Christ, heart, race, thinking, prayer, motivation, sports etc

20 Eric Liddell Quotes That Show His Nobel Side

Quick Facts

Born On: January 16, 1902

Died On: February 21, 1945

Born In: Tianjin

Died At Age: 43

Eric Liddell was a Sottish athlete who inspired the Oscar winning movie, ‘Chariots of Fire’. Nicknamed as the ‘Flying Scotsman’, Eric was the first sportsperson to win gold during the Paris Olympics in 1924. People also remember him as the athlete who refused to run for 100 meters during Olympics keeping in mind his religious beliefs. Later he volunteered to run for 400 meters which he won. After his win in Olympics, Eric returned to his country of birth, China, where he worked as an Evangelist and promoted Christianity. A strong believer in Christianity, Eric was keen and patient to spread the love towards Christ and this religion even when China was under a war between the communalists and nationalists. His sayings and thoughts on Christianity and sports are very stirring. We have curated some of his top quotes and sayings from his preaching, messages, and life in general.  Below are some of the quotes and thoughts that give a glimpse of his mind.

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In the dust of defeat as well as the laurels of victory there is a glory to be found if one has done his best.

Eric Liddell

God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.

Eric Liddell

We are all missionaries. Wherever we go we either bring people nearer to Christ or we repel them from Christ.

Eric Liddell

Circumstances may appear to wreck our lives and God's plans, but God is not helpless among the ruins. God's love is still working. He comes in and takes the calamity and uses it victoriously, working out His wonderful plan of love.

Eric Liddell

I have no formula for winning the race. Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way. And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within. Jesus said, 'Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you. If with all your hearts, you truly seek me, you shall ever surely find me.' If you commit yourself to the love of Christ, then that is how you run a straight race.

Eric Liddell

Victory over all the circumstances of life comes not by might, nor by power, but by a practical confidence in God and by allowing His Spirit to dwell in our hearts and control our actions and emotions. Learn in the days of ease and comfort, to think in terms of the prayer that follows, so that when the days of hardship come you will be fully prepared and equipped to meet them.

Eric Liddell

The secret of my success over the 400m is that I run the first 200m as fast as I can. Then, for the second 200m, with God's help I run faster.

Eric Liddell

Obedience to God's will is the secret of spiritual knowledge and insight. It is not willingness to know, but willingness to DO (obey) God's will that brings certainty.

Eric Liddell

I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast! And when I run I feel his pleasure.

Eric Liddell

You will know as much of God, and only as much of God, as you are willing to put into practice.

Eric Liddell

As Christians, I challenge you. Have a great aim - have a high standard - make Jesus your ideal...make Him an ideal not merely to be admired but also to be followed.

Eric Liddell

If you are not guided by God, you will be guided by something or someone else.

Eric Liddell

Circumstances may appear to wreck our lives and God’s plans, but God is not helpless among the ruins.

Eric Liddell

Christ for the world, for the world needs Christ!

Eric Liddell

Many of us are missing something in life because we are after the second best.

Eric Liddell

And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within.

Eric Liddell

If you commit yourself to the love of Christ, then that is how you run a straight race.

Eric Liddell

Purity does not mean crushing the instincts but having the instincts as servants and not the master of the spirit.

Eric Liddell

The kingdom is where the King reigns. If He is reigning in my heart, then the Kingdom of Heaven has come to me.

Eric Liddell

Obedience to God's will is the secret of spiritual knowledge and insight.

Eric Liddell