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50 Inspiring Quotes By Richard Foster For Those Who Do Nothing By Halves

Famous As: Theologian best known for his 1978 book Celebration of Discipline
Born On: 1942 AD
Born In: New Mexico, United States

Richard Foster is a renowned author in the Quaker tradition, and a Christian theologian. He was born in New Mexico and served at the ‘Friends University’ as professor. He is distinguished for his book ‘Celebration of Discipline.’ Some of his other notable works include, ‘Freedom of Simplicity,’ ‘Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible,’ ‘Longing for God,’ ‘Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home,’ among various others. Let us browse through the noteworthy and thought-provoking quotes and sayings by Richard Foster which have been excerpted from his works, writings, thoughts, interviews, speeches, life and public utterances. Here is a corpus of motivational and empowering quotes and thoughts by Richard Foster on pride, self, thinking, heart, grieving, distance, silent, hurt, compassion, insane, attachment, children, kindness, prayers, Jesus, time, love, real, worship, reality, and more.

The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.

The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.

Richard Foster
Of all spiritual disciplines prayer is the most central because it ushers us into perpetual communion with the Father.

Of all spiritual disciplines prayer is the most central because it ushers us into perpetual communion with the Father.

Richard Foster
Reject anything that is producing an addiction in you.

Reject anything that is producing an addiction in you.

Richard Foster
Conversion does not make us perfect, but it does catapult us into a total experience of discipleship that affects - and infects - every sphere of our living.

Conversion does not make us perfect, but it does catapult us into a total experience of discipleship that affects - and infects - every sphere of our living.

Richard Foster
Stop trying to impress people with your clothes and impress them with your life.

Stop trying to impress people with your clothes and impress them with your life.

Richard Foster
..the true test of spirituality [is] in the freedom to live among people compassionately....Prayer frees us to be controlled by God.

..the true test of spirituality [is] in the freedom to live among people compassionately....Prayer frees us to be controlled by God.

Richard Foster
Humility, as we all know, is one of those virtues that is never gained by seeking it. The more we pursue it the more distant it becomes. To think we have it is sure evidence that we don't.

Humility, as we all know, is one of those virtues that is never gained by seeking it. The more we pursue it the more distant it becomes. To think we have it is sure evidence that we don't.

Richard Foster
We who have turned our lives over to Christ need to know how very much he longs to eat with us, to commune with us. He desires a perpetual Eucharistic feast in the inner sanctuary of the heart.

We who have turned our lives over to Christ need to know how very much he longs to eat with us, to commune with us. He desires a perpetual Eucharistic feast in the inner sanctuary of the heart.

Richard Foster
Silence is one of the deepest Disciplines of the Spirit simply because it puts the stopper on all self-justification.

Silence is one of the deepest Disciplines of the Spirit simply because it puts the stopper on all self-justification.

Richard Foster
If you are too busy to read, you are too busy.

If you are too busy to read, you are too busy.

Richard Foster
Submission reaches the end of its tether when it becomes destructive.

Submission reaches the end of its tether when it becomes destructive.

Richard Foster
True godliness does not turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it. — William Penn

True godliness does not turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it. — William Penn

Richard Foster
In a world of limited resources, our wealth is at the expense of the poor. To put it simply, if we have it, others cannot.

In a world of limited resources, our wealth is at the expense of the poor. To put it simply, if we have it, others cannot.

Richard Foster
Thinking is the hardest work we can do, and among the most important

Thinking is the hardest work we can do, and among the most important

Richard Foster
If we are a people rich in social relationships, we are rich indeed. Whenever we develop significant friendships with those who are not like us culturally, we become broader, wiser persons.

If we are a people rich in social relationships, we are rich indeed. Whenever we develop significant friendships with those who are not like us culturally, we become broader, wiser persons.

Richard Foster
Freedom in the Gospel does not mean license. It means opportunity.

Freedom in the Gospel does not mean license. It means opportunity.

Richard Foster
Celebration comes when the common features of life are redeemed.

Celebration comes when the common features of life are redeemed.

Richard Foster
The goal of work is not to gain wealth and possessions, but to serve the common good and bring glory to God.

The goal of work is not to gain wealth and possessions, but to serve the common good and bring glory to God.

Richard Foster
The truth of the matter is, we all come to prayer with a tangled mass of motives—altruistic and selfish, merciful and hateful, loving and bitter.

The truth of the matter is, we all come to prayer with a tangled mass of motives—altruistic and selfish, merciful and hateful, loving and bitter.

Richard Foster
You desire and do not have; so you kill. And you covet and cannot obtain; so you fight and wage war” (James 4:1, 2).

You desire and do not have; so you kill. And you covet and cannot obtain; so you fight and wage war” (James 4:1, 2).

Richard Foster
Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).

Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).

Richard Foster
The mind will always take on an order conforming to that upon which it concentrates.

The mind will always take on an order conforming to that upon which it concentrates.

Richard Foster
Spiritual disciplines can do nothing. They can only get us to the place where something can be done.

Spiritual disciplines can do nothing. They can only get us to the place where something can be done.

Richard Foster
And so the test of whether or not we have really gotten the point of the Bible would then be the quality of love that we show.

And so the test of whether or not we have really gotten the point of the Bible would then be the quality of love that we show.

Richard Foster
To conform to a sick society is to become sick.

To conform to a sick society is to become sick.

Richard Foster
There is a need today for what I call prophetic simplicity. We need voices of dissent that point to another way, creative models that take exception to the givens of society.

There is a need today for what I call prophetic simplicity. We need voices of dissent that point to another way, creative models that take exception to the givens of society.

Richard Foster
Cause every task of your day to be a sacred ministry to the Lord. however mundane your duties, for you they are a sacrament.

Cause every task of your day to be a sacred ministry to the Lord. however mundane your duties, for you they are a sacrament.

Richard Foster
Simplicity enables us to live lives of integrity in the face of the terrible realities of our global village.

Simplicity enables us to live lives of integrity in the face of the terrible realities of our global village.

Richard Foster
To use good things to our own ends is always a false religion

To use good things to our own ends is always a false religion

Richard Foster
Settle yourself in solitude and you will come upon Him in yourself. —TERESA OF VILA

Settle yourself in solitude and you will come upon Him in yourself. —TERESA OF VILA

Richard Foster
Law will take over because law always carries with it a sense of security and manipulative power.

Law will take over because law always carries with it a sense of security and manipulative power.

Richard Foster
We are not trying to manipulate God and tell Him what to do. Rather, we are asking Him to tell us what to do.

We are not trying to manipulate God and tell Him what to do. Rather, we are asking Him to tell us what to do.

Richard Foster
God has given us the Disciplines of the spiritual life as a means of receiving his grace. The Disciplines allow us to place ourselves before God so that he can transform us.

God has given us the Disciplines of the spiritual life as a means of receiving his grace. The Disciplines allow us to place ourselves before God so that he can transform us.

Richard Foster
Meditation sends us into our ordinary world with greater perspective and balance.

Meditation sends us into our ordinary world with greater perspective and balance.

Richard Foster
If we watch the interactions between human beings, we will receive a graduate-level education.

If we watch the interactions between human beings, we will receive a graduate-level education.

Richard Foster
The great writings interact with one another. They cannot be read in isolation..

The great writings interact with one another. They cannot be read in isolation..

Richard Foster
Study cannot happen until we are subject to the subject.

Study cannot happen until we are subject to the subject.

Richard Foster
Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

Richard Foster
Just as worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience. If worship does not propel us into greater obedience, it has not been worship.

Just as worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience. If worship does not propel us into greater obedience, it has not been worship.

Richard Foster
Extremes of wealth and poverty are a scandal to Christian brotherhood. They must not be allowed.

Extremes of wealth and poverty are a scandal to Christian brotherhood. They must not be allowed.

Richard Foster
Important insights ought never to be limited to the group from which may arise.

Important insights ought never to be limited to the group from which may arise.

Richard Foster
Will not break a bruised reed, or quench a smoldering wick” (Isa. 423; Matt. 12:20).

Will not break a bruised reed, or quench a smoldering wick” (Isa. 423; Matt. 12:20).

Richard Foster
True service is a lifestyle. It acts from the ingrained patterns of living. It springs spontaneously to meet human need.

True service is a lifestyle. It acts from the ingrained patterns of living. It springs spontaneously to meet human need.

Richard Foster
The moment we feel we can succeed and attain victory over sin by the strength of our will alone is the moment we are worshiping the will.

The moment we feel we can succeed and attain victory over sin by the strength of our will alone is the moment we are worshiping the will.

Richard Foster
Thomas Merton says, “We do not want to be beginners. But let us be convinced of the fact that we will never be anything else but beginners, all our life!”2

Thomas Merton says, “We do not want to be beginners. But let us be convinced of the fact that we will never be anything else but beginners, all our life!”2

Richard Foster
Shekinah” means the glory or the radiance of God dwelling in the midst of his people. It denotes the immediate Presence of God as opposed to a God who is abstract or aloof.

Shekinah” means the glory or the radiance of God dwelling in the midst of his people. It denotes the immediate Presence of God as opposed to a God who is abstract or aloof.

Richard Foster
You see, the goal of the Christian life is not simply to get us into heaven, but to get heaven into us!

You see, the goal of the Christian life is not simply to get us into heaven, but to get heaven into us!

Richard Foster
Let us be among those who believe that the inner transformation of our lives is a goal worthy of our best effort. -P. 11

Let us be among those who believe that the inner transformation of our lives is a goal worthy of our best effort. -P. 11

Richard Foster
Thomas Merton writes that if we have meditated on the events of the Passion but have not meditated on Dachau and Auschwitz, our perception of God at work in present times is incomplete.

Thomas Merton writes that if we have meditated on the events of the Passion but have not meditated on Dachau and Auschwitz, our perception of God at work in present times is incomplete.

Richard Foster
Restriction often enhances clarity.

Restriction often enhances clarity.

Richard Foster