Peter Marshall quotes – Lord, where we are wrong

Peter Marshall quotes


“Godly womanhood … the very phrase sounds strange in our ears. We never hear it now. We hear about every other type of women: beautiful women, smart women, sophisticated women, career women, talented women, divorced women. But so seldom do we hear of a godly woman – or of a godly man either, for that matter.We believe women come nearer to fulfilling their God-given function in the home than anywhere else. It is a much nobler thing to be a good wife, than to be Miss America. It is a greater achievement to establish a Christian home than it is to produce a second-rate novel filled with filth. It is a far, far better thing in the realms of morals to be old-fashioned, than to be ultra-modern. The world has enough women who know how to be smart. It needs women who are willing to be simple. The world has enough women who know how to be brilliant. It needs some who will be brave. The world has enough women who are popular. It needs more who are pure. We need women, and men, too, who would rather be morally right than socially correct.”



  • “A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.”
  • “May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please but as the opportunity to do what is right.”
  • “Lord, where we are wrong, make us willing to change; where we are right, make us easy to live with.”
  • “The use of the right word, the exact word, is the difference between a pencil with a sharp point and a thick crayon.”
  • “The aim is not therefore to liberate some ‘essential self’ by throwing off the burden of government and the State, but to develop the self in creative and voluntary relations with others.”
  • “I need Thee, O Lord, for a curb on my tongue; when I am tempted to making carping criticisms and cruel judgements, keep me from speaking barbed words that hurt, and in which I find perverted satisfaction. Keep me from unkind words and from unkind silences. Restrain my judgements. Make my criticisms kind, generous, and constructive. Make me sweet inside, that I may be gentle with other people, gentle in the things I say, kind in what I do. Create in me that warmth of mercy that shall enable others to find Thy strength for their weakness, Thy peace for their strife, Thy joy for their sorrow, Thy love for their hatred, Thy compassion for their weakness. In thine own strong name, I pray. Amen.”
  • “Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.”
  • “No tabloid will ever print the startling news that the mummified body of Jesus of Nazareth has been discovered in old Jerusalem. Christians have no carefully embalmed body enclosed in a glass case to worship. Thank God, we have an empty tomb. The glorious fact that the empty tomb proclaims to us is that life for us does not stop when death comes. Death is not a wall, but a door.”
  • “But,” you may ask, “how can we forget the unkind things that are said…the cruel and unfair treatment one has received? How can we simply forget these things? It is not as simple as that!” There is just one sure way. Never talk about them, and never think about them. If you want to forget something, never speak even to your dearest friend about it. When it bobs into your mind, banish it at once. It will surprise you how quickly you can forget anything by that treatment.”
  • “The modern challenge to motherhood is the eternal challenge–that of being a godly woman. The very phrase sounds strange in our ears. We never hear it now. We hear about every other type of women: beautiful women, smart women, sophisticated women, career women, talented women, divorced women. But so seldom to we hear of a godly woman–or of a godly man either, for that matter. I believe women come nearer to fulfilling their God-given function in the home than anywhere else.”
  • “One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.”
  • “The proof of how real Jesus knew hell to be is that He came to earth to save us from it.”
  • “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”


“And so, this was the final major theme we found: that when a group of people, no matter how small or ordinary, was willing to die out to their selfish desires, the life which came out of that death was immeasurable, and continued to affect lives far into the future.”

“Never before in history had the world actually believed in the equality of man.”

“This second step calls one to yield to that local part of the Body of Christ, and to dedicate oneself to that congregation and its work.”

“escape is the byword—forwards, backwards, or sideways—into alcohol, busyness, good works, passivity, fantasy, or even madness. For the reality of the present and the immediate future seem even more frightening today”

“wisdom, courage, temperance, fortitude and all those qualities that can command the admiration of noble minds, is not surpassed in the history of any nation under the sun.”

“longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: “that God governs in the affairs of man.” And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”

“Preaching after the battles of Lexington and Concord, William Stearns had said: We trust that all whose circumstance will admit of it will go. that none such will refuse to enlist in defense of his country. When God, in His providence, calls to take the sword, if any refuse to obey, Heaven’s dread artillery is leveled against them, as you may see … Cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood! (Jeremiah 48:10). Cursed is the sneaking coward who neglects the sinking state, when called to its defense—O then flee this dire curse—let America’s valorous sons put on the harness, nor take it off till peace shall be to Israel.”

“Lord, when we are wrong, make us willing to change, and when we are right, make us easy to live with.”

Peter Marshall quotes

“Wonder-Working Providences of Sion’s Saviour in New England,”

“Most of us know perfectly well what we ought to do; our trouble is that we don’t want to do it.”

“When we long for a live without difficulties, remind us that diamonds are made under pressure and oaks grow strong in contrary winds.”

“One day, Methodist circuit rider Jesse Lee downtime self accosted by two lawyers:
“You are a preacher, sir?”
Yes, I generally pass for one,” replied Lee.
“You preach very often, I suppose?”
“Generally every day; frequently twice a day, or more.”
“How do you find time to study, when you preach so often?”
“I study when writing,” said Lee. “And read when resting,” he added, maintaining a smile, though he could see now where they were heading.
The first lawyer feigned incredulity. “But do you not write your sermons?”
“No, not very often, at least.”
“Do you not often make mistakes preaching extemporaneously?” the second lawyer queried.
Lee nodded. “I do, sometimes.”
“Well, do you correct them?”
“That depends on the character of the mistake. I was preaching the other day, and I went to quote the text, ‘All liars shall have their part in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone,’ and by mistake I said, ‘All lawyers shall have their part–‘”
The first lawyer interrupted him. “What did you do with that? Did you correct it?”
“Oh, no, it was so nearly true I didn’t bother.”
“Humph!” said one of the lawyers looking at the other, “I don’t know whether you are more a knave than a fool!”
Neither,” replied Lee smiling, and looking at the one on his right and the one on his left, “I’d say I was just between the two.”

“One minister, applying for lodging as however, was addressed by the landlord: “Stranger, I perceive that you are a clergyman. Please let me know whether you are a Presbyterian why Methodist.”
“Why do you ask?” responded the preacher.
“Because I wish to please my guests, and I have observed that a Presbyterian minister is very particular about his food and his bed and the Methodist about the care and feeding of his horse.”
“Very well,” replied the minister, “I am a Presbyterian, but my horse is a Methodist.”