What Confucius tells us to focus on first is not how to bring stability to the world, but how to be the best possible version of ourselves. To "cultivate one's moral character" is the first step towards taking responsibility for the nation, and for society. Confucius and his disciples struggled hard to be "the best version" of themselves, but their aim in this was to better carry out their responsibilities to the society in which they lived.
— Yu Dan
Lewis sought no disciples, nor does he offer a program or solution, rather his contribution is a critical discipline. Lewis is a stimulant, a mode of perception, rather than a position or practice.
— Wyndham Lewis
Exchanging blows generously, which is not uncommon in some other martial arts, is unthinkable in Shaolin philosophy, because a Shaolin disciple always assumes that an opponent is competent and able to inflict damage with just one blow.
— Wong Kiew Kit
Let a disciple live as Christ lived, and he will easily believe in living again as Christ does.
— William Mountford
Even if the disciples had believed in the resurrection of Jesus, it is doubtful they would have generated any following. So long as the body was interred in the tomb, a Christian movement founded on belief in the resurrection of the dead man would have been an impossible folly.
— William Lane Craig
Compassionate Saviour! We welcome Thee to our world, We welcome Thee to our hearts. We bless Thee for the Divine goodness Thou hast brought from heaven; for the souls Thou hast warmed with love to man, and lifted up in love to God; for the efforts of divine philanthropy which Thou hast inspired; and for that hope of a pure celestial life, through which Thy disciples triumph over death.
— William Ellery Channing
The disposition to give a cup of cold water to a disciple is a far nobler property than the finest intellect. Satan has a fine intellect, but not the image of God.
— William Dean Howells
The parable of the prodigal son, the most beautiful fiction that ever was invented; our Saviour's speech to His disciples, with which He closed His earthly ministrations, full of the sublimest dignity and tenderest affection, surpass everything that I ever read; and like the spirit by which they were dictated, fly directly to the heart.
— William Cowper
Disciples and devotees"what are most of them doing? Worshipping the teapot instead of drinking the tea!
— Wei Wu Wei
On at least four separate occasions and recorded in the four Gospels the Lord Jesus called His disciples to deny their soul life, deliver it to death, and then to follow Him.
— Watchman Nee
Jesus asked the Father for his disciples' security, sanctity and unity. Jesus still intercedes for us so fervently because we live in a world that is deceived, dangerous, defiled and divided.
— Warren W. Wiersbe
The host of men who stand between a great thinker and the average man are not automatic transmitters. They work on the ideas; perhaps that is why a genius usually hates his disciples.
— Walter Lippmann
The mentor-mentee relationship is ideally like that of the guru and disciple: motivated by the desire of the guru to impart knowledge to the disciple.
— Vivek Wadhwa
... bear with him as Our Lord bore with His disciples, who gave Him good reason to complain - at least, some of them did. Yet, He allowed them to remain in His company and tried to bring them around gently.
— Vincent de Paul
Jung viewed Freud as a mentor, but he never wanted to be anybody's disciple.
— Viggo Mortensen
Our Lord sent His disciples out as sheep among wolves; now the wolves are being invited into the sheepfold.
— Vance Havner
It must be noted that it is often the colleague or direct disciple of a new thinker who gets stuck in literal interpretations of the work, tending to freeze the new ideas and language into an inflexible, static condition.
— Uta Hagen
One of the major failures of the church is not a focus on building disciples but a focus on building members.
— Tony Evans
Disciples are people who operate under the rule of God, and if we're not operating under the rule of God, we can't expect the broader society to take God seriously.
— Tony Evans
Before you can make disciples, you gotta make sure you are one.
— Tom Nelson
It's great to learn more about sports I'm probably less familiar with - stock car racing, rodeo, e-sports - and realize that a lot of the people at the center of those sports bring the same level of passion, commitment and disciple that I try to with football. Sports is a way of life for billions of people around the planet.
— Tom Brady
In my ministry, I teach my disciples, "Power first, then the Word. Go in and prophesy first, or demonstrate the power of God first in some way."
— Todd Bentley
Even if our own troubles are great, we should still serve. Jesus washed His disciples feet on the way to the cross.
— Timothy Keller
Humility is the mark of a genuine disciple.
— Thomas Aquinas
The disciples were not losing time when they sat beside their Master, and held quiet converse with Him under the olives of Bethany or by the shores of Galilee. Those were their school-hours; those were their feeding times.
— Theodore L. Cuyler
The most heaven-like spots I have ever visited, have been certain rooms in which Christ's disciples were awaiting the summons of death. So far from being a "house of mourning," I have often found such a house to be a vestibule of glory.
— Theodore L. Cuyler
Besides, Jesus was a rich man. He had to have been, in order to have supported his disciples and their families during his ministry.
— T. D. Jakes
The plan to carve up British India was never approved of or accepted by Gandhi...who realised too late that his closest comrades and disciples were more interested in power than principle, and that his own vision had long been clouded by the illusion that the struggle he led for India's freedom was a nonviolent one.
— Stanley Wolpert
It's hard to remember that Jesus did not come to make us safe, but rather to make us disciples, citizens of God's new age, a kingdom of surprise.
— Stanley Hauerwas
Satguru knows that there is no death to the disciple. Atma never dies. Even after death he continues to get direction on the path
— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
A Master who cannot bow to a disciple cannot bow to Buddha.
— Shunryu Suzuki
The most effective way to share the gospel is to live it. When we live like disciples of Christ should live, when we aren't just good but happy to be good, others will be drawn to us.
— Sheri L. Dew
One by one, these disciples would infect the nations with grace. It wasn't a call to take the sword or the throne and force the world to bow. Rather, they were to live the contagious love of God, to woo the nations into a new future.
— Shane Claiborne
Jesus did not send us into the world to make believers but to make disciples.
— Shane Claiborne
This is what an excellent teacher does; he does not follow his disciples' fancy everywhere, but leads them to his own mind, and pulls up the thorns, and then puts the seed in, and does not answer at once in all cases to the questions put to him.
— Saint John Chrysostom
I have learned from Jesus Christ Himself what charity is, and how we ought to practise it; for He says: "By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye love one another." Never can I, therefore, please myself in the hope that I may obtain the name of a servant of Christ if I possess not a true and unfeigned charity within me.
— Saint Basil
The true disciple should aim to live for the gospel, rather than to die for it.
Rousseau and his disciples were resolved to force men to be free; in most of the world, they triumphed; men are set free from family, church, town, class, guild; yet they wear, instead, the chains of the state, and they expire of ennui or stifling lone lines.
— Russell Kirk
To be a Christian is to believe we are commanded and authorised to say certain things to the world; to say things that will make disciples of all nations.
— Rowan Williams
The Scarlet Pimpernel is the most over-rated human being since Judas Iscariot won the A.D.31 'Best Disciple' competition.
— Rowan Atkinson