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  • It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.
    * Aesop

  • To pray is to pay attention to something or someone other than oneself. Whenever a man so concentrates his attention--on a landscape, a poem, a geometrical problem, an idol, or the True God--that he completely forgets his own ego and desires, he is praying...The primary task of the schoolteacher is to teach children, in a secular context, the technique of prayer.
    * W. H. Auden

  • The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.
    * Charles Baudelaire

  • I have had prayers answered--most strangely so sometimes--but I think our heavenly Father's loving-kindness has been even more evident in what He has refused me.
    * Lewis Carroll

  • I throw myself down in my chamber, and I call in, and invite God, and his Angels thither, and when they are there, I neglect God and his Angels, for the noise of a fly, for the rattling of a coach, for the whining of a door.
    * John Doonne

  • Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
    * Mahatma Ghandi

  • Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness... It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
    * Mahatma Ghandi

  • There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.
    * Victor Hugo

  • Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
    * John F. Kennedy

  • Who cared if there was really any Being to pray to? What mattered was the sense of giving thanks and praise, the feeling of a humble and grateful heart.
    * Oliver Sacks

  • We often want one thing and pray for another, not telling the truth even to the gods.
    * Seneca

  • My words fly up, my thoughts remain below.
    Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
    * William Shakespeare

  • When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.
    * Oscar Wilde