Charles R. Swindoll

Charles R. Swindoll

Charles Rozell "Chuck" Swindoll (born October 18, 1934) is an evangelical Christian pastor, author, educator, and radio preacher. He founded Insight for Living, headquartered in Plano, Texas, which airs a radio program of the same name on more than 2,000 stations around the world in 15 languages.

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Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

A teardrop on earth summons the King of heaven.

Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.

There is nothing more fearful for the average person in our society than to stand before a group of people and speak.

I believe firmly in God's control in life.

When I think of vision I have in mind the ability to see above and beyond the majority.

The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.

It is easy for Christians to have the false impression that once we have established a relationship with Christ which we believe sets us right with God the problems of life will somehow scoot away or they will slowly be removed from our lives.

Alleged "impossibilities" are opportunities for our capacities to be stretched.

I'm not against screens or new songs or innovation. I just don't like the gimmicks. I want to know when worship is over that that leader's sole purpose was to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.

Not every Christian finds it easy to believe.

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it friends make life a lot more fun.

When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic.

The swift wind of compromise is a lot more devastating than the sudden jolt of misfortune.

The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really it's a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free.

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.

A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.

We want a crowd to make us feel important and liked. But why is getting a crowd our focus? Jesus never suggested that crowds were the goal. He never addresses getting your church to grow. Never.

Prejudice is a learned trait. You're not born prejudiced, you're taught it.

Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitudes toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.

I let people see the cracks in my life. We can't be phony. We've got to keep it real.

We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude.

We need discernment in what we see and what we hear and what we believe.

I am often the brunt of my own humor.

I think it is important to begin with a statement in your speech that grabs the attention of the audience. I try to make my opening line 15 words or less.