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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 Gandhi (1869-1948) Preeminent leader of Indian nationalism.

Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.

Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens

Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher and writer.

All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest and scholar.


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 (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.

Saint Augustine (354-430) Theologian.

My prayer to God is a very short one: ''O Lord, make my enemies look ridiculous!'' God has granted it.

Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.

Pray. To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.

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

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Preeminent leader of Indian nationalism.