Motivational Quotes by Founder’s Gold Medal Recipient David Livingstone

David Livingstone, Well known name in late 19th-Century. One of the most popular heroes of the time in Victorian Britain.

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  • God, send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. And sever any tie in my heart except the tie that binds my heart to Yours.
  • Christ alone can save the world, but Christ cannot save the world alone.
  • Do not think me mad. It is not to make money that I believe a Christian should live. The noblest thing a man can do is, just humbly to receive, and then go amongst others and give.
  • I have found that I have no unusual endowments of intellect, but this day I resolve that I will be an uncommon Christian.
  • If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?
  • I’d rather be in the heart of Africa in the will of God, than on the throne of England, out of the will of God.
  • Without Christ, not one step; with Him, anywhere!
  • I determined never to stop until I had come to the end and achieved my purpose.
  • I am a missionary, heart and soul. God had an only Son, and He was a missionary and a physician. I am a poor, poor imitation of Him, or wish to be. In this service I hope to live; in it I wish to die!
  • Nothing earthly will make me give up my work in despair.
  • Fastings and vigils without a special object in view are time run to waste.
  • Oh, that I could dedicate my all to God. This is all the return I can make Him.
  • Terrorism is a word with little content – it is a label for brutalities committed by ‘the enemy’, and from which one’s own acts of destruction are exempted. It is an inchoate and emotionally laden concept, a semantic mirror of our dishonesty and a repository for everything about war that we would like to disavow. Making a sharp distinction between war and terrorism is at best a self-deceptive game.
  • Education has been given us from above for the purpose of bringing to the benighted the knowledge of the Saviour.
  • There is a Ruler above, and His Providence guides all things. He is our Friend and has plenty of work for all His people to do. It is such a blessing and a privilege to be led into His work instead of into the service of the hard taskmasters – the Devil and sin.
  • Fear God and work hard.
  • If success attend me, grant me humility; If failure, resignation to Thy will.
  • All I can say in my solitude is, May Heaven’s rich blessing come down on every one – American, English, Turk – who will help to heal this open sore of the world.
  • The best remedy for a sick church is to put it on a missionary diet.
  • It is my desire to show my attachment to the cause of Him who died for me by devoting my life to His service.
  • People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege.
  • If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.
  • And although I see few results, future missionaries will see conversions following every sermon. May they not forget the pioneers who worked in the thick gloom with few rays to cheer, except such as flow from faith in the precious promises of God’s Word.
  • Shall I tell you what supported me through all those years of exile among a people whose language I could not understand and whose attitude towards me we always uncertain and often hostile? It was this: “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world”.
  • I will go anywhere, provided it is forward.
  • Providence seems to call me to the regions beyond
  • It is far easier to travel than to write about it.
  • I’ll go anywhere as long as it’s forward.
  • This generation can only reach this generation.
  • It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger, now and then, with a foregoing of the common conveniences and charities of this life, may make us pause, and cause the spirit to waver, and the soul to sink; but let this only be for a moment. All these are nothing when compared with the glory which shall be revealed in and for us. I never made a sacrifice.
  • In this service I hope to live; in it I wish to die!
  • It is hard to work for years with pure motives, and all the time be looked upon by most of those to whom our lives are devoted as having some sinister object in view.
  • Anywhere, provided it be forward– farther still farther into the night.
  • The islands above the falls are covered with foliage as beautiful as can be seen anywhere. Viewed from the mass of rock which overhangs the fall, the scenery was the loveliest I had seen.
  • I am immortal till my work is accomplished
  • There is one safe and happy place, and that is in the will of God.
  • I place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of God. If anything will advance the interests of the kingdom, it shall be given away or kept, only as by giving or keeping it I shall most promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my hopes in time or eternity.
  • Sympathy is no substitute for action.
  • I will place no value on anything I have or may possess except in relation to the kingdom of Christ.
  • I never made a sacrifice. Of this we ought not to talk when we remember the great sacrifice which he made who left His Father’s throne on high to give Himself for us.
  • God had only one Son, and He was a missionary.
  • May the time come when rich men and great men would think it an honor to support whole stations of missionaries in Africa, instead of spending their money on hounds and horses.
  • Death alone will put a stop to my effort!
  • Creeping with awe to the verge, I peered down into a large rent which had been made from bank to bank of the broad Zambezi, and saw that a stream of a thousand yards broad leaped down a hundred feet [30 m] and then became suddenly compressed into a space of fifteen to twenty yards.
  • I am willing to go anywhere, anywhere, anywhere-provided it be forward.
  • Cannot the love of Christ carry the missionary where the slave-trade carries the trader? I shall open up a path to the interior or perish.
  • I have never ceased to rejoice that God has appointed me to such an office.
  • The end of the [geographical] exploration is the beginning of the [missionary] enterprise.
  • Self-deception helps us deceive.
  • Though there is antipathy in the human heart to the gospel of Christ, yet when Christians make their good work shine, all admire them. It is when great disparity exists between profession and practice that we secure the scorn of mankind.
  • He who died for us, and Whom we ought to copy, did more for us than we can do for any one else. He endured the contradiction of sinners. We should have grace to follow in His steps.
  • I am a missionary, heart and soul.
  • Men are immortal till their work is done.
  • The mere animal pleasure of travelling in a wild unexplored country is also great. The effect of travel on a man whose heart is in the right place is that the mind is made more self-reliant: it becomes more confident of its own resources, there is greater presence of mind.
  • All that I am I owe to Jesus Christ, revealed to me in His divine Book.
  • I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward. I determined never to stop until I had come to the end and achieved my purpose.
  • God had only one Son, and He was a missionary.
  • If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?
  • God had an only Son, and He was a missionary and a physician.
  • For thirty years his life was spent in an unwearied effort to evangelize.
  • If we have not enough in our religion . . . to share it with all the world, it is doomed here at home.
  • If you knew the satisfaction of performing a duty, as well as the gratitude to God which the missionary must always feel in being chosen for so noble and sacred a calling, you would feel no hesitation in embracing it.
  • Remember us in your prayers that we grow not weary in well doing. It is hard to work for years with pure motives, and all the time be looked upon by most of those to whom our lives are devoted as having some sinister object in view. Disinterested labor – benevolence – is so out of their line of thought, that many look upon us as having some ulterior object in view; but He who died for us, and Whom we ought to copy, did more for us than we can do for any one else. He endured the contradiction of sinners. We should have grace to follow in His steps.
  • I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward.