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Aiden Wilson Tozer

  • American clergyman
  • Born April 21, 1897
  • Died May 12, 1963

Aiden Wilson Tozer (April 21, 1897 – May 12, 1963) was an American Christian pastor, author, magazine editor, and spiritual mentor. For his work, he received two honorary doctoral degrees.


One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organizations do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.




Salvation is from our side a choice, from the divine side it is a seizing upon, an apprehending, a conquest by the Most High God. Our 'accepting' and 'willing' are reactions rather than actions. The right of determination must always remain with God.




Man appears for a little while to laugh and weep, to work and play, and then to go to make room for those who shall follow him in the never-ending cycle.




'Let God be true but every man a liar' is the language of true faith.




In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we're pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker's praise without anxiety.




The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.




An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.




You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love and obey Him.




We have learned to live with unholiness and have come to look upon it as the natural and expected thing.




We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.




An idol of the mind is as offensive to God as an idol of the hand.




Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will.




If God gives you a watch, are you honoring Him more by asking Him what time it is or by simply consulting the watch?




The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still.




What good is all our busy religion if God isn't in it? What good is it if we've lost majesty, reverence, worship-an awareness of the divine? What good is it if we've lost a sense of the Presence and the ability to retreat within our own hearts and meet God in the garden?




We can never know who or what we are till we know at least something of what God is.



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