21 Inspirational A.W. Tozer Quotes

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Aiden Wilson (often called A.W.) Tozer has some great thought provoking quotes about faith, God and life. A.W. Tozer was a teenager when he heard a street preacher say “If you don’t know how to be saved… just call on God.” He went home and went into the attic and called out to God. Five years later he started a long career in ministry as a preacher, author, and well known Christian leader.(1) Check out this list of some of Tozer’s most inspirational and well know Christian quotes.

Featured A.W. Tozer Quote
““Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now.”

A.W. Tozer Quotes on God

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

“It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.”

“God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which he must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.”

“I want the presence of God Himself, or I don’t want anything at all to do with religion… I want all that God has or I don’t want any.”

“The fact of God is necessary for the fact of man. Think God away and man has no ground of existence.”

“Without doubt, the mightiest thought the mind can entertain is the thought of God, and the weightest word in any language is its word for God.”

“God knows instantly and effortlessly all matter and all matters, all mind and every mind, all spirit and all spirits, all being and every being, all creaturehood and all creatures, every plurality and all pluralities, all law and every law, all relations, all causes, all thoughts, all mysteries, all enigmas, all feeling, all desires, every unuttered secret, all thrones and dominions, all personalities, all things visible and invisible in heaven and in earth, motion, space, time, life, death, good, evil, heaven, and hell.”

“God wants the whole person and He will not rest till He gets us in entirety. No part of the man will do”

Tozer No Part_6Faith A.W. Tozer Quotes

“Any faith that must be supported by the evidence of the senses is not real faith.”

“True faith rests upon the character of God and asks no further proof than the moral perfections of the One who cannot lie.”

“When we try to focus our thought upon One who is pure uncreated being we may see nothing at all, for He dwelleth in light that no man can approach unto. Only by faith and love are we able to glimpse Him as He passes by our shelter in the cleft of the rock.”

“We can afford to follow Him to failure. Faith dares to fail. The resurrection and the judgment will demonstrate before all worlds who won and who lost. We can wait.”

“Faith is an organ of knowledge, and love an organ of experience.”

Life Quotes by A.W. (Aiden Wilson) Tozer

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

“Rules for Self Discovery:
1. What we want most;
2. What we think about most;
3. How we use our money;
4. What we do with our leisure time;
5. The company we enjoy;
6. Who and what we admire;
7. What we laugh at.”

“But the sons of this world have not God; they have only each other, and they walk holding to each other and looking to one another for assurance like frightened children.”

“We can be in our day what the heroes of faith were in their day – but remember at the time they didn’t know they were heroes.”

“A man by his sin may waste himself, which is to waste that which on earth is most like God. This is man’s greatest tragedy and God’s heaviest grief.”

“Jesus calls us to his rest, and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.”

“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts”

What is your favorite quote from A.W. Tozer? Let us know in the comments!

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Victor Hernandez January 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm

A man’s sin is Gods heaviest grief.


Pam January 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Thank you for sharing your favorite Victor. Just a few little words and such a huge truth! Blessing to you.


Brian February 3, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Yet for all God’s good will toward us, He is unable to grant us our heart’s desires till all our desires have been reduced to one. When we have dealt with our carnal ambitions; when we have trodden upon the lion and adder of the flesh, have trampled the dragon of self-love under our feet and have truly reckoned ourselves to have died unto sin, then and only then can God raise us to newness of life and fill us with His blessed Holy Spirit… It requires a serious mind and a determined heart to pray past the ordinary into the unusual. Most Christians never do. (AW Tozer – Born after Midnight)


T SAMUEL RANJITH April 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm

A prophet hurts, so does A W Tozer. The words of this Godly man are Amazingly inspiring and illuminating. His words are enabled by the spirit and filled with the power from above.

His kind is greatly missing today!!!!!!!!

Samuel Ranjith T


melissa fong June 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm

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


Stephanie Evans June 5, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Jesus calls us to His rest and meekness is his method. The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.


KEN FROESE August 27, 2012 at 7:20 am

I have hard time agreeing with Mr Tozer when he said God doese not richly bless any man until he hurts him deeply. i do not believe that GOD HURTS ANYONE.


Terry S. September 10, 2012 at 6:36 am

John 3:36
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
Revelation 3:19
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.
2 Samuel 7:14
I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him
Job 5:17
“Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty.
Proverbs 15:10
There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way; whoever hates reproof will die.
Isaiah 26:16
O LORD, in distress they sought you; they poured out a whispered prayer when your discipline was upon them.
1 Corinthians 11:32
But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
Hebrews 12:6
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”
Hebrews 12:8
If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
Hebrews 12:10
For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.
Hebrews 12:11
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.


Ridley August 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm

God actually is not directly involved in hurting any one but, He often allows us to go to the depth of what we often want most in life; than to wait for His Divine Will. After we hurt ourselves because of our pride, God reaches out to us by His Grace and Mercy to raise us back to the place of blessing He had predestined our lives to be before the creation of the world.


K August 29, 2013 at 8:12 am

Children of God stop the samantics you sound like the Pharisees who Jesus so often hurt/ discipline/ correct……..
Just stop and read Tozer in his context not through our personal lens.


susie truitt August 27, 2012 at 9:33 am

Was reading from his book this morning,”Rut Rot or Revival” and this stuck out to me, “God created the world out of nothing, can he not do anything in and through us?” and he also said “He wills to do for us” . . . he wants to move mountains for us, longs to, its up to us to believe him to.


Dave Wade August 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

My favorite Tozer quote is “The plough precedes revival.” I have most of his books and can no longer find this great quote which refers to the proud heart condition which so often disables God’s revivals.

It also points to the futility of planned revivals whose motives are suspect.

Can you help me find it?

Dave Wade


K August 29, 2013 at 8:13 am

Look in his audio files… There is a sermon


susie truitt August 28, 2012 at 8:34 am

I’ll look in the book i’m reading & get back w/ u mr. dave! 🙂 AW Tozer has wonderful insight!


Rinda Fisher September 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I love this quote: I want the Presence of God Himself, or I don’t want anything at all that has to do with religion.I want all that God has, or I don’t want anything.~***


jen April 19, 2015 at 9:04 am

I love this quote also . In His presence is fullness of joy with nothing lacking. We will all ways find lack when we are just content with religion…. He’s always been about relationship with Him, He was never about religion ( man’s version of Him) only Puts His Holy Spirit in a box… and the box is always to small.


Opare Julius September 4, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I love this quote ‘faith is an organ for knowledge,love is an organ for experience


khama October 8, 2012 at 10:41 am

Where are the Tozers of today? Without men like Tozer and Ravenhill we are poorer significantly.


susie truitt October 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Tozer was a human just like us… Bible says “Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you”. we can be as close to Jesus as we want to be, its up to us. If we don’t really want to be, we wont try to be. God takes notice when we on purpose draw nigh. Tozer didn’t have anything we cant have…


Jeanne Modisett March 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm

The great of the kingdom are those who loved God more than others did.


Sam June 8, 2013 at 3:25 am

The World:Battleground or Playground


leela July 15, 2013 at 9:44 am

” A man by sin may waste himself which is to waste that which on earth is most like God. This is man’s greatest tragedy and God’s greatest grief”.
If we ponder on ”…….God’s greatest grief..” it is heart breaking.


Gabe Herrera November 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm

One that I prayed years ago while walking a prison yard, while my flesh trembled I quoted prayerfully “it’s doubtful whether GoD can can greatly bless a man till He hurts him deeply”. And PaPa true and faithful has shown me that narrow road in HiS method of meekness, but I have learned to love not my life unto death and that non of these things shall move me. Because whether things nor circumstances have anything to do with my identity or worth, it is only what DaDDy says that matters.


leonard howard walker February 13, 2015 at 9:57 pm

We can afford to follow Him to failure. Faith dares to fail. The resurrection and the judgment will demonstrate before all worlds who won and who lost. We can wait.”
May I add : Dawn always comes silently. It confronts the darkness quietly, gradually penetrating it. Finally, without any violence or cry of triumph, it conquers it completely.
May the Eternal, Everlasting GOD, our Father hold you all in HIS Arms near HIS Breast. EL – SHADDI. Len.


Sue Groth May 28, 2015 at 6:54 am

We are called to an everlasting preoccupation with God. A.W. Tozer


L.H.Walker May 31, 2015 at 10:09 am

Galatians 2:20. When we surrender ourselves to Christ, we seize to exist (the I,Me,My). I John.2:6.


David Thomas August 18, 2015 at 7:30 am

My favorite:
You can’t keep birds from flying over your head, but you can stop them from building a nest in your hair.


Jack Wellman August 18, 2015 at 8:13 am

Thank you sir. Was this not Martin Luther’s quote? Even so, its a great one.


Heather Robinson January 18, 2016 at 9:37 pm

Favourite quote, found in my dad’s notes. “Death is like a horizon – what is a horizon? Nothing more than the limitation of your sight”.


Rani Daniel January 22, 2016 at 12:06 am

“Most Christians act as if coming to Christ is being invited to a picnic. We should understand that we enter into a war.”


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