Corrie ten Boom Quotes: 24 Favorites

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When I was teaching in the classroom (or home school) one of my student’s favorite books was The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. This is the true story of how she and her family helped Jews escape the Nazis during World War II. They actually hid the Jews in their home! She and her family were taken to Hitler’s concentration camps when their plan was discovered. Her family died in the camps, but she survived and was miraculously released which enabled her to tell her story. She has said some wonderful things and in this article I share with you my 24 favorite Corrie ten Boom quotes.

“There are no ‘ifs’ in God’s Kingdom. His timing is perfect. His will is our hiding place. Lord Jesus, keep me in Your will! Don’t let me go mad by poking about outside it.”


“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

“When we are powerless to do a thing, it is a great joy that we can come and step inside the ability of Jesus”

“Faith is like radar that sees through the fog — the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.”


“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.”

“And for all these people alike, the key to healing turned out to be the same. Each had a hurt he had to forgive.”

“Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.”

“God never measures the mind… He always put His tape measure in the HEART”


“Do you know what hurts so very much? It’s love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill that love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies, too. Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.”

“Your love in me is stronger than the hatred.”

“Your love in me is stronger than the hatred.”

“There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.”

“Love is larger than the walls which shut it in.”

“Your love in me is stronger than the hatred.”

“It is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world’s healing hinges, but His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives, along with the command, the love itself.”

“Whenever we cannot love in the old, human way . . . God can give us the perfect way.”


“Dear Jesus…how foolish of me to have called for human help when You are here.”

“Don’t bother to give God instructions; just report for duty.”

“It is not my ability, but my response to God’s ability, that counts.”

“Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.”

“There is no panic in Heaven! God has no problems, only plans.”

“When I try, I fail. When I trust, He succeeds.”

“And our wise Father in heaven knows when we’re going to need things too. Don’t run out ahead of Him.”

“We never know how God will answer our prayers, but we can expect that He will get us involved in His plan for the answer. If we are true intercessors, we must be ready to take part in God’s work on behalf of the people for whom we pray.”

“He uses our problems for His miracles. This was my first lesson in learning to trust Him completely…”

Corrie ten Boom and her family loved without limitation. They risked their lives to save complete and utter strangers. How could they do this? By their complete faith and trust in our Heavenly Father, their love for mankind and a heart of forgiveness toward the evil and despicable acts of sinful men. Corrie ten Boom is an example of faith in action. Do you have a favorite quote of hers that you would like to share in the comments below?

You might also enjoy reading these:

Mother Teresa Quotes

Resource – YouTube “You Are My Hiding Place” by Selah

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Godlove February 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
God’s love is not about us but about how much of it we give to others and this must not be those that will give us back. Infact giving it to those that don’t give us back shows that we have something other than the human love which can come only from God. ”To return evil for good is godly”


Pamela Rose Williams February 12, 2013 at 9:46 am

AMEN! Thanks for sharing


Gio June 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Isn’t it to repay good for evil is godly?


Jack Wellman February 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

What a treasure this woman is. I say “is” because she is now with our Lord and great are her rewards I have no doubt. The “Hiding Place” so very, very inspirational. Thank you Pam.


Bryon Taralson February 24, 2013 at 1:57 pm

God is the one we should always go to first. He has all the answers; but most of all he loves us dearly.


Pamela Rose Williams March 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Hello Bryon, please excuse my delayed response. Here is some thing I wrote some time ago that might answer your question :


Thulani February 26, 2013 at 6:22 am

Can you tell me WHY Good Friday was called Good Friday, from my understanding it is not a good Day…..


Pamela Rose Williams March 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Hello Thulani, my response to you is above. Bryon, so sorry for this error. Good to see you here I like your comment


Kris June 11, 2013 at 3:23 am

This book had a wonderful impact upon my walk and still memories of the various accounts stir my heart. I read it back years ago and enjoyed the film when it came to be made available about Corrie’s life. I read all of the books she wrote and that were about her . She was truly an inspiration.

I loved the following account and excerpt from the book The Hiding Place

One incident that she accounted occurred when she was young and she and her mother went to visit a young mother whose baby had died. That night at home when her father came to tuck her in she cried’ I need you!…You can’t die! You can’t ”

“Beside me on the bed Nollie sat ups ” We went to see Mrs. Hoog ,” she explained. ” Corrie didn’t eat her supper or anything .”
Father sat down on the edge of the narrow bed .
“Corrie,” he began gently,”when you and I go to Amsterdam–when do I give you your ticket?”
I sniffed a few times, considering this.
“Why , just before we get on the train.”
“Exactly. And our wise Father in heaven knows when we are going to need things,too.Don’t run out ahead of Him, Corrie. When the time comes that some of us will have to die, you will look into your heart and find the strength you need—just in time.”

I suppose everyone has some concerns about the MOMENT they will pass from this world and from this physical body into the new one and eternity .

I find comfort in thinking of this as when that moment in time comes the Lord will help those who trust in Him with the transition.

Watching too many movies and shows that depict those who are in the thros of dying has left me with a lot of trepidation even as I have trusted in Jesus Christ …the unknown has it’s suspence enough without dramas that may or may not be what happens.

I had never observed anyone ‘s passing so when my mother was going on her way to her eternal rest I stayed with her for three days and nights …not wanting to leave her side .I prayed to the Lord that ‘since I was going to be there would he help me to learn what He wanted me to and to help me help her as she departed.

I was close to my mother . I sometimes think that she was the only faithful person to me and close throughout my life.

As I was there in the ICU …I read the word aloud to her…witnessed to the various people who came and went to care for her and I sang….all kinds of songs that came to mind from fellowship, her past ..and the last one I sang was the one “Always’ ….my brother overheard as he came into the room and it touched him it seems deeply.

Anyway when her time to depart came she sat up in the bed and said ” I have to go’ . At first I thought that she felt she wanted to go to the bathroom …but then I sensed that she was actually going to leave us.

I said ” OK Mom …you go on ahead and I ‘ll meet you there’ …She simply sat up and she ‘kept on going ‘ and her body fell back into my arms….It was a warm afternoon with afternoon sun shining warmly into the room giving it a golden ‘glow’ …I do not think I am dramatizing it …it was just the way the sun made the room warm and golden .

I had cried so much before this moment and now it was quiet …I tried to take in what I had just seen… mother’s form …beautiful …and even a ‘young’ appearance on her face though 85 …the lines had melted away and I closed her eyes. She was gone ….but that body that was what had identified her was till there …so still ….It was she yet it was not she…..

I share this because I was so thankful to have been able to be there for her and to witness her graceful passing. You know how they say some people teach you as they do things…I watched as it seemed like that even in her passing she was demonstrating to me that it was almost like going from one room to the other.

My young life I was shielded from death ..but I knew about it mom’s mom died at 26 leaving my mother age 6 and her younger sister age 4 ….to be cared for by grandmother and a grieving father who soon after married a woman to care for them.

That woman was not a loving person but tried to arrange to have my mother and her sister sent to an ORPHANAGE! When my mom’s dad found out he told her ‘You knew I had these two little ones when you married me and if you don’t want to care for them then THERE”S the DOOR!”

I used to find my mother crying and feel sad for her ..she always would say the reason was she missed her dad …who died before I was born.

I felt my mother’s loss caused her to be like Cinderella since the stories about her step mother were harsh and unkind.

Still my mother was a strong woman who cared for others well .

The events surrounding death in my young life were not anywhere as dramatic as some of the poor children of today’s culture . But when one of my classmates died on the playground during recess in second grade from blowing and sucking on a balloon …I was forever touched by his passing.

I cannot imagine what today’s various exposures must add to young children today . The progressive decent into the various spiritual new age isms is no doubt partly due to this concern and curiosity about the passing into our eternal destination which has not been helped by government school curriculum that encourage godless living without hope .

I am thankful to have come to Christ after a search for finding out about God . I am thankful whenever I find people who do not take the Word lightly and continue in their personal study …not just taking others word for what GOD’s Word says .

Hearing is not living ….LIVING is LIVING …and that living must be rooted and sourced in Jesus Christ to be what “LIFE” is …

Jhn 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
Jhn 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Jhn 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation;

but IS passed FROM death unto life.

This is PRESENT TENSE ! WHOOOWHOO! How comforting this is to remember !

We left death behind when we came INTO Jesus Christ !

It is comforting to think of Jesus being there at the point of transition to provide us with our ‘ticket’ and to provide comfort through that experience as we pass from this physical present world into our heavenly abode with Him never more to be set upon by earthly trials!

Corrie’s books have great testimonies of encouragement to trust in our Savior all throughout our various trials .

Thank you Pam for such a lovely thread !

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Lee Ann September 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm

“Don’t wrestle, just nestle”

Love reading about Corrie ten Boom and anything she has written. She is one person I wish I could have hugged and sat down and talked to.


gloria colbath August 13, 2015 at 11:21 am

The verse below was given to me in a small frame/magnet by a good christian friend when I so full of fear and dread about moving to another city. I kept it with me for over 10 years. Then a new friend needed the message and I past it on and told her she would know when to to pass it on too.

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God”.


Sunny December 6, 2015 at 8:47 pm

My favorite is from the movie The Hiding Place… “There is no pit so deep that he is not deeper still.” Such a testimony she had. She even went back to Germany to preach and speak and the female guard that had treated them so badly was in the crowd and she had the opportunity to forgive her in person and witness to her. How wonderfully God works.


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