Erwin Raphael McManus Quotes

Who the Hell is Erwin Raphael McManus?

Erwin Raphael McManus, born Irving Rafael Mesa-Cardona, is a Salvadorian-American author, futurist and motivational speaker. He is also the lead pastor of Mosaic, a megachurch based in Los Angeles.

Born August 28, 1958

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Best 74 Quotes by Erwin Raphael McManus

“Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the absence of self.”

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“Deeper than our instinct to live is our longing to be alive.”

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“Home is ultimately not about a place to live but about the people with whom you are most fully alive. Home is about love, relationship, community, and belonging, and we are all searching for home.”

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“How is it, that for many of us, being a good Christian is nothing more than being a good person? The entire focus of our faith has been the elimination of sin, which is important but inadequate; rather than the unleashing of a unique, original, extraordinary, wonderfully untamed, faith.”

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“If you were meant to fly, not even running really fast is that impressive.”

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“It is amazing how much we can endure when we are convinced there is a purpose to our struggle.”

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“It is not balance you need but adaptability.”

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“Love, no matter how you come at it, is a huge risk.”

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“Problems, obstacles, and challenges can either become the markers of our limits and limitations, or they can become the springboard into a whole new world.”

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“The fuel of ambition is not the problem; it is the focus of ambition that frees or betrays us.”

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“The more isolated and disconnected we are, the more shattered and distorted our self-identity. We are not healthy when we are alone. We find ourselves when we connect to others. Without community we don't know who we are. When we live outside of healthy community, we not only lose others. We lose ourselves. Who we understand ourselves to be is dramatically affected for better or worse by those we hold closest to us.”

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“The most important moments rarely come at a convenient time.”

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“The real measure of our power is the freedom and opportunity we create for others.”

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“The world doesn't need more great leaders, it needs more great people who lead.”

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“We are all hypocrites in transition. I am not who I want to be, but I am on the journey there, and thankfully I am not whom I used to be.”

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“When we lack integrity, we use power to control. When we lead with integrity, we use power to bless.”

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“While we may never find or receive the love from others that our hearts are desperate for, we can receive a love even greater than that of which we were deprived.”

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“Whoever tells the best story shapes the culture.”

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“Would you be willing to give your life to save the world if no one ever knew your name? If anonymity was the price you would have to pay for significance, would it be too great a price? To live a life of courage is not a guarantee of prestige or adulation. It only matters if you live and die fulfilling the mission you were born for.”

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“You're not supposed to die with your potential. A life well lived squeezes all the potential placed within and does something with it.”

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“Your dreams are the product of your longings, a portrait of your potential, and a promise of your future.”

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Chasing Daylight Quotes

“The most spiritual activity you will engage in today is making choices.”

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Chasing Daylight

“To relive the past is to relinquish the future. If you are willing to let go of the past, then you are ready to step into the future. When you choose to remain stuck in a moment, you become incapable of seizing divine moments.”

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Chasing Daylight

“Urgency is characterized as impetuousness, while risk management is defined not as taking the right risk, but as avoiding risk altogether.”

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Chasing Daylight

“We are all time voyagers leaving history in our wake, pioneering into the future.”

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Chasing Daylight

“You were born to live a great adventure; You were created with a divine destiny; You are called to fulfill a great mission. You were designed for a unique purpose. Now you are called to live it out.”

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Chasing Daylight

Soul Cravings Quotes

“It’s a troubling thing when your soul demands what your brain rejects.”

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Soul Cravings

“Jesus would rather have us do what is right than what is 'Christian'.”

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Soul Cravings

“To give up on love is to choose a life that is less than human.”

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Soul Cravings

“We all are flawed. If there was a perfect community, it would be ruined the moment I joined it.”

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Soul Cravings

“We cannot live unaffected by love. We are most alive when we find it, most devastated when we lose it, most empty when we give up on it, most inhumane when we betray it, and most passionate when we pursue it.”

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Soul Cravings

“Where there is no love, there is no value for life.”

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Soul Cravings

“You can’t move forward into your future when you are paralyzed by fear.”

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Soul Cravings

The Artisan Soul Quotes

“Artists love without reservation. They give their hearts completely and leave nothing on the table. They are naked and unashamed. They leave no room for pretension. And because they have given all of themselves, they live without regret.”

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The Artisan Soul

“Creativity should be an everyday experience. Creativity should be as common as breathing. We breathe, therefore we create.”

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The Artisan Soul

“Far too often, when we think we are frightened by mystery, the fact is that we are haunted by history.”

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The Artisan Soul

“It’s hard to tell a great story if we remain stuck in chapter one.”

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The Artisan Soul

“Love never comes without wounds; faith never comes without failure.”

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The Artisan Soul

“The only art we can create is that which authentically reflects who we are. Our soul is the material for all we create. Thus, to nurture the artisan soul, essence is far more important than talent.”

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The Artisan Soul

“There is no proof of creativity without action.”

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The Artisan Soul

“To create is to reflect the image of God. To create is an act of worship.”

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The Artisan Soul

“True creativity does not come easily; creativity is born of risk and refined from failure.”

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The Artisan Soul

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“We are most human when love is our motive.”

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The Artisan Soul

“What is your idea of you? Who is it that you have decided to become? If your greatest work of art is the life you live, and ultimately life is a creative act, what life will you choose to leave behind as your masterpiece?”

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The Artisan Soul

“Whether we realize it or not, everything we do is an expression of either how alive our souls are or how much we have allowed ourselves to be deadened over time.”

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The Artisan Soul

“Who do we become when we stop allowing all the voices in our head to crowd out the one voice we must hear to come to life?”

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The Artisan Soul

The Last Arrow Quotes

“Average is always a safe choice, and it is the most dangerous choice you can make.”

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The Last Arrow

“I made a decision that while cancer may define how I die, it would not define how I live.”

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The Last Arrow

“If failure is our inevitable future, then let’s fail boldly and fail forward.”

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The Last Arrow

“It's odd how we prioritize the things that matter to us. We choose a career or job; we choose a city or place to live. We make so many things important to us, but in all the things we factor in as we craft our futures, we make the people in our lives a commodity of, at best, secondary importance. We would take a job and give up our people rather than choose a tribe and give up the job.”

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The Last Arrow

“Life is a series of challenges, adventures, and yes, even battles. There will always be giants to subdue and dragons to slay. I have already decided to die with my sword in hand. There is more courage in us than danger ahead of us. You are strong enough for the battles ahead.”

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The Last Arrow

“Success will lie to you and tell you that your future is just an extension of your past, when at its best, success is simply preparation for new challenges.”

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The Last Arrow

“The tragedy of a life that is never fully lived is not simply the loss of that one life. The tragedy is the endless number of lives that would have been forever changed if we had chosen to live differently.”

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The Last Arrow

“We can become so afraid of death that we never live, so afraid of failure that we never risk, so afraid of pain that we never discover how strong we really are.”

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The Last Arrow

The Way of the Warrior Quotes

“Hidden in your fears is the faith you are searching for. If you want to meet God, stand in your fears. Stand in your pain. Stand when everything inside you tells you to withdraw. Elijah ran from God and ran right into him.”

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The Way of the Warrior

“If you are comfortable with where you are, you will never know how far you can go. If you refuse to change, then you refuse to grow.”

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The Way of the Warrior

“If you find yourself living in a world where there is only cynicism, negativity, and distrust, you need to realize that it’s a world of your own making. There is a more beautiful world out there to be known, but you have to be able to see it. You have to want it. You must be willing to risk, to step outside of what you know, to live in a more extraordinary unknown.”

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The Way of the Warrior

“Most people would rather live in the predictability of captivity than risk the uncertainty that comes in a fight for freedom.”

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The Way of the Warrior

“Peace comes when you stop trying to control the world around you and instead take responsibility for the world within you.”

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The Way of the Warrior

“The future awaits those with the courage to create it.”

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The Way of the Warrior

“The warrior does not need a crowd; they need a tribe.”

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The Way of the Warrior

“The warrior has peace of mind because they know that there is always a way to find light, even in the midst of the greatest darkness. They know that there is always hope to be found, even in despair. Peace can exist in the midst of turmoil only if you believe in the beauty of the future. Peace sees the beauty everywhere. When you walk in peace, you are overwhelmed by the wonder of the universe and the beauty of life.”

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The Way of the Warrior

“The warrior knows that their imagination is not a place to escape but to create.”

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The Way of the Warrior

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“The warrior remembers but does not look back. The future is coming from only one direction and that’s forward. The warrior has learned that if their mind is lost in the past, they will lose their future.”

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The Way of the Warrior

“The warrior trains their mind to know the good and beautiful and true.”

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The Way of the Warrior

“The way we store energy is through our desires, values, passions, hopes, dreams, and aspirations, and ultimately our greatest capacity for energy storage is through what we love.”

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The Way of the Warrior

“To blame others is an act of cowardice. We blame in an attempt to hide our shame. This is not the way of the warrior. The warrior understands that to blame is not simply an abdication of responsibility but a relinquishing of power. You cannot change what you do not take responsibility for.”

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The Way of the Warrior

“We do not see the world as it is; we see the world as we are.”

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The Way of the Warrior

“We do not see the world as it is; we see the world as we are. A heart filled with violence will never see a world filled with peace. You can bring hope only if you have found hope.”

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The Way of the Warrior

“We will never know peace if we lose the present because we are trapped in the past and paralyzed by the future.”

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The Way of the Warrior

Uprising Quotes

“Attitude is an accurate monitor of where we fall on the spectrum of pride and humility.”

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Uprising

“The first and most important step in the process of becoming genuinely is to be once again authenticated by the original designer.”

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Uprising

“To be apathetic is literally to be without passion.”

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Uprising

“You were created to be free.”

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Uprising