Sixty-year-old Myles Munroe lost his life on Sunday in a plane crash in his home country, Bahamas, going down with his wife and seven others.
The motivational speaker, author and preacher gave his followers reasons to smile through many inspirational quotes that make life worth living.
As though he was preparing the world not to mourn his death but celebrate his life, speaking on death in September 2014, Munroe said: “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.”
Munroe wrote over 70 books and had thousands of quotes, criss-crossing various genres.
He wasn’t just a preacher who spoke about heaven; he also spoke about democracy, terrorism, ISIS, gay marriages and other topical issues affecting the world.
Some of his memorable quotes are reproduced below.
“The wealthiest place in the world is not the gold mines of South America or the oil fields of Iraq or Iran. They are not the diamond mines of South Africa or the banks of the world. The wealthiest place on the planet is just down the road. It is the cemetery. There lie buried companies that were never started, inventions that were never made, bestselling books that were never written, and masterpieces that were never painted. In the cemetery is buried the greatest treasure of untapped potential.”
“True leaders are born when you find something to die for”
“Most people die at age 25 and are buried at age 65.”
“Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Everything in life will eventually change so don’t take life too seriously.”
On gay marriage
“The Pope and his council seem to be taking a soft line on gays and homosexuality. Perhaps this is the test of his scriptural infallibility.”
“Gays are not born as such.
“Is it civil, right, reasonable, logical, sane to promote a cause that could in its ultimate conclusion cause the extinction of human race.”
On terrorism, religion and ISIS
“Any religion that devalues and destroys human life is inferior to the message of Jesus Christ who said “love your enemies.”
“ISIS is evidence that the most dangerous power on earth is Religious Zeal. Religion is not the solution only The Kingdom of God.”
“More wars have been fought in the name of religion than any other force. Millions have died under the destructive hand of religious zeal.”
“The greatest threat to the future of the world is religion. The kingdom of heaven is the only solution.”
On democracy and politics
“All governments- even the best form we have developed, democracy- have failed to realize the world we keep searching for.”
“The greatest challenge of globalization is the cancellation of national sovereignty. Will national independence become irrelevant?”
“Democracy without God is Humanism without Conscience.”
“The first and most important component in nation building is LAW. Law is the source of national Cohesion.”
“Divine Law is not subject nor affected by the majority vote of humanity.”
On modern man
“MODERN MAN: We have access to more information but know less about life. We protect whales, but kill our children.”
“MODERN MAN: We are smarter but not wiser, we live longer but not healthier, we have more but enjoy less, we go to the moon but not go home.”
“The only difference between Cave-men and Contemporary man seems to be the sophistication of our tools, toys and weapons.”
“Worry is the most useless human activity on earth…..all it changes is your blood pressure. Use you energy to plan the future.”
“The greatness of a man is measured by the way he treats the little man. Compassion for the weak is a sign of greatness.”
“A wedding is an event. Marriage is a life time. Invest more in your marriage than your wedding and success if inevitable.”
“God knows more than he told you but will only tell you what you desire to know. Hunger for knowledge and you will receive it.”
“Leadership is not a Right, but it’s a Privilege given by the followers.”
“True success is not a project but a journey.”
“Man is like an onion. His potential is exposed one layer at a time until all he is, is known by all.”
“Women were created to be LOVED not abused. Any man who abuses women is ignorant, insecure and weak. Real men PROTECT women.”
“There is nothing as powerful as an IDEA. Everything created began as an idea. Ideas created and controls the world. Pursue divine ideas.”