God delights to increase the faith of his children. We ought, instead of wanting no trials before victory, no exercise for patience, to be willing to take them from God’s hand as a means. Trials, obstacles, difficulties, and sometimes defeats, are the very food of faith.
— George Muller
No man believes with a true and saving faith unless God inclines his heart; and no man when God does incline his heart can refrain from believing.
-- Blaise Pascal
This is faith: a renouncing of everything we are apt to call our own and relying wholly upon the blood, righteousness and intercession of Jesus.
-- John Newton