76+ Best Fasting Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Fasting is the willful refrainment from eating for a period of time. Profoundly inspirational fasting quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Fasting Quotes

The best of all medicines is resting and fasting. Benjamin Franklin

The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night. John Piper

Fasting blinds the body in order to open the eyes of your soul. Rumi

Everyone can perform magic, everyone can reach his goals, if he is able to think, if he is able to wait, if he is able to fast. Hermann Hesse

Fasting confirms our utter dependence upon God by finding in Him a source of sustenance beyond food. Dallas Willard

If there is no element of asceticism in our lives, if we give free rein to the desires of the flesh taking care of course to keep within the limits of what seems permissible to the world, we shall find it hard to train for the service of Christ. When the flesh is satisfied it is hard to pray with cheerfulness or to devote oneself to a life of service which calls for much self renunciation. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. Saint Augustine

Keep the faith. The vision is always for the appointed time. Be patient, prayerful and wait for the fulfillment of your visions. Lailah Gifty Akita

When the stomach is full, it is easy to talk of fasting. St. Jerome

Fasting from any nourishment, activity, involvement or pursuit for any season sets the stage for God to appear. Fasting is not a tool to pry wisdom out of God’s hands or to force needed insight about a decision. Fasting is not a tool for gaining discipline or developing piety whatever that might be. Instead, fasting is the bulimic act of ridding ourselves of our fullness to attune our senses to the mysteries that swirl in and around us. Dan B. Allender

Fasting is the greatest remedy the physician within. Paracelsus

He needed so much to weep. All the distrust of life which misfortunes had brought to the little Värmland boy needed tears to wash it away. Distrust that love and joy, beauty and strength blossomed on the earth, distrust in himself, all must go, all did go, for it was Easter; the dead lived and the Spirit of Fasting would never again come into power. Selma Lagerlöf

Fasting is the first principle of medicine. Rumi

When a person eats shortly before going to bed, digestion accompanies sleep. The two great physiological functions are completed together, leaving the maximum of freedom to the mind during the day. Adalbert De Vogue

Fasting is truly a secret source of power. Jentezen Franklin

Things changed when my phone outsmarted me. Once Facebook had a permanent place in my pocket, it became a permanent portal able to transport me away from my family. Even if we were physically in the same room, I wasn’t necessarily there with them. Facebook was no longer simply a naptime vacation but an all day form of escapism. Wendy Speake

Fasting is not just a physical discipline; it can be a spiritual feast. Jentezen Franklin

In the afternoon the digestion of the meal deprives me of the incomparable lightness which characterizes the fast days. Adalbert De Vogue

You train your heart to control your body. That’s what you do when you fast. Nouman Ali Khan

One of my confreres sketched an explanation that attracted me since the process of digestion is under the control of the brain, its cessation gave repose to the brain, allowed it a vacation. Adalbert De Vogue

My religion teaches me that whenever there is distress which one cannot remove, one must fast and pray. Mahatma Gandhi

The discrepancy between the modern observance and the prescriptions of the Rule had struck me ever since the novitiate, and no satisfactory explanation had ever been given to me. People said that man had changed the weakness of people’s health no longer allows us to fast. Was it true? Adalbert De Vogue

A genuine fast cleanses the body, mind, and soul. It crucifies the flesh and to that extent sets the soul free. Mahatma Gandhi

When I walk in the forest just before the meal, while reciting the scriptural phrase that I meditate for that day, spiritual joy comes over me as if by appointment. Adalbert De Vogue

Fasting reduces the power of self so that the Holy Spirit can do a more intense work within us. Bill Bright

Hunger is by far the best spice. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

The light of the world will illuminate within you when you fast and purify yourself. Mahatma Gandhi

The restless longing for food can only be truly satisfied when we allow God to fill that desire. Allene vanOirschot

Fasting of the body is food for the soul. Saint John Chrysostom

We shouldn’t ever give the devil more than enough to survive, she once said. And that is what the demon in us is. We eat only to keep the human alive, she said, because to deny the human side sustenance was to commit it to death, and that would be a worse sin than our continued existence was. Claire Kohda

Jesus himself has shown us by his own example that prayer and fasting are the first and most effective weapons against the forces of evil. Pope John Paul II

Fasting is one of the greatest aspects of your prayer. When fasting is not added to your prayer, it is robbed of its potential power. Benjamin Suulola

A little starvation can really do more for the average sick man than can the best medicines and the best doctors. Mark Twain

You can’t be given to fasting and your prayer life will be weak. Benjamin Suulola

Fasting is what prepares you for a new anointing. Jentezen Franklin

Regular fasting, by routinely lowering insulin levels, has been shown to significantly improve insulin sensitivity. This finding is the missing piece in the weight loss puzzle. Most diets restrict the intake of foods that cause increased insulin secretion, but don’t address insulin resistance. You lose weight initially, but insulin resistance keeps your insulin levels and body set weight high. By fasting, you can efficiently reduce your body’s insulin resistance, since it requires both persistent and high levels. Jason Fung

Fasting with a pure heart and motives, I have discovered, brings personal revival and adds power to our prayers. Personal revival occurs because fasting is an act of humility. Fasting gives opportunity for deeper humility as we recognize our sins, repent, receive God’s forgiveness, and experience His cleansing of our soul and spirit. Fasting also demonstrates our love for God and our full confidence in His faithfulness. Bill Bright

Fasting carries significant health benefits. Metabolism increases, energy increases and blood sugars decrease. The only remaining question is this: Can you do it? I hear this one all the time. Absolutely, 100 percent yes. In fact, fasting has been a part of human culture since the dawn of our species. Jason Fung

Fasting gives you confidence to know that your spirit can master appetite  and helps to protect against later uncontrolled cravings and gnawing habits. Russell M. Nelson

If you notice that your life is going at the pace it ought to, fast! Gabriel Ladokun

When giving, praying, and fasting are practiced together in the life of a believer, it creates a type of threefold cord that is not easily broken. Jentezen Franklin

Our tongue wants what tastes good to it, not what is good for us. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

The goal of fasting is inner unity. Thomas Merton

A social media fast is not about keeping technology in its rightful place. Oh, no! This is about keeping God in His rightful place at the center of our attention and affection. Wendy Speake

If thou wouldst preserve a sound body, use fasting and walking; if a healthful soul, fasting and praying. Walking exercises the body; praying exercises the soul; fasting cleanses both. Francis Quarles

Have you bought into the lie that You are what you tweet? Spend forty days discovering who God says you are. Your identity is not found in how witty or pithy your 280 characters can be. You are a child of God, made in His likeness. Shut down Twitter and open up your Bible. Spend your time digging into the Word and discover who you are there, based on God’s opinion. Wendy Speake

The discipline of fasting releases the anointing, the favor, and the blessing of God in the life of a Christian. Jentezen Franklin

Ignoring food when you have surplus and appetite, to deal in weightier matters of the soul, this is what it means to fast. Oluseyi Akinbami

The purpose of fasting is to loosen to some degree the ties which bind us to the world of material things and our surroundings as a whole, in order that we may concentrate all our spiritual powers upon the unseen and eternal things. Ole Hallesby

Eating breakfast breaks the fast. Skipping breakfast breaks the fat. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Do you fast? Then feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, visit the sick, do not forget the imprisoned, have pity on the tortured, comfort those who grieve and who weep, be merciful, humble, kind, calm, patient, sympathetic, forgiving, reverent, truthful and pious, so that God might accept your fasting and might plentifully grant you the fruits of repentance. Saint John Chrysostom

I do not subscribe to the philosophy that there has to be a pill for every ill. I firmly believe there is a better way it’s called prevention. Dina Arvanitakis

The man who never fasts is no more in the way to heaven than the man who never prays. John Wesley

The most effective way to successfully eat healthily and sustain long-term weight loss is by following the 80/20 rule. Dina Arvanitakis

Quit playing, start praying. Quit feasting, start fasting. Talk less with men, talk more with God. Listen less to men, listen to the words of God. Skip travel, start travail. Leonard Ravenhill

The fact that they might still be alive in 5, 25, or even 50 years time is not enough to motivate fools to look after their bodies. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Fasting deals with the two great barriers to the Holy Spirit that are erected by man’s carnal nature. These are the stubborn self will of the soul and the insistent self gratifying appetites of the body. Derek Prince

Nothing in my life has made loving God with all my heart, soul, and mind more di cult than my constant connection to my devices. The same is true when it comes to loving my real life neighbors. Devices are divisive. Wendy Speake

Obedience, fasting, and prayer are laughed at, yet only through them lies the way to real true freedom. I cut off my superfluous and unnecessary desires, I subdue my proud and wanton will and chastise it with obedience, and with God’s help I attain freedom of spirit and with it spiritual joy. Fyodor Dostoevsky

When God sets us free from the strongholds in our lives, we’re free to experience His strong hold. Wendy Speake

The discipline of fasting breaks you out of the world’s routine. Jentezen Franklin

It is absolutely possible to read the Bible, fast and pray, feel convicted, and still choose to remain unchanged. Wendy Speake

I believe that there is no prayer without fasting, and there is no real fast without prayer. Mahatma Gandhi

Exchange what can never satisfy you for the only thing that can. Wendy Speake

If a man has nothing to eat, fasting is the most intelligent thing he can do. Hermann Hesse

And so He teaches us two lessons of deep importance about prayer. The one is that faith needs a life of prayer in which to grow and keep strong. The other is that prayer needs fasting for its full and perfect development. Andrew Murray

The philosophy of fasting calls upon us to know ourselves, to master ourselves, and to discipline ourselves the better to free ourselves. To fast is to identify our dependencies, and free ourselves from them. Tariq Ramadan

Fasting is a necessary feast. Lailah Gifty Akita

Fasting is the first principle of medicine; fast and see the strength of the spirit reveal itself. Rumi

Every time I have fasted I have found my worship experience sweeter, the illumination of God’s Spirit brighter and the hunger for God’s Word stronger. Gary Rohrmayer

Fasting is an amazing thing. It gives people heart and soul. Rumi

Tomorrow is the start of Ramadan, a month of daily fasting, broken by an iftar, a special meal after sunset and a bite before sunrise. Han has told her that the idea behind the fast of Ramadan is to remind everyone of the poor and less fortunate, a time of charity, compassion, abstinence, and forgiveness. And even though Um Nadia claims to have no religion and many of their customers are Christians, they all like to eat the traditional foods prepared throughout the Middle East to celebrate the nightly fast  breaking during Ramadan. There are dishes like sweet qatayif crepes and cookies and creamy drinks and thick apricot nectar. Diana Abu Jaber

Therapeutic fasting is not a mystical or magical cure. It works because the body has within it the capacity to heal when the obstacles to healing are removed. Health is the normal state. Most chronic disease is the inevitable consequence of living a lifestyle that places disease causing stressors on the human organism. Fasting gives the body an interlude without those stressors so that it can speedily repair or accomplish healing that could not otherwise occur in the feeding state. Joel Fuhrman

He that lives upon hope will die fasting. Benjamin Franklin