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Christopher Dawson Quotes and Sayings

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Man can know his world without falling back on revelation;
he can live his life without feeling his utter dependence on supernatural powers.
- Christopher Dawson

Law describes the way things would work if men were angels.
- Christopher Dawson

The greatest obstacle to international understanding
is the barrier of language.
- Christopher Dawson

Thus Christian humanism is as indispensable to the
Christian way of life as Christian ethics and a Christian sociology.
- Christopher Dawson

 

The modern dilemma is essentially a spiritual one,
and every one of its main aspects, moral,
political and scientific, brings us back to the need of a religious solution.
- Christopher Dawson

If man limits himself to a satisfied animal existence,
and asks from life only what such an existence can give,
the higher values of life at once disappear.
- Christopher Dawson

As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil,
then their good becomes indistinguishable from the
evil that they set out to destroy.
- Christopher Dawson

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But the West did not last long enough.
Its folk myths and heroes became stage properties of
Hollywood before the poets had begun to get to work on them.
- Christopher Dawson

The Church as a divine society possess an internal
principle of life which is capable of assimilating
the most diverse materials and imprinting her own image upon them.
- Christopher Dawson

Yet humanitarianism is not a purely Christian movement
any more than it is a purely humanist one.
- Christopher Dawson

The present age has seen a great slump in humanist values.
- Christopher Dawson

Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in theorder of culture,
as are Nature and Grace in the order of being.
- Christopher Dawson

This freedom of political discussion on the highest
level is something which Western civilization has in
common with that of classical antiquity,
but with no other.
- Christopher Dawson

Every great movement in the history of Western civilization
from the Carolingian age to the nineteenth century
has been an international movement which owed its existence
and its development to the cooperation of many different peoples.
- Christopher Dawson

Every society rests in the last resort on the recognition
of common principles and common ideals,
and if it makes no moral or spiritual appeal to the loyalty of its members,
it must inevitably fall to pieces.
- Christopher Dawson

The sublimated idealism of the Enlightenment,
the spirit of the League of Nations and of the United
Nations Charter have not proved strong enough to control
the aggressive dynamism of nationalism.
- Christopher Dawson

And so, today, if the state can no longer appeal to
the old moral principles that belong to the Christian tradition,
it will be forced to create a new official faith and
new moral principles which will be binding on its citizens.
- Christopher Dawson

American literature has never been content to be just
one among the many literatures of the Western World.
It has always aspired to be the literature not only
of a new continent but of a New World.
- Christopher Dawson

It is impossible for us to understand the Church if
we regard her as subject to the limitations of human culture.
For she is essentially a supernatural organism which
transcends human cultures and transforms them to her own ends.
- Christopher Dawson

No doubt Western civilization has in the past been
full of wars and revolutions,
and the national elements in our culture,
even when they were ignored, always provided an unconscious
driving force of passion and aggressive self-assertion.
- Christopher Dawson

It is clear that this essential Christian doctrine
gives a new value to human nature,
to human history and to human life which is not to
be found in the other great oriental religions.
- Christopher Dawson

No society lies nearer to the cyclonic path of the
forces of world change than the United States,
and few societies are more intellectually aware of
the nature of the issues that have to be faced.
- Christopher Dawson

Man is a means and not an end, and he is a means to
economic or political ends which are not really ends
in themselves but means to other ends which in their
turn are means and so ad infinitum.
- Christopher Dawson

Moreover, behind this vague tendency to treat religion
as a side issue in modern life,
there exists a strong body of opinion that is actively
hostile to Christianity and that regards the destruction
of positive religion as absolutely necessary to the
advance of modern culture.
- Christopher Dawson

Unlike other peoples the United States found their
origin in a deliberate act of corporate self-assertion,
and ever since the Revolution every little American
has been taught to associate himself personally with this creative act.
- Christopher Dawson

You can give men food and leisure and amusements and good conditions of work,
and still they will remain unsatisfied.
You can deny them all these things, and they will not
complain so long as they feel that they have something to die for.
- Christopher Dawson

For humanism also appeals to man as man.
It seeks to liberate the universal qualities of human
nature from the narrow limitations of blood and soil
and class and to create a common language and a common
culture in which men can realize their common humanity.
- Christopher Dawson

It is true that Christianity is not bound up with any
particular race or culture.
It is neither of the East or of the West,
but has a universal mission to the human race as a whole.
- Christopher Dawson

The intercourse between the Mediterranean and the North
or between the Atlantic and Central Europe was never
purely economic or political;
it also meant the exchange of knowledge and ideas and
the influence of social institutions and artistic and literary forms.
- Christopher Dawson

As I have pointed out, it is the Christian tradition
that is the most fundamental element in Western culture.
It lies at the base not only of Western religion,
but also of Western morals and Western social idealism.
- Christopher Dawson

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden PHOTO

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for,
he isn't fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A man who as a physical being
is always turned toward the outside,
thinking that his happiness lies outside him,
finally turns inward and
discovers that the source is within him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Circumstances make man, not man circumstances.
- Mark Twain

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth,
and if a man does not know what a thing is,
it is at least an increase in knowledge
if he knows what it is not.
- Carl Jung

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin

A man can succeed at almost anything
for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.
- Charles M. Schwab

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
- John Morley

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted,
but beholds it as something
unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
- Albert Schweitzer

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal
of plain living and high thinking
the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.
Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Before you criticize a man,
walk a mile in his shoes.
- Anonymous

A man can fail many times,
but he isn't a failure until
he begins to blame somebody else.
- John Burroughs

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand,
the spines of others are often stiffened.
- Billy Graham

Man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be,
at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man,
but if you're up there and you can hear me ...
show me the way... show me the way.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung

Money has never made man happy, nor will it,
there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness.
The more of it one has the more one wants.
- Benjamin Franklin

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

How could man rejoice in victory
and delight in the slaughter of men?
- Lao Tzu

No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing,
and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
- George Bernard Shaw

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready
for his opportunity when it comes.
- Benjamin Disraeli

If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
- The Buddha

Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only
by the man who is as well organized
in his individuality as the mass itself.
- Carl Jung

A man is a success if he gets up in
the morning and gets to bed at night,
and in between he does what he wants to do.
- Bob Dylan


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