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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quotes and Sayings

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One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

If you board the wrong train, it is no use running
along the corridor in the other direction.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God's truth judges created things out of love,
and Satan's truth judges them out of envy and hatred.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Only he who believes is obedient and only he who is obedient believes.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

To endure the cross is not tragedy; it is the suffering
which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A god who let us prove his existence would be an idol.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do,
and more in the light of what they suffer.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Human love has little regard for the truth.
It makes the truth relative, since nothing,
not even the truth, must come between it and the beloved person.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of
world that it leaves to its children.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Politics are not the task of a Christian.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our
own achievements in comparison with what we owe others.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present,
but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and
hope where others have resigned;
it enables a man to hold his head high,
to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It is the nature, and the advantage,
of strong people that they can bring out the crucial
questions and form a clear opinion about them.
The weak always have to decide between alternatives that are not their own.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It is the characteristic excellence of the strong man
that he can bring momentous issues to the fore and
make a decision about them.
The weak are always forced to decide between alternatives
they have not chosen themselves.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran PHOTO

Drop the sword - for there is but one flesh to wound,
and it is the one flesh of all humankind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen PHOTO

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell PHOTO

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin PHOTO

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha PHOTO

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro PHOTO

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard PHOTO

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow PHOTO

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 13:34)

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you wait for opportunities to occur,
you will be one of the crowd.
- Edward de Bono

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
- Khalil Gibran

We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
- Joseph Campbell

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

This day I will marry my friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.
- Anonymous

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- Anais Nin

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

When angry, count to ten before you speak.
If very angry, count to one hundred.
- Thomas Jefferson

Success is to be measured not so much
by the position that one has reached in life
as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
- Booker T. Washington

A sense of humor... is needed armor.
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.
- Hugh Sidey

The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is only one way... to get anybody to do anything.
And that is by making the other person want to do it.
- Dale Carnegie

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

To the world you may be one person,
but to one person you may be the world.
- Anonymous (attributed to Bill Wilson, Brandi Snyder and others)

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
- Albert Einstein

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
- e. e. cummings

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants,
and to serve them one's self?
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

One must know not just how to accept a gift,
but with what grace to share it.
- Maya Angelou

Since you are the one who has to live with your choices,
be sure they are your own.
- Alan Cohen

The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Be that self which one truly is.
- Soren Kierkegaard

All the darkness of the world cannot
extinguish the light of a single candle,
yet one candle can illuminate all the darkness.
- Jewish Hanukah Prayer


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