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Frederick Buechner Quotes and Sayings

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Religion points to that area of human experience where
in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage.
- Frederick Buechner

The grace of God means something like:
Here is your life.
You might never have been, but you are because the
party wouldn't have been complete without you.
- Frederick Buechner

Pay mind to your own life, your own health,
and wholeness.
A bleeding heart is of no help to anyone if it bleeds to death.
- Frederick Buechner

In his holy flirtation with the world,
God occasionally drops a handkerchief.
These handkerchiefs are called saints.
- Frederick Buechner

 

It is as impossible for man to demonstrate the existence
of God as it would be for even Sherlock Holmes to demonstrate
the existence of Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Frederick Buechner

If it seems a childish thing to do, do it in remembrance that you are a child.
- Frederick Buechner

You can't be too careful what you tell a child because
you never know what he'll take hold of and spend the
rest of his life remembering you by.
- Frederick Buechner

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Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling
what it is like to live inside somebody else's skin.
It is the knowledge that there can never really be
any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.
- Frederick Buechner

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi PHOTO

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) PHOTO

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer PHOTO

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17 PHOTO

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

We can never be the better for our religion
if our neighbor is the worse for it.
- Anonymous

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

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

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.

I distrust those people who know so well
what God wants them to do,
because I notice it always coincides
with their own desires.
- Susan B. Anthony

When an inner situation is not made conscious,
it appears outside as fate.
- Carl Jung

I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal
to reason and is in conflict with morality.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
- Matthew 7:7

We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe,
nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws,
but the smallest insect, we wish
to be created at once by special act.
- Charles Darwin

Re-examine all that you have been told...
dismiss that which insults your soul.
- Walt Whitman

The miracle is not that we do this work,
but that we are happy to do it.
- Mother Teresa

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection,
not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.
- Martin Luther PHOTO

You have heard that it was said,
"Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
- Matthew 5:43-44

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
- Joseph Addison

The mystery of the beginning
of all things is insoluble by us;
and I for one, must be content to remain an agnostic.
- Charles Darwin

If you have a particular faith or religion,
that is good. But you can survive without it.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The function of prayer is not to influence God,
but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
- Soren Kierkegaard

You hold onto religion, you know,
rules, regulations, traditions.
I think what God is interested in
is people's hearts, and that's hard enough.
- Bono

Forgive Your Brother from Your Heart.
- Matthew 18:21-22

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
- St Francis of Assisi

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

Love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth

Humility is not thinking less of yourself,
it's thinking of yourself less.
- Rick Warren (author of The Purpose Driven(R) Life)

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
- Norman Vincent Peale

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
- The Bible

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

I love you when you bow in your mosque,
kneel in your temple, pray in your church.
For you and I are sons of one religion,
and it is the Spirit.
- Khalil Gibran

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
- Mother Teresa

I like the silent church before the service begins,
better than any preaching.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A willingness to laugh at itself is what distinguishes
a compassionate religion from a cult.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must be ready to learn from one another,
not claiming that we alone possess all truth
and that somehow we have a corner on God.
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.
- Proverbs 23:7

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast,
It is not proud. It does not dishonor others,
It is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
It keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
- Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt
towards people whom we personally dislike.
- Oscar Wilde

Comfort and prosperity have never enriched
the world as much as adversity has.
- Billy Graham

I do not believe in the God of the theologians;
but that there is a Supreme Intelligence I do not doubt.
- Thomas Edison

We can live without religion and meditation,
but we cannot survive without human affection.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity
are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

When all is said and done,
the one sole condition that makes
spiritual happiness and preserves it
is the absence of doubt.
- Mark Twain

From the solemn gloom of the temple
children run out to sit in the dust,
God watches them play and forgets the priest.
- Rabindranath Tagore

When I do good, I feel good.
When I do bad, I feel bad.
That's my religion.
- Abraham Lincoln

The will of God will never take you
to where the grace of God will not protect you.
- Anonymous

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.
- Michel de Montaigne

However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
- The Buddha

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words
than words without a heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Science gives man knowledge, which is power;
religion gives man wisdom, which is control.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you believe in forever,
then life is just a one night stand.
- The Righteous Brothers

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Whether one believes in a religion or not,
and whether one believes in rebirth or not,
there isn't anyone who doesn't
appreciate kindness and compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

When we blindly adopt a religion,
a political system, a literary dogma,
we become automatons. We cease to grow.
- Anais Nin

A new friend is like new wine;
when it has aged you will drink it with pleasure.
- Ecclesiastes 9:10

I do not concern myself with gods and spirits
either good or evil, nor do I serve any.
- Lao Tzu

I never considered a difference of opinion
in politics, in religion, in philosophy,
as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
- Thomas Jefferson


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