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Lionel Blue Quotes and Sayings

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To my surprise, my 70s are nicer than my 60s and my 60s than my 50s,
and I wouldn't wish my teens and 20s on my enemies.
- Lionel Blue

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During the Second World War, evacuated to non-Jewish households,
I encountered Christianity at home and in school.
- Lionel Blue

Good things come, and I'm not just referring to riding the buses.
- Lionel Blue

I began to see that my problems, seen spiritually,
were really my soul's plusses.
- Lionel Blue

 

Because of my Marxism, I was not into myths or miracles,
whether it was the virgin birth, the physical resurrection
or casting out demons from an epileptic.
- Lionel Blue

For a devotee or lover, the being, worshipped or loved,
will always be the only one for her or him.
- Lionel Blue

I learnt pity, sympathy, and what it was like to be
at the other end of the stick.
Such lessons can't be learnt in lecture halls.
- Lionel Blue

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Some of the parables of the Kingdom made wonderful sense,
but the exclusivity in the New Testament put me off.
- Lionel Blue

I found that when I did something for the sake of heaven,
heaven happened.
These things changed my life.
I owe them to my encounter with Christianity.
- Lionel Blue

The real evidence for Jesus and Christianity is in
how Jesus and the Christianity based on him manifest
themselves in the lives of practicing Christians.
- Lionel Blue

I thought of such Christian inventions as the ghetto
and the Jewish badge of shame.
The Nazis didn't have to go very far to pick up their know-how.
- Lionel Blue

So many plusses, so many minuses.
- Lionel Blue

For a Christian, Jesus is the unique and only way that
God has fully revealed himself.
For a Jew this cannot be.
- Lionel Blue

It was admitted by the early rabbis that the sectarians
could be as full of good works as eggs were full of meat.
- Lionel Blue

Christianity had two faces which bewildered me -
two pictures which didn't fit.
- Lionel Blue

It is not possible to unknow what you do know -
the result of that is fanaticism.
- Lionel Blue

On the way to work good-hearted young girls sometimes offer me their seats,
which I accept and bless them in return,
a transaction satisfying to all concerned.
- Lionel Blue

I have ended as a Reform Rabbi, grateful to Christianity for so many good things.
- Lionel Blue

Discrimination against Jews can be read in Thomas Aquinas,
and insults against Jews in Martin Luther.
- Lionel Blue

I still go to a Christian priory for retreats.
- Lionel Blue

For some years I deserted religion in favour of Marxism.
The republic of goodness seemed more attainable than the Kingdom of God.
- Lionel Blue

The secular world is more spiritual than it thinks,
just as the ecclesiastical world is more materialist
than it cares to acknowledge.
- Lionel Blue

Old friends die on you, and they're irreplaceable.
You become dependent.
- Lionel Blue

I was not comfortable worshipping another Jew.
- Lionel Blue

The Christian use of religion as a personal love affair both shocked me,
and attracted me.
- Lionel Blue

Someone gave me a New Testament.
I had never before read it systematically.
Some parts made sense, some parts shocked me.
- Lionel Blue

Early on I saw the repression and idolatry of Stalinism,
and when it cracked, I was open to religion again.
- Lionel Blue

To change, to convert? Why bother?
- Lionel Blue

At religious instruction classes, I encountered The
Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan,
and the sincerity of the traveller in that book was overwhelming.
- Lionel Blue

My mother enjoyed old age, and because of her I've
begun to enjoy parts of it too.
So far I've had it good and am crumbling nicely.
- Lionel Blue

Praying privately in churches, I began to discover
that heaven was my true home and also that it was here and now,
woven into this life.
- Lionel Blue

I was not allowed a physical lover.
Falling in love with Love was the best I could get.
- Lionel Blue

In speaking of Jesus, I must speak about Christianity
because I do not think it possible or profitable to divide the two.
- Lionel Blue

I was certainly open for something being on the edge of a nervous breakdown,
perplexed by my own sexuality.
I was gay.
- Lionel Blue

This Christian poison hasn't stopped yet.
- Lionel Blue

An aged rabbi, crazed with liberalism,
once said to me, We Jews are just ordinary human beings.
Only a bit more so!
- Lionel Blue

I have begun to sympathetically understand Paul,
though I don't like him much.
- Lionel Blue

I literally fell among Quakers when I went up to Oxford.
- Lionel Blue

Pious XII was too neutral to mention the gas chambers;
decent people like my own family were turned into devils by crude Christianity.
- Lionel Blue

It's more fun to watch without joining in.
- Lionel Blue

I recovered my infant Judaism, but in a reformist version.
- Lionel Blue

My mother was a modern woman with a limited interest in religion.
When the sun set and the fast of the Day of Atonement ended,
she shot from the synagogue like a rocket to dance the Charleston.
- Lionel Blue

I am pleased now that I have lived in a gay as well as a religious ghetto,
though it hasn't been very comfortable.
Taken together, their limitations cancel each other
out and I have seen the world more kindly and more honestly.
- Lionel Blue

I didn't want to be on the losing side.
I was fed up with Jewish weakness, timidity and fear.
I didn't want any more Jewish sentimentality and Jewish suffering.
I was sickened by our sad songs.
- Lionel Blue

What would I have done if I'd been put to the test?
Would I have risked my own life for people I hardly knew? Probably,
I would have looked the other way at best or become
another apologist for evil at worst.
- Lionel Blue

The real evidence is not practically speaking in scholarship
but in how Jesus and the Christianity based on him
manifest themselves in the lives of practising Christians.
Their lives are the proofs of their beliefs.
- Lionel Blue

I feel that the Christian experience and the Jewish
one have much to give each other.
If this open society continues and there is no return
to political anti-Semitism,
then this encounter, deeper than any theology,
may happen.
- Lionel Blue

May your season shine with delight and surprise.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Never tell people how to do things.
Tell them what to do and they will
surprise you with their ingenuity.
- George S. Patton

Society is always taken by surprise
at any new example of common sense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The True Surprise is that
So Many of Us have Evolved So Rapidly.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved:
It is God's finger on man's shoulder.
- Charles Morgan

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
- Wallace Stevens

The secret to humor is surprise.
- Aristotle

I do like to shock and surprise people.
When it's all in good fun, of course.
- Ruth Warrick

The fact that I exist is a perpetual surprise.
- Rabindranath Tagore

A laugh is a surprise.
And all humor is physical.
I was always athletic, so that came naturally to me.
- Chevy Chase

Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.
- Alan Turing

I thought, after the Pulitzer, at least nothing will
surprise me quite that much in my life.
And another one happened.
It was quite amazing.
- Rita Dove

There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions
of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.
- Henry James

Do not know yourself.
I want to continue to surprise me.
- Arielle Dombasle

The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly
in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless.
It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves.
- Eric Hoffer

A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise.
Because that is how life is - full of surprises.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

It's all about creation and surprise.
It just needs to be appreciated and watered like flowers.
You have to water flowers.
These peaks will come again.
- Sonny Rollins

Continue to surprise those who would put you in a neat demographic.
Be insistently curious.
- Gordon Gee

Wonder is from surprise, and surprise stops with experience.
- Bishop Robert South

I was well warned about English food,
so it did not surprise me, but I do wonder sometimes,
how they ever manage to prise it up long enough to get a plate under it.
- Margaret Halsey

In real life, there are names that surprise us because
they don't seem to suit the person at all.
- Krzysztof Kieslowski

I'm sure there are a few things in my CD collection
that might surprise people.
I like classical music, the blues, and I'm a big fan of alternative rock.
- Brad Paisley

This may surprise you, but I was arrested in high school.
- Pat Boone

The pleasant surprise for me is that when I look into Tony's eyes,
he's still 100% present, sharing everything that's going on.
Acting with him is like a beautiful dance.
- Genie Francis


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