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Walter Kaufmann Quotes and Sayings

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Faith means intense, usually confident,
belief that is not based on evidence sufficient to
command assent from every reasonable person.
- Walter Kaufmann

The deepest difference between religions is not that
between polytheism and monotheism.
- Walter Kaufmann

Life ceases to be so oppressive: we are free to give
our own lives meaning and purpose,
free to redeem our suffering by making something of it.
- Walter Kaufmann

The problem of suffering is: why is there the suffering we know?
- Walter Kaufmann

 

The first function of a book review should be,
I believe, to give some idea of the contents and character of the book.
- Walter Kaufmann

To try to fashion something from suffering,
to relish our triumphs, and to endure defeats without resentment:
all that is compatible with the faith of a heretic.
- Walter Kaufmann

Here an attempt is made to explain suffering:
the outcaste of traditional Hinduism is held to deserve his fetched fate;
it is a punishment for the wrongs he did in a previous life.
- Walter Kaufmann

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It was also Hegel who established the view that the
different philosophic systems that we find in history
are to be comprehended in terms of development and
that they are generally one-sided because they owe
their origins to a reaction against what has gone before.
- Walter Kaufmann

Job's forthright indictment of the injustice of this world is surely right.
The ways of the world are weird and much more unpredictable
than either scientists or theologians generally make things look.
- Walter Kaufmann

Those who believe in God because their experience of
life and the facts of nature prove his existence must
have led sheltered lives and closed their hearts to
the voice of their brothers' blood.
- Walter Kaufmann

It is widely assumed, contrary to fact,
that theism necessarily involves the two assumptions
which cannot be squared with the existence of so much suffering,
and that therefore, per impossibile,
they simply have to be squared with the existence of all this suffering,
somehow.
- Walter Kaufmann

It does not follow that the meaning must be given from above;
that life and suffering must come neatly labeled;
that nothing is worth while if the world is not governed by a purpose.
- Walter Kaufmann

In all three cases, and for most human beings,
the problem of suffering poses no difficult problem at all:
one has a world picture in which suffering has its place,
a world picture that takes suffering into account.
- Walter Kaufmann

When Hegel later became a man of influence' he insisted
that the Jews should be granted equal rights because
civic rights belong to man because he is a man and
not on account of his ethnic origins or his religion.
- Walter Kaufmann

Thirdly, even if we assume that the world is governed by purpose,
we need only add that this purpose -
or,
if there are several, at least one of them -
is not especially intent on preventing suffering,
whether it is indifferent to suffering or actually rejoices in it.
- Walter Kaufmann

The great artist is the man who most obviously succeeds
in turning his pains to advantage,
in letting suffering deepens his understanding and sensibility,
in growing through his pains.
- Walter Kaufmann

The doctrine of original sin claims that all men sinned in Adam;
but whether they did or whether it is merely a fact
that all men sin does not basically affect the problem of suffering.
- Walter Kaufmann

The only theism worthy of our respect believes in God
not because of the way the world is made but in spite of that.
The only theism that is no less profound than the Buddha's
atheism is that represented in the Bible by Job and Jeremiah.
- Walter Kaufmann

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. PHOTO

Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.
- E. F. Schumacher PHOTO

The jump is so frightening
between where I am,
and where I want to be.
Because of all I may become,
I will close my eyes and leap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher PHOTO

Faith is the bird that feels the light
and sings when the dawn is still dark.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

Every tomorrow has two handles.
We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety
or the handle of faith.
- Henry Ward Beecher PHOTO

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous PHOTO

You must not lose faith in humanity.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Trust your own inner guidance.
Have faith that your steps are
carrying you toward your dreams.
Keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal,
and then leap in the dark to our success.
- Henry David Thoreau

Today is the bridge between acceptance and faith.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You just have to have a simple faith.
- Jimmy Carter

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Can you imagine a life with no fear?
What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats?
- Max Lucado

You must not lose faith in humanity.
Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty,
the ocean does not become dirty.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

Love is an act of faith.
- Erich Fromm

Maintain a balance between skepticism and faith.
Maintain a beginner mind. Be open to possibility.
Don't give in to skepticism,
but don't give in to fantasy either.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is an act of faith,
and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.
- Erich Fromm

Non-violence is the article of faith.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

Keep the Faith.
- Anonymous

Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities.
Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers
you cannot be successful or happy.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Non-violence requires a double faith,
faith in God and also faith in man.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It is wonderful to have Faith,
but don't confuse trust with being gullible.
Balance trust with conscious thought.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
- Helen Keller

I will gather myself around my faith,
for light does the darkness most fear.
- Jewel

If patience is worth anything,
it must endure to the end of time.
And a living faith will last
in the midst of the blackest storm.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Let's have faith that right makes might;
and in that faith let us, to the end,
dare to do our duty as we understand it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want.
It is the belief that God will do what is right.
- Max Lucado

It is not our place to know the mind of God.
Spirit knows what is best in the long run -
best for each of us individually,
and best for humanity as a whole.
This is often very difficult to accept
when we see war and disease in the world
and experience physical and emotional suffering
in ourselves, our family, and our friends.
I consider this belief in God's infinite power
and ultimate wisdom to be the true test of faith.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let today be a day to trust your own inner guidance,
a day to have faith that your steps are carrying you
in the direction you desire,
a day to keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Keep the faith, don't lose your perseverance and always trust your gut extinct.
- Paula Abdul

The power of faith will often shine forth the most
when the character is naturally weak.
- Augustus Hare

Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.
- Michelangelo

My reason nourishes my faith and my faith my reason.
- Norman Cousins

When prayer removes distrust and doubt
and enters the field of mental certainty,
it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.
- Ernest Holmes

Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The only faith that wears well and holds its color
in all weathers is that which is woven of conviction
and set with the sharp mordant of experience.
- James Russell Lowell

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.
To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
- Thomas Aquinas

Faith is not contrary to reason.
- Sherwood Eddy

Those of true faith don't require guaranteed security.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith and doubt both are needed - not as antagonists,
but working side by side to take us around the unknown curve.
- Lillian Smith

I have not lost faith in God.
I have moments of anger and protest.
Sometimes I've been closer to him for that reason.
- Elie Wiesel

The great gift of Easter is hope -
Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God,
in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love,
which nothing can shake.
- Basil C. Hume

Vision looks upward and becomes faith.
- Stephen Samuel Wise

Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul;
man cannot live in health without them.
- Mahalia Jackson

It is truer to say that martyrs create faith more than faith creates martyrs.
- Miguel de Unamuno

I think the greatest taboos in America are faith and failure.
- Michael Malone

If I could tell the world just one thing
it would be we're all okay,
and not to worry cause worry is wasteful
and useless in times like these.
I won't be made useless.
I won't be idle with despair,
I will gather myself around my faith.
Light does the darkness most fear.
- Jewel

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt
is theoretically possible.
- William James


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