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William Barclay Quotes and Sayings

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The tragedy of life and of the world is not that men do not know God;
the tragedy is that,
knowing Him, they still insist on going their own way.
- William Barclay

But the best definition of it is to say that heaven
is that state where we will always be with Jesus,
and where nothing will separate us from Him any more.
- William Barclay

A man may well be condemned, not for doing something,
but for doing nothing.
- William Barclay

Love always involves responsibility,
and love always involves sacrifice.
And we do not really love Christ unless we are prepared
to face His task and to take up His Cross.
- William Barclay

 

The awful importance of this life is that it determines eternity.
- William Barclay

We will often find compensation if we think more of
what life has given us and less about what life has taken away.
- William Barclay

Religion fails if it cannot speak to men as they are.
- William Barclay

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When we love anyone with our whole hearts,
life begins when we are with that person;
it is only in their company that we are really and truly alive.
- William Barclay

There are two great days in a person's life -
the day we are born and the day we discover why.
- William Barclay

Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing,
but to turn it into glory.
- William Barclay

In the time we have it is surely our duty to do all
the good we can to all the people we can in all the ways we can.
- William Barclay

God himself took this human flesh upon him.
- William Barclay

For the Christian, heaven is where Jesus is.
We do not need to speculate on what heaven will be like.
It is enough to know that we will be for ever with Him.
- William Barclay

If a man fights his way through his doubts to the conviction
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
he has attained to a certainty that the man who unthinkingly
accepts things can never reach.
- William Barclay

When we believe that God is Father, we also believe
that such a father's hand will never cause his child a needless tear.
We may not understand life any better,
but we will not resent life any longer.
- William Barclay

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You have a choice about the perspective you take on life.
See tragedy, and the world is tragic -
see beauty, and the world is beautiful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
- Benjamin E. Mays

Life is not a tragedy, it is a comedy.
To be alive means to have a sense of humor.
- Osho

There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child.
Things never get back to the way they were.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.
- Albert Schweitzer

In human intercourse the tragedy begins,
not when there is misunderstanding about words,
but when silence is not understood.
- Henry David Thoreau

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon,
but that we wait so long to begin it.
- Anonymous

The effort to understand the universe is one
of the very few things that lifts human life
a little above the level of farce,
and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
- Steven Weinberg

We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder
with our American friends in this hour of tragedy,
and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.
- Tony Blair

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle
than the courage of a final moment;
but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.
- John F. Kennedy

It was a Greek tragedy.
Nixon was fulfilling his own nature.
Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy,
but that it is a bore.
It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
- H. L. Mencken

The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful
hypothesis by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool,
a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
- Sholom Aleichem

Tragedy is when I cut my finger.
Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.
- Mel Brooks

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy
of this period of social transition
was not the strident clamor of the bad people,
but the appalling silence of the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.
- Irvin S. Cobb

When you close your eyes to tragedy,
you close your eyes to greatness.
- Stephen Vizinczey

A tragedy need not have blood and death;
it's enough that it all be filled with that majestic
sadness that is the pleasure of tragedy.
- Jean Racine

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

I mean, whose songs don't focus on tragedy and loss?
- Lucinda Williams

In all love stories the theme is love and tragedy,
so by writing these types of stories,
I have to include tragedy.
- Nicholas Sparks

The subject of a good tragedy must not be realistic.
- Pierre Corneille

Unfortunately, since the Sept.
11 tragedy, our business is not doing too well.
- Hunter Tylo

The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability.
- William Feather

Tragedy is restful: and the reason is that hope,
that foul, deceitful thing, has no part in it.
- Jean Anouilh

We participate in a tragedy; at a comedy we only look.
- Aldous Huxley

The tragedy of all of this is that it happened to me
and it shouldn't have happened.
It ruined my life and my career.
That's the tragedy of this.
- Rafael Palmeiro

Comedy is much more difficult than tragedy-and a much better training,
I think.
It's much easier to make people cry than to make them laugh.
- Vivien Leigh

The worst tragedy that could have befallen me was my success.
I knew right away that I was through -
cast out.
- Jonas Salk

It's a terrible thing wishing that it can be someone else's tragedy.
- John Dyer

You use everything.
You use tragedy you use everything.
- Shannon Hoon

Satire is tragedy plus time.
You give it enough time, the public,
the reviewers will allow you to satirize it.
Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.
- Lenny Bruce

It is a tragedy of the world that no one knows what he doesn't know -
the less a man knows,
the more sure it is that he knows everything.
- Joyce Cary

Well, my definition of a tragedy is a clash between right and right.
- Amos Oz

One of the greatest things drama can do,
at it's best, is to redefine the words we use every day such as love,
home, family, loyalty and envy.
Tragedy need not be a downer.
- Ben Kingsley

How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living
in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy.
- Paul Sweeney

It would behoove the world to become used to this fact:
that without a just solution to the Palestine tragedy,
there can be no stable peace in the Middle East.
- King Hussein I

We hope to do the Spanish Tragedy based on the play by Thomas Kyd.
- Alex Cox

The tragedy of war is that it uses man's best to do man's worst.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

What we think of as our sensitivity is only the higher
evolution of terror in a poor dumb beast.
We suffer for nothing.
Our own death wish is our only real tragedy.
- Mario Puzo

The essence of a tragedy, or even of a serious play,
is the spiritual awakening, or regeneration,
of the hero.
- Maxwell Anderson

The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief
in injustice and tragedy.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world,
the Master calls the butterfly.
- Richard Bach

The tragedy of 9/11 galvanised the American superpower into action,
leaving us in Europe divided in its wake.
- Douglas Hurd

Gay icons usually have some tragedy in their lives,
but I've only had tragic haircuts and outfits.
- Kylie Minogue

Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine
to rush into impulsive rejection,
let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss.
- Abba Eban

Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the
only tragedy is to allow part of us to die -
whether it is our spirit,
our creativity or our glorious uniqueness.
- Gilda Radner

It's such a tragedy that man endures in killing his
brother and his own kind,
putting him in jail and insane asylums,
letting him lay out in the street.
- Sun Ra

When the systems we expect to help us actually hurt us,
we have tragedy.
- Carter Burwell

The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily.
That is what tragedy means.
- Tom Stoppard

Only a great mind that is overthrown yields tragedy.
- Jacques Barzun

When people divorce, it's always such a tragedy.
At the same time, if people stay together it can be even worse.
- Monica Bellucci

I think art can reflect tragedy.
- John Corigliano

It is in times of great tragedy when the true spirit
of our wonderful country unites as one.
- Jim Gerlach


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