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Harry Emerson Fosdick Quotes

A person wrapped up in himself makes a small package.

Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it.

Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.

Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.

Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to.

Every human life involves an unfathomable mystery, for man is the riddle of the universe, and the riddle of man in his endowment with personal capacities.

God has put within our lives meanings and possibilities that quite outrun the limits of mortality.

God is not a cosmic bellboy for whom we can press a button to get things.

Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.

He who cannot rest, cannot work; he who cannot let go, cannot hold on; he who cannot find footing, cannot go forward.

He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determines the end.

He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.

I hate war for its consequences, for the lies it lives on and propagates, for the undying hatreds it arouses.

I hate war... for the dictatorships it puts in the place of democracies, and for the starvation that stalks after it.

I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.

It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.

Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.

Life asks not merely what you can do; it asks how much can you endure and not be spoiled.

Life consists not simply in what heredity and environment do to us but in what we make out of what they do to us.

No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.