Dietrich Bonhoeffer

1906 - 1945

A Quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on children, morality, and society

The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 - 1945)

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A Quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on direction

If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 - 1945)

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A Quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on apathy, attitude, beginning, dignity, discovery, fidelity, god, good, meditation, patience, poverty, progress, spirituality, and vanity

Above all, it is not necessary that we should have any unexpected, extraordinary experiences in meditation. This can happen, but if it does not, it is not a sign that the meditation period has been useless. Not only at the beginning, but repeatedly, there will be times when we feel a great spiritual dryness and apathy, an aversion, even an inability to meditate. We dare not be balked by such experiences. Above all, we must not allow them to keep us from adhering to our meditation period with great patience and fidelity. It is, therefore, not good for us to take too seriously the many untoward experiences we have with ourselves in meditation. It is here that our old vanity and our illicit claims upon God may creep in by a pious detour, as if it were our right to have nothing but elevating and fruitful experiences, and as if the discovery of our own inner poverty were quite beneath our dignity. With that attitude, we shall make no progress.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 - 1945)

Source: Life Together

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A Quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on action, readiness, responsibility, and thought

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 - 1945)

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A Quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on bitterness, day, evil, failure, god, good, heart, joy, life, preparation, salvation, soul, suffering, understanding, and world

By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered, and confidently waiting come what may, we know that God is with us night and morning, and never fails to greet us each new day. Yet is this heart by its old foe tormented, still evil days bring burdens hard to bear; Oh, give our frightened souls the sure salvation for which, O Lord, You taught us to prepare. And when this cup You give is filled to brimming with bitter suffering, hard to understand, we take it thankfully and without trembling, out of so good and so beloved a hand. Yet when again in this same world You give us the joy we had, the brightness of Your Sun, we shall remember all the days we lived through, and our whole life shall then be Yours alone.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 - 1945)

Source: Hymn written by him in the concentration camp, shortly before his death.

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A Quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on church, existence, and humanity

The Church is her true self only when she exists for humanity. As a fresh start, she should give away all her endowments to the poor and needy. The clergy should live solely on the freewill offerings of their congregations, or possibly engage in some secular calling.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 - 1945)

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A Quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on beginning, camping, day, justice, life, service, soldiers, and worship

On Sunday 8 April 1945, he had just finished conducting a service of worship at Schoenberg, when two soldiers came took him away. As he left, he said to another prisoner, This is the end - but for me, the beginning - of life. He was hanged the next day, less than a week before the Allies reached the camp.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 - 1945)

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