Harry Fosdick

1878 - 1979

A Quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick, D.D. on bitterness, generations, imagination, life, and people

To keep the Golden Rule we must put ourselves in other people's places, but to do that consists in and depends upon picturing ourselves in their places. If we had the imagination to do that there would be fewer families estranged by misunderstanding between the older and the younger generations, fewer bitter judgments would pass our lips, fewer racial, national and class prejudices would stain our lives.

Harry Fosdick (1878 - 1979)

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A Quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick, D.D. on people

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

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A Quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick, D.D. on danger and liberty

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

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A Quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick, D.D. on beginning

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

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A Quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick, D.D. on authors, books, libraries, and life

Life is a library owned by an author. It has a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him.

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A Quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick, D.D. on bitterness, empowerment, life, and love

Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it. Bitterness paralyzes life; love empowers it. Bitterness sours life; love heals it. Bitterness blinds life; love anoints its eye.

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A Quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick, D.D. on life, mind, mystery, and world

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.

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A Quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick, D.D. on awareness, difficulty, disappointment, failure, guests, heart, home, life, needs, peace, people, power, serenity, seriousness, sorrow, soul, spirituality, and starting

One watches people starting out in life quite adequately, handling life with active vigor, as they run, one after another, into experiences where something deeper than vigor is needed. Serious failure, for example. Some night in his lifetime everyone comes home to find a new guest there-disappointment. What he had set his heart on has gone. . . . If one is to come through difficult experiences unembittered, unspoiled, still a real person, one needs deep resources. . . . Not alone in such experiences as sorrow and failure does this need arise but in man's search for the indispensable spiritual requirements of a satisfying life - inner peace, for example, some serenity in the soul to come home to at night and to out from in the morning. Who does not need that? But no one can get inner peace by pouncing on it, by vigorously willing to have it. Peace is a margin of power around our daily need. Peace is a consciousness of springs too deep for earthly droughts to dry up. Peace is an awareness of reserves from beyond ourselves, so that our power is not so much in us as through us.

Harry Fosdick (1878 - 1979)

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A Quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick, D.D. on jobs

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Always take a job that is too big for you.

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A Quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick, D.D. on change, christianity, and profit

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

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