Harry Emerson Fosdick Quotes

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Harry Emerson Fosdick Quotes

Whatever you laugh at in others, laughs at yourself.
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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.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

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

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

No man need stay the way he is.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

It is by acts (actions) and not by ideas (mere thoughts) that people [really] live.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

The finest quality of our characters do not come from trying but from the mysterious and yet most effective capacity to be inspired.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

Self-pity gets you nowhere. But insight to see that something can be done with the second-bests and adventurous daring to try might be a handle to take hold of.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

We must take the abiding spiritual values which inhere in the deep experiences of religion in all ages and give them new expression in terms of the framework which our new knowledge gives us. Science forces religion to deal with new ideas in the theoretical realm and new forces in the practical realm.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

The more we know about this universe, the more mysterious it is. The old world that Job knew was marvelous enough, and his description of its wonders is among the noblest poetry of the race, but today the new science has opened to our eyes vistas of mystery that transcend in their inexplicable marvel anything the ancients ever dreamed.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

A good sermon is an engineering operation by which a chasm is bridged so that the spiritual goods on one side-the 'unsearchable riches of Christ' - are actually transported into personal lives upon the other.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

The first question to be answered by any individual or any social group, facing a hazardous situation, is whether the crisis is to be met as a challenge to strength or as an occasion for despair.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

It is going to be a long, hard haul; it will require patience, courage, faith that hangs on when hope fails, if we are to tame the rude barbarity of man, so that the atomic age becomes a blessing, not a curse. There never was such a day for the Christian gospel. God help us all in these years ahead to make that gospel live in men and nations!

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

Of all mad faiths maddest is the faith that we can get rid of faith.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

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