John Henry Newman Quotes

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John Henry Newman Quotes

God knows what is my greatest happiness, but I do not. There is no rule about what is happy and good; what suits one would not suit another. And the ways by which perfection is reached vary very much; the medicines necessary for our souls are very different from each other. Thus God leads us by strange ways; we know He wills our happiness, but we neither know what our happiness is, nor the way. We are blind; left to ourselves we should take the wrong way; we must leave it to Him.
— John Henry Newman —

God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work.
I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place,
while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.
Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.

— John Henry Newman

God knows what is my greatest happiness, but I do not. There is no rule about what is happy and good; what suits one would not suit another. And the ways by which perfection is reached vary very much; the medicines necessary for our souls are very different from each other. Thus God leads us by strange ways; we know He wills our happiness, but we neither know what our happiness is, nor the way. We are blind; left to ourselves we should take the wrong way; we must leave it to Him.

— John Henry Newman

Men will die upon dogma but will not fall victim to a conclusion.

— John Henry Newman

Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish.

— John Henry Newman

To live is to change, and if you have lived long, you have changed often.

— John Henry Newman

The nature of the case and the history of philosophy combine to recommend to us this division of intellectual labour between Academies and Universities. To discover and to teach are distinct functions; they are also distinct gifts, and are not commonly found united in the same person. He, too, who spends his day in dispensing his existing knowledge to all comers is unlikely to have either leisure or energy to acquire new.

— John Henry Newman

Nothing is more common in an age like this, when books abound, than to fancy that the gratification of a love of reading is real study.

— John Henry Newman

What can this world offer comparable with that insight into spiritual things, that keen faith, that heavenly peace, that high sanctity, that everlasting righteousness, that hope of glory, which they have, who in sincerity love and follow our Lord Jesus Christ?

— John Henry Newman

And with the morn those angel faces smile Which I have loved long since and lost awhile.

— John Henry Newman

O loving wisdom of our God
when all was sin and shame,
a second Adam to the fight
and to the rescue came.

— John Henry Newman

Man is emphatically self-made.

— John Henry Newman

Thought and speech are inseparable from each other. Matter and expression are parts of one; style is a thinking out into language.

— John Henry Newman

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