William Sloane Coffin Quotes

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William Sloane Coffin Quotes

Many of us overvalue autonomy, the strength to stand alone, the capacity to act independently. Far too few of us pay attention to the virtues of dependence and interdependence, and especially to the capacity to be vulnerable.
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There are two ways to be powerful. One is to seek and acquire power, the other is not to need it. There are also two ways to be rich. One is to gain riches, and the other is not to need them.

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I also was persuaded that the woman most in need of liberation was the woman in every man just as the man most in need of liberation was the man in every woman.

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The temptation to moralize is strong; it is emotionally satisfying to have enemies rather than problems, to seek out culprits rather than the flaws in the system.

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Socrates had it wrong; it is not the unexamined but finally the uncommitted life that is not worth living.

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For finally, we are as we love. It is love that measures our stature.

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We are not loved because we are valued; we are valued because we are loved.

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God knows it is emotionally satisfying to be righteous with that righteousness that nourishes itself on the blood of sinners. But God also knows that what is emotionally satisfying can be spiritually devastating.

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We have sold our birthright of freedom and justice for a mess of national security.

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Every nation makes decisions based on self-interest and defends them on the basis of morality.

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Compassion and justice are companions, not choices.

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When a man is drowning, it may be better for him to try to swim than to thrash around waiting for divine intervention.

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