Quotations by Fosdick, Harry Emerson


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

Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) American clergyman, author, teacher
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Religion is not a burden, not a weight, it is wings.

Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) American clergyman, author, teacher
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Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.

Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) American clergyman, author, teacher
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Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind’s eye, and you will be drawn toward it.

Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) American clergyman, author, teacher
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He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.

Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) American clergyman, author, teacher
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God is not a cosmic bell-boy for whom we can press a button to get things done.

Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) American clergyman, author, teacher
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Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.

Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) American clergyman, author, teacher
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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 (1878-1969) American clergyman, author, teacher
Living Under Tension (1941)
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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.

Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) American clergyman, author, teacher
Riverside Sermons, “The Mystery of Life” (1958)
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The fact that astronomies change while the stars abide is a true analogy of every realm of human life and thought, religion not least of all. No existent theology can be a final formulation of spiritual truth.

Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) American clergyman, author, teacher
The Living of These Days (1956)
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