Quotations by Newman, John


Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on;
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890) English prelate, Catholic Cardinal, theologian
“Lead Kindly Light,” The Pillar of Cloud (1832)
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Never… think we have a due knowledge of ourselves till we have been exposed to various kinds of temptations, and tried on every side. Integrity on one side of our character is no voucher for integrity on another. We cannot tell how we should act if brought under temptations different from those we have hitherto experienced.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890) English prelate, Catholic Cardinal, theologian
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Fear not that your life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890) English prelate, Catholic Cardinal, theologian
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Nothing would be done at all if a man waited until he could do something so well that no one could find fault with it.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890) English prelate, Catholic Cardinal, theologian
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Often given as: "A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault."
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Let us take things as we find them: let us not attempt to distort them into what they are not. We cannot make facts. All our wishing cannot change them. We must use them.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890) English prelate, Catholic Cardinal, theologian
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Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890) English prelate, Catholic Cardinal, theologian
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Also attributed to Golda Meir.
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In a higher world it is otherwise, but here below to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890) English prelate, Catholic Cardinal, theologian
An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, ch. 1, sec. 7 (1845)
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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.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890) English prelate, Catholic Cardinal, theologian
Meditations and Devotions
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When men understand what each other mean, they see, for the most part, that controversy is either superfluous or hopeless.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890) English prelate, Catholic Cardinal, theologian
Sermon on Epiphany, Oxford (1839)
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