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Harry Emerson Fosdick
May 24, 1878 - October 5, 1969
Nationality: American
Category: Clergyman
Subcategory: American Clergyman

Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.


I hate war... for the dictatorships it puts in the place of democracies, and for the starvation that stalks after it.


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


I hate war for its consequences, for the lies it lives on and propagates, for the undying hatreds it arouses.


Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.


A person wrapped up in himself makes a small package.


The world is moving so fast these days that the one who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.


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.


Life consists not simply in what heredity and environment do to us but in what we make out of what they do to us.


To keep the Golden Rule we must put ourselves in other people's places, but to do that consists in and depends upon picturing ourselves in their places.


God has put within our lives meanings and possibilities that quite outrun the limits of mortality.


Preaching is personal counseling on a group basis.


It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.


Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.


Our power is not so much in us as through us.


Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.


Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it.


Religion is not a burden, not a weight, it is wings.


Whatever you laugh at in others, laughs at yourself.


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


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