Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.
Most people are subjective toward themselves and objective toward all others, frightfully objective sometimes-but the task is precisely to be objective toward oneself and subjective toward all others.
The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived.
To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception; it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, either in time or in eternity.
The self-assured believer is a greater sinner in the eyes of God than the troubled disbeliever.
For without risk there is no faith, and the greater the risk, the greater the faith.
The object of (Christian) faith is not the teaching but the Teacher.
Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.
Once you label me you negate me.
It is not where we breathe, but where we Love, that we live.
Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Everyday, I walk myself into a state of well-being & walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, & the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right.
Christ has not only spoken to us by his life but has also spoken for us by his death.
The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.
Love is the expression of the one who loves, not of the one who is loved. Those who think they can love only the people they prefer do not love at all. Love discovers truths about individuals that others cannot see
Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion - and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion" while truth again reverts to a new minority.
In a theatre it happened that a fire started off stage. The clown came out to tell the audience. They thought it was a joke and applauded. He told them again, and they became still more hilarious. This is the way, I suppose, that the world will be destroyed-amid the universal hilarity of wits and wags who think it is all a joke.
A man prayed, and at first he thought that prayer was talking. But he became more and more quiet until in the end he realized prayer is listening.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
People settle for a level of despair they can tolerate and call it happiness.
The greatest danger to Christianity is, I contend, not heresies, not heterodoxies, not atheists, not profane secularism - no, but the kind of orthodoxy which is cordial drivel, mediocrity served up sweet. There is nothing that so insidiously displaces the majestic as cordiality.
It is not the path which is the difficulty; rather, it is the difficulty which is the path.
The commandment is that you shall love, but when you understand life and yourself, then it is as if you should not need to be commanded, because to love human beings is still the only thing worth living for; without this life you really do not live.
There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
How ironical that it is by means of speech that man can degrade himself below the level of dumb creation - for a chatterbox is truly of a lower category than a dumb creature.
Men think that it is impossible for a human being to love his enemies, for enemies are hardly able to endure the sight of one another. Well, then, shut your eyes-and your enemy looks just like your neighbor.
I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved.
...the greatest thing each person can do is to give himself to God utterly and unconditionally - weaknesses, fears, and all. For God loves obedience more than good intentions or second-best offerings, which are all too often made under the guise of weakness.
I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations - one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it - you will regret both.
It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities. A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it.
Once you are born in this world you're old enough to die.
The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
I'm so misunderstood that people misunderstand me even when I tell them I'm misunderstood.
To be a woman is something so strange, so confusing and so complicated that only a woman could put up with it.
There is no greater evil one can suffer than to hate reasonable discourse.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.
All the shrewdness of 'man' seeks one thing: to be able to live without responsibility.
Pain reconciles one to existence. Infinite resignation is that shirt in the old fable. The thread is spun with tears, bleached by tears, the shirt sewn in tears, but then it also gives better protection than iron. The secret in life is that everyone must sew it for himself.
The door to happiness opens outward.