Frederick Buechner Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old frederick buechner quotes, frederick buechner sayings, and frederick buechner proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep need meet.     

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Laugh till you weep. Weep till there's nothing left but to laugh at your weeping. In the end it's all one.     

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Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else's skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.     

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The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you.     

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Grace is something you can never get but can only be given. There's no way to earn it or deserve it or bring it about anymore than you can deserve the taste of raspberries and cream or earn good looks.     

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It's less the words they say than those they leave unsaid that split old friends apart.     

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Lust is the craving for salt of a man who is dying of thirst.     

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You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.     

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Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.     

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You can't be too careful what you tell a child because you never know what he'll take hold of and spend the rest of his life remembering you by.     

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Vocation is the place where your deep gladness meets the world's deep need .     

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If you want to be holy, be kind.     

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Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things happen. Don't be afraid.     

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Purpose is the place where your deep gladness meets the world's needs.     

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Remember me not for the ill I've done but for the good I've dreamed.     

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When you remember me, it means you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me. It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart.     

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For as long as you remember me, I am never entirely lost.     

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Remember me not for the ill I've done but for the good I've dreamed.     

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Theology, like fiction, is largely autobiographical.     

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Snobs are people who look down on other people, but that does not justify our looking down on them. Who can say what dark fears of being inferior lurk behind their superior airs or what they suffer in private for the slights they dish out in public?     

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Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world's greatest need.     

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Maybe at the heart of all our traveling is the dream of someday, somehow, getting Home.     

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The real turning point in human history is less apt to be the day the wheel is invented or Rome falls than the day a boy is born to a couple of hick Jews.     

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If you want to be holy, be kind.     

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She was right that reality can be harsh and that you shut your eyes to it only at your peril because if you do not face up to the enemy in all his dark power, then the enemy will come up from behind some dark day and destoy you while you are facing the other way.     

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