Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings and Quotes

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


We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.      

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Good Friday and Easter free us to think about other things far beyond our own personal fate, about the ultimate meaning of all life, suffering, and events; and we lay hold of a great hope.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Christian marriage is marked by discipline and self-denial. Christianity does not therefore depreciate marriage, it sanctifies it.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

After death something new begins, over which all powers of the world of death have no more might.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to himself.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The test of morality of a society is what it does with it's children.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The pursuit of purity is not about the suppression of lust, but about the reorientation of one's life to a larger goal.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Christianity preaches the infinite worth of that which is seemingly worthless and the infinite worthlessness of that which is seemingly so valued.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Only he who believes is obedient and only he who is obedient believes.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A righteous person is one who lives for the next generation.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists of listening to them.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It is the fellowship of the Cross to experience the burden of the other. If one does not experience it, the fellowship he belongs to is not Christian. If any member refuses to bear that burden, he denies the law of Christ.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Wherever there are sinners, the weak, the sorrowful, the poor in the world, that is where God goes.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer