Harry Emerson Fosdick Sayings and Quotes

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


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

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to.     

Harry Emerson Fosdick

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

Harry Emerson Fosdick

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

Harry Emerson Fosdick

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

Harry Emerson Fosdick

One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world making the most of one's best.     

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it. Bitterness paralyzes life; love empowers it. Bitterness sours life; love sweetens it. Bitterness sickens life; love heals it. Bitterness blinds life; love anoints its eyes.     

Harry Emerson Fosdick

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

Harry Emerson Fosdick

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

Harry Emerson Fosdick

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

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it     

Harry Emerson Fosdick

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

Harry Emerson Fosdick

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

Harry Emerson Fosdick

He is a poor patriot whose patriotism does not enable him to understand how all men everywhere feel about their altars and their hearthstones, their flag and their fatherland.     

Harry Emerson Fosdick

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

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Peace is an awareness of reserves from beyond ourselves, so that our power is not so much in us as through us. Peace is the gift, not of volitional struggle, but of spiritual hospitality.     

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Life asks not merely what you can do; it asks how much can you endure and not be spoiled.     

Harry Emerson Fosdick

The fact that astronomies change while the stars abide is a true analogy of every realm of human life and thought, religion not least of all.     

Harry Emerson Fosdick

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

Harry Emerson Fosdick

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

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it.     

Harry Emerson Fosdick

All altruism springs from putting yourself in the other person's place.     

Harry Emerson Fosdick

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.      

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Every human life involves an unfathomable mystery, for man is the riddle of the universe, and the riddle of man in his endowment with personal capacities.     

Harry Emerson Fosdick

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

Harry Emerson Fosdick

God is not a cosmic bellboy for whom we can press a button to get things done     

Harry Emerson Fosdick