44 Total Quotes

Harry Fosdick Quotes

Life consists not simply in what heredity and environment do to us but in what we make out of what they do to us.
Harry Fosdick
#American Clergyman #Environment

Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
Harry Fosdick
#Democracy #Conviction

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

Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere. Self-pity gets you nowhere. 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 Fosdick
#Pity

Preaching is personal counseling on a group basis.
Harry Fosdick
#American Clergyman

I hate war for its consequences, for the lies it lives on and propagates, for the undying hatreds it arouses, for the dictatorships it puts in the place of democracies, and for the starvation that stalks after it. I hate war, and never again will I sanction or support another.
Harry Fosdick
#Consequences

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.
Harry Fosdick
#American Clergyman

The half is greater than the whole.
Harry Fosdick
#Appreciation

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 Fosdick
#Cute Love #Sweet Love #Love #Bitterness

Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it
Harry Fosdick
#Bitterness

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 Fosdick
#Neighbors

God is not a cosmic bell-boy for whom we can press a button to get things done
Harry Fosdick
#God

Whatever you laugh at in others, laughs at yourself
Harry Fosdick
#Laughter

Religion is not a burden, not a weight, it is wings
Harry Fosdick
#Religion

I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.
Harry Fosdick
#American Clergyman #Life

Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.
Harry Fosdick
#People #Hatred

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

He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determines the end.
Harry Fosdick
#American Clergyman #Beginning

He who cannot rest, cannot work; he who cannot let go, cannot hold on; he who cannot find footing, cannot go forward.
Harry Fosdick
#American Clergyman #Rest

He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.
Harry Fosdick
#Adversity