17 Total Quotes

William Coffin Quotes

Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without.
William Coffin
#Diversity

Christians have to listen to the world as well as to the Word -- to science, to history, to what reason and our own experience tell us. We do not honor the higher truth we find in Christ by ignoring truths found elsewhere.
William Coffin
#History

Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse, a passion for the possible.
William Coffin
#Hope

The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love.
William Coffin
#Love

The cause of violence is not ignorance. It is self-interest. Only reverance can restrain violence - reverance for human life and the environment.
William Coffin
#Ignorance

It's too bad that one has to conceive of sports as being the only arena where risks are, [for] all of life is risk exercise. That's the only way to live more freely, and more interestingly.
William Coffin
#Sports

All of life is the exercise of risk.
William Coffin
#Exercise

When we live at each other's mercy, we had better learn to be merciful.
William Coffin
#Mercy

When a man is drowning, it may be better for him to try to swim than to thrash around waiting for divine intervention.
William Coffin
#Man

The temptation to moralize is strong; it is emotionally satisfying to have enemies rather than problems, to seek out culprits rather than the flaws in the system.
William Coffin
#Enemies

So don't let money tell you who you are. Don't let power tell you who your are. Don't let enemies and -- for God's sake -- don't let your sins tell you who you are. Don't prove yourself. That's taken care of. All we have to do is express ourselves. It's difficult, but we're a lot more alive in pain than in complacency.
William Coffin
#Enemies

If your heart is full of fear, you won't seek truth; you'll seek security. If a heart is full of love, it will have a limbering effect on the mind.
William Coffin
#Fear

God's love doesn't seek value; it creates it. It's not because we have value that we are loved, but because we're loved that we have value. So you don't have to prove yourself -- ever. That's taken care of.
William Coffin
#Love

The goal of the Christian life is not to save your soul but to transcend yourself, to vindicate the human struggle of which all of us are a part, to keep hope advancing.
William Coffin
#Life

There are three kinds of patriots, two bad, one good. The bad ones are the uncritical lovers and the loveless critics. Good patriots carry on a lover's quarrel with their country, a reflection of God's lover's quarrel with all the world.
William Coffin
#Lovers

God knows it is emotionally satisfying to be righteous with that righteousness that nourishes itself on the blood of sinners. But God also knows that what is emotionally satisfying can be spiritually devastating.
William Coffin
#God

The woman most in need of liberation is the woman in every man and the man in every woman.
William Coffin
#Man