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Harry Emerson Fosdick quotes (12)
Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to.
Harry Emerson Fosdick Category: Retirement
The only life worth living is the adventurous life. Of such a life the dominant characteristic is that it is unafraid. If is unafraid of what other people think ... It does not adapt either its pace or its objectives to the pace and objectives of its neighbors. It thinks its own thoughts it reads its own books it developed its own hobbies and it is governed by its own conscience. The herd may graze where it pleases or stampede where it pleases but he who lives the adventurous life will remain unafraid when he finds himself alone.
Harry Emerson Fosdick Category: Life
Granted the endless variations of moral customs still the essential standards persist. As in a scientific laboratory all else may change but the standards are unalterable disinterested love of truth fidelity to facts accuracy in measurement exactness of verificationso in life as a whole the towering ethical criteria remain unshaken. Falsehood is never better than truth theft better than than honesty treachery better than loyalty cowardice better than courage.
Harry Emerson Fosdick Category: Custom
The search for truth is as it always has been the noblest expression of the human spirit. Mans insatiable desire for knowledge about himself about his environment and the forces by which he is surrounded gives life its meaning and purpose and clothes it with final dignity.... And yet we know deep in our hearts that knowledge is not enough.... Unless we can anchor our knowledge to moral purposes the ultimate result will be dust and ashes dust and ashes that will bury the hopes and monuments of men beyond recovery.
Harry Emerson Fosdick Category: Unsorted
Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it.
Harry Emerson Fosdick Category: Love
The tragedy of war is that it uses mans best to do mans worst.
Harry Emerson Fosdick Category: War
Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.
Harry Emerson Fosdick Category: Hate
Christians are supposed not merely to endure change nor even to profit by it but to cause it.
Harry Emerson Fosdick Category: Change
Life is a library owned by an author. It has a few books which he wrote himself but most of them were written for him.
Harry Emerson Fosdick Category: Library
Liberty is always dangerous but it is the safest thing we have.
Harry Emerson Fosdick Category: Danger
Watch what people are cynical about and one can often discover what they lack.
Harry Emerson Fosdick Category: Cynic
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 Category: Choice