Harry Emerson Fosdick Quotes

The most extraordinary thing about the oyster is this: irritations get into his shell. He does not like them. But when he cannot get rid of them, he uses the irritations to do the loveliest thing an oyster ever has the chance to do. If there are irritations in our lives today, there is only […]

Humanism sucks the egg of personality’s value and then tries to hatch a higher religion out of it.

Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.

Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.

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

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

Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.

The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.