English Cardinal, Writer
John Henry Newman
English Cardinal, Writer
To consider the world in its length and breadth, its various history, the many races of man, their starts, their fortunes, their mutual alienation, their conflicts; and then their ways, habits, governments, forms of worship; their enterprises, their aimless courses, their random achievements, and acquirements, the impotent conclusion of long-standing facts, the tokens so faint and broken of a superintending design, the blind evolution of what turn out to be great powers or truths, the progress of things, as if from unreasoning elements, not toward final causes, the greatness and littleness of man, his far-reaching aims, his short duration, the curtain hung over his futurity, the disappointments of life, the defeat of good, the success of evil, physical pain, mental anguish, the prevalence of sin, the pervading idolatries, the corruptions, the dreary hopeless irreligion, that condition of the whole race, so fearfully yet exactly described in the Apostle's words, "having no hope and without God in the world," - all this is a vision to dizzy and appall; and inflicts upon the mind the sense of a profound mystery, which is absolutely beyond human solution.
The love of our private friends is the only preparatory exercise for the love of all men.
It is very difficult to get up resentment towards persons whom one has never seen.
Virtue is its own reward, and brings with it the truest and highest pleasure; but if we cultivate it only for pleasure's sake, we are selfish, not religious, and will never gain the pleasure, because we can never have the virtue.
There is such a thing as legitimate warfare: war has its laws; there are things which may fairly be done, and things which may not be done.
Let us take things as we find them: let us not attempt to distort them into what they are not... We cannot make facts. All our wishing cannot change them. We must use them.
It is often said that second thoughts are best. So they are in matters of judgment but not in matters of conscience.
If we are intended for great ends, we are called to great hazards.
Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall ever have a beginning.
Calculation never made a hero.
A great memory does not make a mind, any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature.
We can believe what we choose; we are answerable for what we choose to believe.
The world overcomes us, not merely by appealing to our reason, or by exciting our passions, but by imposing on our imagination.
Religion indeed enlightens, terrifies, subdues; it gives faith, it inflicts remorse, it inspires resolutions, it draws tears, it inflames devotion, but only for the occasion.
Such is the constitution of the human mind, that any kind of knowledge, if it be really such, is its own reward.
Make up your mind to the prospect of sustaining a certain measure of pain and trouble in your passage through life. By the blessing of God this will prepare you for it; it will make you thoughtful and resigned without interfering with your cheerfulness.
Dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion... Religion, as mere sentiment, is to me a mockery.