41 Famous Quotes from Cardinal Newman


Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890) was a convert to Catholicism from the Church of England, and one of the great minds of the 19th century. As a Roman Catholic priest he became one of the greatest Catholic apologists in the history of the Church. He was a prolific writer and persuasive preacher. Cardinal Newman will be beatified by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on September 19, 2010 in Birmingham, England.

41 Famous Quotes from Cardinal Newman -

“To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often”

“Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning.”

“To holy people the very name of Jesus is a name to feed upon, a name to transport. His name can raise the dead and transfigure and beautify the living.”

“Learn to do thy part and leave the rest to Heaven.”

“I sought to hear the voice of God And climbed the topmost steeple, But God declared: "Go down again - I dwell among the people."

“If we insist on being as sure as is conceivable... we must be content to creep along the ground, and can never soar.”

“Faith is illuminative, not operative; it does not force obedience, though it increases responsibility; it heightens guilt, but it does not prevent sin. The will is the source of action.”

“Faith ventures and hazards . . . counting the costs and delighting in the sacrifice.”

“You must make up your mind to the prospect of sustaining a certain measure of pain and trouble in your passage through life.”

“Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish.”

“The love of our private friends is the only preparatory exercise for the love of all men.”

“Ability is sexless.”

“Calculation never made a hero.”

“If we are intended for great ends, we are called to great hazards.”

“To be deep in history, is to cease to be Protestant.”

“Faith is the result of the act of the will, following upon a conviction that to believe is a duty. “

“We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.”

“Courage does not consist in calculation, but in fighting against chances.”

“It is almost the definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain”

“Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.”

“When men understand what each other mean, they see, for the most part, that controversy is either superfluous or hopeless”

“Evil has no substance of its own, but is only the defect, excess, perversion, or corruption of that which has substance.”

“A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.”

“A great memory does not make a mind, any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature.”

“A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise.”

“Growth is the only evidence of life.”

“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.”

“In this world no one rules by love; if you are but amiable, you are no hero; to be powerful, you must be strong, and to have dominion you must have a genius for organizing.”

“Nothing is more common than for men to think that because they are familiar with words they understand the ideas they stand for.”

“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.”

“After the fever of life - after wearinesses, sicknesses, fightings and despondings, languor and fretfulness, struggling and failing, struggling and succeeding - after all the changes and chances of this troubled and unhealthy state, at length comes death - at length the white throne of God - at length the beatific vision.”

“Reports in matters of this world are many, and our resources of mind for the discrimination of them very insufficient”

“It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into believing.”

“We should ever conduct ourselves towards our enemy as if he were one day to be our friend.”

“It is often said that second thoughts are best. So they are in matters of judgment but not in matters of conscience.”

“From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion; I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion; religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery.”

“It is very difficult to get up resentment towards persons whom one has never seen.”

“Regarding Christianity, ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt.”

“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.”

“We must make up our minds to be ignorant of much, if we would know anything.”

“Men will die upon dogma but will not fall victim to a conclusion.”


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