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

— John Henry Newman

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God has created me to do Him some definite service;

He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission.


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


God has created me to do Him some definite service;

He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another, I have my mission ... He has not created me for naught ... If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about.


Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.


Life passes, riches fly away, popularity is fickle, the senses decay, the world changes. One alone is true to us; One alone can be all things to us; One alone can supply our need.


Dear Lord...shine through me, and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul...Let me thus praise You in the way You love best, by shining on those around me.


May He support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done! Then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last.


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


It is often said that second thoughts are best.

So they are in matters of judgment but not in matters of conscience.


Cruelty to animals is as if humans did not love God.


I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be necessary causes of some great end, which is quite beyond us. He does nothing in vain.


You must be patient, you must wait for the eye of the soul to be formed in you.

Religious truth is reached, not by reasoning, but by an inward perception. Anyone can reason; only disciplined, educated, formed minds can perceive.


About John Henry Newman

Quotes 121 sayings
Nationality British
Profession Clergyman
Birthday October 16

Purity prepares the soul for love, and love confirms the soul in purity.


The reason why Christ is unknown today is because His Mother is unknown.


To take up the cross of Christ is no great action done once for all;

it consists in the continual practice of small duties which are distasteful to us.


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.


Prayer is to the spiritual life what the beating of the pulse and the drawing of the breath are to the life of the body.


Growth is the only evidence of life.


It is not God's way that great blessings should descend without the sacrifice first of great sufferings. If the truth is to be spread to any wide extent among the people, how can we dream, how can we hope, that trial and trouble shall not accompany its going forth.


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


Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom, lead thou me on.


And with the morn those angel faces smile Which I have loved long since and lost awhile.


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


Health of body and mind is a great blessing, if we can bear it.


The attributes of God, though intelligible to us on their surface yet, for the very reason that they are infinite, transcend our comprehension, when they are dwelt upon, when they are followed out, and can only be received by faith.


Regarding Christianity: Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt.


By a garden is meant mystically a place of spiritual repose, stillness, peace, refreshment, delight.


What can this world offer comparable with that insight into spiritual things, that keen faith, that heavenly peace, that high sanctity, that everlasting righteousness, that hope of glory, which they have, who in sincerity love and follow our Lord Jesus Christ?


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


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


Calculation never made a hero.


Why should we be willing to go by faith? We do all things in this world by faith in the word of others. By faith only we know our position in the world, our circumstances, our rights and privileges, our fortunes, our parents, our brothers and sisters, our age, our mortality. Why should Religion be an exception?


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


Great things are done by devotion to one idea.


A science is not mere knowledge, it is knowledge which has undergone a process of intellectual digestion. It is the grasp of many things brought together in one, and hence is its power; for, properly speaking, it is Science that is power, not Knowledge.


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.


Every breath of air and ray of light and heat, every beautiful prospect, is, as it were, the skirts of the (angel's) garments, the waving robes of those whose faces see God.


God created you to do him some particular service.

He has given some work to you that he has not given to another. You have your mission. You shall do good.


I see nothing in the theory of evolution inconsistent with an Almighty Creator and Protector.


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


If then the power of speech is as great as any that can be named,


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


It's really not a difficult decision when you reflect on it, .

.. The situation is just so tenuous with where it's going to hit. You don't want to take any chances.


Now what is it moves our very hearts, and sickens us so much at cruelty shown to poor brutes? I suppose this first, that they have done no harm; next, that they have no power whatever of resistance; it is the cowardice and tyranny of which they are the victims which makes their sufferings so especially touching.


True religion is slow in growth, and, when once planted, is difficult of dislodgement; but its intellectual counterfeit has no root in itself: it springs up suddenly, it suddenly withers.


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.


Make me what Thou wouldst have me. I bargain for nothing. I make no terms. I seek for no previous information whither Thou art taking me. I will be what Thou wilt make me, and all that Thou wilt make me. I say not, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest, for I am weak, but I give myself to Thee, to lead me anywhither.


Faith ... acts promptly and boldly on the occasion, on slender evidence.


Satan is inconsistent. He persuades a man not to go to a synagogue on a cold morning; yet when the man does go, he follows him into it.

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