To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.

โ€” Karl Barth

The most proven Karl Barth quotes that will activate your inner potential

Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so?


Take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.


We must read the Bible through the eyes of shipwrecked people for whom everything has gone overboard.


Grace creates liberated laughter. The grace of beautiful, and it radiates joy and awakens humor.


When we are at our wits' end for an answer, then the Holy Spirit can give us an answer. But how can He give us an answer when we are still well supplied with all sorts of answers of our own?


I donโ€™t believe in universalism, but I do believe in Jesus Christ, the reconciler of all


Christian worship is the most momentous, most urgent, most glorious action that can take place in human life.


Jesus Christ, as he is attested to us in Holy Scripture, is the one Word of God whom we have to hear, and whom we have to trust and obey in life and in death.


Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.


The theologian who labors without joy is not a theologian at all.

Sulky faces, morose thoughts and boring ways of speaking are intolerable in this field.


The resurrection of Jesus was like a boulder crashing into the pool of history.


One drop of eternity is of greater weight than a vast ocean of finite things.


About Karl Barth

Quotes 98 sayings
Nationality Swiss
Profession Theologian
Birthday October 16

All sin has its being and origin in the fact that man wants to be his own judge.

And in wanting to be that, and thinking and acting accordingly, he and his whole world is in conflict with God. It is an unreconciled world, and therefore a suffering world, a world given up to destruction.


Grace must find expression in life, otherwise it is not grace.


Man can certainly flee from God... but he cannot escape him. He can certainly hate God and be hateful to God, but he cannot change into its opposite the eternal love of God which triumphs even in his hate.


There will be no song on our lips if there be no anguish in our hearts.


The best theology would need no advocates; it would prove itself.


Religion is the possibility of the removal of every ground of confidence except confidence in God alone.


This much is certain, that we have no theological right to set any sort of limits to the loving-kindness of God which has appeared in Jesus Christ. Our theological duty is to see and understand it as being still greater than we had seen before.


Man can certainly keep on lying... but he cannot make truth falsehood. He can certainly rebel... but he can accomplish nothing which abolishes the choice of God.


It may be that when the angels go about their task praising God, they play only Bach. I am sure, however, that when they are together en famille they play Mozart.


Sin is not confined to the evil things we do. It is the evil within us, the evil which we are.


It is always the case that when the Christian looks back, he is looking at the forgiveness of sins.


In Jesus, God wills to be true God not only in the height but also in the depth - in the depth of human creatureliness, sinfulness and mortality.


Belief cannot argue with unbelief, it can only preach to it.


To be a Christian and to pray are one and the same thing;

it is a matter that cannot be left to our caprice. It is a need, a kind of breathing necessary to life.


Grace and gratitude go together like heaven and earth.


The gospel is not a truth among other truths. Rather, it sets a question mark against all truths.


Humor is the opposite of all self-admiration and self-praise.


The theologian who labours without joy is not a theologian at all.


Our position is such that we can be rescued from eternal death and translated into life only by total and unceasing substitution, the substitution which God Himself undertakes on our behalf.


The enterprise of Adolf Hitler, with all its clatter and fireworks, and all its cunning and dynamic energy, is the enterprise of an evil spirit, which is apparently allowed its freedom for a time in order to test our faith in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.


I had to show that the Bible dealt with an encounter between God and Man.

I thought only of the apartness of God. What I had to learn after that was the togetherness of Man and God - a union of two totally different kinds of beings.


Jews have God's promise and if we Christians have it, too, then it is only as those chosen with them, as guests in their house, that we are new wood grafted onto their tree.


With an ear open to your musical dialectic, one can be young and become old, can work and rest, be content and sad: in short, one can live.


Conscience is the perfect interpreter of life.


There is a notion that complete impartiality is the most fitting and indeed the normal disposition for true exegesis , because it guarantees complete absence of prejudice. For a short time, around 1910, this idea threatened to achieve almost a canonical status in Protestant theology. But now, we can quite calmly describe it as merely comical.


The statement that 'God is dead' comes from Nietzsche and has recently been trumpeted abroad by some German and American theologians. But the good Lord has not died of this; He who dwells in the heaven laughs at them.


Men have never been good, they are not good and they never will be good.


What God chooses for us children of men is always the best.


The Spirit bears witness. Ecstasy and enlightenment, inspiration and intuition are not necessary. Happy is the man who is worthy of these; but woe unto us if we wait for such experiences; woe unto us if we do not perceive that these things are of secondary importance.


Radically and basically, all sin is simply ingratitude.


Scientific dogmatics must devote itself to the criticism and correction of Church proclamation and not just to a repetitive exposition of it.


Mozart creates music from a mysterious center, and so knows the limits to the right and the left, above and below. He maintains moderation.


A free theologian works in communication with other theologians.

..He waits for them and asks them to wait for him. Our sadly lacking yet indispensable theological co-operation depends directly or indirectly on whether or not we are wiling to wait for one another, perhaps lamenting, yet smiling with tears in our eyes.


Mozart's music is an invitation to the listener to venture just a little out of the sense of his own subjectivity.


Dogmatics is the testing of Church doctrine and proclamation.


If I have a system it is limited to a recognition of what Kierkegaard called 'the infinite qualitative distinction' between time and eternity


On the basis of the eternal will of God we have to think of EVERY HUMAN BEING, even the oddest, most villainous or miserable, as one to whom Jesus Christ is Brother and God is Father; and we have to deal with him on this assumption. If the other person knows that already, then we have to strengthen him in the knowledge. If he does no know it yet or no longer knows it, our business is to transmit this knowledge to him.