The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.

— Ralph Washington Sockman

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When the dictators and the opportunists are gone, the cross will still stand before us and something in us will say, That is the real thing.

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A true lover always feels in debt to the one he loves

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The hinge of history is on the door of a Bethlehem stable.

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When the congregation becomes the norm by which sermons are measured, a minister has put a mortgage on his soul.

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The test of courage comes when we are in the minority.

The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.

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Whatever the right hand findeth to do, the left hand carries a watch on its wrist to show how long it takes to do it.

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True humility is intelligent self-respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us mindful of the nobility God meant us to have. Yet it makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be.

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Gentleness is a divine trait: nothing is so divine as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real strength.

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The test of our religion is whether it fits us to meet emergencies.

A man has no more character than he can command in a time of crisis.

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Be careful that victories do not carry the seed of future defeats.

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All our science and philosophy form only an island of knowledge surrounded by an ocean of mystery. The larger the island grows, the longer the shoreline where the known meets the unknown.

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Nothing is so strong as gentleness.

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About Ralph Washington Sockman

Quotes 41 sayings
Profession Writer
Birthday October 1, 1889

Our love for God is tested by the question of whether we seek Him or His gifts.

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In all living there is a certain narrowness of application which leads to breadth and power. We have to concent on a thing in order to master it. Then we must be broad enough not to be narrowed by our specialties.

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Our growth depends not on how many experiences we devour, but on how many we digest.

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The roads of life are strewn with the wreckage of run-down, half-finished loves.

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A service of worship is primarily a service to God.

When we realize this and act upon it, we make it a service to men.

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In overcoming prejudice, working together is even more effective than talking together.

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Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control, leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life. Too many of us divide and dissipate our energies in debating actions which should be taken for granted.

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True liberty consists not merely in being free from something, but also in being free for something.

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Our Creator has put in us hungers that this earth can- not satisfy.

We cannot be completely self-contained on earth. Physical sense cannot give us a full life, nor can knowledge alone. No life is full unless it is linked to some- thing that goes on after we are dead.... If we have nothing more to live for than just to get ahead in a competitive system, then democracy will go down before other philosophies.

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The roots of responsibility run out to the ends of the earth and we can no more isolate our consciences from world issues than we can fence off our oyster beds from the tides of the ocean.

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There are parts of a ship which taken by themselves would sink.

The engine would sink. The propeller would sink. But when the parts of a ship are built together, they float. So with the events of my life. Some have been tragic. Some have been happy. But when they are built together, they form a craft that floats and is going places. And I am comforted.

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Balance the bad news of life with the good news of Christ.

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Habit must play a larger place in our religious life.

We worship when we feel like it, we pray when we feel like it. We read the Bible when we feel like it. Leaving our religious exercises to the promptings of impulse, we become creatures of impulse rather than soldiers of Christ. An army made up of creatures of impulse would be only a mob. So is a church.

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Give the best you have to the highest you know... and do it now.

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Faced with the immensity of the universe, Job realized that there are limits to man's rationalizing, that we cannot find where the cloud of sorrow starts, that all our boasted knowledge is but an island in the vast ocean of mystery, and as the island of knowledge grows larger, the shore line of mystery becomes longer. At the end of his wits, he surrendered in trust to a Higher Wisdom.

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What makes greatness is starting something that lives after you.

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Love is the outreach of self toward completion.

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Our ground of hope is that God does not weary of mankind.

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Advertising enriches life by quickening the imagination, arousing interest and enlarging the taste.

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Hoist the sails of your own spirit to catch the winds of God.

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The hope of free people in a frightened world is the values which people put ahead of inventions when their backs are to the wall. These values are beauty, truth, goodness and having a faith, all of which are bombproof.

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We seem to want mass production, but we must remember that men are individuals not to be satisfactorily dealt with in masses, and the making of men is more important than the production of things.

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We cannot hoard life as we can money.

When a person tries to be a miser of his health, he usually makes himself miserable. Mental talents, if buried and not used, tend to deteriorate. Whoever would save his memory by not using it will lose it.

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As long as we can keep our international relations in the realm of conference rather than open conflict, we are giving truth more time to vindicate itself. And what we ourselves need is more faith in the power of truth.

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When we count on chance in lieu of law and labor, we weaken our healthy attitudes toward work, our fellow men and our God.

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In being realistic we do not always have to be pessimistic.

Christ never blinked his eyes at bad things. But he never became so obsessed with human evil that he lost faith in man.

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Let us not bankrupt our today's by paying interest on the regrets of yesterday and borrowing in advance the troubles of tomorrow.

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The forgiveness of the world can only be accomplished by the judgment of the world.

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