quote by John Calvin

God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our ignorance whenever something inadvertently escapes us - as, indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray.

— John Calvin

Most Powerful Stammering quotations

With stammering lips and insufficient sound I strive and struggle to deliver right the music of my nature.

Demosthenes overcame and rendered more distinct his inarticulate and stammering pronunciation by speaking with pebbles in his mouth.

Words can never fully say what we want them to say, for they fumble, stammer, and break the best porcelain. The best one can hope for is to find along the way someone to share the path, content to walk in silence, for the heart communes best when it does not try to speak.

We are standing face to face with the barbarians.

The enemy is no longer outside but inside the City, and the ruling ideology, paralysed, is incapable of spotting him. It stammers, overcome by its own moral disarmament, and is giving up: this is the time to seize the reins. Present society is an accomplice to the evil that is devouring it.

I prefer my hesitations, my false paths, my stammering, to a preconceived idea.

What has influenced my life more than any other single thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably... have gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature.

Holy Scripture is so exalted that there is no one in the world .

.. wise enough to understand it so fully that his intellect is not overcome by it. Nevertheless, man can stammer something about it.

A stammering man is never a worthless one.

Physiology can tell you why. It is an excess of sensibility to the presence of his fellow creature, that makes him stammer.

I'm convinced there's a small room in the attic of the Foreign Office where future diplomats are taught to stammer.

How I waited for you! How I longed for you! he stammered.

"I thought of you all the time. I saw you all the time. Your smile was everywhere." He lowered his voice and added, "Sometimes when people were talking commonplaces and your name happened to be mentioned, It would go through my heart like an electric current.

Don't compliment me in the middle of an argument.

It won't make me stammer or blush, and it just makes you look desperate.

He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts.

I knew all about Edward VIII's abdication, George VI becoming the king and having a stammer, but nothing about how he got rid of it.

This stammer got me a home in Beverly Hills, and I'm not about to screw with it now.

It's true that stammerers can become more adept at sentence construction.

Men of gravity are intellectual stammerers, whose thoughts move slowly.

I had a terrible stammering problem when I was young, and as a result I spent a lot of time alone.

POWER: The ability to make our fellow humans squirm, sweat and stammer on command. Often regarded as an aphrodisiac; actually a potent laxative that, whenever ingested by people in high places, causes everyone below to run for cover.

Steadying herself with both hands on the table, she managed an awkward bow.

... 'Your Highness,' she stammered, head lowered... The prince flinched and cast a glance over his shoulder before hunching toward her. 'Maybe, um...' - he pulled his fingers across his lips - 'on the Highness stuff?

So, here’s what you do. You win, you go home. She can’t turn you down then, eh?” says Caesar encouragingly. “I don’t think it’s going to work out. Winning…won’t help in my case,” says Peeta. “Why ever not?” says Caesar, mystified. Peeta blushes beet red and stammers out. “Because…because…she came here with me.

Uh... ," Ivy stammered, and I glanced up to see her eyes wide in consideration. "I'm kidding," I said. "It passed the lethal-amulet test, remember?" "Not that. You keep it in your underwear drawer?" I hesitated, wondering why I was embarrassed. "Well, where do you put your elven magic?" I asked.

Creation discloses a power that baffles our minds and beggars our speech.

We are enamored and enchanted by God's power. We stutter and stammer about God's holiness. We tremble before God's majesty... and yet, we grow squeamish and skittish before God's love.

Everybody prays whether you think of it as praying or not.

The odd silence you fall into when something very beautiful is happening or something very good or very bad. The ah-h-h-h! that sometimes floats up out of you as out of a Fourth of July crowd when the sky-rocket bursts over the water. The stammer of pain at somebody else's pain. The stammer of joy at somebody else's joy. Whatever words or sounds you use for sighing with over your own life. These are all prayers in their way. These are all spoken not just to yourself but to something even more familiar than yourself and even more strange than the world.

Our language, once homely and colloquial, seeks to aggrandize our meanest activities with polysyllabic terms or it retreats from frankness into a stammering verbosity.

No man can tell but he that loves his children, how many delicious accents make a man's heart dance in the pretty conversation of those dear pledges; their childishness, their stammering, their little angers, their innocence, their imperfections, their necessities, are so many little emanations of joy and comfort to him that delights in their persons and society.

From my earliest days I have enjoyed an attractive impediment in my speech.

I have never permitted the use of the word stammer. I can't say it myself.

What I learned about stammering was that, when as a young child you lose the confidence of anyone who wants to listen to you, you lose confidence in your voice and the right to speech. And a lot of the therapy was saying, 'You have a right to be heard.'

I think three or four years ago, people would have said my biggest weakness was that sometimes I was awkward on television, with my stammer, but I think they'd say that much less now.

The stammer was a way of telling the world that he was not like others, a way of expressing his singularity.

If we discovered that we only had five minutes left to say all that we wanted to say, every telephone booth would be occupied by people calling other people to stammer that they loved them.

I had this terrible stammer, so I couldn't really speak properly until I was 16 or 17.

Saudi Arabia stammering worldwide terrorism! Yeah, but Donald Trump went there and tackled it. You compare this to Barack Obama's mindless twaddling, whatever it was, the Cairo speech that no can still tell you what he said. The contrast is striking to me.

Something I always tell students is, when you're writing something, you want to write the first draft and you want it to come out easily in the beginning. If you're afraid to say what you really have to say, you stammer. When you're thinking of your listener, that's when you start stuttering and it's just because you're nervous that your listener is passing judgment.

Poetics is a science for stammering poets.