Harry Emerson Fosdick Quotes

Harry Emerson Fosdick (May 24, 1878 – October 5, 1969) was an American pastor. Fosdick became a central figure in the "Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy" within American Protestantism in the 1920s and 1930s and was one of the most prominent liberal ministers of the early 20th Century. Although a Baptist, he was called to serve as pastor, in New York City, at First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan's West Village, and then at the historic, inter-denominational Riverside Church in Morningside Heights, Manhattan.

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Harry Emerson Fosdick


Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it.

Harry Emerson Fosdick


One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world -- making the most of one's best.

Harry Emerson Fosdick


The process has now run full circle: Preaching originates in personal counseling; preaching is personal counseling on a group basis; personal counseling originates in preaching. Personal counseling imparts to the preacher a practical familiarity with human nature which he would not otherwise obtain.

Harry Emerson Fosdick


Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.

Harry Emerson Fosdick


When you hear a person say, "I hate," adding the name of some race, nation, religion, or social class, you are dealing with a belated mind. That person may dress like a modern, ride in an automobile, listen to the radio, but his or her mind is properly dated about 1000 B.C.

Harry Emerson Fosdick


He is a poor patriot whose patriotism does not enable him to understand how all men everywhere feel about their altars and their hearthstones, their flag and their fatherland.

Harry Emerson Fosdick


Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.

Harry Emerson Fosdick


Opinions may be mistaken; love never is.

Harry Emerson Fosdick


No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it.--Harry Emerson FosdickNo one can get inner peace by pouncing on it.

Harry Emerson Fosdick


God has put within our lives meanings and possibilities that quite outrun the limits of mortality.

Harry Emerson Fosdick


Friends are necessary to a happy life. When friendship deserts us, we are as helpless as a ship left by the tide high upon the shore. When friendship returns to us, it's as though the tide came back, giving us buoyancy and freedom.

Harry Emerson Fosdick


No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.

Harry Emerson Fosdick


It is going to be a long, hard haul; it will require patience, courage, faith that hangs on when hope fails, if we are to tame the rude barbarity of man, so that the atomic age becomes a blessing, not a curse. There never was such a day for the Christian gospel. God help us all in these years ahead to make that gospel live in men and nations!

Harry Emerson Fosdick


Every great scientist becomes a great scientist because of the inner self-abnegation with which he stands before truth, saying: "Not my will, but thine, be done." What, then, does a man mean by saying, Science displaces religion, when in this deep sense science itself springs from religion?

Harry Emerson Fosdick


Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to.

Harry Emerson Fosdick