Cardinal John Newman
Quotations


It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into believing.

This is what the Church is said to want, not party men, but sensible, temperate, sober, well-judging persons, to guide it through the channel of no-meaning, between the Scylla and Charybdis of Aye and no.

From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion; I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion; religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery.

Time hath a taming hand.

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 safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last!

Growth is the only evidence of life.

Flagrant evils cure themselves by being flagrant.

There is a knowledge which is desirable, though nothing come of it, as being of itself a treasure, and a sufficient remuneration of years of labor.

Knowledge is one thing, virtue is another.

The world is content with setting right the surface of things.

A great memory does not make a philosopher, any more than a dictionary can be called grammar.

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

To be deep in history is to cease to be protestant.

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



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