Quotation Explorer - 'Dietrich Bonhoeffer'

The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
o endure the cross is not tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Freedom for the Church comes from the necessity of the Word of God. Otherwise, it becomes arbitrariness and ends in a great many new ties. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The only man who has the right to say that he is justified by grace alone is the man who has left all to follow Christ. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
[Paul] has no intention to instruct the Christian community about the task and responsibility of government. His entire concern is with the responsibility of the Christian community towards the State. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I am sure of God's hand and guidance... You must never doubt that I am thankful and glad to go the way which I am being led. My past life is abundantly full of God's mercy and, above all sin, stands the forgiving love of the Crucified. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The author likens crisis, and particularly war, to stop motion photography in its capacity to make changes plain that are ordinarily too gradual to be seen. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Music... will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
My past life is abundantly full of God’s mercy, and, above all sin, stands the forgiving love of the Crucified. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Nothing that we despise in other men is inherently absent from ourselves. We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or don't do, and more in light of what they suffer. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Desires to which we cling closely can easily prevent us from being what we ought to be and can be; and on the other hand, desires repeatedly mastered for the sake of present duty make us richer.Lack of desire is poverty. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
May we be enabled to say "No" to sin and "Yes" to the sinner. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Nothing is so at odds with prayer as vanity. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our church. We are fighting today for costly grace. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Where a people prays, there is the hurch; and where the church is; there is never loneliness. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Christianity preaches the infinite worth of that which is seemingly worthless and the infinite worthlessness of that which is seemingly so valued. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I always have the feeling we are merely fearfully trying to save room for God; I would rather speak of God at the center than at the limits, in strength rather than weakness, and thus in human life and goodness rather than in death and guilt. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
If we would answer the question of the existence of the Evil then we would not be sinners, we could make something else responsible. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Earthly goods deceive the human heart into believing that they give it security and freedom from worry. But in truth, they are what cause anxiety. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The renewal of the Church will come from a new type of monasticism which only has in common with the old an uncompromising allegiance to the Sermon on the Mount. It is high time people banded together to do this. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
As far as we are concerned, there is no dislike, no personal tension, no disunity or strife that cannot be overcome by intercessory prayer. Intercessory prayer is the purifying bath into which the individual and the community must enter every day. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
After death something new begins, over which all powers of the world of death have no more might. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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