Harry Emerson Fosdick

Harry Emerson Fosdick (May 24, 1878-October 5, 1969) was an American clergyman. He was born in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Colgate University in 1900, and Union Theological Seminary in 1904. While attending Colgate University he joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. He was ordained a Baptist minister in 1903. Fosdick was the most prominent liberal Baptist minister of the early 20th Century. Although a Baptist, he was Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church on West Twelfth Street and then at the historic, interdenominational Riverside Church (the congregation moved from the then-named Park Avenue Baptist Church, now the Central Presbyterian Church ) in New York City

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Bitterness imprisons life love releases it. Bitterness paralyzes life love empowers it. Bitterness sours life love sweetens it. Bitterness sickens life love heals it. Bitterness blinds life love anoints its eyes.
Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.
Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
Don't simply retire from something have something to retire to.
God is not a cosmic bellboy for whom we can press a button to get things done.
Hating people is like burning down your house to get rid of a rat.
Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.
He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determine the end.
He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determines the end.
He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.
Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind's eye and you will be drawn toward it. Picture yourself vividly as winning and that alone will contribute immeasurably to success. Great living starts with a picture, held in your imagination, of what you would like to do or be.
Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind's eye, and you will be drawn toward it.
I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.
Life is a library owned by an author. It has a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him.
No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.
No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.
No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.
Our power is not so much in us as through us.
The fact that astronomies change while the stars abide is a true analogy of every realm of human life and thought, religion not least of all. No existent theology can be a final formulation of spiritual truth.
The Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are made of the same water. It flows down, clean and cool, from the heights of Herman and the roots of the cedars of Lebanon. the Sea of Galilee makes beauty of it, the Sea of Galilee has an outlet. It gets to give. It gathers in its riches that it may pour them out again to fertilize the Jordan plain. But the Dead Sea with the same water makes horror. For the Dead Sea has no outlet. It gets to keep.
The steady discipline of intimate friendship with Jesus results in men becoming like Him.
The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.
To keep the Golden Rule we must put ourselves in other people's places, but to do that consists in and depends upon picturing ourselves in their places.
Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.

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