30+ Best John Henry Newman Quotes

John Henry Newman was an English theologian and poet, first an Anglican priest and later a Catholic priest and cardinal, who was an important and controversial figure in the religious history of England in the 19th century. Inspirational John Henry Newman quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous John Henry Newman Quotes

We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.

Here below to live is to change and to be perfect is to have changed often.

Touched by its influence, in the soul arise

If then a practical end must be assigned to a University course, I say it is that of training good members of society.

Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt, as I understand the subject; difficulty and doubt are incommensurate.

A given opinion, as held by several individuals, even when of the most congenial views, is as distinct as are their faces.

With Christians, a poetical view of things is a duty. We are bid to color all things with hues of faith, to see a divine meaning in every event.

If we insist on being as sure as is conceivable, we must be content to creep along the ground, and never soar.

There is in stillness oft a magic power.

From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know of 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.

Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.

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

To calm the breast when struggling passions lower.

I used to wish the Arabian Tales were true; my imagination ran on unknown influences, on magical powers, and talismans.

Evil has no substance of its own, but is only the defect, excess, perversion, or corruption of that which has substance.

Inspirational John Henry Newman Quotes

Diviner feelings, kindred with the skies.

It is almost a definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain.

To holy people the very name of Jesus is a name to feed upon, a name to transport. His name can raise the dead and transfigure and beautify the living.

A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.

Lead, Kindly Light, amidst th’encircling gloom. Lead Thou me on!

In the calm light of everlasting life.

I was brought up from a child to take great delight in reading the Bible; but I had formed no religious convictions till I was fifteen. Of course, I had perfect knowledge of my Catechism.

I shall drink to the Pope, if you please, still, to conscience first, and to the Pope afterwards.

Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish.

I thought life might be a dream, or I an Angel, and all this world a deception, my fellow-angels by a playful device concealing themselves from me, and deceiving me from the semblance of a material world.

To be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant.

A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise.

Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.

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

The love of our private friends is the only preparatory exercise for the love of all men.

Good is never accomplished except at the cost of those who do it, truth never breaks through except through the sacrifice of those who spread it.

Animals have done us no harm and they have no power of resistance. There is something so very dreadful in tormenting those who have never harmed us, who cannot defend themselves, who are utterly in our power.

A great memory does not make a mind, any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature.

Calculation never made a hero.

The night is dark, and I am far from home.

To rest forever after earthly strife

Growth is the only evidence of life.

Nothing is more common than for men to think that because they are familiar with words they understand the ideas they stand for.

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