16 Famous Howard Thurman Quotes

16 Famous Howard Thurman Quotes

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Howard Thurman was an African American theologian, philosopher, and civil rights leader. He was the dean of Howard University and Boston University for over 20 years. He also founded a multicultural church and wrote nearly 25 books. He is considered one of the greatest African American preachers in history.

“A dream is the bearer of a new possibility, the enlarged horizon, the great hope.”

“And this is the strangest of all paradoxes of the human adventure; we live inside all experience, but we are permitted to bear witness only to the outside. Such is the riddle of life and
the story of the passing of our days.”

“Christmas is waiting to be born: in you, in me, in all mankind.”

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

“During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable, even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism.”

“He recognized with authentic realism that anyone who permits another to determine the quality of his inner life gives into the hands of the other the keys to his destiny.”

“In a moment of dedication they are given wisdom and courage to dare a deed that challenges and to kindle a hope that inspires.”

“Jesus rejected hatred because he saw that hatred meant death to the mind, death to the spirit, and death to communion with his Father. ”

“Life wears down the edges of the mind. ”

“Perfect love is long delayed. ”

“The measure of a man’s estimate of your strength is the kind of weapons he feels that he must use in order to hold you fast in a prescribed place.”

“The movement of the Spirit of God in the hearts of men and women often calls them to act against the spirit of their times or causes them to anticipate a spirit which is yet in the making.”

“The radical tension between good and evil, as man sees it and feels it, does not have the last word about the meaning of life and the nature of existence. There is a spirit in man and in
the world working always against the thing that destroys and lays waste.”

“The work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among people, to make music in the

“There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all
of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.”