31 Best Frederick Buechner Quotes

31 Best Frederick Buechner Quotes

by / Comments Off / 3426 View / Nov 17, 2014

Frederick Buechner was a famous theologian and author. He was born and raised in New York City in a working class family. He studied English at Princeton University and later studied theology at the Union Theological Seminary. He is most famous for his Christian book and poems.

“A miracle is when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A miracle is when one plus one equals a thousand.”

“Believing in him is not the same as believing things about him such as that he was born of a virgin and raised Lazarus from the dead. Instead, it is a matter of giving our hearts to him, of come hell or high water putting our money on him, the way a child believes in a mother or a father, the way a mother or a father believes in a child.”

“Coincidences are God’s way of getting our attention.”

“Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It’s the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.”

“Don’t look down on them for looking down on us. Look at them, instead, as friends we don’t know yet and who don’t yet know what they are missing in not knowing us.”

“Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.”

“Faith is not being sure where you’re going, but going anyway. ”

“Go where your best prayers take you.”

“God calls you to the place where you deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”

“In his holy flirtation with the world, God occasionally drops a handkerchief. These handkerchiefs are called saints.”

“In the boredom and pain of life, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace. ”

“It is as impossible for man to demonstrate the existence of God as it would be for even Sherlock Holmes to demonstrate the existence of Arthur Conan Doyle.”

“Laugh till you weep. Weep till there’s nothing left but to laugh at your weeping. In the end it’s all one.”

“Listen to your life.”

“Lust is the craving for salt of a man who is dying of thirst. ”

“One life on this earth is all that we get, whether it is enough or not enough, and the obvious conclusion would seem to be that at the very least we are fools if we do not live it as fully and bravely and beautifully as we can.”

“Pay mind to your own life, your own health, and wholeness. A bleeding heart is of no help to anyone if it bleeds to death.”

“Purpose is the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s needs. ”

“Religion points to that area of human experience where in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage.”

“Snobs are people who look down on other people, but that does not justify our looking down on them. Who can say what dark fears of being inferior lurk behind their superior airs or what they suffer in private for the slights they dish out in public?”

“The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you.”

“The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.”

“The original, shimmering self gets buried so deep that most of us end up hardly living out of it at all. Instead we live out all the other selves, which we are constantly putting on and taking off like coats and hats against the world’s weather.”

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

“To be wise is to be eternally curious.”

“We must be careful with our lives, for Christ’s sake, because it would seem that they are the only lives we are going to have in this puzzling and perilous world, and so they are very precious and what we do with them matters enormously.”

“When you remember me, it means you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me. It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart.”

“Words spoken in deep love or deep hate set things in motion in the human heart that can never be reversed.”

“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”

“You can’t be too careful what you tell a child because you never know what he’ll take hold of and spend the rest of his life remembering you by.”