38 Great Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quotes

38 Great Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quotes

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a pastor and theologian from Germany. He is most known for his writings about Christianity’s role in the secular world, especially in his book The Cost of Discipleship. He died in a Nazi concentration camp on April 9, 1945 at the young age of 39.

“A God who let us prove his existence would be an idol.”

“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”

“Before Jesus leads His disciples into suffering, humiliation, disgrace, and disdain, He summons them and shows Himself to them as the Lord in God’s glory.”

“Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church. We are fighting to-day for costly grace.”

“Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock.”

“Discipleship is not an offer that man makes to Christ.”

“Every call of Christ leads into death.”

“God honors some with great suffering and grants them the grace of martyrdom, while other are not tempted beyond their strength. But in every case it is one cross.”

“God’s truth judges created things out of love, and Satan’s truth judges them out of envy and hatred.”

“If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.”

“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.”

“In recent years we have seen a great deal of bravery and self-sacrifice, but civil courage hardly anywhere, even among ourselves.”

“It is the nature, and the advantage, of strong people that they can bring out the crucial questions and form a clear opinion about them. The weak always have to decide between alternatives
that are not their own.”

“Jesus Christ has to suffer and be rejected. … Suffering and being rejected are not the same.”

“Jesus himself did not try to convert the two thieves on the cross; he waited until one of them turned to him.”

“Jesus is no draughtsman of political blueprints, he is the one who vanquished evil through suffering. It looked as though evil had triumphed on the cross, but the real victory belonged to

“Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.”

“Love, in the sense of spontaneous, unreflective action, spells the death of the old man.”

“No sacrifice which a lover would make for his beloved is too great for us to make for our enemy.”

“Not hero worship, but intimacy with Christ.”

“Once again, Jesus calls those who follow him to share his passion.”

“Politics are not the task of a Christian.”

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.”

“So many people come to church with a genuine desire to hear what we have to say, yet they are always going back home with the uncomfortable feeling that we are making it too difficult for
them to come to Jesus.”

“The child asks of the Father whom he knows. Thus, the essence of Christian prayer is not general adoration, but definite, concrete petition. The right way to approach God is to stretch out
our hands and ask of One who we know has the heart of a Father.”

“The cross is suffering with Christ.”

“The right way to requite evil, according to Jesus, is not to resist it. This saying of Christ removes the Church from the sphere of politics and law.”

“The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”

“There remains an experience of incomparable value.”

“Time is the most precious gift in our possession, for it is the most irrevocable.”

“Time lost is time not filled, time left empty.”

“Time lost is time when we have not lived a full human life, time unenriched by experience, creative endeavor, enjoyment, and suffering.”

“To endure the cross is not tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ.”

“What is the “extraordinary”? It is the love of Jesus Christ himself, love that goes to the cross in suffering obedience.”

“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”