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John Henry Cardinal Newman Quotes

Date of Death: 1890-08-11 (Monday, August 11th, 1890)



    • Time hath a taming hand.
    • Lead, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom, Lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home- Lead Thou me on! Keep Thou my feet: I do not ask to see The distant scene,-one step enough for me.
    • And with the morn those angel faces smile Which I have loved long since and lost awhile.
    • May He support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done! Then in His mercy may He give us safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last!
    • Growth is the only evidence of life.
    • Firmly I believe and truly God is Three, and God is One; And I next acknowledge duly Manhood taken by the Son.
    • It is thy very energy of thought Which keeps thee from thy God.
    • So living Nature, not dull Art, Shall plan my ways and rule my heart.
    • Ex umbris et imaginibus in vertitatem!
    • Flagrant evils cure themselves by being flagrant.
    • After he had gone over the mansion, his entertainer asked him what he thought of the splendours it contained; and he in reply did full justice to the riches of its owner and the skill of its decorators, but he added, 'Lions would have fared better, had lions been the artists.'
    • Nothing would be done at all, if a man waited till he could do it so well, that no one could find fault with it.
    • There is a knowledge which is desirable, though nothing come of it, as being of itself a treasure, and a sufficient remuneration of years of labor.
    • Knowledge is one thing, virtue is another.
    • The world is content with setting right the surface of things.
    • A great memory does not make a philosopher, any more than a dictionary can be called grammar.
    • To be deep in history is to cease to be protestant.
    • Where good and ill together blent, Wage an undying strife.
    • There is in stillness oft a magic power To calm the breast when struggling passions lower, Touched by its influence, in the soul arise Diviner feelings, kindred with the skies.
    • Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.
    • To live is to change, and to perfect life is to have changed often.
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