Frederick Buechner Quotes (11 quotations)

1. Avarice, greed, concupiscence and so forth are all based on the mathematical truism that the more you get, the more you have. The remark of Jesus that it is more blessed to give than to receive is based on the human truth that the more you give away in love, the more you are. It is not just for the sake of other people that Jesus tells us to give rather than get, but for our own sakes too. - Frederick Buechner

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

3. Despair has been called the unforgivable sin - not presumably because God refuses to forgive it but because it despairs of the possibility of being forgiven. - Frederick Buechner

4. Envy is the consuming desire to have everybody else as unsuccessful as you are. - Frederick Buechner

5. If it seems a childish thing to do, do it in remembrance that you are a child. - Frederick Buechner

6. In his holy flirtation with the world, God occasionally drops a handkerchief. These handkerchiefs are called saints. - Frederick Buechner

7. 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. - Frederick Buechner

8. Lust is the craving for salt of a person who is dying of thirst. - Frederick Buechner

9. Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back - in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you. - Frederick Buechner

10. Religion points to that area of human experience where in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage. - Frederick Buechner

11. 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. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It's for you I created the universe. I love you. There's only one catch. Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you'll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too. - Frederick Buechner

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