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    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “The essence of chastity is not the suppression of lust, but the total orientation of one's life towards a goal. Without such a goal, chastity is bound to become ridiculous. Chastity is the sine qua non of lucidity and concentration.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • #2
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “No sacrifice which a lover would make for his beloved is too great for us to make for our enemy.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

  • #3
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • #4
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Our community with one another consists solely in what Christ has done to each of us.”
    Deitrich Bonhoeffer

  • #5
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Neighbourliness is not a quality in other people, it is simply their claim on ourselves.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

  • #6
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “The limitation of the ethical phenomenon to its place and time does not imply its rejection but, on the contrary, its validation. One does not use canons to shoot sparrows.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics

  • #7
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “The fact that we do not speak it but sing it only expresses the fact that our spoken words are inadequate to express what we want to say, that the burden of our song goes far beyond all human words.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community

  • #8
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Through our daily meals He is calling us to rejoice, to keep holiday in the midst of our working day.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community

  • #9
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “In the presence of a psychiatrist I can only be a sick man; in the presence of a Christian brother I can dare to be a sinner.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community

  • #10
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “In short, it is much easier to see a thing through from the point of view of abstract principle than from that of concrete responsibility.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

  • #11
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “The task is not to turn the world upside down but in a given place to do what, from the perspecive of reality, is necessary objectively and to really carry it out.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics

  • #12
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “If there is no element of asceticism in our lives, if we give free rein to the desires of the flesh (taking care of course to keep within the limits of what seems permissible to the world), we shall find it hard to train for the service of Christ. When the flesh is satisfied it is hard to pray with cheerfulness or to devote oneself to a life of service which calls for much self-renunciation.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

  • #13
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Nothing is so at odds with prayer as vanity.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • #14
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “The believer is neither a pessimist nor an optimist. To be either is illusory. The believer sees reality not in a certain light but as it is, and believes only in God and God’s power towards all and over all that is seen. (in No Rusty Swords)”
    Deitrich Bonhoeffer

  • #15
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Not until one person desires to keep his own bread for himself does hunger ensue.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community

  • #16
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “For we cannot speak of the beginning; where the beginning begins our thinking stops, it comes to an end.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Creation and Fall Temptation: Two Biblical Studies

  • #17
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Who can really be faithful in great things if he has not learned to be faithful in the things of daily life?”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community

  • #18
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “It is worse for a liar to tell the truth than for a lover of truth to lie.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics

  • #19
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Principles are only tools in the hands of God; they will soon be thrown away when they are no longer useful.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics

  • #20
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Advent creates people, new people.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas

  • #21
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “In me there is darkness,
    But with You there is light;
    I am lonely, but You do not leave me;
    I am feeble in heart, but with You there is help;
    I am restless, but with You there is peace.
    In me there is bitterness, but with You there is patience;
    I do not understand Your ways,
    But You know the way for me.”

    “Lord Jesus Christ,
    You were poor
    And in distress, a captive and forsaken as I am.
    You know all man’s troubles;
    You abide with me
    When all men fail me;
    You remember and seek me;
    It is Your will that I should know You
    And turn to You.
    Lord, I hear Your call and follow;
    Help me.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

  • #22
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Confession is the God-given remedy for self-deception and self-indulgence. When we confess our sins before a brother-Christian, we are mortifying the pride of the flesh and delivering it up to shame and death through Christ. Then through the word of absolution we rise as new men, utterly dependent on the mercy of God. Confession is thus a genuine part of the life of the saints, and one of the gifts of grace.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

  • #23
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Where God tears great gaps we should not try to fill them with human words. They should remain open. Our only comfort is the God of the resurrection, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ...”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, A Testament To Freedom

  • #24
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Monasticism had transformed the humble work of discipleship into the meritorious activity of the saints, and the self-renunciation of discipleship into the flagrant spiritual self-assertion of the "religious." The world had crept into the very heart of the monastic life, and was once more making havoc. The monk's attempt to flee from the world turned out to be a subtle form of love for the world.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

  • #25
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Luther's return from the cloister to the world was the worst blow the world had suffered since the days of early Christianity.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

  • #26
    Santiago Ramón y Cajal
    “If a solution fails to appear ... and yet we feel success is just around the corner, try resting for a while. ... Like the early morning frost, this intellectual refreshment withers the parasitic and nasty vegetation that smothers the good seed. Bursting forth at last is the flower of truth.”
    Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Advice for a Young Investigator

  • #27
    Santiago Ramón y Cajal
    “Heroes and scholars represent the opposite extremes... The scholar struggles for the benefit of all humanity, sometimes to reduce physical effort, sometimes to reduce pain, and sometimes to postpone death, or at least render it more bearable. In contrast, the patriot sacrifices a rather substantial part of humanity for the sake of his own prestige. His statue is always erected on a pedestal of ruins and corpses... In contrast, all humanity crowns a scholar, love forms the pedestal of his statues, and his triumphs defy the desecration of time and the judgment of history.”
    Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Advice for a Young Investigator

  • #28
    Santiago Ramón y Cajal
    “It is strange to see how the populace, which nourishes its imagination with tales of witches or saints, mysterious events and extraordinary occurrences, disdains the world around it as commonplace, monotonous and prosaic, without suspecting that at bottom it is all secret, mystery, and marvel.”
    Santiago Ramón y Cajal

  • #29
    Santiago Ramón y Cajal
    “It is important to realize that if certain areas of science appear to be quite mature, others are in the process of development, and yet others remain to be born.”
    Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Advice for a Young Investigator

  • #30
    Santiago Ramón y Cajal
    “Our novice runs the risk of failure without additional traits: a strong inclination toward originality, a taste for research, and a desire to experience the incomparable gratification associated with the act of discovery itself.”
    Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Advice for a Young Investigator



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