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    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

  • #2
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “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.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

  • #3
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Music... will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • #4
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “There is nothing that can replace the absence of someone dear to us, and one should not even attempt to do so. One must simply hold out and endure it. At first that sounds very hard, but at the same time it is also a great comfort. For to the extent the emptiness truly remains unfilled one remains connected to the other person through it. It is wrong to say that God fills the emptiness. God in no way fills it but much more leaves it precisely unfilled and thus helps us preserve -- even in pain -- the authentic relationship. Further more, the more beautiful and full the remembrances, the more difficult the separation. But gratitude transforms the torment of memory into silent joy. One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within, a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • #5
    Eric Metaxas
    “Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God's will.”
    Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

  • #6
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Jesus himself did not try to convert the two thieves on the cross; he waited until one of them turned to him.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

  • #7
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

  • #8
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. 'The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people. O you blasphemers and betrayers of Christ! If Christ had done what you are doing who would ever have been spared' (Luther).”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community

  • #9
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • #10
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.
    Not to speak is to speak.
    Not to act is to act.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • #11
    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

  • #12
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “We are torn out of our own existence and set down in the midst of the holy history of God on earth. There God dealt with us, and there he still deals with us, our needs and our sins, in judgment and grace.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community

  • #13
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “[in] the whole of world history there is always only one really significant hour--the present ... [I]f you want to find eternity, you must serve the times.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • #14
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “This nothingness into which the West is sliding is not the natural end, the dying, the sinking of a flourishing community of peoples. Instead, it is again a specifically Western nothingness: a nothingness that is rebellious, violent, anti-God, and antihuman. Breaking away from all that is established, it is the utmost manifestation of all the forcesopposed to God. It is nothingness as God; no one knows its goal or its measure. Its rule is absolute. It is a creative nothingness[113] that blows its anti-God breath into all that exists, creates the illusion of waking it to new life, and at the same time sucks out its true essence[114] until it soon disintegrates into an empty husk and is discarded. Life, history, family, people, language, faith—the list could go on forever because nothingness spares nothing—all fall victim to nothingness.[115]”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics

  • #15
    “Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates:
    Is it true?
    Is it necessary?
    Is it kind?”
    A Sufi Saying

  • #16
    Rumi
    “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
    Rumi

  • #17
    Margaret Thatcher
    “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.”
    Margaret Thatcher

  • #18
    Margaret Thatcher
    “If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at anytime, and would achieve nothing. ”
    Margaret Thatcher

  • #19
    Margaret Thatcher
    “When I'm out of politics I'm going to run a business, it'll be called rent-a-spine”
    Margaret Thatcher

  • #20
    Margaret Thatcher
    “Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.”
    Margaret Thatcher

  • #21
    Margaret Thatcher
    “Consensus: “The process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner: ‘I stand for consensus?”
    Margaret Thatcher

  • #22
    Margaret Thatcher
    “If you set out to be liked, you will accomplish nothing.”
    Margaret Thatcher

  • #23
    Margaret Thatcher
    “Being democratic is not enough, a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right. In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law.”
    Margaret Thatcher

  • #24
    Margaret Thatcher
    “In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”
    Margaret Thatcher

  • #25
    Margaret Thatcher
    “Watch your thoughts, for they will become actions. Watch your actions, for they'll become... habits. Watch your habits for they will forge your character. Watch your character, for it will make your destiny.”
    Margaret Thatcher

  • #26
    Margaret Thatcher
    “Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.”
    Margaret Thatcher

  • #27
    Margaret Thatcher
    “Socialists are happy until they run out of other people's money.”
    Margaret Thatcher

  • #28
    Margaret Thatcher
    “No-one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well.”
    Margaret Thatcher

  • #29
    Margaret Thatcher
    “Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.”
    Margaret Thatcher

  • #30
    Margaret Thatcher
    “There are significant differences between the American and European version of capitalism. The American traditiionally emphasizes the need for limited government, light regulations, low taxes and maximum labour-market flexibility. Its success has been shown above all in the ability to create new jobs, in which it is consistently more successful than Europe.”
    Margaret Thatcher, The Path to Power



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