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No Man is an Island Quotes

22 of the best book quotes from No Man is an Island
  1. #1
    “A life that is without problems may literally be more hopeless than one that always verges on despair.”
  2. #2
    “Only the man who has had to face despair is really convinced that he needs mercy. Those who do not want mercy never seek it. It is better to find God on the threshold of despair than to risk our lives in a complacency that has never felt the need of forgiveness.”
  3. #3
    “We must withdraw ourselves, to some extent, from the effects that are beyond our control and be content with the good will and the work that are the quiet expression of our inner life.”
  4. #4
    “The real reason why so few men believe in God is that they have ceased to believe that even a God can love them.”
  5. #5
    “If we wait for some people to become agreeable or attractive before we begin to love them, we will never begin. If we are content to give them a cold impersonal ‘charity’ that is merely a matter of obligation, we will not trouble to understand them or to sympathize with them at all.”
  6. #6
    “Nothing created is of any ultimate use without hope. To place your trust in visible things is to live in despair.”
  7. #7
    “The man who fears to be alone will never be anything but lonely, no matter how much he may surround himself with people. But the man who learns, in solitude and recollection, to be at peace with his own loneliness, and to prefer its reality to the illusion of merely natural companionship, comes to know the invisible companionship of God.”
  1. #8
    “It seeks God knowing that it has already been found by Him. It travels to Heaven realizing obscurely that it has already arrived.”
  2. #9
    “But the man who is not afraid to admit everything that he sees to be wrong with himself, and yet recognizes that he may be the object of God’s love precisely because of his shortcomings, can begin to be sincere. His sincerity is based on confidence, not in his own illusions about himself, but in the endless, unfailing mercy of God.”
  3. #10
    “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
  4. #11
    “Such a one is alone with God in all places, and he alone truly enjoys the companionship of other men, because he loves them in God in Whom their presence is not tiresome, and because of Whom his own love for them can never know satiety.”
  5. #12
    “We must be content to live without watching ourselves live, to work without expecting any immediate reward, to love without an instantaneous satisfaction, and to exist without any special recognition.”
  6. #13
    “We are not all weak in the same spots, and so we supplement and complete one another, each one making up in himself for the lack in another.”
  7. #14
    “If the essence of freedom were merely the act of choice, then the mere fact of making choices would perfect our freedom.”

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  1. #15
    “Without hope, our faith gives us only an acquaintance with God. Without love and hope, faith only knows Him as a stranger.”
  2. #16
    “Hope is the gateway to contemplation, because contemplation is an experience of divine things and we cannot experience what we do not in some way possess.”
  3. #17
    “By faith we know God without seeing Him. By hope we possess God without feeling His presence.”
  4. #18
    “Happiness consists in finding out precisely what the ‘one thing necessary’ may be, in our lives, and in gladly relinquishing all the rest. For then, by a divine paradox, we find that everything else is given us together with the one thing we needed.”
  5. #19
    “It is useless to try to make peace with ourselves by being pleased with everything we have done. In order to settle down in the quiet of our own being we must learn to be detached from the results of our own activity.”
  6. #20
    “Music is pleasing not only because of the sound but because of the silence that is in it: without the alternation of sound and silence there would be no rhythm.”
  7. #21
    “The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”
  8. #22
    “Free will is not given to us merely as a firework to be shot off into the air.”
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