Quotable: With Frederick Buechner – Take 2

Posted by on Jan 21, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

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This is a second take on Frederick Buechner (1926-), an ordained Presbyterian minister, who is a notable novelist, preacher and theologian. I recently read one of his memoirs, Telling Secrets, and it led me to track down some insights from his thirty plus published works. His novel, Godric, was a 1981 finalist for the Pulitzer prize. You might well be aware of the most famous of Buechner quotes: “God calls you to the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Here are some others…

  • One life on this earth is all that we get, whether it is enough or not enough, and the obvious conclusion would seem to be that at the very least we are fools if we do not live it as fully and as bravely and beautifully as we can. Frederick Buechner
  • We condemn in others the wrong we don’t want to face in ourselves. Frederick Buechner
  • What’s lost is nothing to what’s found, and all the death that ever was set next to life, would scarcely fill a cup. Frederick Buechner
  • You can’t ever be too careful what you tell a child because you never know what he’ll take hold of and spend the rest of his life remembering you by. Frederick Buechner
  • Beneath our clothes, our reputations, our pretentions, beneath our religion or lack of it, we are all vulnerable both to the storm without and to the storm within.

As always, nice chatting…

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