Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quotes

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quotes

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.

The will of God, to which the law gives expression, is that men should defeat their enemies by loving them.

The Christian life is participation in the encounter of Christ with the world.

God is never in the world in any way except in his absolute transcendence of it.

God loves his work and therefore wills to preserve it. Creation and preservation are two aspects of the one activity of God.

Principles are only tools in the hands of God; they will soon be thrown away when they are no longer useful.

We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.

Jesus himself did not try to convert the two thieves on the cross; he waited until one of them turned to him.

Christianity preaches the infinite worth of that which is seemingly worthless and the infinite worthlessness of that which is seemingly so valued.

Being free means "being free for the other," because the other has bound me to him. Only in relationship with the other am I free

Every wedding must be an occasion of joy that human beings can do such great things, that they have been given such immense freedom and power to take the helm in their life’s journey…

We ought not to be in too much of a hurry here to speak piously of God’s will and guidance. It is obvious, and it should not be ignored, that it is your own very human wills that are at work here, celebrating their triumph; the course that you are taking at the outset is one that you have chosen for yourselves…

Man no longer lives in the beginning-he has lost the beginning. Now he finds he is in the middle, knowing neither the end nor the beginning, and yet knowing that he is in the middle, coming from the beginning and going towards the end. He sees that his life is determined by these two facets, of which he knows only that he does not know them

Judgement is the forbidden objectivization of the other person which destroys single-minded love. I am not forbidden to have my own thoughts about the other person, to realize his shortcomings, but only to the extent that it offers to me an occasion for forgiveness and unconditional love, as Jesus proves to me.

It is a wicked sophistry to justify the worldliness of the Church by the cross of Christ.

Justification is the new creation of the new man, and sanctification his preservation until the day of Jesus Christ.

If you board the wrong train it is no use running along the corridor in the opposite direction.

From now on there can be no more wars of faith. The only way to overcome our enemy is by loving him.

It is not your love that sustains the marriage,
but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.

Events cast their shadows ahead; before a harsh winter, wild animals grow thicker fur, and the beaver puts on a thicker layer of fat. What kind of times and what sort of tasks can lie ahead for a generation that must think so harshly, even at such a young age, in order to survive?

Not in the flight of ideas, but only in action is freedom. Make up your mind and come out into the tempest of the living.

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.

It is only when he is a burden that another person is really a brother and not merely an object to be manipulated

Human love is directed to the other person for his own sake, spiritual love loves him for Christ's sake. Therefore, human love seeks direct contact with the other person; it loves him not as a free person but as one whom it binds to itself. It wants to gain, to capture by every means; it uses force. It desires to be irresistible, to rule.

Political action means taking on responsibility. This cannot happen without power. Power is to serve responsibility.

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