42 Frederick Buechner Quotes

  • "The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you."

    - Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Grace


  • "In his holy flirtation with the world, God occasionally drops a handkerchief. These handkerchiefs are called saints."

    - Frederick Buechner
    Topics: God


  • "To confess your sins to God is not to tell [God] anything [God] doesn't already know. Until you confess them, however, they are the abyss between you. When you confess them, they become the bridge."

    - Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Confession


  • "It is not the objective proof of God's existence that we want but the experience of God's presence. That is the miracle we are really after, and that is also, I think, the miracle that we really get."

    - Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Miracles, Theology


  • "Avarice, greed, concupiscence and so forth are all based on the mathematical truism that the more you get, the more you have. The remark of that it is more blessed to give than to receive is based on the human truth that the more you give away in love, the more you are. It is not just for the sake of other people that tells us to give rather than get, but for our own sakes too."

    - Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Giving


  • "The only patriots worth their salt are the ones who love their country enough to see that in a nuclear age it is not going to survive unless the world survives. True patriots are no longer champions of Democracy, Communism, or anything like that but champions of the Human Race."

    - Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Patriotism


  • "Go where your best prayers take you."

    - Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Prayer


  • "Many an atheist is a believer without knowing it just as many a believer is an atheist without knowing it. You can sincerely believe there is no God and live as though there is. You can sincerely believe there is a God and live as though there isn't."

    - Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Atheism


  • "I not only have my secrets, I am my secrets. And you are yours. Our secrets are human secrets, and our trusting each other enough to share them with each other has much to do with the secret of what it means to be human."

    - Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Friendship


  • "To be commanded to love God at all, let alone in the wilderness, is like being commanded to be well when we are sick, to sing for joy when we are dying of thirst, to run when our legs are broken. But this is the first and great commandment nonetheless. Even in the wilderness - especially in the wilderness - you shall love him."

    - Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Love


  • "The original, shimmering self gets buried so deep that most of us end up hardly living out of it at all. Instead we live out all the other selves, which we are constantly putting on and taking off like coats and hats against the world's weather."

    - Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Life


  • "Pay mind to your own life, your own health, and wholeness. A bleeding heart is of no help to anyone if it bleeds to death."

    - Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Life


  • "You can't 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
    Topics: Discretion, Children


  • "If preachers decide to preach about hope, let them preach out of what they themselves hope for."

    - Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Preaching, Hope


  • "Believing in him is not the same as believing things about him such as that he was born of a virgin and raised Lazarus from the dead. Instead, it is a matter of giving our hearts to him, of come hell or high water putting our money on him, the way a child believes in a mother or a father, the way a mother or a father believes in a child."

    - Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Believing



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