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Frederick Buechner

Frederick Buechner photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1950
Born Carl Frederick Buechner
(1926-07-11) July 11, 1926 (age 90)
New York City
Occupation Author, Presbyterian minister
Nationality American
Alma mater The Lawrenceville School
Princeton University
Genre Novel, short story, essay, sermon, autobiography, historical fiction
Notable awards O. Henry Award, the Rosenthal Award, the Christianity and Literature Belles Lettres Prize
Spouse Judith Buechner

Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else's skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.
Frederick Buechner
In his holy flirtation with the world, God occasionally drops a handkerchief. These handkerchiefs are called saints.
Frederick Buechner
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
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
Religion points to that area of human experience where in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage.
Frederick Buechner
It is as impossible for man to demonstrate the existence of God as it would be for even Sherlock Holmes to demonstrate the existence of Arthur Conan Doyle.
Frederick Buechner
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
If it seems a childish thing to do, do it in remembrance that you are a child.
Frederick Buechner