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Harry Emerson Fosdick
Born May 24, 1878
Buffalo, New York United States[1]
Died October 5, 1969
Bronxville, New York[1]
Education BA, Colgate University, 1900
studied at Colgate Seminary, 1900–01
BD, Union Theological Seminary, 1904
MA, Columbia University, 1908[2]
Occupation Protestant Christian minister
Spouse(s) Florence Allen Whitney[1]
Children Elinor Fosdick Downs, Dorothy Fosdick[1]
Parent(s) Frank Sheldon Fosdick, Amy Inez Fosdick[1]
Church Baptist[2]
Ordained November 18, 1903[1]
Congregations served
First Baptist Church, Montclair, NJ, 1904–15
First Presbyterian Church (“Old First” of Manhattan), New York City, NY, 1918–25
Park Avenue Baptist Church/Riverside Church, New York City, NY, 1925–30/1930–46[2]
Offices held
pastor,[2] associate pastor[3]

Picture yourself vividly as winning, and that alone will contribute immeasurably to success.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
The tragedy of war is that it uses man's best to do man's worst.
I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
I hate war… for the dictatorships it puts in the place of democracies, and for the starvation that stalks after it.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Our power is not so much in us as through us.
He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determines the end.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.
He who cannot rest, cannot work; he who cannot let go, cannot hold on; he who cannot find footing, cannot go forward.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.
Harry Emerson Fosdick

Whatever you laugh at in others, laughs at yourself.
Life asks not merely what you can do; it asks how much can you endure and not be spoiled.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Preaching is personal counseling on a group basis.
Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to.
Life consists not simply in what heredity and environment do to us but in what we make out of what they do to us.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Whatever you laugh at in others, laughs at yourself.
The world is moving so fast these days that the one who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.
The steady discipline of intimate friendship with Jesus results in men becoming like Him.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Religion is not a burden, not a weight, it is wings.
I hate war for its consequences, for the lies it lives on and propagates, for the undying hatreds it arouses.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it.
God has put within our lives meanings and possibilities that quite outrun the limits of mortality.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Every human life involves an unfathomable mystery, for man is the riddle of the universe, and the riddle of man in his endowment with personal capacities.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
A person wrapped up in himself makes a small package.
We cannot all be great, but we can always attach ourselves to something that it great.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
To keep the Golden Rule we must put ourselves in other people's places, but to do that consists in and depends upon picturing ourselves in their places.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
God is not a cosmic bellboy for whom we can press a button to get things.