|Harry Emerson Fosdick|
|Born||May 24, 1878
Buffalo, New York United States
|Died||October 5, 1969
Bronxville, New York
|Education||BA, Colgate University, 1900
studied at Colgate Seminary, 1900â€“01
BD, Union Theological Seminary, 1904
MA, Columbia University, 1908
|Occupation||Protestant Christian minister|
|Spouse(s)||Florence Allen Whitney|
|Children||Elinor Fosdick Downs, Dorothy Fosdick|
|Parent(s)||Frank Sheldon Fosdick, Amy Inez Fosdick|
|Ordained||November 18, 1903|
|First Baptist Church, Montclair, NJ, 1904â€“15
First Presbyterian Church (“Old First” of Manhattan), New York City, NY, 1918â€“25
Park Avenue Baptist Church/Riverside Church, New York City, NY, 1925â€“30/1930â€“46
|pastor, associate pastor|
Picture yourself vividly as winning, and that alone will contribute immeasurably to success.
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.
I hate war… for the dictatorships it puts in the place of democracies, and for the starvation that stalks after it.
He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determines the end.
He who cannot rest, cannot work; he who cannot let go, cannot hold on; he who cannot find footing, cannot go forward.
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.
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.
Life asks not merely what you can do; it asks how much can you endure and not be spoiled.
Life consists not simply in what heredity and environment do to us but in what we make out of what they do to us.
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.
The steady discipline of intimate friendship with Jesus results in men becoming like Him.
Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
I hate war for its consequences, for the lies it lives on and propagates, for the undying hatreds it arouses.
God has put within our lives meanings and possibilities that quite outrun the limits of mortality.
Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.
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.
We cannot all be great, but we can always attach ourselves to something that it great.
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.