Quotes by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- A god who let us prove his existence would be an idol.
- God's truth judges created things out of love, and Satan's truth judges them out of envy and hatred.
- Human love has little regard for the truth. It makes the truth relative, since nothing, not even the truth, must come between it and the beloved person.
- It is the nature, and the advantage, of strong people that they can bring out the crucial questions and form a clear opinion about them. The weak always have to decide between alternatives that are not their own.
- One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.
- Politics are not the task of a Christian.
- The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.
- The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
- The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.
- We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.