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I found that when I did something for the sake of heaven,
by Lionel Blue

I found that when I did something for the sake of heaven,
heaven happened.
These things changed my life.
I owe them to my encounter with Christianity.
- Lionel Blue

To my surprise, my 70s are nicer than my 60s and my 60s than my 50s,
and I wouldn't wish my teens and 20s on my enemies.
- Lionel Blue

Early on I saw the repression and idolatry of Stalinism,
and when it cracked, I was open to religion again.
- Lionel Blue

I was certainly open for something being on the edge of a nervous breakdown,
perplexed by my own sexuality.
I was gay.
- Lionel Blue

 

During the Second World War, evacuated to non-Jewish households,
I encountered Christianity at home and in school.
- Lionel Blue

My mother enjoyed old age, and because of her I've
begun to enjoy parts of it too.
So far I've had it good and am crumbling nicely.
- Lionel Blue

I began to see that my problems, seen spiritually,
were really my soul's plusses.
- Lionel Blue

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For a Christian, Jesus is the unique and only way that
God has fully revealed himself.
For a Jew this cannot be.
- Lionel Blue

I have begun to sympathetically understand Paul,
though I don't like him much.
- Lionel Blue

At religious instruction classes, I encountered The
Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan,
and the sincerity of the traveller in that book was overwhelming.
- Lionel Blue

I have ended as a Reform Rabbi, grateful to Christianity for so many good things.
- Lionel Blue

I was not comfortable worshipping another Jew.
- Lionel Blue

I feel that the Christian experience and the Jewish
one have much to give each other.
If this open society continues and there is no return
to political anti-Semitism,
then this encounter, deeper than any theology,
may happen.
- Lionel Blue

What would I have done if I'd been put to the test?
Would I have risked my own life for people I hardly knew? Probably,
I would have looked the other way at best or become
another apologist for evil at worst.
- Lionel Blue

I still go to a Christian priory for retreats.
- Lionel Blue

Pious XII was too neutral to mention the gas chambers;
decent people like my own family were turned into devils by crude Christianity.
- Lionel Blue

Old friends die on you, and they're irreplaceable.
You become dependent.
- Lionel Blue

I didn't want to be on the losing side.
I was fed up with Jewish weakness, timidity and fear.
I didn't want any more Jewish sentimentality and Jewish suffering.
I was sickened by our sad songs.
- Lionel Blue

An aged rabbi, crazed with liberalism,
once said to me, We Jews are just ordinary human beings.
Only a bit more so!
- Lionel Blue

It was admitted by the early rabbis that the sectarians
could be as full of good works as eggs were full of meat.
- Lionel Blue

I was not allowed a physical lover.
Falling in love with Love was the best I could get.
- Lionel Blue

The real evidence is not practically speaking in scholarship
but in how Jesus and the Christianity based on him
manifest themselves in the lives of practising Christians.
Their lives are the proofs of their beliefs.
- Lionel Blue

It is not possible to unknow what you do know -
the result of that is fanaticism.
- Lionel Blue

The Christian use of religion as a personal love affair both shocked me,
and attracted me.
- Lionel Blue

I thought of such Christian inventions as the ghetto
and the Jewish badge of shame.
The Nazis didn't have to go very far to pick up their know-how.
- Lionel Blue

My mother was a modern woman with a limited interest in religion.
When the sun set and the fast of the Day of Atonement ended,
she shot from the synagogue like a rocket to dance the Charleston.
- Lionel Blue

Discrimination against Jews can be read in Thomas Aquinas,
and insults against Jews in Martin Luther.
- Lionel Blue

Someone gave me a New Testament.
I had never before read it systematically.
Some parts made sense, some parts shocked me.
- Lionel Blue

The real evidence for Jesus and Christianity is in
how Jesus and the Christianity based on him manifest
themselves in the lives of practicing Christians.
- Lionel Blue

Christianity had two faces which bewildered me -
two pictures which didn't fit.
- Lionel Blue

Because of my Marxism, I was not into myths or miracles,
whether it was the virgin birth, the physical resurrection
or casting out demons from an epileptic.
- Lionel Blue

I am pleased now that I have lived in a gay as well as a religious ghetto,
though it hasn't been very comfortable.
Taken together, their limitations cancel each other
out and I have seen the world more kindly and more honestly.
- Lionel Blue

On the way to work good-hearted young girls sometimes offer me their seats,
which I accept and bless them in return,
a transaction satisfying to all concerned.
- Lionel Blue

In speaking of Jesus, I must speak about Christianity
because I do not think it possible or profitable to divide the two.
- Lionel Blue

I learnt pity, sympathy, and what it was like to be
at the other end of the stick.
Such lessons can't be learnt in lecture halls.
- Lionel Blue

To change, to convert? Why bother?
- Lionel Blue

I recovered my infant Judaism, but in a reformist version.
- Lionel Blue

I literally fell among Quakers when I went up to Oxford.
- Lionel Blue

For some years I deserted religion in favour of Marxism.
The republic of goodness seemed more attainable than the Kingdom of God.
- Lionel Blue

This Christian poison hasn't stopped yet.
- Lionel Blue

Some of the parables of the Kingdom made wonderful sense,
but the exclusivity in the New Testament put me off.
- Lionel Blue

For a devotee or lover, the being, worshipped or loved,
will always be the only one for her or him.
- Lionel Blue

Praying privately in churches, I began to discover
that heaven was my true home and also that it was here and now,
woven into this life.
- Lionel Blue

The secular world is more spiritual than it thinks,
just as the ecclesiastical world is more materialist
than it cares to acknowledge.
- Lionel Blue

It's more fun to watch without joining in.
- Lionel Blue

So many plusses, so many minuses.
- Lionel Blue

Good things come, and I'm not just referring to riding the buses.
- Lionel Blue

I have always found that mercy bears
richer fruits than strict justice.
- Abraham Lincoln

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

I have found out that though the ways in which
I can make myself useful are few,
yet the work open to me is endless.
- Helen Keller

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
- Khalil Gibran

I have found that if you love life,
life will love you back.
- Arthur Rubinstein

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

We may have found a cure for most evils;
but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all,
the apathy of human beings.
- Helen Keller

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Any human being who is becoming independent of conditionings,
of religions, scriptures, prophets and messiahs, has arrived home.
He has found the treasure which was hidden in his own being.
- Osho

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

We tell lies when we are afraid...
afraid of what we don't know,
afraid of what others will think,
afraid of what will be found out about us.
But every time we tell a lie,
the thing that we fear grows stronger.
- Williams Tad

One thing I know: the only ones among you
who will be really happy are those
who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett

If you have found your truth within yourself
there is nothing more in this whole existence to find.
- Osho

I have found the paradox,
that if you love until it hurts,
there can be no more hurt, only more love.
- Mother Teresa

The whole world is a cyclone.
But once you have found the center, the cyclone disappears.
This nothingness is the ultimate peak of consciousness.
- Osho

I have not failed.
I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
- Thomas Edison

What if happiness were found in the serenity of simple pleasures.
What if we didn't need the newest gizmo... the highest high?
What if happiness is in the air we breathe...
slowly, deeply, and consciously?
What if happiness is one fresh grape, savored with gratitude?
What if happiness is in our oneness with all creation?
What if happiness is about enjoying life exactly as it comes to us -
without chasing after it?
What if happiness is something we CHOOSE...
regardless of our circumstances?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The path to your own happiness is usually found in service.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The only ones among you who will be really happy
are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know:
the only ones among you who will be really happy
are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

I have found that among its other benefits,
giving liberates the soul of the giver.
- Maya Angelou

Consistent happiness is found through
living in a state of constant gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough.
Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower
or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets,
but I have found that when I silently commune with people
they give up their secrets also - if you love them enough.
- George Washington Carver


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