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Top 450 Henri J.M. Nouwen Quotes (2022 Update)
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “It is by chance that we met, by choice that we became friends.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Friends share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Hope is willing to leave unanswered questions unanswered and unknown futures unknown. Hope makes you see God’s guiding hand not only in the gentle and pleasant moments but also in the shadows of disappointment and darkness.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “In a strange way the spiritual life isn’t “useful” or “successful.” But it is meant to be fruitful. And fruitfulness comes out of brokenness.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “God’s Kingdom is a place of abundance where every generous act overflows its original bounds and becomes part of the unbounded grace of God at work in the world.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The Lord is coming, always coming. When you have ears to hear and eyes to see, you will recognize him at any moment of your life. Life is Advent; life is recognizing the coming of the Lord.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “For Jesus, there are no countries to be conquered, no ideologies to be imposed, no people to be dominated. There are only children, women and men to be loved.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Christmas is believing that the salvation of the world is God’s work, and not mine.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Compassion can never coexist with judgement because judgement creates the distance, the distinction, which prevents us from really being with the other.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “From the moment we claim the truth of being the beloved, we are faced with the call to become who we are.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Those who keep speaking about the sun while walking under a cloudy sky are messengers of hope, the true saints of our day.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “That’s the temptation of the devil: “Turn stones into bread! Be relevant!””
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Peacemaking is a full-time vocation that includes each member of God’s people.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Dare to love and to be a real friend. The love you give and receive is a reality that will lead you closer and closer to God as well as those whom God has given you to love.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Our brokenness has no other beauty but the beauty that comes from the compassion that surrounds it.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “I have always been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted; then I realized that the interruptions were my work.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The only feelings that do not heal are the ones you hide.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Christian life is not a life divided between times for action and times for contemplation. No. Real social action is a way of contemplation, and real contemplation is the core of social action.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “To the degree that we embrace the truth that our identity is not rooted in our success, power, or popularity, but in God’s infinite love, to that degree can we let go of our need to judge.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The spiritual life is a reaching out to our innermost self, to our fellow human and to our God.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Every time I take a step in the direction of generosity, I know I am moving from fear to love.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Once you are in communion with God, you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear other people in whom God has also found a dwelling place.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Learning to weep, learning to keep vigil, learning to wait for the dawn. Perhaps this is what it means to be human.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “In solitude we become aware that our worth is not the same as our usefulness.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Our greatest fulfillment lies in giving ourselves to others.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Today I personally believe that while Jesus came to open the door to God’s house, all human beings can walk through that door, whether they know about Jesus or not. Today I see it as my call to help every person claim his or her own way to God.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Peace is first of all the art of being.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Real greatness is often hidden, humble, simple, and unobtrusive. It is not easy to trust ourselves and our actions without public affirmation. We must have strong self-confidence combined with deep humility.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “So I am praying while not knowing how to pray. I am resting while feeling restless, at peace while tempted, safe while still anxious, surrounded by a cloud of light while still in darkness, in love while still doubting.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Joy is hidden in sorrow and sorrow in joy. If we try to avoid sorrow at all costs, we may never taste joy, and if we are suspicious of ecstasy, agony can never reach us either. Joy and sorrow are the parents of our spiritual growth.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing-sicknes s, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death – can take that love away.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “We are all healers who can reach out and offer health, and we are all patients in constant need of help.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “To receive spiritual direction is to recognize that God does not solve our problems or answer all our questions, but leads us closer to the mystery of our existence where all questions cease.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “As we read spiritually about spiritual things, we open our hearts to God’s voice. Sometimes we must be willing to put down the book we are reading and just listen to what God is saying to us through our words.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Life is just a little opportunity for you during a few years to say to God: ‘I love you, too.’”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “One of the tragedies of our life is that we keep forgetting who we are.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Solitude is the furnace of transformation.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “There are as many ways to pray as there are moments in life.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Becoming the beloved is pulling the truth revealed to me from above down into the ordinariness of what I am, in fact, thinking of, talking about and doing from hour to hour.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “If you meet God in solitude, you discover the God you meet is the God who embraces all people.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “God is a God of the present. God is always in the moment, be that moment hard or easy, joyful and painful.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “As long as we continue to live as if we are what we do, what we have, and what other people think about us, we will remain filled with judgments, opinions, evaluations, and condemnations. We will remain addicted to putting people and things in their “right” place.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Dear God, I am so afraid to open my clenched fists! Who will I be when I have nothing left to hold on to? Who will I be when I stand before you with empty hands? Please help me to gradually open my hands and to discover that I am not what I own, but what you want to give me.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Waiting is a period of learning. The longer we wait, the more we hear about him for whom we are waiting.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “One of the main tasks of theology is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Resentment and gratitude cannot coexist, since resentment blocks the perception and experience of life as a gift. My resentment tells me that I don’t receive what I deserve. It always manifests itself in envy.”
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