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Top 450 Henri J.M. Nouwen Quotes (2022 Update)
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Discipline in the spiritual life is the concentrated effort to create the space and time where God can become our master and where we can respond freely to God’s guidance.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “To learn patience is not to rebel against every hardship.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Do not hesitate to love and to love deeply.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “When we become aware that we do not have to escape our pains, but that we can mobilize them into a common search for life, those very pains are transformed from expressions of despair into signs of hope.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Joy and laughter are the gifts of living in the presence of God and trusting that tomorrow is not worth worrying about.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “As ministers our greatest temptation is toward too many words. They weaken our faith and make us lukewarm. But silence is a sacred discipline, a guard of the Holy Spirit.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The spiritual life is not a life before, after, or beyond our everyday existence. No, the spiritual life can only be real when it is lived in the midst of the pains and joys of the here and now.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “I feel strongly that the God we meet in solitude is always the God who calls us to community.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The beginning and the end of all Christian leadership is to give your life for others.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “If you are not able to be silent, you will not be able to speak well.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Friendship and love are impossible without a mutual vulnerability.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “I am deeply convince that the necessity of prayer, and to pray unceasingly, is not as much based on our desire for God as on God’s desire for us. It is God’s passionate pursuit of us that calls us to prayer.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The spiritual life is a life beyond moods. It is a life in which we choose joy and do not allow ourselves to become victims of passing feelings of happiness or depression.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “I often wonder if my knowledge about God has not become my greatest stumbling block to my knowledge of God.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Keep a space where God can let something totally new take place.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The great illusion of leadership is to think that man can be led out of the desert by someone who has never been there.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “To be baptized means to make the passage with the people of Israel and with Jesus from slavery to freedom and from death to new life. It is a commitment to a life in and through Jesus.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “When we break bread and give it to each other, fear vanishes and God becomes very close.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Prayer is the breath of your life which gives you the freedom to go and stay where you wish and to find the many signs which point out the way to a new land.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The mystery of ministry is that we have been chosen to make our own limited and very conditional love the gateway for the unlimited and unconditional love of God.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “We cannot make it rain but we can see to it that the rain falls on prepared soil.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Who can take away suffering without entering it?”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “We need to be angels for each other, to give each other strength and consolation. Because only when we fully realize that the cup of life is not only a cup of sorrow but also a cup of joy will we be able to drink it.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Forgiveness changes the way we remember.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The soul of the artist cannot remain hidden.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Where true inner freedom is, there is God. And where God is, there we want to be.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The real enemies of our life are the ‘oughts’ and the ‘ifs.’ They pull us backward into the unalterable past and forward into the unpredictable future. But real life takes place in the here and now.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Every time we decide to be grateful it will be easier to see new things to be grateful for. Gratitude begets gratitude, just as love begets love.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Is my growing old making me any closer to Christ? Am I only getting older or am I getting more godly?”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The friend who cares makes it clear that whatever happens in the external world, being present to each other is what really matters. In fact, it matters more than pain, illness, or even death.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Intimacy is not a happy medium. It is a way of being in which the tension between distance and closeness is dissolved and a new horizon appears. Intimacy is beyond fear.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Most Christian leadership is exercised by people who do not know how to develop healthy, intimate relationships and have opted for power and control instead. Many Christian empire-builders have been people unable to give and receive love.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Ministry is the least important thing. You cannot not minister if you are in communion with God and live in community.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “When you have loved deeply, that love can grow even stronger after the death of the person you love. That is the core message of Jesus.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “It’s an incredible mystery of God’s love that the more you know how deeply you are loved, the more you will see how deeply your sisters and your brothers in the human family are loved.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Lifting our cup means sharing our life so we can celebrate it. When we truly believe we are called to lay down our lives for our friends, we must dare to take the risk to let others know what we are living.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Your heart is greater than your wounds.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “When you recognize the festive and the still moments as moments of prayer, then you gradually realize that to pray is to live.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Prayer is the most concrete way to make our home in God.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “By giving words to these intimate experiences I can make my life available to others.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “A spiritual life without discipline is impossible. Discipline is the other side of discipleship. The practice of a spiritual discipline makes us more sensitive to the small, gentle voice of God.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Joy is based on the spiritual knowledge that, while the world in which we live is shrouded in darkness, God has overcome the world.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Prayer is not what is done by us, but rather what is done by the Holy Spirit in us.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The leap of faith always means loving without expecting to be loved in return, giving without wanting to receive, inviting without hoping to be invited, holding without asking to be held.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Every time you reject yourself, you idealize others.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The world is evil only when you become its slave.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “We are not the healers, we are not the reconcilers, we are not the givers of life. We are sinful, broken, vulnerable people who need as much care as anyone we care for.”
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