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Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength.”

Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength.

— Ralph W. Sockman



Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “The hinge of history is on the door of a Bethlehem stable.”

The hinge of history is on the door of a Bethlehem stable.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.”

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “Our love for God is tested by the question of whether we seek Him or His gifts.”

Our love for God is tested by the question of whether we seek Him or His gifts.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.”

The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “All our science and philosophy form only an island of knowledge surrounded by an ocean of mystery. The larger the island grows, the longer the shoreline where the known meets the unknown.”

All our science and philosophy form only an island of knowledge surrounded by an ocean of mystery. The larger the island grows, the longer the shoreline where the known meets the unknown.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “True humility is intelligent self-respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us mindful of the nobility God meant us to have. Yet it makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be.”

True humility is intelligent self-respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us mindful of the nobility God meant us to have. Yet it makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “Love is the outreach of self toward completion.”

Love is the outreach of self toward completion.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “In overcoming prejudice, working together is even more effective than talking together.”

In overcoming prejudice, working together is even more effective than talking together.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “What makes greatness is starting something that lives after you.”

What makes greatness is starting something that lives after you.

— Ralph W. Sockman



Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “Be careful that victories do not carry the seed of future defeats.”

Be careful that victories do not carry the seed of future defeats.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “When the dictators and the opportunists are gone, the cross will still stand before us and something in us will say, That is the real thing.”

When the dictators and the opportunists are gone, the cross will still stand before us and something in us will say, That is the real thing.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “Our growth depends not on how many experiences we devour, but on how many we digest.”

Our growth depends not on how many experiences we devour, but on how many we digest.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “Let us not bankrupt our today’s by paying interest on the regrets of yesterday and borrowing in advance the troubles of tomorrow.”

Let us not bankrupt our today’s by paying interest on the regrets of yesterday and borrowing in advance the troubles of tomorrow.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “Advertising enriches life by quickening the imagination, arousing interest and enlarging the taste.”

Advertising enriches life by quickening the imagination, arousing interest and enlarging the taste.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “Whatever the right hand findeth to do, the left hand carries a watch on its wrist to show how long it takes to do it.”

Whatever the right hand findeth to do, the left hand carries a watch on its wrist to show how long it takes to do it.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “A service of worship is primarily a service to God. When we realize this and act upon it, we make it a service to men.”

A service of worship is primarily a service to God. When we realize this and act upon it, we make it a service to men.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “In being realistic we do not always have to be pessimistic. Christ never blinked his eyes at bad things. But he never became so obsessed with human evil that he lost faith in man.”

In being realistic we do not always have to be pessimistic. Christ never blinked his eyes at bad things. But he never became so obsessed with human evil that he lost faith in man.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “When the congregation becomes the norm by which sermons are measured, a minister has put a mortgage on his soul.”

When the congregation becomes the norm by which sermons are measured, a minister has put a mortgage on his soul.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “Balance the bad news of life with the good news of Christ.”

Balance the bad news of life with the good news of Christ.

— Ralph W. Sockman



Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “The roads of life are strewn with the wreckage of run-down, half-finished loves.”

The roads of life are strewn with the wreckage of run-down, half-finished loves.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “The roots of responsibility run out to the ends of the earth and we can no more isolate our consciences from world issues than we can fence off our oyster beds from the tides of the ocean.”

The roots of responsibility run out to the ends of the earth and we can no more isolate our consciences from world issues than we can fence off our oyster beds from the tides of the ocean.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “The test of our religion is whether it fits us to meet emergencies. A man has no more character than he can command in a time of crisis.”

The test of our religion is whether it fits us to meet emergencies. A man has no more character than he can command in a time of crisis.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “Hoist the sails of your own spirit to catch the winds of God.”

Hoist the sails of your own spirit to catch the winds of God.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “A true lover always feels in debt to the one he loves.”

A true lover always feels in debt to the one he loves.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “We cannot hoard life as we can money. When a person tries to be a miser of his health, he usually makes himself miserable. Mental talents, if buried and not used, tend to deteriorate. Whoever would save his memory by not using it will lose it.”

We cannot hoard life as we can money. When a person tries to be a miser of his health, he usually makes himself miserable. Mental talents, if buried and not used, tend to deteriorate. Whoever would save his memory by not using it will lose it.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “In all living there is a certain narrowness of application which leads to breadth and power. We have to concent on a thing in order to master it. Then we must be broad enough not to be narrowed by our specialties.”

In all living there is a certain narrowness of application which leads to breadth and power. We have to concent on a thing in order to master it. Then we must be broad enough not to be narrowed by our specialties.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control, leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life. Too many of us divide and dissipate our energies in debating actions which should be taken for granted.”

Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control, leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life. Too many of us divide and dissipate our energies in debating actions which should be taken for granted.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “The forgiveness of the world can only be accomplished by the judgment of the world.”

The forgiveness of the world can only be accomplished by the judgment of the world.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “The hope of free people in a frightened world is the values which people put ahead of inventions when their backs are to the wall. These values are beauty, truth, goodness and having a faith, all of which are bombproof.”

The hope of free people in a frightened world is the values which people put ahead of inventions when their backs are to the wall. These values are beauty, truth, goodness and having a faith, all of which are bombproof.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “When we count on chance in lieu of law and labor, we weaken our healthy attitudes toward work, our fellow men and our God.”

When we count on chance in lieu of law and labor, we weaken our healthy attitudes toward work, our fellow men and our God.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “True liberty consists not merely in being free from something, but also in being free for something.”

True liberty consists not merely in being free from something, but also in being free for something.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “As long as we can keep our international relations in the realm of conference rather than open conflict, we are giving truth more time to vindicate itself. And what we ourselves need is more faith in the power of truth.”

As long as we can keep our international relations in the realm of conference rather than open conflict, we are giving truth more time to vindicate itself. And what we ourselves need is more faith in the power of truth.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “Our ground of hope is that God does not weary of mankind.”

Our ground of hope is that God does not weary of mankind.

— Ralph W. Sockman


Ralph W. Sockman Quote: “We seem to want mass production, but we must remember that men are individuals not to be satisfactorily dealt with in masses, and the making of men is more important than the production of things.”

We seem to want mass production, but we must remember that men are individuals not to be satisfactorily dealt with in masses, and the making of men is more important than the production of things.

— Ralph W. Sockman

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