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Henri Nouwen Quotes

Let these quotes by Henri Nouwen help you to have a positive attitude toward life, and to think positively.

Friends share our pain and touch our wounds
with a gentle and tender hand.
- Henri Nouwen

Related topics: Friendship Relationship

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 Nouwen

Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning,
that without listening speaking no longer heals,
that without distance closeness cannot cure.
- Henri Nouwen

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion,
who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement,
who can tolerate not knowing...
not healing, not curing...
that is a friend who cares.
- Henri Nouwen

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Much violence is based on the illusion that life is
a property to be defended and not to be shared.
- Henri Nouwen

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White PHOTO

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher PHOTO

 

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich PHOTO

Your greatest gift to your family and friends is yourself -
your relaxed, happy, and fully-present self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

You can make more friends in two months
by becoming interested in other people
than you can in two years by trying
to get other people interested in you.
- Dale Carnegie

Best Friends: we're a parade - even by ourselves!
- Mary Anne Radmacher PHOTO

Am I not destroying my enemies
when I make friends of them?
- Abraham Lincoln PHOTO

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei PHOTO

It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies,
but even more to stand up to your friends.
- J.K. Rowling

Marriage, ultimately, is the practice of
becoming passionate friends.
- Harville Hendrix

I make friends with my fear. I am unstoppable.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I get by with a little help from my friends.
- John Lennon

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends.
But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy
is the quintessence of true religion.
The other is mere business.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with.
Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.
- Thomas J. Watson Sr.

I always like to know everything about my new friends,
and nothing about my old ones.
- Oscar Wilde

Books and friends should be few but good.
- Anonymous

True friends are appreciative and never demanding.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We all tend to measure our worth by what we DO -
the actions we take.
We also highly value what we SAY.
However, the greatest impact we have
on our family, our friends,
and our world is our kindness and love.
A bowl of soup served with love
is a greater gift than a steak dinner served brusquely.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friends are God's apology for relations.
- Hugh Kingsmille

Friendship is a thing most necessary to life,
since without friends no one would choose to live,
though possessed of all other advantages.
- Aristotle

No man is the whole of himself;
his friends are the rest of him.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

Choose your friends carefully.
Your enemies will choose you.
- Yasser Arafat

Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends.
- Jacques Delille

Fate makes us family. choice makes us friends.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
- Abraham Lincoln

Could we see when and where we are to meet again,
we would be more tender when we bid our friends goodbye.
- Ouida

The difference between men friends and women friends
is that men tend to do things together,
women tend to just be together.
- Art Jahnke

We will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Best friends are the ones who can be the farthest away
but there the fastest when you call.
- Anonymous

I no doubt deserved my enemies,
but I don't believe I deserved my friends.
- Walt Whitman

It is one of the blessings of old friends
that you can afford to be stupid with them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friends are the siblings God never gave us.
- Mencius

My own gratitude list begins with health, family, friends,
and the beauty around me - from the butterflies and rainbows,
to the dolphins, to the birds, to the works produced by the human hand.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friends are those rare people who ask how we are
and then wait to hear the answer.
- Anonymous

I will reflect the finest qualities my friends offer me
and remind them of all the promise I see in them.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Fear makes strangers of people
who would otherwise be friends.
- Shirley MacLaine

When true friends meet in adverse hour,
'Tis like a sunbeam through a shower.
A watery way an instant seen,
The darkly closing clouds between.
- Sir Walter Scott

True friends are those who lift you up
when your heart's wings forget how to fly.
- Anonymous

Sometimes new love comes between old friends.
Sometimes the best love was the one that was always there.
- Anonymous

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience:
this is the ideal life.
- Mark Twain

Our opportunity is always to make the choice for Joy.
To see the world with new eyes - open eyes - loving eyes.
To choose compassion and understanding -
for ourselves, our family, our friends,
our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friends... they cherish one another's hopes.
They are kind to one another's dreams.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is only the great-hearted who can be true friends.
The mean and cowardly can never know what true friendship means.
- Charles Kingsley

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving
for my friends, the old and the new.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friends are angels who lift us to our feet
when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.
- Anonymous

Wishing to be friends is quick work,
but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
- Aristotle

One measure of friendship consists
not in the number of things friends can discuss,
but in the number of things they need no longer mention.
- Clifton Fadiman

Life is partly what we make it,
and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.
- Tehyi Hsieh

Friends are God's way of apologizing to us for our families.
- Anonymous

Friends are like bras:
close to your heart and there for support.
- Anonymous

Truly great friends are hard to find,
difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.
- Anonymous

The best way to keep your friends
is not to give them away.
- Wilson Mizner

I have friends in overalls
whose friendship I would not swap
for the favor of the kings of the world.
- Thomas A. Edison

It is better to be in chains with friends,
than to be in a garden with strangers.
- Persian Proverb

Can miles truly separate us from friends?
If we want to be with someone we love, aren't we already there?
- Richard Bach

Every man should have a fair-sized cemetery
in which to bury the faults of his friends.
- Henry Brooks Adams

Friends are born, not made.
- Henry Adams

A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

We'll be friends until forever, just you wait and see.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Your friends love you anyway.
- Dave Barry

Everyone hears what you say.
Friends listen to what you say.
Best friends listen to what you don't say.
- Anonymous

Friendship with one's self is all important,
because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Good friends are like stars ...
you don't always see them,
but you know they are always there.
- Anonymous


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