John Henry Cardinal Newman
If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden; If you want to be happy for life, plant a tree.English Proverb
The Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman (February 21, 1801 – August 11, 1890) was an English convert to Catholicism, later made a cardinal.
- Time hath a taming hand.
- Persecution, st. 3 (1832)
- Lead, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home—
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet: I do not ask to see
The distant scene,—one step enough for me.
- The Pillar of Cloud, st. 1 (1833)
- And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since and lost awhile.
- The Pillar of Cloud, st. 3 (1833)
- May He support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done! Then in His mercy may He give us safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last!
- Sermon 20 (1834)
- Growth is the only evidence of life.
- Apologia pro Vita Sua (1864)
- Firmly I believe and truly God is Three, and God is One;
And I next acknowledge duly Manhood taken by the Son.
- The Dream of Gerontius, Pt. I (1866)
- It is thy very energy of thought
Which keeps thee from thy God.
- The Dream of Gerontius, Pt. III (1866)
- So living Nature, not dull Art,
Shall plan my ways and rule my heart.
- Nature and Art, st. 12 (1868)
- Ex umbris et imaginibus in vertitatem!
- Translation: From shadows and symbols into the truth!
- His own epitaph at Edgbaston
- Flagrant evils cure themselves by being flagrant.
- Essays, Vol II British Critic, July 1841
Lectures on the Present Position of Catholics in England (1851)
- After he had gone over the mansion, his entertainer asked him what he thought of the splendours it contained; and he in reply did full justice to the riches of its owner and the skill of its decorators, but he added, "Lions would have fared better, had lions been the artists."
- Lecture I, Section 1
- Nothing would be done at all, if a man waited till he could do it so well, that no one could find fault with it.
- Lecture IX
The Idea of a University (1873)
- There is a knowledge which is desirable, though nothing come of it, as being of itself a treasure, and a sufficient remuneration of years of labor.
- Discourse V, pt. 6
- Knowledge is one thing, virtue is another.
- Discourse V, pt. 9
- The world is content with setting right the surface of things.
- Discourse VIII, pt. 8
- A great memory does not make a philosopher, any more than a dictionary can be called grammar.
- Discourse VIII, pt. 10
An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (1878)
- To be deep in history is to cease to be protestant.
- Introduction, Part 5
- Where good and ill together blent,
Wage an undying strife.
- A Martyr Convert.
- There is in stillness oft a magic power
To calm the breast when struggling passions lower,
Touched by its influence, in the soul arise
Diviner feelings, kindred with the skies.
- Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.
- To live is to change, and to perfect life is to have changed often.