William Temple Quotes
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William Temple was a priest in the Church of England. He served as Bishop of Manchester (1921–29), Archbishop of York (1929–42), and Archbishop of Canterbury (1942–44).
A renowned teacher and preacher, Temple is perhaps best known for his 1942 book Christianity and Social Order, which set out an Anglican social theology and a vision for what would constitute a just post-war society. Also in 1942, with Chief Rabbi Joseph Hertz, Temple jointly founded the Council of Christians and Jews to combat anti-Jewish bigotry.
| The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home.|
Topics: Children, Home
| The Church is the only society that exists for the benefit of those who are not its members.|
| Contentment with the divine will is the best remedy we can apply to misfortunes.|
| To evangelize is so to present Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, that men shall come to put their trust in God through Him, to accept Him as their Savior, and serve Him as their King in the fellowship of His church.|
| My worth is what I am worth to God; and that is a marvelous great deal, for Christ died for me. Thus, incidentally, what gives to each of us His highest worth gives the same worth to everyone; in all that matters most are we equal.|
Source: The Citizen and Churchman, Eyre and Spottiswood, 1951, p. 74.
| Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself one way or the other at all.|
| The source of humility is the habit of realizing the presence of God.|
| One who faces his own failures is steadily advancing on the pilgrim's way.|
Topics: Perseverance, Failure
| We reach a certain stage of fellowship with Christ, in spiritual apprehension and moral attainment, and find great joy in it. But this seems to fade, until we become conscious that we are called to something higher. The Lord is gone before us to prepare the next resting-place. Then everything depends upon our response. We may stay where we are, becoming more and more torpid in spirit. Or we may, in Paul's phrase, "press on." If we do this, we find the Lord meeting us and leading us to the next resting-place. |
| When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don't, they don't.|
| If your prayer is selfish, the answer will be something that will rebuke your selfishness. You may not recognize it as having come at all, but it is sure to be there.|
Topics: Prayer, Selfishness
| I make myself, in a host of ways, the center of the universe.|