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John Henry Newman (1801-1890) is one of the bright lights of Christian theology and is remembered especially for his writings on the lived experience of believers as it relates to theology. His name is familiar to many as the patron of ministry centers on university campuses in the United States, both public and private, exemplifying the motto he chose on becoming a cardinal: Cor ad cor loquitur (“Heart speaks to heart.”) Here are a few of Newman’s briefest, most salient quotes, worthy of our attention today.

  1. To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.
  2. Growth is the only evidence of life.
  3. Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.
  4. We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.