Saturday, September 17, 2016

Rev. William Sloane Coffin

Yale Chaplain, the Rev. William Sloane Coffin (Phillips Academy, Yale University) -  Original Photographs from Archives
A sample of William Sloane Coffin quotes:

“There are two ways to be powerful. One is to seek and acquire power, the other is not to need it. There are also two ways to be rich. One is to gain riches, and the other is not to need them.” 

“Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without.”

“Socrates had it wrong; it is not the unexamined but finally the uncommitted life that is not worth living.” 

“The cause of violence is not ignorance. It is self-interest. Only reverance can restrain violence - reverance for human life and the environment.”

“Patriotism at the expense of another nation is as wicked as racism at the expense of another race. . . Let us resolve to be patriots always, nationalists never. Let us love our country, but pledge allegiance to the earth and to the flora and fauna and human life that it supports - one planet indivisible, with clean air,... soil and water; with liberty, justice and peace for all.”

“In our time all it takes for evil to flourish is for a few good men to be a little wrong and have a great deal of power, and for the vast majority of their fellow citizens to remain indifferent.”

“Love measures our stature: the more we love, the bigger we are. There is no smaller package in all the world than that of a man all wrapped up in himself.” 

“But if we hate evil more than we love the good, we become damn good haters.... However deep, our anger, like that of Christ, must always and only measure our love.” 

“Many of us overvalue autonomy, the strength to stand alone, the capacity to act independently. Far too few of us pay attention to the virtues of dependence and interdependence, and especially to the capacity to be vulnerable.” 

“The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love.”

Rev. Dr. William Sloane Coffin And Wife Eva Anna Rubinstein, With Family