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Lionel Blue – 12 Quotes

 

12 Quotes by Lionel Blue

 

My mother enjoyed old age, and because of her I’ve begun to enjoy parts of it too. So far I’ve had it good and am crumbling nicely.

– Lionel Blue


To my surprise, my 70s are nicer than my 60s and my 60s than my 50s, and I wouldn’t wish my teens and 20s on my enemies.

– Lionel Blue


The real evidence for Jesus and Christianity is in how Jesus and the Christianity based on him manifest themselves in the lives of practicing Christians.

– Lionel Blue


I feel that the Christian experience and the Jewish one have much to give each other. If this open society continues and there is no return to political anti-Semitism, then this encounter, deeper than any theology, may happen.

– Lionel Blue


I didn’t want to be on the losing side. I was fed up with Jewish weakness, timidity and fear. I didn’t want any more Jewish sentimentality and Jewish suffering. I was sickened by our sad songs.

– Lionel Blue


During the Second World War, evacuated to non-Jewish households, I encountered Christianity at home and in school.

– Lionel Blue


Praying privately in churches, I began to discover that heaven was my true home and also that it was here and now, woven into this life.

– Lionel Blue


Early on I saw the repression and idolatry of Stalinism, and when it cracked, I was open to religion again.

– Lionel Blue


For some years I deserted religion in favour of Marxism. The republic of goodness seemed more attainable than the Kingdom of God.

– Lionel Blue


My mother was a modern woman with a limited interest in religion. When the sun set and the fast of the Day of Atonement ended, she shot from the synagogue like a rocket to dance the Charleston.

– Lionel Blue


The Christian use of religion as a personal love affair both shocked me, and attracted me.

– Lionel Blue


I learnt pity, sympathy, and what it was like to be at the other end of the stick. Such lessons can’t be learnt in lecture halls.

– Lionel Blue