Quaker Quotes

Quaker Quotes by Donella Meadows, Kyan Douglas, James Meade, Laura Nyro, Anita Roddick, Sebastian Horsley and many others.

Speak the truth.
Speak it loud and often, calmly but i

Speak the truth.
Speak it loud and often, calmly but insistently,
and speak it, as the Quakers say, to power.
Material accumulation is not the purpose of human existence.
All growth is not good.
The environment is a necessity, not a luxury.
There is such a thing as enough.
Donella Meadows
Our Quakers love us. we’re big with the Quakers. It’s all about cleanliness.
Kyan Douglas
Margaret had close links with Geneva where she had spent some years as a student while her parents had been wardens of the Quaker Hostel there and where she had gone back as secretary to Gilbert Murray.
James Meade
I lost my eyes In east wind skies Here’s where I’ve cried Where I’ve tried Where God and the Tendaberry rise Where Quakers and revolutionaries Join for life
Laura Nyro
I am still looking for the modern equivalent of those Quakers who ran successful businesses and made money because they offered honest products and treated their people decently . . . This business creed, sadly, seems long forgotten.
Anita Roddick
My grandfather was a practising Quaker. My father was a nihilist. But nihilism, if you like, is the beginning of faith anyway.
Sebastian Horsley
The moral man is he who is opposed to injustice per se, opposed to injustice wherever he finds it; the moral man looks for injustice first of all in himself.
Bayard Rustin
The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.
William Penn
The Quaker loves an ample brim, A hat that bows to no salaam; And dear the beaver is to him As if it never made a dam.
Thomas Hood
I grew up in Los Angeles in a Quaker family, and for me being Quaker was a political calling rather than a religious one.
Bonnie Raitt
… my convictions led me to adhere to the sufficiency of the light within us, resting on truth as authority, rather than ‘taking authority for truth.’
Lucretia Mott
There is no way to find yourself until you discover how utterly to lose yourself.
Rufus Jones
By background I’m both a Quaker and a Yorkshireman, which I like to call double jeopardy.
Jeremy Grantham
NON-COMBATANT, n. A dead Quaker.
Ambrose Bierce
An elegant simplicity is an understated, organic aesthetic that contrasts with the excess of consumerist lifestyles. Drawing from influences ranging from Zen to the Quakers, it celebrates natural materials and clean, functional expressions, such as are found in many of the hand-made arts and crafts from this community.
Duane Elgin
The only way to seek God is to seek God first. Deny the nayward, affirm the yeaward, be true to those stirrings and motions which He starts in us, refuse priority to all else, and be faithful to the sacred.
Jean Toomer
In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.
Anne Frank
The Quakers don’t believe in music or art; they think it’s a vanity.
James Turrell
As the Quakers say, “When you pray, move your feet.”
Eric Butterworth
There is a spirit which I feel that delights to do no evil, nor to revenge any wrong, but delights to endure all things, in hope to enjoy its own in the end. Its hope is to outlive all wrath and contention, and to weary out all exaltation and cruelty, or whatever is of a nature contrary to itself
James Nayler
Only the inner vision of God, only the God-blindedness of unreservedly dedicated souls, only the utterly humble ones can bow and break the raging pride of a power-mad world.
Thomas Raymond Kelly
One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words ‘ Socialism ‘ and ‘ Communism ‘ draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, ‘Nature Cure’ quack, pacifist, and feminist in England.
George Orwell
The Quakers have a saying: “An enemy is one whose story we have not heard.” To communicate to post-Christians, I must first listen to their stories for clues to how they view the world and how they view people like me.
Philip Yancey
The best recreation is to do good.
William Penn
Wherefore, brethren, let us be careful neither to out-go our guide, nor yet loiter behind him; since he that makes haste, may miss his way, and he that stays behind, lose his guide.
William Penn
Is religion subjective? Nay, its soul is in objectivity, in an Other whose Life is our true life, whose Love is our love, whose Joy is our joy, whose Peace is our peace, whose burdens are our burdens, whose Will is our will. Self is emptied into God, and God in-fills it.
Thomas Raymond Kelly
Oh Lord, may I be directed what to do and what to leave undone.
Elizabeth Fry
In the context of Quaker worship, it is perfectly appropriate for any person in the congregation to speak a timely word from the Lord.
Richard Foster
Look at the Quakers – they were excellent business people that never lied, never stole; they cared for their employees and the community which gave them the wealth. They never took more money out than they put back in.
Anita Roddick
To Turn all the treasures we possess into the channel of universal love becomes the business of our lives.
John Woolman
He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebearers, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them.
James Reston, Jr.
Quakers are terrific.
Ian Mckellen
The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.
Richard J. Foster
I am never very forward in offering spiritual consolation to any one in distress or disease. I believe that such resources, to be of any service, must be self-evolved in the first instance. I am something of the Quaker’s mind in this, and am inclined to wait for the spirit.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
When the Quaker Penn kept his hat on in the royal presence, Charles (King Charles II) politely removed his, explaining that it was the custom in that place for only one person at a time to remain covered.
Arthur Bryant
I am still looking for the modern equivalent of those Quakers who ran successful businesses, made money because they offered honest products and treated their people decently… This business creed, sadly, seems long forgotten.
Anita Roddick
Our Quakers love us. We’re big with the Quakers. It’s all about cleanliness.
Kyan Douglas
I was maybe 5 or 6, and my grandmother would begin sitting me in the Quaker meeting house. I asked my grandmother, ‘What am I supposed to do?’ and she said, ‘Just wait, we’re going inside to greet the light.’ I liked that—this idea to go inside to find that light within, literally as well as figuratively.
James Turrell
On landing at New York I caught the yellow fever. The kind man who commanded the ship that brought me from France took charge of me and placed me under the care of two Quaker ladies. To their skillful and untiring care I may safely say I owe my life.
John James Audubon
My activism did not spring from my being gay, or, for that matter, from my being black. Rather, it is rooted fundamentally in my Quaker upbringing and the values that were instilled in me by my grandparents who reared me.
Bayard Rustin
The likeness we bear to Jesus is more essential than our notions of him.
Lucretia Mott
I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do … let me do it now.
William Penn
Out here you better have a gun, and a gun in the wagon ain’t good for nothin’. I believe what the old Quaker said, ‘Trust in the Lord, but keep your powder dry.
Louis L’Amour
I know my father believed and my mother believed in and supported the suffrage movement, and I remember my mother taking me to suffrage meetings held in the home of a Quaker family that lived not far from us.
Alice Paul
I’m really a timid person – I was beaten up by Quakers
Woody Allen
Part of the reason I had such a drive to be an activist, and support other activists, is because I was raised Quaker and my parents kept us very much informed and involved as kids in civil rights and the conservation movement.
Bonnie Raitt
I descend from both Philadelphia Quakers and Carolina colonists whose families were separated by the Revolutionary War. That helped give me insight into the agony of Patriots who, until the British government denied their claims, had always, like Ben Franklin himself, thought of themselves as free-born Englishmen.
Edward Rutherfurd
Neither of my parents went to church, but they did everything that you needed to do to be Christian. That’s something a Quaker would call an intimation of the divine.
Terry Pratchett
With our sympathy for the wrongdoer we need the old Puritan and Quaker hatred of wrongdoing; with our just tolerance of men and opinions a righteous abhorrence of sin.
John Greenleaf Whittier
Whatever you do, you need courage.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
True godliness does not turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it.
William Penn
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Mother Teresa
The way, like the cross, is spiritual: that is an inward submission of the soul to the will of God, as it is manifested by the light of Christ in the consciences of men, though it be contrary to their own inclinations.
William Penn
However, ironically, I was baptized Presbyterian, and went to a Quaker school for twelve years
Brian De Palma
My aunt was Frances Hodges, who in the Fifties was the editor of ‘Seventeen’ and later one of the creators of ‘Mademoiselle.’ She was my Auntie Mame; she loved culture. She was a Quaker, but she became a milliner against all Quaker logic – they feel that fashion and art are vanities – because she loved fashion.
James Turrell
The kids go to a Quaker school. Their father and I believe a lot in community, social responsibility, making sure you give to people less fortunate than you.
Julianne Moore
One of the tenets in Quaker meditation is that you ‘go inside to greet the light.’ I am interested in this light that’s inside greeting the light that’s outside.
James Turrell
In the context of Quaker worship, it is perfectly appropriate for any person in the congregation to speak a timely word from the Lord.
Richard J. Foster
O brother man! fold to thy heart thy brother; Where pity dwells, the peace of God is there; To worship rightly is to love each other, Each smile a hymn, each kindly deed a prayer.
John Greenleaf Whittier
If I were not a Jew I would be a Quaker.
Albert Einstein
My luck is getting worse and worse. Last night, for instance, I was mugged by a quaker.
Woody Allen
I am a Quaker. And as everyone knows, Quakers, for 300 years, have, on conscientious ground, been against participating in war. I was sentenced to three years in federal prison because I could not religiously and conscientiously accept killing my fellow man.
Bayard Rustin
I was influenced by my children’s education in Quaker schools in the Philadelphia area. I experienced a spiritual awakening and became a Christian, was baptized, and joined a church.
Mike Berenstain
My father came from a Quaker family. His father was a professional artist who did portraits – very traditional, a lot of religious subjects.
Roger Penrose
As for us, we were never concerned with the Kantian-priestly and vegetarian-Quaker prattle about the sacredness of human life.
Leon Trotsky
I literally fell among Quakers when I went up to Oxford.
Lionel Blue
A good End cannot sanctify evil Means; nor must we ever do Evil, that Good may come of it.
William Penn
I’m not a good Quaker, really I’m not, but it’s a lovely thing to aspire to.
Sheila Hancock
We’ve got at least two other streams of that are filled with good, helpful material on meditation – the Catholic stream and the Quaker stream that are not primarily based on meditating on the Scripture.
Timothy Keller
Paradoxically, life is worth living for those who have something for which they will gladly give up life.
A. J. Muste
My mother was born in your state, Mr. Walter, and my mother was a Quaker, and my ancestors in the time of Washington baked bread for George Washington’s troops when they crossed the Delaware, and my own father was a slave.
Paul Robeson