Rufus Jones, fully Rufus Matthew Jones

Rufus
Jones, fully Rufus Matthew Jones
1863
1948

American Writer, Magazine Editor, Philosopher, College Philosophy Professor, Quaker Historian of Mysticism and Theologian, Co-founder of the American Friends Service Committee which has won the Nobel Prize

Author Quotes

There must be amidst all the confusions of the hour a tried and undisturbed remnant of persons who will not become purveyors of coercion and violence, who are ready to stand alone, if it is necessary, for the way of peace and love among men.

True joy is not a thing of moods, not a capricious emotion, tied to fluctuating experiences. It is a state and condition of the soul. It survives through pain and sorrow and, like a subterranean spring, waters the whole life. It is intimately allied and bound up with love and goodness, and so is deeply rooted in the life of God.

God finds His complete Life in and through us as we find ours in and through Him and through each other in love and joy and cooperation.

We are no more bankrupt in our capacity for finding God than in our capacity for finding harmony, or beauty, or moral goodness, or truth. We shall not find all there is of any of these values, but all we do is find is real, and is good to live by. So also with our findings of God, they do not exhaust His being. They do not carry us to the full height of all that He is. But what we have proves to be solid building material for life-purposes, and every spiritual gain that is achieved makes the next one more possible and more sure.

God is not an abstract reality, an absolute Alone, at the far end of Bethel-ladders and Babel-towers. He is central in the stream of Life and Love and Truth and Beauty. The reason we can hope to find God is that He is here, engaged all the time in finding us.

When the war ends, it will be found that there was an equal amount of huggery practiced on both sides, that terrible things were done to force the final victory.

God, to be God, must transcend what is. He must be the maker of what ought to be.

Whether in times of war or times of peace the Quaker is under peculiar obligation to assist and to forward movements and forces which make for peace in the world and which bind men together in ties of unity and fellowship.

I think if you lower the limits on money it would encourage our elected officials to get into their districts... to interact with the average citizen to encourage more people to contribute smaller amounts to get their message across.

In any case, fighting will not settle whether the claims were just or unjust. It will only settle which nation can mobilize and handle its fighting forces and its economic forces the better.

It has always been a two-way road. It is a Double Search. God is forever seeking us from the Love that comes down from Above. And man is forever striving for eternal reality and the Beauty of the Lord, our God.

Nations are not thugs. They are bodies of intelligent people.

No lawyer can afford to be ignorant of the Bible.

Serenity comes not alone by removing the outward causes and occasions of fear, but by the discovery of inward reservoirs to draw upon.

The first thing you've got to do is get a client. You can go up there and lobby all day long, but if you don't have a client, you're in trouble!

But salvation is not a transaction; it is the formation of a new life. There is but one salvation for all mankind and that is the life of God in the soul.

[Conscience] is the voice of our ideal self, our complete self, our real self, laying its call upon the will.

Author Picture
First Name
Rufus
Last Name
Jones, fully Rufus Matthew Jones
Birth Date
1863
Death Date
1948
Bio

American Writer, Magazine Editor, Philosopher, College Philosophy Professor, Quaker Historian of Mysticism and Theologian, Co-founder of the American Friends Service Committee which has won the Nobel Prize