Keep Alive the Dream

May 10, 2023

We are wrapping up our series on Howard Thurman today by sharing some of our favorite quotes. Don’t miss Monday’s “The Life & Legacy of Howard Thurman: African American Mystic, Teacher, and Prophet” retreat, presented by Rev. Joan Crawford. It’s not too late to register. Please click here. We hope to see you for this day of inspiration and prayer!

Howard Thurman

“Whatever may be the tensions and the stresses of a particular day, there is always lurking close at hand the trailing beauty of forgotten joy or unremembered peace.”

“Keep alive the dream; for as long as a man has a dream in his heart, he cannot lose the significance of living.”

“There are two questions that we have to ask ourselves. The 1st is ‘Where am I going?’ and the 2nd is ‘Who will go with me?’ If you ever get these questions in the wrong order, you are in trouble.”

“There must be always remaining in every life, some place for the singing of angels, some place for that which in itself is breathless and beautiful.”

“You must lay your lives on the altar of social change so that wherever you are there the Kingdom of God is at hand!”

“You can’t stand in the midst of the world and struggle for fundamental change unless you are standing in your own space and looking for change within.”

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
― Howard Thurman

“As Howard Thurman — professor of spiritual resources and disciplines, mystic, friend — frequently said to me: ‘Follow the grain in your own wood.’ It is precisely the unique, special, and unrepeatable being of the beloved that inspires desire and devotion.”
— Sam Keen in To Love and Be Loved