Michael Novak quotes

  • Love is not a feeling of happiness. Love is a willingness to sacrifice.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Love #Happiness #Sacrifice

  • Everything I do that I'm enthusiastic about. This is genuine enthusiasm. If I don't - I mean I've done other projects that I have not been a fan of until I realized I was doing it and I wasn't really there. And I don't do those anymore.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Mean #Done #Enthusiasm

  • Granted that I must die, how shall I live?
    -- Michael Novak

    #Purpose #Granted

  • We talk about a civilization and love and we're seeing it at the end. So many people around the world are - that whole electronic band that Dostoyevsky imagined of love around the world - that every contribution, every moment of love, every act of kindness feeds that and is like a reservoir for somebody in need to draw upon.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Kindness #Civilization #People

  • We really feel happier when things look bleak. Hope is endurance. Hope is holding on and going on and trusting in the Lord.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Endurance #Looks #Holding On

  • Don't be afraid of anything. We've seen so much suffering and evil in the 20th century and we got through it. We can go on. God is with us. God will help us. Trust Him.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Evil #Suffering #Goes On

  • To know oneself is to disbelieve utopia.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Utopia #Oneself #Knowing Oneself

  • There is an alternative to terror. It is called, in the political order, democracy. In the economic order, it is called the dynamic enterprise economy. (...) It empowers poor people from the bottom up. (...) A dynamic economic sector is the poor's best hope of escaping the prison of poverty. It is the only system so far known to human beings to take poor people and make them, quite soon, middle class, and some of them even (horrors!) rich.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Escaping #Order #Class

  • Marriage, the family unit, was the "original Department of Health, Education and Welfare."
    -- Michael Novak

    #Marriage #Welfare #Units

  • Our capacity for self-deception has no known limits
    -- Michael Novak

    #Self #Deception #Limits

  • It is not possible in this culture today to hold up to public pillory and ridicule any group - whether blacks, American Indians, women, homosexuals, Poles, or any of a number of other groups that have been discriminated against in the past. However, the one group you can hold up to public mockery and pillory without fear of reprisal is evangelical Christians.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Christian #Religious #Past

  • There is a bigotry rampant in America, against evangelicals. It is the last respectable bigotry.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Christian #Religious #America

  • It is almost inconceivable that citizens of that time were willing to support so bloody a war, by putting so high a price upon Union and Liberty.
    -- Michael Novak

    #War #Support #Liberty

  • Individual freedom is a Jewish idea, but it's one of the functions of Christianity to make this idea universal.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Christian #Ideas #Individual

  • Atheists in our midst are proof that all consciences can be accommodated here, even those that have no ground for holding that conscience is sacred, inalienable, and prior to civil society.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Atheist #Atheism #Sacred

  • You're a sovereign as a citizen. If you're not involved in your government, you're not doing your job. In the long run that's very bad for the Republic.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Running #Jobs #Government

  • Our political institutions work remarkably well. They are designed to clang against each other. The noise is democracy at work.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Work #Political #Democracy

  • Practically every movie that shows the pope or even a bishop as a character, and in much of western literature of the last 300 or 400 years, these are portrayed as awful figures.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Character #Years #Gdp

  • To go into a competition and not strive to win is to be a dishonest competitor.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Sports #Winning #Competition

  • Command by instinct is swifter, subtler, deeper, more accurate, more in touch with reality than command by conscious mind. The discovery takes one's breath away.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Reality #Discovery #Mind

  • Our Founders always wondered about how long it would last. The price of liberty is everlasting vigilance. You've got to be on your guard every minute or you will lose it.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Long #Liberty #Lasts

  • Even rock stars are entitled to privacy.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Stars #Rocks #Privacy

  • In most of history, societies have not been free. It's a very rare society that is free. The default condition of human societies is tyranny.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Default #Tyranny #Humans

  • Sports events do not really exist at all unless there is a certain order and fairness - justice in each event.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Sports #Order #Justice

  • Unity in diversity is the highest possible attainment of a civilization, a testimony to the most noble possibilities of the human race. This attainment is made possible through passionate concern for choice, in an atmosphere of social trust.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Race #Civilization #Diversity

  • I need not to be afraid of the void. The void is part of my person. I need to enter consciously into it. To try to escape from it is to try to live a lie. It is also to cease to be. My acceptance of despair and emptiness constitutes my being; to have the courage to accept despair is to be.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Lying #Acceptance #Trying

  • Tradition lives because young people come along who catch its romance and add new glories to it.
    -- Michael Novak

    #People #Romance #Add

  • Christians must be Jews. The truth of what we believe depends on the truth of Judaism, depends on the first covenant.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Christian #Believe #Covenant

  • Jews do not have to be Christians. Christianity is an offshoot of Judaism, but too utopian, too hopeful, too unrealistic a turn.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Christian #Hopeful #Judaism

  • The Lord God, the creator of Judaism and the God of Judaism and Christianity, empowered our minds and gave us the ability to question.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Mind #Christianity #Lord

  • The most critical threat to our freedom is a failure to appreciate the power of truth.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Truth #Appreciate #Threat

  • Sports is, somehow, a religion.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Sports

  • To persuade thinking persons in Eastern Europe that Central American Marxists - the Sandinistas, the guerillas in El Salvador - are in absurd and tragic error is not difficult. Poles and Czechs and Hungarians can hardly believe, after what they experienced under socialism, that other human beings would fall for the same bundle of lies, half-truths, and distortions. Sadly, however, illusion is often sweeter to human taste than reality. The last marxist in the world will probably be an American nun.
    -- Michael Novak

    #War #Lying #Believe

  • Ending torture and tyranny in Iraq was not a mistake. Supporting democracy in Iraq is not a mistake. Helping the long-suffering Muslims of Iraq who now seek to live democratically is not a mistake. In the long, long history of the Middle East, this breakthrough may one day be ranked as a dramatic turning point in regional history.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Mistake #Iraq #Long

  • No great, inspiring culture of the future can be built upon the moral principle of relativism. For at its bottom such a culture holds that nothing is better than anything else, and that all things are in themselves equally meaningless. Except for the fragments of faith (in progress, in compassion, in conscience, in hope) to which it still clings, illegitimately, such a culture teaches every one of its children that life is a tale told by an idiot, signifying nothing.
    -- Michael Novak

    #Children #Compassion #Progress

  • Christ said: Blessed are the peace-makers, not blessed are the peace-sayers. If the world fell into the hands of totalitarian factions, there is still the possibility that they might fight amongst themselves. Surrender to them would not encourage the kingdom of peace and love - and those that desire it, or with passionate intensity permit it, know not what they do...
    -- Michael Novak

    #War #Blessed #Fighting