11th August - John Henry Newman
|John Henry Newman - John Everett Millais|
John Henry Newman has been described as "one of the acutest, cleverest and deepest men" and “the most influential and revered English-speaking religious thinker and spiritual writer since the Reformation.”
He was born in London and attended Great Ealing School, where it was said he ” …took no part in the casual school games”. At the age of 15, during his last year at school, Newman was converted, an incident of which he said he was "more certain than that I have hands or feet". Although Newman looked back on his conversion as the saving of his soul he was drawn to the high-church tradition. After attending Oxford University he was ordained priest in the Church of England, became a leader of the Oxford Movement, taught at Oxford, and was later ordained a Roman Catholic priest.
If we insist on being as sure as is conceivable... we must be content to creep along the ground, and never soar.
A great memory does not make a mind, any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature.
Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.
Growth is the only evidence of life.