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32 Insightful Quotes By Jean Vanier On Love, Soul, Humanity, Pain And More

Famous As: Philosopher, Philanthropist
Born On: September 10, 1928
Born In: Geneva
Founder / Co Founder: L'Arche
Jean Vanier is an illustrious Canadian Catholic philosopher, humanitarian and theologian. He is accredited with founding ‘L’Arche’. This is an international federation that works for people with developmental disabilities and those who help them. He is also the co-founder of ‘Faith And Light’, which also works for people with developmental disabilities, their kith and kin, in over 80 countries. He has also penned down more than 30 books in which he has shared his thoughts, views, experiences and opinions on subjects close to his heart including tolerance, religion, normality, disability and success. We have collected some famous quotable quotes and sayings by Jean Vanier which have been excerpted from his works, writings, books, thoughts and life. Zoom through the quotes and thoughts by Jean Vanier which are sure to enlighten you.
I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes.

I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes.

Jean Vanier
Many people are good at talking about what they are doing, but in fact do little. Others do a lot but don't talk about it; they are the ones who make a community live.

Many people are good at talking about what they are doing, but in fact do little. Others do a lot but don't talk about it; they are the ones who make a community live.

Jean Vanier
We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love.

We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love.

Jean Vanier
Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world where people so often either ignore or fight each other. It is a sign that we don't need a lot of money to be happy--in fact, the opposite.

Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world where people so often either ignore or fight each other. It is a sign that we don't need a lot of money to be happy--in fact, the opposite.

Jean Vanier
To love someone is to show to them their beauty, their worth and their importance.

To love someone is to show to them their beauty, their worth and their importance.

Jean Vanier
Love doesn't mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness.

Love doesn't mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness.

Jean Vanier
If we are to grow in love, the prisons of our egoism must be unlocked. This implies suffering, constant effort and repeated choices.

If we are to grow in love, the prisons of our egoism must be unlocked. This implies suffering, constant effort and repeated choices.

Jean Vanier
Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness

Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness

Jean Vanier
When we love and respect people, revealing to them their value, they can begin to come out from behind the walls that protect them.

When we love and respect people, revealing to them their value, they can begin to come out from behind the walls that protect them.

Jean Vanier
All of us have a secret desire to be seen as saints, heroes, martyrs. We are afraid to be children, to be ourselves.

All of us have a secret desire to be seen as saints, heroes, martyrs. We are afraid to be children, to be ourselves.

Jean Vanier
A Christian community should do as Jesus did: propose and not impose. Its attraction must lie in the radiance cast by the love of brothers.

A Christian community should do as Jesus did: propose and not impose. Its attraction must lie in the radiance cast by the love of brothers.

Jean Vanier
It is only when we stand up, with all our failings and sufferings, and try to support others rather than withdraw into ourselves, that we can fully live the life of community.

It is only when we stand up, with all our failings and sufferings, and try to support others rather than withdraw into ourselves, that we can fully live the life of community.

Jean Vanier
People cannot accept their own evil if they do not at the same time feel loved, respected and trusted.

People cannot accept their own evil if they do not at the same time feel loved, respected and trusted.

Jean Vanier
Every human activity can be put at the service of the divine and of love. We should all exercise our gift to build community.

Every human activity can be put at the service of the divine and of love. We should all exercise our gift to build community.

Jean Vanier
But let us not put our sights too high. We do not have to be saviours of the world! We are simply human beings, enfolded in weakness and in hope, called together to change our world one heart at a time. (163)

But let us not put our sights too high. We do not have to be saviours of the world! We are simply human beings, enfolded in weakness and in hope, called together to change our world one heart at a time. (163)

Jean Vanier
When children are loved, they live off trust; their bides and hearts open up to those who respect and love them, who understand and listen to them.

When children are loved, they live off trust; their bides and hearts open up to those who respect and love them, who understand and listen to them.

Jean Vanier
I have discovered the value of psychology and psychiatry, that their teachings can undo knots in us and permit life to flow again and aid us in becoming more truly human.

I have discovered the value of psychology and psychiatry, that their teachings can undo knots in us and permit life to flow again and aid us in becoming more truly human.

Jean Vanier
[Happiness] comes when we choose to be who we are, to be ourselves, at this present moment in our lives.

[Happiness] comes when we choose to be who we are, to be ourselves, at this present moment in our lives.

Jean Vanier
Every act of violence is also a message that needs to be understood. (23-24)

Every act of violence is also a message that needs to be understood. (23-24)

Jean Vanier
Envy comes from people’s ignorance of, or lack of belief, in their own gifts.

Envy comes from people’s ignorance of, or lack of belief, in their own gifts.

Jean Vanier
At the heart of the celebration, there are the poor. If [they] are excluded, it is not longer a celebration. [...] A celebration must always be a festival of the poor.

At the heart of the celebration, there are the poor. If [they] are excluded, it is not longer a celebration. [...] A celebration must always be a festival of the poor.

Jean Vanier
True peace can rarely be imposed from the outside; it must be born within and between communities through meetings and dialogue and then carried outward.

True peace can rarely be imposed from the outside; it must be born within and between communities through meetings and dialogue and then carried outward.

Jean Vanier
Look at your own poverty
welcome it
cherish it
don't be afraid
share your death
because thus you will share your love and your life

Look at your own poverty welcome it cherish it don't be afraid share your death because thus you will share your love and your life

Jean Vanier
We work for peace every time we exercise authority with wisdom and authentic love.

We work for peace every time we exercise authority with wisdom and authentic love.

Jean Vanier
Our humanity is so beautiful, but it needs to be transformed

Our humanity is so beautiful, but it needs to be transformed

Jean Vanier
That is the fundamental question; how to trust that she has a heart and that she can, little by little, receive love, be transformed by love, and then give love.

That is the fundamental question; how to trust that she has a heart and that she can, little by little, receive love, be transformed by love, and then give love.

Jean Vanier
An ethics of desire is good news for those of us who have become allergic to an ethics of law.

An ethics of desire is good news for those of us who have become allergic to an ethics of law.

Jean Vanier
The friend of time doesn't spend all day saying: 'I haven't got time.' He doesn't fight with time. He accepts it and cherishes it.

The friend of time doesn't spend all day saying: 'I haven't got time.' He doesn't fight with time. He accepts it and cherishes it.

Jean Vanier
We human beings are all fundamentally the same. We all belong to a common, broken humanity. We all have wounded, vulnerable hearts. Each one of us needs to feel appreciated and understood; we all need help.

We human beings are all fundamentally the same. We all belong to a common, broken humanity. We all have wounded, vulnerable hearts. Each one of us needs to feel appreciated and understood; we all need help.

Jean Vanier
The language of elitism smells bad! It is not healthy to believe that we are the only ones to have captured truth and even less healthy to condemn others.

The language of elitism smells bad! It is not healthy to believe that we are the only ones to have captured truth and even less healthy to condemn others.

Jean Vanier
The word love has been so abused by publicity and advertisements that we no longer know really what it means.

The word love has been so abused by publicity and advertisements that we no longer know really what it means.

Jean Vanier
Weakness, recognized, accepted, and offered, is at the heart of belonging, so it is at the heart of communion with another.

Weakness, recognized, accepted, and offered, is at the heart of belonging, so it is at the heart of communion with another.

Jean Vanier