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A collection of sayings and quotes by Jean Vanier on community, brokenness, forgiveness, books, death, growth, someone, love, life, ignorance, belief and growth.

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

Quick Facts

Famous As
Philosopher, Philanthropist

Born On
10 September 1928 AD

Born In
Geneva

Founder / Co Founder
L'Arche

Age
89

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.

- Community And Growth, 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.

- Community And Growth, Jean Vanier

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 And Growth, Jean Vanier

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

- Community And Growth, Jean Vanier

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

- 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.

- Community And Growth, 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.

- Finding Peace, Jean Vanier

Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness

- 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.

- Community And Growth, 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.

- Community And Growth, Jean Vanier

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

- Community And Growth, 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.

- Community And Growth, 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.

- Community And Growth, 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)

- Becoming Human, 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.

- Becoming Human, 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.

- Becoming Human, Jean Vanier

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

- Becoming Human, 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.

- Finding Peace, Jean Vanier

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

- Jean Vanier

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

- Finding Peace, 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.

- Community And Growth, 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

- Community And Growth, Jean Vanier

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

- Finding Peace, Jean Vanier

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

- Jean Vanier

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

- Eruption to Hope, Jean Vanier

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.

- Community And Growth, 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.

- Becoming Human, Jean Vanier

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

- Becoming Human, 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.

- Community And Growth, 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.

- Becoming Human, Jean Vanier