Tag Archives: James W. Sire

action ripens into truth

Without action, thought can never ripen into truth. . . . Inaction is cowardice, but there can be no scholar without the heroic mind. The preamble of thought, the transition through which it passes from the unconscious to the conscious, is action. Only so much do I know, as I have lived. Instantly we know whose words are loaded with life, and whose not.

Habits of the Mind, by James W. Sire

parables without end

In their original setting, Jesus’ parables often end without ending. [The Good Samaritan] does. What does the lawyer do? We don’t know. It’s up to him. When we read the parables, what will we do? It’s up to us. The story of a parable gets finished on the action end of our lives. The story transforms us or it doesn’t, but we write the ending. The picture is there before us, and Jesus says, “Go and do likewise.”

Habits of the Mind by James W. Sire


Without [humility] every virtue begins to become a vice. A passion for truth becomes a certitude that we have found and now possess it. A passion for holiness becomes self-righteousness.

James W. Sire, Habits of the Mind, p.122