Quaker Insights

Reports and Quotes from the Quaker Path


  • “The Lord showed me, so that I did see clearly, that he did not dwell in these temples which men had commanded and set up, but in people’s hearts … his people were his temple, and he dwelt in them.”  George Fox
  • “Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone; whereby in them you may be a blessing, and make the witness of God in them to bless you.”  — George Fox, 1656
  • “You will say Christ saith this, and the apostles say this, but what canst thou say?  Art thou a child of Light and hast thou walked in the Light, and what thou speakest is it inwardly from God?”  — George Fox, 1652
  • “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.”  — Attributed to Stephen Grellet, Quaker Missionary, 1773-1855
  • “For me, Quakerism is about an inward journey that we all travel with the support of our community.”  — Zachary Dutton, Friends Journal January 2017
  • “Worship for us means the act of listening, however accomplished, to that place beyond words, however named and conceptualized, with an open heart and mind.”  — Hank Fey, Friends Journal September 2018
  • “Life is dark and life is full of light, but there is always growth and illumination in the darkness. Life is uncertain and wet and wild and dry as bone, both lush and harsh, yet there is birth in the barest of places. We can lighten each other’s loads and share each other’s burdens to make it through. Life can be majestic and courageous, and life is painful and tough, but to move on we keep putting one foot in front of the other. And in order to experience it all, we must slow down and look and listen and be grateful for each step. For all that we encounter and know, if we only keep searching, we will find that peace and light and living water that was there all along.” — Bernadette Kero, Friends Journal August 2018