Maltbie Davenport Babcock

1858 - 1901

A Quote by Maltbie Davenport Babcock on life, suffering, present, and worth

Present suffering is not enjoyable, but life would be worth little without it. The difference between iron and steel is fire, but steel is worth all it costs.

Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858 - 1901)

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A Quote by Maltbie Davenport Babcock on blessings, business, character, god, life, and trouble

The tests of life are to make, not break us. Trouble may demolish a man's business but build up his character. The blow at the outward man may be the greatest blessing to the inner man. If God, then, puts or permits anything hard in our lives, be sure that the real peril, the real trouble, is that we shall lose if we flinch or rebel.

Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858 - 1901)

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A Quote by Maltbie Davenport Babcock on decisions, failure, genius, language, learning, magic, mistakes, music, patience, perseverance, proverbs, reading, study, success, thinking, and time

One of the commonest mistakes and one of the costliest is thinking that success is due to some genius, some magic - something or other which we do not possess. Success is generally due to holding on, and failure to letting go. You decide to learn a language, study music, take a course of reading, train yourself physically. Will it be success or failure? It depends upon how much pluck and perseverance that word "decide" contains. The decision that nothing can overrule, the grip that nothing can detach will bring success. Remember the Chinese proverb, "With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes satin.

Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858 - 1901)

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A Quote by Maltbie Davenport Babcock

Pay as little attention to discouragement as possible. Plough ahead as a steamer does, rough or smooth - rain or shine. To carry your cargo and make your port is the point.

Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858 - 1901)

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A Quote by Maltbie Davenport Babcock on day, dreams, evil, gifts, god, play, shame, songs, struggle, and work

Be strong: we are not here to play, to dream, to drift, we have hard work to do and loads to lift, shun not the struggle, face it, 'tis god's gift. Be strong: say not the days are evil - who's to blame! And fold your hands and acquiesce - o shame! Stand up, speak out, and bravely in god's name. Be strong! It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong. How hard the battle goes, the day, how long! Faint not, fight on! Tomorrow comes the song.

Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858 - 1901)

Source: The country sage, newspaper clipping, Albert W. Daw Collection.

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A Quote by Maltbie Davenport Babcock on business, character, force, life, and religion

Business is religion, and religion is business. The man who does not make a business of his religion has a religious life of no force, and the man who does not make a religion of his business has a business life of no character.

Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858 - 1901)

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A Quote by Maltbie Davenport Babcock on character, christianity, good, habits, life, and losing

Good habits are not made on birthdays, nor Christian character at the new year. The workshop of character is everyday life. The uneventful and commonplace hour is where the battle is lost or won.

Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858 - 1901)

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A Quote by Maltbie Davenport Babcock on business, life, and people

Our business in life is not to get ahead of other people, but to get ahead of ourselves.

Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858 - 1901)

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A Quote by Maltbie Davenport Babcock on challenge, chance, day, life, meaning, and opportunity

Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them. Every one must be challenged. A day dawns, quite like other days; in it a single hour comes, quite like a other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us. To face every opportunity of life thoughtfully and ask its meaning bravely and earnestly, is the only way to meet the supreme opportunities when they come, whether open-face or disguised.

Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858 - 1901)

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A Quote by Maltbie Davenport Babcock on birds, earth, fatherhood, god, heart, heaven, music, nature, praise, rest, thought, and world

This is my Father's world, And to my list'ning ears, All nature sings, And round me rings The music of the spheres. This is my Father's world, I rest me in the thought Of rocks and trees, Of skies and seas - His hand the wonders wrought. This is my Father's world, The birds their carols raise, The morning light, The lily white, Declare their Maker's praise. This is my Father's world, He shines in all that's fair; In the rustling grass I hear Him pass, He speaks to me ev'rywhere. This is my Father's world, O let me ne'er forget That though the wrong Seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. This my Father's world, Why should my heart be sad? The Lord is King - Let the heavens ring: God reigns: let the earth be glad. Amen.

Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858 - 1901)

Source: THIS IS MY FATHER'S WORLD - by Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901 - Public Domain

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