Phillips Brooks

1835 - 1893

A Quote by Phillips Brooks on character, day, decisions, failure, life, quiet, sorrow, struggle, and temptation

Some day, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the great temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the real struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks. Now it is being decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be made except by a steady, long-continued process.

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

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A Quote by Phillips Brooks on day, god, grace, life, men, miracles, richness, wonder, and work

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall not be a miracle, But you yourself shall be the miracle. Every day you shall wonder at yourself: At the richness of life which has come in you by the grace of God.

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

Source: Sermons. Going Up to Heaven

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A Quote by Phillips Brooks on anticipation, liberty, love, men, time, tolerance, and truth

We anticipate a time when the love of truth shall have come up to our love of liberty, and men shall be cordially tolerant and earnest believers both at once.

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

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A Quote by Phillips Brooks on effort, good, knowledge, and work

To say, "well done" to any bit of good work is to take hold of the powers which have made the effort and strengthen them beyond our knowledge.

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

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A Quote by Phillips Brooks on life, neighbors, and satisfaction

Much as we deplore our condition in life, nothing would make us more satisfied with it than the changing of places, for a few days, with our neighbors.

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

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A Quote by Phillips Brooks on certainty, greatness, life, quality, and present

Greatness after all, in spite of its name, appears to be not so much a certain size as a certain quality in human lives. It may be present in lives whose range is very small.

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

Source: Sermons. Purpose and Use of Comfort

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A Quote by Phillips Brooks on day, deed, idealism, life, and thinking

The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still. Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing. . . .

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

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A Quote by Phillips Brooks on spirituality

We never become truly spiritual by sitting down and wishing to become so. You must undertake something so great that you cannot accomplish it unaided.

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

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A Quote by Phillips Brooks on christianity, faith, god, ideas, life, machines, men, pain, power, suffering, present, and thought

No man dares to condemn the Christian faith today, because the Christian faith has not been tried. Not until men get rid of the thought that it is a poor machine, an expedient for saving them from suffering and pain; not until they get the grand idea of it as the great power of God present in and through the lives of men; not until then does Christianity enter upon its true trial and become ready to show what it can do.

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

Source: The Law of Growth

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A Quote by Phillips Brooks on belief, bigotry, church, god, hatred, heart, indifference, life, men, questions, truth, wishes, and work

To hold your truth, to believe it with all your heart, to work with all your might, first to make it real to yourself and then to show its preciousness to other men, and then - not till then, but then - to leave the questions of when and how and by whom it shall prevail to God: that is the true life of the believer. There is no feeble unconcern and indiscriminateness there, and neither is there any excited hatred of the creed, the doctrine, or the Church, which you feel wholly wrong. You have not fled out of the furnace of bigotry to freeze on the open and desolate plains of indifference. You believe and yet you have no wish to persecute.

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

Source: The Law of Growth

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