Phillips Brooks

1835 - 1893

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, faith, and god

To believe in the God over us and around us and not in the God within us - that would be a powerless and fruitless faith.

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

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A Quote by Phillips Brooks on god, greatness, life, and mankind

No man has come to true greatness who has not felt in some degree that his life belongs to his race, and that what God gives him He gives him for mankind.

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

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A Quote by Phillips Brooks on chance, god, life, losing, opportunity, pain, soul, and suffering

There are no times in life when opportunity, the chance to be and do, gathers so richly about the soul as when it has to suffer. Then everything depends on whether the man turns to the lower or the higher helps. If he resorts to mere expedients and tricks the opportunity is lost. He comes out harder, poorer, smaller for his pain. But, if he turns to God, the hour of suffering is the turning hour of his life.

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

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A Quote by Phillips Brooks on beginning, idealism, life, and possibility

We are haunted by an ideal life, and it is because we have within us the beginning and the possibility of it.

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

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A Quote by Phillips Brooks on earth, god, life, and paradise

Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God's Paradise.

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

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A Quote by Phillips Brooks on angels, birth, blessings, christ, darkness, earth, fear, gifts, god, hope, lies, love, men, peace, silence, sleep, soul, and world

O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie; Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by; Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light. The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight. For Christ is born of Mary, And, gathered all above While mortals sleep,the angels keep Their watch of wond'ring love. O morning stars, together Proclaim the holy birth, And praises sing to God the King, And peace to men on earth. How silently, how silently The wondrous gift is giv'n! So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of his heav'n. No ear may hear his coming; But in this world of sin, Where meek souls will receive him, still The dear Christ enters in.

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

Source: O little town of Bethlehem, 1867

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A Quote by Phillips Brooks on chance, god, life, obedience, patience, purpose, soul, success, temptation, universe, vision, and world

As the Master Wills: Slowly, through all the universe, the temple of God is being built. Wherever, in any world, a soul, by free-willed obedience, catches the fire of God's likeness, it is set into the growing walls, a living stone. When, in your hard fight, in your tiresome drudgery, or in your terrible temptation, you catch the purpose of your being, and give yourself to God, and so give Him the chance to give Himself to you, your life, a living stone, is taken up and set into that growing wall. Wherever souls are being tried and ripened, in whatever commonplace and homely ways;-there God is hewing out the pillars for His temple. Oh, if the stone can only have some vision of the temple of which it is to be a part forever, what patience must fill it as it feels the blows of the hammer, and knows that success for it is simply to let itself be wrought into what shape the Master wills.

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

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A Quote by Phillips Brooks on prayer and wishes

A prayer, in its simplest definition, is merely a wish turned heavenward.

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

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A Quote by Phillips Brooks on death, power, and truth

The great Easter truth is not that we are to live newly after death - that is not the great thing - but that we are to be new here and now by the power of the resurrection; not so much that we are to live forever as that we are to, and may, live nobly now because we are to live forever.

Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

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