A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on challenge, cynicism, and preachers

Don't be a cynic and disconsolate preacher. Don't bewail and moan. Omit the negative propositions. Challenge us with incessant affirmatives.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Philip Doddridge on day, god, pleasure, preachers, sacred, and present

Live while you live, the epicure would say, And seize the pleasures of the present day; Live while you live, the sacred preacher cries, And give to God each moment as it flies. Lord, in my views, let both united be: I live in pleasure when I live to thee.

Philip Doddridge (1702 - 1751)

Source: Epigram on his Family Arms. 1

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A Quote by J. B. Phillips on apathy, doubt, facts, faith, feeling, imagination, learning, lies, men, patience, people, practice, prayer, preachers, religion, simplicity, spontaneity, thinking, thought, understanding, wonder, and words

The preacher and the writer may seem to have an... easy task. At first sight, it may seem that they have only to proclaim and declare; but in fact, if their words are to enter men's hearts and bear fruit, they must be the right words, shaped cunningly to pass men's defenses and explode silently and effectually within their minds. This means, in practice, turning a face of flint toward the easy cliché, the well-worn religious cant and phraseology - dear, no doubt, to the faithful, but utterly meaningless to those outside the fold. It means learning how people are thinking and how they are feeling; it means learning with patience, imagination and ingenuity the way to pierce apathy or blank lack of understanding. I sometimes wonder what hours of prayer and thought lie behind the apparently simple and spontaneous parables of the Gospel.

J. B. Phillips (1906 - 1982)

Source: Making Men Whole

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A Quote by Elizabeth Barrett Browning on bitterness, borrowing, faith, foolishness, god, nature, needs, preachers, schools, and sorrow

There is no God," the foolish saith, But none, "There is no sorrow." And nature oft the cry of faith In bitter need will borrow: Eyes which the preacher could not school, By wayside graves are raised; And lips say, "God be pitiful," Who ne'er said, "God be praised."

Elizabeth Browning (1806 - 1861)

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A Quote by Edward King on desires, faith, feeling, giving, life, mathematics, persuasion, power, and preachers

Nothing anonymous will ever persuade-the faith and conduct of the preacher give life and power to his message. Thus preaching is different from mere feeling. You may teach mathematics or geography without being fully convinced. But in delivering the Gospel message, if it is to be a living life-giving message, there must be in the preacher a sense of message and the desire to deliver it.

Edward King (1829 - 1910)

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A Quote by Edward King on gifts, love, and preachers

Without the gift of love, you will never be a preacher.

Edward King (1829 - 1910)

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A Quote by Theodore Seuss Geisel "Dr. Seuss" on books, meaning, and preachers

Preachers in pulpits talked about what a great message is in the book. No matter what you do, somebody always imputes meaning into your books.

Dr. Seuss (1904 - 1991)

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A Quote by William Ashley (Billy) Sunday on good, hell, money, and preachers

If there is not Hell, a good many preachers are obtaining money under false pretenses.

Billy Sunday (1862 - 1935)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on preachers

Said of the Irish itinerant preacher the Reverend Mr. Whitefield, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1739. Every accent, every emphasis, every modulation of voice, was so perfectly well turned and well placed, that, without being interested in the subject, one could not help being pleased with the discourse . . . .

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Source: Autobiography, ch. 8

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A Quote by Arthur Gordon "Art" Linkletter on beginning, failure, hospitals, preachers, time, war, and world

A preacher was operated on for a hernia. As this was about the time of the first world war he was given ether. As he was coming out of the anesthetic a fire broke out in the building next door. As the flames began to show through the hospital windows the nurse pulled the shades down. She didn't want the preacher to think his operation had been a failure.

Art Linkletter (1912 -)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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