A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on books, controversy, neighbors, quotations, sermons, world, and path

If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbor, tho' he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door. [Mrs. Yule stated in The Docket, Feb. 1912, that she copied this in her handbook from a lecture delivered by Emerson. The 'mouse-trap' quotation was the occasion of a long controversy, owing to Elbert Hubbard's claim to its authorship.]

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Mrs. Sarah S. B. Yule (1856–1916), Borrowings, 1889

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A Quote by Philip Henry on home and sermons

It is easier to go six miles to hear a sermon, than to spend one quarter of an hour in meditating on it when I come home.

Philip Henry (1631 - 1696)

Source: Matthew Henry, Life of Philip Henry

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A Quote by Paul H. Dunn on church, day, experience, faith, friendship, good, happiness, horses, kindness, life, mind, needs, optimism, people, problems, security, sermons, thought, and understanding

I have been uplifted today and the previous days by the optimistic sermons of those who have preceded me. I am grateful for a happy church, a church that brings security and understanding and faith in the lives of its people. This is a church that is not only optimistic but also has a firm foundation. It has been reiterated many times already. The optimism of this conference brought to my mind the little experience of two Vermont farmers. It seems that in Vermont we get a great deal of rain, and the hills are green as a result. One day a farmer was walking down a back road, and it was very muddy, and suddenly he came upon a large puddle, and in the middle of the puddle he saw a straw hat. He thought he recognized it. He tiptoed over and lifted it up, and lo and behold under it was his friend Zeb, and he was right up to his neck in the mud. He said, "Zeb, it looks like you have a problem. Do you need some help?" Zeb said, "No thanks, Zeke, I'll be all right. I have got a good horse under me." Well, I have felt that kind of optimism throughout this conference. Spiritually speaking, we have some great horses under us, and I am grateful for that kind of faith and testimony.

Paul H. Dunn (1924 - 1998)

Source: Conference Report, October 1969, Pg.127

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A Quote by General Omar Nelson Bradley on ethics, life, mystery, peace, sermons, war, and world

We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.

Omar Nelson Bradley (1893 - 1981)

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A Quote by Oliver Goldsmith on life and sermons

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

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A Quote by Norman Vincent Peale on impossibility, sermons, and sleep

Americans are so tense and keyed up that it is impossible even to put them to sleep with a sermon.

Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)

Source: How to Handle Tough Times by Norman Vincent Peale

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A Quote by Mark Twain on sermons


Few sinners are saved after the fiirst twenty minutes of a sermon.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by George Gordon, Lord Byron on day, laughter, sermons, water, wine, and women

Let us have Wine and Women, Mirth and Laughter Sermons and soda-water the day after.

Lord Byron (1788 - 1824)

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A Quote by John Owen on ability, addiction, business, christ, day, gifts, good, heart, jesus, judgment, kindness, learning, men, mind, preparation, prejudice, rest, sermons, spirit, spirituality, study, talent, thought, trade, and work

I do not know a warning that I judge more necessary to be given to those who are called this day, than to charge them not to trade too much with their natural gifts, and abilities, and learning. These are talents in their kind; but it is the Spirit that must manage all that learning they have, or it will prejudice them, and you also. I have known some good men who have been so addicted to their study, that they have thought the last day of the week sufficient to prepare for their ministry, though they employ all the rest of the week in other studies. But your business is to trade with your spiritual abilities. . . . A man may preach a very good sermon, who is otherwise himself; but he will never make a good minister of Jesus Christ, whose mind and heart [are] not always in the work. Spiritual gifts will require continual ruminating on the things of the Gospel in our minds.

John Owen

Source: An Ordination Sermon

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A Quote by John Lyly on blindness and sermons

It is a blind goose that cometh to the fox's sermon.

John Lyly (1554 - 1606)

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