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PHILLIPS BROOKS
American bishop, scholar and pulpit orator
(1835 - 1893)
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A prayer, in its simplest definition, is merely a wish turned heavenward.
      - [Prayer]

Anger is self-immolation.
      - [Anger]

Be courageous. Be independent. Only remember where the true courage and independence come from.
      - [Courage]

Call your opinions your creed, and you will change it every week. Make your creed simply and broadly out of the revelation of God, and you may keep it to the end.
      - [Creed]

Devotion is like the candle which Michael Angelo used to take in his pasteboard cap, so as not to throw his shadow upon the work in which he was engaged.
      - [Devotion]

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.
      - [Power]

Every sermon must have a solid rest in Scripture, and the pointedness which comes of a clear subject, and the conviction which belongs to well-thought argument, and the warmth that proceeds from earnest appeal.
      - [Preaching]

Everywhere the flower of obedience is intelligence. Obey a man with cordial loyalty and you will understand him.
      - [Obedience]

Go and try to save a soul, and you will see how well it is worth saving, how capable it is of the most complete salvation. Not by pondering about it, nor by talking of it, but by saving it, you learn its preciousness.
      - [Soul]

Happiness is the natural flower of duty.
      - [Happiness]

Heaven does not make holiness, but holiness makes heaven.
      - [Heaven]

Heaven is not to sweep our truths away, but only to turn them till we see their glory, to open them till we see their truth, and to unveil our eyes till for the first time we shall really see them.
      - [Heaven]

Jesus chose this method of extending the knowledge of Himself throughout the world; He taught His truth to a few men, and then He said, "Now go and tell that truth to other men."
      - [Preaching]

Joy in one's work is the consummate tool.
      - [Joy]

Let us beware of losing our enthusiasms. Let us ever glory in something, and strive to retain our admiration for all that would ennoble, and our interest in all that would enrich and beautify our life.
      - [Enthusiasm]

Let us give thanks to God upon Thanksgiving Day. Nature is beautiful and fellowmen are dear, and duty is close beside us, and God is over us and in us. We want to trust Him with a fuller trust, and so at last to come to that high life where we shall "be careful for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let our request be made known unto God"; for that, and that alone, is peace.
      - [Thanksgiving Day]

Never be afraid to bring the transcendent mysteries of our faith, Christ's life and death and resurrection, to the help of the humblest and commonest of human wants.
      - [Christ (Saviour)]

Never fear to bring the sublimest motive to the smallest duty, and the most infinite comfort to the smallest trouble.
      - [Motive]

Newton's great generalization, which he called the "third law of motion," was that "Action and reaction are always equal to each other;" and that law has been one of the most pregnant of all truths about the mystery of force;--one of the brightest windows through which modern eyes have looked into the world of Nature.
      - [Action]

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.
      - [Greatness]

No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle, pure, and good, without the world being the better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.
      - [Example]

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 street shineth
          The everlasting Light;
            The hopes and fears of all the years
              Are met in thee, to-night.
      - [Christmas]

O Risen Christ! O Easter Flower!
  How dear Thy Grace has grown!
    From east to west, with loving power,
      Make all the world Thine own.
      - [Easter]

Obedience completes itself in understanding.
      - [Obedience]

Oh, my dear friends,--you who are letting miserable misunderstandings run on from year to year, meaning to clear them up some day,--if you only could know and see and feel that the time is short, how it would break the spell! How you would go instantly and do the thing which you might never have another chance to do!
      - [Reconciliation]


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