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Father of All! in every age,
  In every clime ador'd,
    By saint, by savage, and by sage,
      Jehovah, Jove, or Lord!
      - Alexander Pope, Universal Prayer

If I am right, Thy grace impart,
  Still in the right to stay;
    If I am wrong, O teach my heart
      To find that better way!
      - Alexander Pope, Universal Prayer

Happy are they who freely mingle prayer and toil till God responds to the one and rewards the other.
      - Samuel Irenaeu Prime

Patience and perseverance are never more thoroughly Christian graces than when features of prayer.
      - Samuel Irenaeu Prime

In all thou dost first let thy Prayers ascend,
  And to the Gods thy Labours first commend,
    From them implore Success, and hope a prosperous End.
      - Pythagoras, Golden Verses (l. 49)

God's pleasure is at the end of our prayers.
      - Francis Quarles

Heaven is never deaf but when man's heart is dumb.
      - Francis Quarles

Not as we wanted it,
  But as God granted it.
      - Sir Arthur T. Quiller-Couch, To Bearers

They were ordinary soldiers, just the common Jean and Hans,
  One from the valley of the Rhine and one from fair Provence.
    They were simple-hearted fellows--every night each said his prayer:
      The one prayed Vater Unser and the other Notre Pere.
      - Charles Alexander Richmond, Lord's Prayer

Prayer purifies: it is a self-preached sermon.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

A life of prayer is a life whose litanies are ever fresh acts of self-devoting love.
      - Frederick William Robertson

That prayer which does not succeed in moderating our wishes--in changing the passionate desire into still submission, the anxious, tumultuous expectation into silent surrender--is no true prayer, and proves that we have not the spirit of true prayer.
      - Frederick William Robertson

The Divine Wisdom has given us prayer, not as a means whereby to obtain the good things of earth, but as a means whereby we learn to do without them; not as a means whereby we escape evil, but as a means whereby we become strong to meet it.
      - Frederick William Robertson

At the muezzin's call for prayer,
  The kneeling faithful thronged the square,
    And on Pushkara's lofty height
      The dark priest chanted Brahma's might.
        Amid a monastery's weeds
          And old Franciscan told his beads;
            While to the synagogue there came
              A Jew to praise Jehovah's name.
                The one great God looked down and smiled
                  And counted each His loving child;
                    For Turk and Brahmin, monk and Jew
                      Had reached Him through the gods they knew.
      - Harry Romaine, Ad Coelum,
        in "Munsey's Magazine", Jan. 1895

Let us pray! God is just, he tries us; God is pitiful, he will comfort us; let us pray!
      - Joseph Roux

The habit of prayer communicates a penetrating sweetness to the glance, the voice, the smile, the tears,--to all one says, or does, or writes.
      - Joseph Roux

Faithful prayer always implies correlative exertion; and no man can ask honestly and hopefully to be delivered from temptation, unless he has himself honestly and firmly determined to do the best he can to keep out of it.
      - John Ruskin

Each time thou wishest to decide upon performing some enterprise, raise the eyes to heaven, pray God to bless thy project; if thou canst make that prayer, accomplish thy work.
      - Leopold Schefer

We pray for trifles without so much as a thought of the greatest blessings; and we are not ashamed many times, to ask God for that which we should blush to own to our neighbor.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Fear of death drives the wretched to prayer.
  [Lat., In vota miseros ultimus cogit timor.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Agamemnon

Nothing costs so much as what is bought by prayers.
  [Lat., Nulla res carius constat quam quae precibus empta est.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Beneficiis (II, 1)

The first petition that we are to make to Almighty God is for a good conscience, the next for health of mind, and then of body.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Epistles

All his mind is bent to holiness,
  To number Ave-Maries on his beads.
      - William Shakespeare

Go with me, like good angels, to my end;
  And, as the long divorce of steel falls on me
    Make of your prayers one sweet sacrifice,
      And lift my soul to heaven.
      - William Shakespeare

I pray thee, leave me to myself tonight; for I have need of many orisons to move the heavens to smile upon my state, which, well thou knowest, is cross and full of sin.
      - William Shakespeare

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