With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes satin.— Maltbie Davenport Babcock
The most simplistic Maltbie Davenport Babcock quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles.
Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them.
The tests of life are to make, not break us.
Trouble may demolish a man's business but build up his character. The blow at the outward man may be the greatest blessing to the inner man.
Life is what we are alive to. It is not length, but breadth. To be alive only to appetite, pleasure, pride, money-making, and not to goodness and kindness, purity and love, history, poetry, music, flowers, stars, God and eternal hopes, it is to be all but dead.
A day dawns, quite like other days; in it, a single hour comes, quite like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us.
Pay little attention to discouragement as possible.
Plough ahead as a steamer does, rough or smooth - rain or shine. To carry your cargo and make your port is the point.
This is my Father's world: O let me ne'er forget That though the wrong Seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet.
Business is religion, and religion is business.
The man who does not make a business of his religion has a religious life of no force, and the man who does not make a religion of his business has a business life of no character.
Is not this steadfastness to mark, to make, the character of your lives? Is it not God's will that we should press steadily on to our goal in obedience to Him, in channels of His choosing, whether in sunshine or shadow, in the cheer of spring or in the chill of winter, neither detained by pleasure nor deterred by pain?
Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them.
... To face every opportunity of life thoughtfully, and ask its meaning bravely and earnestly, is the only way to meet supreme opportunities when they come, whether open-faced or disguised.
The workshop of character is everyday life.
God be thanked for that good and perfect gift, the gift unspeakable: His life, His love, His very self in Jesus Christ.
You are not responsible for the disposition you are born with, but you are responsible for the one you die with.
The Christian life that is joyless is a discredit to God and a disgrace to itself.
Remember to think of your departed mother always as living, just away in another room of our Father's house.
Prayer must mean something to us, if it is to mean anything to God.
If we show the Lord's death at Communion, we must show the Lord's life in the world. If it is a Eucharist on Sunday, it must prove on Monday that it was also a Sacrament.
I agree with you that the communion with the invisible saints must be more of a dream than a reality. But we have a right to dream dreams, if they are not contradicted by the evident laws of God's word, or God's world.
Present suffering is not enjoyable, but life would be worth little without it.
The difference between iron and steel is fire, but steel is worth all it costs.
May death be no more than the bell that sounds when school is over, and going home, may I find that I had laid up my treasure in the right place.
If you can help anybody even a little, be glad.
Worship demands the far distances of God;
it protests against the little, the near, the material. It must love but it must look up. It cannot live without the note of spirituality and universality, if not mystery. The ascension, the passing of Christ within the veil, answers this need. So does a full-robed Christianity add to definiteness of knowledge the outreach of imagination and home.
The root of honesty is an honest intention, the distinct and deliberate purpose to be true, to handle facts as they are, and not as we wish them to be. Facts lend themselves to manipulation. Many a butcher's hand is worth more than its weight in gold. What we want things to be, we come to see them to be; and the tailor pulls the coat and the truth into a perfect fit from his point of view.
If you can help anybody even a little, be glad;
up the steps of usefulness and kindness, God will lead you on to happiness and friendship.
Good habits are not made on birthdays, nor Christian character at the new year.
The vision may dawn, the dream may waken, the heart may leap with a new inspiration on some mountain-top, but the test, the triumph, is at the foot of the mountain, on the level plain. The workshop of character is every-day life. The uneventful and commonplace hour is where the battle is won or lost.
To have failed is to have striven, to have striven is to have grown.
Although there is nothing so bad for conscience as trifling, there is nothing so good for conscience as trifles. Its certain discipline and development are related to the smallest things. Conscience, like gravitation, takes hold of atoms. Nothing is morally indifferent. Conscience must reign in manners as well as morals, in amusements as well as work. He only who is "faithful in that which is least" is dependable in all the world.
Loyalty to God is alone fundamental. Feelings, words, deeds, must be beads strung on the string of duty. Let the world tell you in a hundred ways what your life is for. Say you ever and only, "Lo, I come to do Thy will, O my God." Out of that dutiful root grows the beautiful life, the life radically and radiantly true to God--the only life that can be lived in both worlds.
Salvation is not putting a man into heaven but putting heaven into a man.
Don't let the good things of life rob you of the best things!
Be strong! We are not here to play, to dream, to drift;
We have hard work to do and loads to lift; Shun not the struggle-face it; 'tis God's gift.
Loyalty to God is alone fundamental. Feelings, words, deeds, must be beads strung on the string of duty.
The world is God's workshop; the raw materials are His; the ideals and patterns are His; our hands are "the members of Christ," our reward His recognition. Blacksmith or banker, draughtsman or doctor, painter or preacher, servant or statesman, must work as unto the Lord, not merely making a living, but devoting a life. This makes life sacramental, turning its water into wine. This is twice blessed, blessing both the worker and the work.
The kindness of Christmas is the kindness of Christ.
To know that God so loved us as to give us His Son for our dearest Brother, has brought human affection to its highest tide on the day of that Brother's birth. If God so loved us, how can we help loving one another?
Be strong! It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong, how hard the battle goes, the day how long, faint not, fight on! Tomorrow comes the song.
Success is generally due to holding on, and failure to letting go.
Lord, let me make this rule To think of life as school, And try my best To stand each test, And do my work, And nothing shirk. Should someone else outshine This dullard head of mine, Should I be sad? I will be glad. To do my best Is Thy behest. Some day the bell will sound, Some day my heart will bound, As with a shout That school is out And lessons done, I homeward run.
We should care, not so much about being recognized, as about being worth recognition.
Unless we realize our sins enough to call them by name, it is hardly worth while to say anything about them at all. When we pray for forgiveness, let us say, "my temper," or "untruthfulness," or "pride," "my selfishness, my cowardice, indolence, jealousy, revenge, impurity." To recognize our sins, we must look them in the face and call them by their right names, however hard. Honesty in confession calls for definiteness in confession.
Life is what we are alive to.
Be strong: we are not here to play, to dream, to drift, we have hard work to do and loads to lift, shun not the struggle, face it, 'tis god's gift. Be strong: say not the days are evil - who's to blame! And fold your hands and acquiesce - o shame! Stand up, speak out, and bravely in god's name. Be strong! It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong. How hard the battle goes, the day, how long! Faint not, fight on! Tomorrow comes the song.
What is our hope but the indwelling Spirit of Christ, to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, to inspire every word and deed by His love? Then will "broken lights" blend in steady shining, the fractional be summed up in the integral, and life, unified and beautified by the central Christ, radiate God's glory, and shine with divine effulgence.
Jesus does not want us to say, dead, for, He said, all live unto Him, though they seem dead to us.
One of the commonest mistakes and one of the costliest is thinking that success is due to some genius, some magic – something or other which we do not possess. Success is generally due to holding on, and failure to letting go.