O, do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks! Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle. But you shall be a miracle. Every day you shall wonder at yourself, at the richness of life which has come to you by the grace of God.

— Phillips Brooks

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Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.


Christ is the Word of God. It is not in certain texts written in the New Testament, valuable as they are; it is not in certain words which Jesus spoke, vast as is their preciousness; it is in the Word, which Jesus is, that the great manifestation of God is made.


The true way to be humble is not to stoop until you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature that will show you what the real smallness of your greatness is.


I do not pray for a lighter load, but for a stronger back.


Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet.

Believe in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time, or a better place to live in.


Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.


O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.


Pray the largest prayers. You cannot think a prayer so large that God, in answering it, will not wish you had made it larger. Pray not for crutches but for wings.


Jesus Christ, the condescension of divinity, and the exaltation of humanity.


Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.


Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.


The earth has grown old with its burden of care, but at Christmas it always is young, the heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair, and its soul full of music breaks the air, when the song of angels is sung.


About Phillips Brooks

Quotes 140 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Clergyman
Birthday December 13, 1835

A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.


The best advisers, helpers and friends, always are not those who tell us how to act in special cases, but who give us, out of themselves, the ardent spirit and desire to act right, and leave us then, even through many blunders, to find out what our own form of right action is.


The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still.


Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;

Death is strong, but Life is stronger; Stronger than the dark, the light; Stronger than the wrong, the right; Faith and Hope triumphant say Christ will rise on Easter Day.


Happiness is the natural flower of duty.


Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.


Life is too short to nurse one's misery.

Hurry across the lowlands so that you may spend more time on the mountain tops.


O, do not pray for easy lives.


We do not want to lose our grief, because our grief is bound up with our love and we could not cease to mourn without being robbed of our affections.


How silently, how silently The wonderous gift is given! So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of his heaven. No ear may hear his coming, But in this world of sin, Where meek souls will receive him still, The dear Christ enters in.


Anger is self-immolation.


Christmas day is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both.


Death is strong, but Life is stronger.


There is no life so humble that, if it be true and genuinely human and obedient to God, it may not hope to shed some of His light. There is no life so meager that the greatest and wisest of us can afford to despise it. We cannot know at what moment it may flash forth with the life of God.


The earth has grown old with its burden of care, But at Christmas it always is young.


Obedience completes itself in understanding.


Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours.


A prayer in its simplest definition is merely a wish turned Godward.


The form of godliness may exist with secret and with open wickedness, but the power of godliness cannot.


Life comes before literature, as the material always comes before the work.

The hills are full of marble before the world blooms with statues.


Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God's Paradise.


It is God's world still. It has been given to man not absolutely, but in trust, that man may work out in it the will of God; given-may we not say?-just as a father gives a child a corner of his great garden, and says, "There, that is yours; now cultivate it."


Set yourself earnestly to see what you are made to do, and then set yourself earnestly to do it.


We are haunted by an ideal life, and it is because we have within us the beginning and the possibility of it.


Feed on Christ, and then go and live your life, and it is Christ in you that lives your life, that helps the poor, that tells the truth, that fights the battle, and that wins the crown.


Wherever souls are being tried and ripened, in whatever commonplace and homely way, there God is hewing out the pillars for His temple.


No man or woman can be strong, gentle, pure, and good, without the world being better for it and without someone being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.


Let every man and woman count himself immortal.

Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let him say not merely, "Christ is risen," but "I shall rise."


No one who has come to true greatness has not felt in some degree that his life belongs to the people, and what God has given them he gives it for mankind.


It is almost as presumptuous to think you can do nothing as to think you can do everything.


Genius, by its very intensity, decrees a special path of fire for its vivid power.


We may say that on the first Good Friday afternoon was completed that great act by which light conquered darkness and goodness conquered sin. That is the wonder of our Saviour's crucifixion.


When you discover you've been leading only half a life, the other half is going to haunt you until you develop it.


Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Prayer is not conquering God's reluctance, but taking hold of God's willingness.


There are two ways of defending a castle;

one by shutting yourself up in it, and guarding every loop-hole; the other by making it an open centre of operations from which all the surrounding country may be subdued. Is not the last the truest safety?


The truest help we can render an afflicted man is not to take his burden from him, but to call out his best energy, that he may be able to bear the burden.


Character - Some day, you will be wrestling with the great temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the real struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks. Now it is being decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be made except by a steady, long-continued process.

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