Phillips Brooks Quotes

Phillips Brooks Quotes: Newton's great generalization, which he called the
Life comes before literature, as the material always comes before the work. The hills are full of marble before the world blooms with statues.
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.
Christmas day is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both.
The elements which determine the make of any particular sermon are three; the preacher, the material, and the audience; just as the character of any battle is determined by three elements; the gun (including the gunner), the ammunition, and the fortress against which the attack is made.
We never become truly spiritual by sitting down and wishing to become so. You must undertake something so great that you cannot accomplish it unaided.
Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.
Christianity knows no truth which is not the child of love and the parent of duty.
There is a necessary limit to our achievement, but none to our attempt.
For the Christ-child who comes is the Master of all; No palace too great, no cottage too small.
The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still.
Up and down our lives obedient Walk, dear Christ, with footsteps radiant, Till those garden lives shall be Fair with duties done for Thee; And our thankful spirits say,
O, do not pray for easy lives...
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?
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.
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.
Character cannot be made except by a steady, long-continued process.
Where charity stands watching and faith holds wide the door the dark night wakes - the glory breaks, Christmas comes once more.