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Much as we deplore our condition in life, nothing would make us more satisfied with it than the changing of places, for a few days, with our neighbors.
—  Phillips Brooks
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.
—  Phillips Brooks
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 the miracle.
—  Phillips Brooks
The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still. Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing.
—  Phillips Brooks
Greatness after all, in spite of its name, appears to be not so much a certain size as a certain quality in human lives. It may be present in lives whose range is very small.
—  Phillips Brooks
If we could sweep intemperance out of the country, there would be hardly poverty enough left to
—  Phillips Brooks
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.
—  Phillips Brooks
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.
—  Phillips Brooks
Life comes before literature, as the material always comes before the work. The hills are full of marble before the world blooms with statues.
—  Phillips Brooks
No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle and pure and good, without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of the goodness.
—  Phillips Brooks
Sad is the day for any man when he becomes absolutely satisfied with the life he is living, the thoughts that he is thinking and the deeds that he is doing; when there ceases to be forever beating at the doors of his soul a desire to do something larger which he seeks and knows he was meant and intended to do.
—  Phillips Brooks
We anticipate a time when the love of truth shall have come up to our love of liberty, and men shall be cordially tolerant and earnest believers both at once.
—  Phillips Brooks
A prayer, in its simplest definition, is merely a wish turned heavenward.
—  Phillips Brooks
A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.
—  Phillips Brooks
The Bible is like a telescope. If a man looks through his telescope, then he sees worlds beyond; but if he looks at his telescope, then he does not see anything but that. The Bible is a thing to be looked through, to see that which is beyond; but most people only look at it; and so they see only the dead letter.
—  Phillips Brooks
We are haunted by an ideal life, and it is because we have within us the beginning and the possibility of it.
—  Phillips Brooks
Self-confidence is either a petty pride in our own narrowness, or the realization of our duty and privilege as God's children.
—  Phillips Brooks
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.
—  Phillips Brooks
Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.
—  Phillips Brooks
It is while you are patiently toiling at the little tasks of life that the meaning and shape of the great whole of life dawn on you.
—  Phillips Brooks
You may look through the streets of heaven, asking each how they came to b there, and you will look in vain everywhere for a person who is morally and spiritually strong, whose strength did not come to him in struggle. There is no exception anywhere. Every true strength is gained in struggle.
—  Phillips Brooks
It is good for us to think that no grace or blessing is truly ours till we are aware that God has blessed some one else with it through us.
—  Phillips Brooks
Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.
—  Phillips Brooks
There is such a difference between coming out of sorrow merely thankful for belief, and coming out of sorrow full of sympathy with, and trust in, Him who has released us.
—  Phillips Brooks
No man dares to condemn the Christian faith today, because the Christian faith has not been tried. Not until men get rid of the thought that it is a poor machine, an expedient for saving them from suffering and pain; not until they get the grand idea of it as the great power of God present in and through the lives of men; not until then does Christianity enter upon its true trial and become ready to show what it can do.
—  Phillips Brooks

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