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Phillips Brooks

(1835 - )

    Biography:

    American Episcopal Bishop of Massachusetts, Author, Lyricist of "O Little Town of Bethlehem"

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    A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.
    A prayer in its simplest definition is merely a wish turned Godward.
    A prayer, in its simplest definition, is merely a wish turned heavenward.
    All the mystery which surrounds life and pervades life is really one mystery. It is God. Called by His name, taken up into His being, it is filled with graciousness. It is not longer cold and hard; it is all warm and soft and palpitating. It is love. And of this personal mystery of love – of God – it is supremely true that only by reverence, only by the hiding of the eyes, can He be seen.
    An optimist is a believer I the bet, and any man who believes that anything less than the best is the ultimate purpose of God, and so the ultimate possibility of God’s children, has no business to live upon the earth.
    Anger is self-immolation.
    As the Master Wills: Slowly, through all the universe, the temple of God is being built. Wherever, in any world, a soul, by free-willed obedience, catches the fire of God's likeness, it is set into the growing walls, a living stone. When, in your hard fight, in your tiresome drudgery, or in your terrible temptation, you catch the purpose of your being, and give yourself to God, and so give Him the chance to give Himself to you, your life, a living stone, is taken up and set into that growing wall. Wherever souls are being tried and ripened, in whatever commonplace and homely ways;-there God is hewing out the pillars for His temple. Oh, if the stone can only have some vision of the temple of which it is to be a part forever, what patience must fill it as it feels the blows of the hammer, and knows that success for it is simply to let itself be wrought into what shape the Master wills.
    As you emphasize your life, you must localize and define it ... you cannot do everything.
    Bad will be the day for every man when he becomes absolutely contented with the life that he is living, with the thoughts that he is thinking, with the deeds that he is doing, when there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger, which he knows that he was means and made to do because he is still, in spite of it all, the child of God.
    Bad will be the day for every man when he becomes absolutely contented with the life that he is living... when there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something greater.
    First Name: 
    Phillips
    Last Name: 
    Brooks
    Birth Date: 
    1835
    Death Date: 
    1893
    Bio: 
    American Episcopal Bishop of Massachusetts, Author, Lyricist of "O Little Town of Bethlehem"