Theodore Cuyler, fully Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

Theodore
Cuyler, fully Theodore Ledyard Cuyler
1822
1909

American Presbyterian Minister and Religious Writer

Author Quotes

To forecast our sorrows is only to increase the suffering without increasing our strength to bear them.—Many of life's noblest enterprises might never have been undertaken if all the difficulties and defects could be foreseen.

I dare not drink for my own sake, I ought not to drink for my neighbor's sake.

We never can create a public sentiment strong enough to suppress the dram-shops until God's people take hold of the temperance reform as a part of their religion.

I have heard of a monk who in his cell had a glorious vision of Jesus revealed to him. Just then a bell rang, which called him away to distribute loaves of bread among the poor beggars at the gate. He was sorely tried as to whether he should lose a scene so inspiring. He went to his act of mercy; and when he came back the vision remained more glorious than ever.

When a miner looks at the rope that is to lower him into the deep mine, he may coolly say, "I have faith in that rope as well made and strong." But when he lays hold of it, and swings down by it into the tremendous chasm, then he is believing on the rope. Then he is trusting himself to the rope. It is not a mere opinion--it is an act. The miner lets go of everything else, and bears his whole weight on those well braided strands of hemp. Now that is faith.

I never knew a child of God being bankrupted by his benevolence. What we keep we may lose, but what we give we are sure to keep.

When we read or hear how some professed Christian has turned defaulter, or lapsed into drunkenness, or slipped from the communion table into open disgrace, it simply means that a human arm has broken. The man has forsaken the everlasting arms.

You never will be saved by works; but let us tell you most solemnly that you never will be saved without works.

Conversation by the Holy Spirit is a spiritual illumination of the soul. God’s grace lights up the dark heart.

Every man has in himself a continent of undiscovered character. Happy is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul.

It is the easiest thing in the world for us to obey God when He command us to do what we like, and to trust Him when the path is all sunshine. The real victory of faith is to trust God in the dark, and through the dark. Let us be assured of this, that if the lesson and the rod are of His appointing, and that His all-wise love has engineered the deep tunnel of trial on the heavenward road, He will never desert us during the discipline. The vital thing for us is not to deny and desert Him.

Know what your sin is and confess it; but do not imagine that you have approved yourself a penitent by confessing sin in the abstract.

Let your religion be seen. Lamps do not talk, but they do shine. A light house sounds no drum, it beats no gong; yet, far over the waters, its friendly light is seen by the mariner.

A precious book is a foretaste of immortality.

Tears never yet saved a soul. Hell is full of weepers weeping over lost opportunities, perhaps over the rejection of an offered Saviour. Your Bible does not say, “Weep, and be saved.” It says, “Believe, and be saved.” Faith is better than feeling.

Repentance, to be of any avail, must work a change of heart and conduct.

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First Name
Theodore
Last Name
Cuyler, fully Theodore Ledyard Cuyler
Birth Date
1822
Death Date
1909
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American Presbyterian Minister and Religious Writer