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 :: 1835-1893, American Minister, Poet

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A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.
~ Phillips Brooks - [Example]

 

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A prayer in its simplest definition is merely a wish turned Godward.
~ Phillips Brooks - [Wish and Wishing]

 

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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 - [Life and Living]

 

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Call your opinions your creed, and you will change them every week. Make your creed simply and broadly out of the revelation of God, and you will keep it to the end.
~ Phillips Brooks - [Opinions]

 

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Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.
~ Phillips Brooks - [Charity]

 

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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.
~ Phillips Brooks - [Prayer]

 

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I do not pray for a lighter load, but for a stronger back.
~ Phillips Brooks - [Burdens]

 

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Jesus Christ, the condescension of divinity, and the exaltation of humanity.
~ Phillips Brooks - [Jesus Christ]

 

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No man has come to true greatness who has not felt that his life belongs to his race, and that which God gives to him, He gives him for mankind.
~ Phillips Brooks - [Cooperation]

 

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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.
~ Phillips Brooks - [Goodness]

 

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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.
~ Phillips Brooks - [Greatness]

 

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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 - [Confidence]

 

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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 - [Advice]

 

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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.
~ Phillips Brooks - [Aid and Assistance]

 

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To say, ''well done'' to any bit of good work is to take hold of the powers which have made the effort and strengthen them beyond our knowledge.
~ Phillips Brooks - [Praise]

 

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