Quotes by Phillip Brooks


Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.
– Phillip Brooks

Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours. Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.
– Phillip Brooks
A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.
– Phillip Brooks
A prayer in its simplest definition is merely a wish turned Godward.
– Phillip Brooks
As you emphasize your life, you must localize and define it... you cannot do everything.
– Phillip 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.
– Phillip Brooks
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.
– Phillip Brooks
Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.
– Phillip Brooks
Christianity helps us face the music even when we don't like the tune.
– Phillip Brooks
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks.
– Phillip Brooks
Happiness is the natural flower of duty.
– Phillip Brooks
I do not pray for a lighter load, but for a stronger back.
– Phillip Brooks
It does not take great men to do great things; it only takes consecrated men.
– Phillip Brooks
Jesus Christ, the condescension of divinity, and the exaltation of humanity.
– Phillip 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.
– Phillip Brooks
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.
– Phillip Brooks
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.
– Phillip Brooks
O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie; Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by.
– Phillip Brooks
Self-confidence is either a petty pride in our own narrowness, or the realization of our duty and privilege as God's children.
– Phillip Brooks
Set yourself earnestly to see what you are made to do, and then set yourself earnestly to do it.
– Phillip Brooks