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Phillips Brooks

1835-1893. American Episcopal clergyman renowned as a preacher.

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A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A prayer in its simplest definition is merely a wish turned Godward.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jesus Christ, the condescension of divinity, and the exaltation of humanity.

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