10 Inspirational Phillips Brooks Quotes

10 Inspirational Phillips Brooks Quotes

Here are 10 Inspirational Phillips Brooks Quotes. I love inspirational quotes and came across these awhile back and wanted to share them with you because they inspired me. But, first, who is Phillips Brooks?

Who is Phillips Brooks?

Phillips Brooks was an American Episcopal clergyman and author born December 13, 1835 and died January 23, 1893.

He was the Rector of Boston’s Trinity Church and for a short time Bishop of Massachusetts. He is most famous for writing the lyrics of the Christmas hymn, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”.

During the American Civil War, He opposed slavery, being an ardent abolitionist, and upheld the cause of the North and Abraham Lincoln.

His character as well as that of Abraham Lincoln was expressed in the speech he gave after Lincoln’s death.

“Solemnly, in the sight of God, I charge this murder where it belongs, on Slavery. I dare not stand here in [God’s] sight, and before Him or you speak doubtful and double-meaning words of vague repentance, as if we had killed our President. We have sins enough, but we have not done this sin, save as by weak concessions and timid compromises we have let the spirit of Slavery grow strong and ripe for such a deed. Is there the man alive who thinks that Abraham Lincoln was shot just for himself…? It was not he, but what he stood for. It was Law and Liberty, it was Government and Freedom, against which the hate gathered and the treacherous shot was fired.”

Part of Phillips Brooks speech after death of Abraham Lincoln

Phillips Brooks

10 Inspirational Quotes From Phillips Brooks

  1. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.
  2. Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.
  3. I do not pray for a lighter load, but for a stronger back.
  4. Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.
  5. 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.
  6. Jesus Christ, the condescension of divinity, and the exaltation of humanity.
  7. A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.
  8. Happiness is the natural flower of duty.
  9. Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.
  10. A prayer in its simplest definition is merely a wish turned Godward.


If you enjoyed these Phillips Brooks Quotes and want to find out more about him, head to Wikipedia. If you like inspirational quotes, you may want to check out my post on Inspirational and Funny Christian Quotes.

Also, if you want to hear some of his preaching, Amazon has a book containing some of his lectures that is very good. It’s called Lectures on Preaching: Delivered Before the Divinity School of Yale College in January and February, 1877 (Classic Reprint).

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