LYMAN ABBOTT QUOTES

American theologian and author (1835-1922)

Lyman Abbott quote

Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.

LYMAN ABBOTT, Problems of Life: Selections from the Writings of Rev. Lyman Abbott

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God is in all nature; thank God for the scientists, for they are thinking the thoughts of God after him, whether they know it or not.

LYMAN ABBOTT, The Personality of God

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The child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal.

LYMAN ABBOTT, Problems of Life: Selections from the Writings of Rev. Lyman Abbott

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Every soul is a battlefield.

LYMAN ABBOTT, Problems of Life: Selections from the Writings of Rev. Lyman Abbott

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The artist does not really create; he discovers.

LYMAN ABBOTT, The Great Companion

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No man can be patient who has not strong passions, for patience is passion tamed.

LYMAN ABBOTT, The Theology of an Evolutionist

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Behind all forms of beauty there is an infinite unity, and this unity, this intrinsic and eternal beauty, the artist is seeking to discern and to make others discern.

LYMAN ABBOTT, The Great Companion

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If you and I have not seen God, we cannot bear witness to God.

LYMAN ABBOTT, Problems of Life: Selections from the Writings of Rev. Lyman Abbott

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Whether we know it or not, we are all in a quest after the Great Companion. All study, all art, all music, all literature, all government, all industry are in essence a search after the Infinite.

LYMAN ABBOTT, The Great Companion

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He who says, "I know no fear," is no hero. No man knows courage unless he does know fear, and has that in him which is superior to fear, and conquers it.

LYMAN ABBOTT, The Theology of an Evolutionist

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To say that the Great Companion is dead, is not to say that there is no God. The dead also live; but between them and ourselves all communion and companionship seem to most of us impossible. So to many in our own time, to many without the Church, to some within it, living companionship with a living God is an experience unknown. They believe in what Carlyle calls a "hypothetical God," but he is to them only a hypothesis. They look back through the ages for some evidence of a God who revealed himself centuries ago; they look forward with anticipation to a God who will reveal himself in some future ephiphany; but of a God here and now, a God who is a perpetual presence, a God whom they can see as Abraham saw him, with whom they can talk as Moses talked with him, who will inspire them with courage as he inspired Gideon, with hope as he inspired Isaiah, and with praise as he inspired David, they do not know.

LYMAN ABBOTT, The Great Companion

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Do not think that you can fight corruption without while you let corruption fester within.

LYMAN ABBOTT, Problems of Life: Selections from the Writings of Rev. Lyman Abbott

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Courage is caution overcome.

LYMAN ABBOTT, The Theology of an Evolutionist

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You, mother, are not responsible to set the whole world right; you are responsible only to make one pure, sacred, and divine household.

LYMAN ABBOTT, Problems of Life: Selections from the Writings of Rev. Lyman Abbott

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I firmly believe that the method which sets theological theories against scientifically ascertained facts, is fatal to the current theology and injurious to the spirit of religion; and that the method which frankly recognizes the facts of life, and appreciates the spirit of the scientists whose patient and assiduous endeavor has brought those facts to light, will commend the spirit of religion to the new generation, and will benefit--not impair--theology as a science, by compelling its reconstruction.

LYMAN ABBOTT, Problems of Life: Selections from the Writings of Rev. Lyman Abbott

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Too long have we stood at the foot of the cross or at the door of the tomb, and not seen the stone rolled away and the triumphant Saviour emerging. Too long we have thought of the life of Christ ending with his passion and death. But the greatest part of his life is his post-resurrection life. For the message of the Gospel is not merely that Jesus Christ lived and died eighteen hundred years ago, living here for three short years and then disappearing, to be an absentee Christ; it is that God is always pouring out his life upon men and into their hearts, lifting them up out of their sins, succoring them from their remorse, and making them live again.

LYMAN ABBOTT, The Personality of God

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It is a shame for a man to be a millionaire in possessions if he is not also a millionaire in beneficence.

LYMAN ABBOTT, Problems of Life: Selections from the Writings of Rev. Lyman Abbott

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I believe that God is the Great Companion, that we are not left orphans, that we may have comradeship with him.

LYMAN ABBOTT, The Great Companion

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It is only by human experiences that we can interpret the Divine.

LYMAN ABBOTT, The Theology of an Evolutionist

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If I am to tell you how to grow old gracefully, I must tell you at the beginning of life; for no man can grow old gracefully unless he begins early.

LYMAN ABBOTT, Problems of Life: Selections from the Writings of Rev. Lyman Abbott

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