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

LYMAN ABBOTT, The Theology of an Evolutionist

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Man puts manacles on his fellow-man; God never.

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

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What is a Christian? Not a man who is perfectly conformed to the image of Christ, who does all that Christ would have him do, and never does anything that Christ would not have him do (certainly that man would be a Christian if he could be found--but if only that kind of man were a Christian, there are none). A Christian is one who is following after Christ; who is conforming himself to Christ; who is still doing the things he would not do and leaving undone the things he would do; who still has to battle within himself against appetite and pride and corruption, and yet who is making a brave battle.

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

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If there is to be no satisfaction in pleasure, none in wisdom, none in ambition, none in the golden mean, what then? Ah, where then? In duty. In doing right because it is right.

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

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A miracle constantly repeated becomes a process of nature.

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

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The spiritual vision may be lost by non-use, as any other faculty may be lost.

LYMAN ABBOTT, Seeking After God

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The spirit which in the modern Church has sometimes sought to found Christian faith on signs and wonders appears to me to be almost as much one of unbelief as the spirit which outside the Church denies the miraculous altogether.

LYMAN ABBOTT, Letters to Unknown Friends

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It is true that even to the heathen death did not end all. They believed in something after death, but they knew not what--a vague, shadowy, unsatisfactory immortality.

LYMAN ABBOTT, The Other Room

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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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