59 Richard Cecil Quotes

  • "When a founder has cast a bell he does not presently fix it in the steeple, but tries it with his hammer, and beats it on every side to see if there be any flaw in it. So Christ doth not, presently after he has converted a man, convey him to heaven; but suffers him first to be beaten upon by many temptations, and then exalts him to his crown."

    - Richard Cecil
    Topics: Suffering


  • "Method is the very hinge of business; and there is no method without punctuality."

    - Richard Cecil
    Topics: Character, Business


  • "Example is more forcible than precept. People look at my six days in the week to see what I mean on the seventh."

    - Richard Cecil
    Topics: Examples


  • "The Christian will find his parentheses for prayer even in the busiest hours of life."

    - Richard Cecil
    Topics: Prayer


  • "All extremes are error. The reverse of error is not truth, but error still. Truth lies between extremes."

    - Richard Cecil
    Topics: Truth


  • "To persevere in one's duty, and be silent, is the best answer to calumny."

    - Richard Cecil
    Topics: Perseverance


  • "We are urgent about the body; He is about the soul. We call for present comforts; He considers our everlasting rest. And therefore when He sends not the very things we ask, He hears us by sending greater than we can ask or think."

    - Richard Cecil
    Topics: Prayer, Rest


  • "Aversion from reproof is not wise. It is a mark of a little mind. A great man can afford to lose; a little, insignificant fellow is afraid of being snuffed out."

    - Richard Cecil
    Topics: Education


  • "Method is like packing things in a box; a good packer will get in half as much again as a bad one."

    - Richard Cecil
    Topics: Character


  • "Gravity must be natural and simple; there must be urbanity and tenderness in it. A man must not formalize on everything. He who does so is a fool; and a grave fool is, perhaps, more injurious than a light fool."

    - Richard Cecil
    Topics: Character, Foolishness


  • "The religion of a sinner stands on two pillars; namely, what Christ did for us in the flesh, and what he performs in us by his Spirit. Most errors arise from an attempt to separate these two."

    - Richard Cecil
    Topics: Religion


  • "God's way of answering the Christian's prayer for more patience, experience, hope and love often is to put him into the furnace of affliction."

    - Richard Cecil
    Topics: Prayer, Affliction, Patience


  • "Philosophy is a proud, sullen detector of the poverty and misery of man. It may turn him from the world with a proud, sturdy contempt; but it cannot come forward and say, here are rest, grace, pardon, peace, strength, and consolation."

    - Richard Cecil
    Topics: Philosophy


  • "Our Heavenly Father always sends His children the things they ask, or better things."

    - Richard Cecil
    Topics: Prayer, Grace


  • "The meanness of the earthen vessel which conveys to others the Gospel of treasure, takes nothing from the value of the treasure. A dying hand may sign a deed of gift of incalculable value. A shepherd's boy may point out the way to a philosopher. A beggar may be the bearer of an invaluable present."

    - Richard Cecil
    Topics: Scripture



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