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John of Haddington Brown Quotes

English Biblical commentator
(1722 - 1787)

Heaven tries our virtue by afflictions; as oft the cloud that wraps the present hour, serves but to lighten all our future days!

If you haven't grace, the Lord can give it to you. - If you haven't learning, I'll help you to get it. - But if you haven't common sense, neither I, nor the Lord can give it to you.
[Common Sense]

No man, with a man's heart in him, gets far on his way without some bitter, soul-searching disappointment. - Happy he who is brave enough to push on another stage of the journey, and rest where there are "living springs of water, and three-score and ten palms."

So far as I have observed God's dealings with my soul, the flights of preachers sometimes entertained me, but it was Scripture expressions which did penetrate my heart, and in a way peculiar to themselves.

There are nine chances in ten that every man who goes with me will lose his life in the undertaking. - But there are times when dead men are worth more than living ones.

Very sacred is the vocation of the artist, who has to do directly with the works of God, and interpret the teaching of creation to mankind. All honor to the man who treats it sacredly; who studies, as in God's presence, the thoughts of God which are expressed to him; and makes all things according to the pattern which he is ever ready to show to earnest and reverent genius on the mount.