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Theodore Ledyard Cuyler Quotes

American clergyman
(1822 - 1909)

A good book is the very essence of a good man. - His virtues survive in it, while the foibles and faults of his actual life are forgotten. - All the goodly company of the excellent and great sit around my table, or look down on me from yonder shelves, waiting patiently to answer my questions and enrich me with their wisdom. - A precious book is a foretaste of immortality.

Blessed be the discipline that makes me reach out to a closer union with Jesus! - Blessed be the dews of the spirit that keep my leaf ever green! - Blessed be the trials which shake down the ripe golden fruits from the branches.

Every step toward Christ kills a doubt. Every thought, word, and deed for Him carries you away from discouragement.

God always has an angel of help for those who are willing to do their duty.

God sometimes washes the eyes of his children with tears that they may read aright his providence and his commandments.

I dare not drink for my own sake, I ought not to drink for my neighbor's sake.

I never knew a child of God being bankrupted by his benevolence. What we keep we may lose, but what we give to Christ we are sure to keep.

It is the easiest thing in the world to obey God when he commands us to do what we like, and to trust him when the path is all sunshine. The real victory of faith is to trust God in the dark, and through the dark.

Let your religion be seen. Lamps do not talk, but they do shine. A lighthouse sounds no drum, it beats no gong; yet, far over the waters, its friendly light is seen by the mariner.

None but a theology that came out of eternity can carry you and me safely to and through eternity.

Religion's home is in the conscience. - Its watchword is the word "ought." - Its highest joy is in doing God's will.

Repentance, to be of any avail, must work a change of heart and conduct.

Sufficient to each day are the duties to be done and the trials to be endured. God never built a Christian strong enough to carry today's duties and tomorrow's anxieties piled on the top of them.

The best advertisement of a workshop is first class work. The strongest attraction to Christianity is a well made Christian character.

The best days of the church have always been its singing days.

The shifting systems of false religion are continually changing their places; but the gospel of Christ is the same forever. While other false lights are extinguished, this true light ever shineth.

There ought to be more tears of penitence over our neglects of Christ, more tears of sympathy with the afflicted, and more tears of joy over the infinite good things which Jesus brings to us.

To forecast our sorrows is only to increase the suffering without increasing our strength to bear them. - Many of life's noblest enterprises might never have been undertaken if all the difficulties and defects could be foreseen.