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Act as if you will live forever, live as if you'll die today. - James Dean

Benjamin Franklin <http://en.proverbia.net/citasautor.asp?autor=12622> (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.
To pray is to pay attention to something or someone other than oneself. Whenever a man so concentrates his attention -- on a landscape, a poem, a geometrical problem, an idol, or the True God -- that he completely forgets his own ego and desires, he is praying. The primary task of the schoolteacher is to teach children, in a secular context, the technique of prayer.
W. H. Auden <http://en.proverbia.net/citasautor.asp?autor=10332> (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.
Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
Saint Augustine <http://en.proverbia.net/citasautor.asp?autor=10339> (354-430) Theologian.
The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.
Charles Baudelaire <http://en.proverbia.net/citasautor.asp?autor=10534> (1821-1867) French poet.
It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.
Henry Ward Beecher <http://en.proverbia.net/citasautor.asp?autor=10588> (1813-1887) American politician.
Pray. To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
Ambrose Bierce <http://en.proverbia.net/citasautor.asp?autor=10731> (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.
Phillips Brooks <http://en.proverbia.net/citasautor.asp?autor=11026> (1835-1893) American Episcopal clergyman.
Prayer is translation. A man translates himself into a child asking for all there is in a language he has barely mastered.
Leonard Cohen <http://en.proverbia.net/citasautor.asp?autor=11603> (1934-?) Canadian poet, novelist, and singer-songwriter.
Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
Mahatma Gandhi <http://en.proverbia.net/citasautor.asp?autor=12726> (1869-1948) Preeminent leader of Indian nationalism.
Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
Mahatma Gandhi <http://en.proverbia.net/citasautor.asp?autor=12726> (1869-1948) Preeminent leader of Indian nationalism.

I pray on the principle that wine knocks the cork out of a bottle. There is an inward fermentation, and there must be a vent. ~Henry Ward Beecher


God punishes us mildly by ignoring our prayers and severely by answering them. ~Richard J. Needham


When we pray to God we must be seeking nothing - nothing. ~Saint Francis of Assisi


"Give us this day our daily bread" is probably the most perfectly constructed and useful sentence ever set down in the English language. ~P.J. Wingate


Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. ~Søren Kierkegaard


No one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil; not that he practices it, but he suffers from it. ~Guy H. King


Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble. ~Philip Melanchthen


Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines. ~Satchel Paige, 1974


The value of consistent prayer is not that He will hear us, but that we will hear Him. ~William McGill


Prayer may not change things for you, but it for sure changes you for things. ~Samuel M. Shoemaker


Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer. ~Author Unknown


Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish. ~Author Unknown


I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. ~Frederick Douglass, escaped slave


Practical prayer is harder on the soles of your shoes than on the knees of your trousers. ~Austin O'Malley


As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools. ~Author Unknown


When we talk to God, we're praying. When God talks to us, we're schizophrenic. ~Jane Wagner, /In Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe/, 1985, performed by Lily Tomlin


We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties. ~Oswald Chambers


When at night you cannot sleep, talk to the Shepherd and stop counting sheep. ~Author Unknown


When a man is at his wits' end it is not a cowardly thing to pray, it is the only way he can get in touch with Reality. ~Oswald Chambers


Many people pray as if God were a big aspirin pill; they come only when they hurt. ~B. Graham Dienert


when it's a glorious day
I pray
and
it's a glorious day
when I pray
~Star Richés, "Every Day"


Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God. ~Author Unknown


Prayer is not merely an occasional impulse to which we respond when we are in trouble: prayer is a life attitude. ~Walter A. Mueller


The Lord's Prayer may be committed to memory quickly, but it is slowly learnt by heart. ~Frederick Denison Maurice


Deep down in me I knowed it was a lie, and He knowed it. You can't pray a lie - I found that out. ~Mark Twain


It is good for us to keep some account of our prayers, that we may not unsay them in our practice. ~Matthew Henry


Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself. ~William Inge


Grow flowers of gratitude in the soil of prayer. ~Verbena Woods


Some stand on tiptoe trying to reach God to talk to him - you try too hard, friend - drop to your knees and listen to him, he'll hear you better that way. ~Ever Garrison


If we could all hear one another's prayers, God might be relieved of some of his burdens. ~Ashleigh Brilliant


Prayers not felt by us are seldom heard by God. ~Philip Henry


The trouble with our praying is, we just do it as a means of last resort. ~Will Rogers


When you pray, rather let your heart be without words than your words without heart. ~John Bunyan


Underneath prayer disappears adversity. ~Pepper Giardino


And help us, this and every day, to live more nearly as we pray. ~John Keble


Prayer is the coin paid to Gratitude. ~Jessi Lane Adams


I believe in prayer. It's the best way we have to draw strength from heaven. ~Josephine Baker


Prayer must never be answered: if it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence. ~Oscar Wilde


Prayer is the soul's sincere desire, Uttered or unexpressed; The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast.
~James Montgomery, /What is Prayer?/


It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk. ~Henry Ward Beecher


Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees. ~Victor Hugo, /Les Misérables/, 1862


Sunbeams out of the clouds
Faith out of all my doubt.
~Emme Woodhull-Bäche, "Prayer"


Complaint is the largest tribute heaven receives and the sincerest part of our devotion. ~Jonathan Swift


I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. ~Abraham Lincoln


Prayer is a triumph, in whatever form. ~Mirakel Reves


It is of course possible to dance a prayer. ~Glade Byron Addams


God can pick sense out of a confused prayer. ~Richard Sibbes


Pray, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy. ~Ambrose Bierce, /The Devil's Dictionary/, 1911


I often pray, though I'm not really sure Anyone's listening; and I phrase it carefully, just in case He's literary. ~Mignon McLaughlin, /The Second Neurotic's Notebook/, 1966


Prayer requires more of the heart than of the tongue. ~Adam Clarke


God always answers our prayers, but sometimes the answer is no. ~Author Unknown


God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer. ~Mother Teresa


There come times when I have nothing more to tell God. If I were to continue to pray in words, I would have to repeat what I have already said. At such times it is wonderful to say to God, "May I be in Thy presence, Lord? I have nothing more to say to Thee, but I do love to be in Thy presence." ~O. Hallesby


Your prayer can be poetry, and poetry can be your prayer. ~Noelani Day


Whatever a man prays for, he prays for a miracle. Every prayer reduces itself to this: "Great God, grant that twice two be not four." ~Ivan Turgenev


Most people do not pray; they only beg. ~George Bernard Shaw


Prayer draws us near to our own souls. ~Herman Melville, /Mardi and A Voyage Thither/, 1849


To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do. ~Victor Hugo


What we usually pray to God is not that His will be done, but that He approve ours. ~Helga Bergold Gross


We must move from asking God to take care of the things that are breaking our hearts, to praying about the things that are breaking His heart. ~Margaret Gibb


We cannot ask in behalf of Christ what Christ would not ask Himself if He were praying. ~A.B. Simpson


Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us. ~Socrates


Just pray for a tough hide and a tender heart. ~Ruth Graham


God tells us to burden him with whatever burdens us. ~Author Unknown


You know I ain't never prayed before
'Cause it always seemed to me
That prayin's the same as beggin' Lord,
I don't take no charity.
~Steve Earle, "Tom Ames' Prayer," 1994


Before we can pray, "Lord, Thy Kingdom come," we must be willing to pray, "My Kingdom go." ~Alan Redpath


Some people think that prayer just means asking for things, and if they fail to receive exactly what they asked for, they think the whole thing is a fraud. ~Gerald Vann


Who rises from prayer a better man, his prayer is answered. ~George Meredith


God has editing rights over our prayers. He will... edit them, correct them, bring them in line with His will and then hand them back to us to be resubmitted. ~Stephen Crotts


Be thankful that God's answers are wiser than your answers. ~William Culbertson


Prayer is the language of a man burdened with a sense of need. ~E.M. Bounds


Prayer is exhaling the spirit of man and inhaling the spirit of God. ~Edwin Keith


When you are unwell, you must cough, sneeze, and ache prayer. ~Carrie Latet


Prayer is the spirit speaking truth to Truth. ~Philip James Bailey


Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden. ~Corrie ten Boom


Call on God, but row away from the rocks. ~Indian Proverb
Doubt not but God who sits on high,
Thy secret prayers can hear;
When a dead wall thus cunningly
Conveys soft whispers to the ear.
- Unattributed Author <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/unattributed_a001.htm>,
verse inscribed in the Whispering Gallery of Gloucester Cathedral

O God, if in the day of battle I forget Thee, do not Thou forget me.
- Unattributed Author <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/unattributed_a001.htm>,
attributed to a soldier by William King in "Anecdotes of his own time", p. 7 (ed. 1818)

I pray the prayer the Easterners do,
May the peace of Allah abide with you;
Wherever you stay, wherever you go,
May the beautiful palms of Allah grow;
Through days of labor, and nights of rest,
The love of Good Allah make you blest;
So I touch my heart--as the Easterners do,
May the peace of Allah abide with you.
- Unattributed Author <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/unattributed_a001.htm>,
/Salaam Alaikum (Peace be with you.)/

Yet then from all my grief, O Lord,
Thy mercy set me free,
Whilst in the confidence of pray'r
My soul took hold on thee.
- Joseph Addison <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/joseph_addison_a001.htm>,
/Miscellaneous Poems--Divine Ode made by Gentleman on Conclusion of his Travels/
(verse 6)

It is as natural and reasonable for a dependent creature to apply to its Creator for what it needs, as for a child thus to solicit the aid of a parent who is believed to have the disposition and ability to bestow what it needs.
- Archibald Alexander <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/archibald_alexander_a001.htm>

Prayer begins where human capacity ends.
- Marian Anderson <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/marian_anderson_a001.htm>

Prayer is the spirit speaking truth to Truth.
- Philip James Bailey <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/philip_james_bailey_a001.htm>, /Festus/
(sc. Elsewhere)

Between the humble and contrite heart and the majesty of Heaven there are no barriers. The only password is prayer.
- Hosea Ballou <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/hosea_ballou_a001.htm>

And from the prayer of Want, and plaint of Woe,
O never, never turn away their ear!
Forlorn, in this bleak wilderness below,
Ah! what were man, should Heaven refuse to hear!
- James Beattie <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/james_beattie_a001.htm>, /Minstrel/ (bk. I, st. 29)

Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
- /Bible/ <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/bible_a001.htm>, Mark (ch. XIII, v. 33)

But uthou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
- /Bible/ <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/bible_a001.htm>, Matthew (ch. VI, v. 6)

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
- /Bible/ <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/bible_a001.htm>, Matthew (ch. VI, v. 7)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
- /Bible/ <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/bible_a001.htm>, Matthew (ch. VII, v. 7-8)

PRAY, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
- Ambrose Bierce <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/ambrose_bierce_a001.htm>, /The Devil's DIctionary/

Every wish
Is like a prayer--with God.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/elizabeth_barrett_browning_a001.htm>, /Aurora Leigh/
(bk. II)

God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers,
And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face,
A gauntlet with a gift in 't.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/elizabeth_barrett_browning_a001.htm>, /Aurora Leigh/
(bk. II)

Hope, he called, belief
In God,--work, worship . . . therefore let us pray!
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/elizabeth_barrett_browning_a001.htm>, /Aurora Leigh/
(bk. III)

She knows omnipotence has heard her prayer
And cries, "It shall be done--sometimes, somewhere."
- Ophelia G. Browning (Mrs. Arthur P. Adams, Mrs. T.E. Burroughs) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/ophelia_g_browning_a001.htm>,
/Unanswered/

Just my vengeance complete,
The man sprang to his feet,
Stood erect, caught at God's skirts, and prayed!
So, I was afraid!
- Robert Browning <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/robert_browning_a001.htm>, /Instans Tyrannus/ (VII)

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
- John Bunyan <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_bunyan_a001.htm>

You can do more than pray, after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.
- John Bunyan <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_bunyan_a001.htm>

They never sought in vain that sought the Lord aright!
- Robert Burns <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/robert_burns_a001.htm>, /The Cotter's Saturday Night/
(st. 6)

Father of Light! great God of Heaven!
Hear'st thou the accents of despair?
Can guilt like man's be e'er forgiven?
Can vice atone for crimes by prayer?
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/george_byron_a001.htm>,
/Prayer of Nature/

Father! no prophet's laws I seek,--
Thy laws in Nature's works appear;--
I own myself corrupt and weak,
Yet will I pray, for thou wilt hear.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/george_byron_a001.htm>,
/Prayer of Nature/

More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.
- Truman Capote <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/truman_capote_a001.htm>,
epigraph from his unfinished last novel, /Answered Prayers/
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss., that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
- /Bible/ <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/bible_a001.htm>, James (ch. IV, v. 3)

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
- /Bible/ <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/bible_a001.htm>, John (ch. IV, v. 24)

Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
- /Bible/ <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/bible_a001.htm>, Mark (ch. XIII, v. 33)

But uthou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
- /Bible/ <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/bible_a001.htm>, Matthew (ch. VI, v. 6)

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
- /Bible/ <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/bible_a001.htm>, Matthew (ch. VI, v. 7)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
- /Bible/ <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/bible_a001.htm>, Matthew (ch. VII, v. 7-8)

Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
- /Bible/ <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/bible_a001.htm>, Philippians (ch. IV, v. 6)

PRAY, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
- Ambrose Bierce <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/ambrose_bierce_a001.htm>, /The Devil's DIctionary/

Every praying Christian will find that there is no Gethsemane without its angel.
- Thomas Binney <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/thomas_binney_a001.htm>

A prayer, in its simplest definition, is merely a wish turned heavenward.
- Phillips Brooks <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/phillips_brooks_a001.htm>

Prayer is not conquering God's reluctance, but taking hold of God's willingness.
- Phillips Brooks <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/phillips_brooks_a001.htm>

Cold prayers shall never have any warm answers. God will suit His returns to our requests. Lifeless, services shall have lifeless answers. When men are dull, God will be dumb.
- Thomas Brooks <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/thomas_brooks_a001.htm>

The best and sweetest flowers of paradise God gives to His people when they are upon their knees. Prayer is the gate of heaven.
- Thomas Brooks <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/thomas_brooks_a001.htm>

Every wish
Is like a prayer--with God.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/elizabeth_barrett_browning_a001.htm>, /Aurora Leigh/
(bk. II)

God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers,
And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face,
A gauntlet with a gift in 't.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/elizabeth_barrett_browning_a001.htm>, /Aurora Leigh/
(bk. II)

Hope, he called, belief
In God,--work, worship . . . therefore let us pray!
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/elizabeth_barrett_browning_a001.htm>, /Aurora Leigh/
(bk. III)

She knows omnipotence has heard her prayer
And cries, "It shall be done--sometimes, somewhere."
- Ophelia G. Browning (Mrs. Arthur P. Adams, Mrs. T.E. Burroughs) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/ophelia_g_browning_a001.htm>,
/Unanswered/

Just my vengeance complete,
The man sprang to his feet,
Stood erect, caught at God's skirts, and prayed!
So, I was afraid!
- Robert Browning <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/robert_browning_a001.htm>, /Instans Tyrannus/ (VII)

Faith builds in the dungeon and lazarhouse its sublimest shrines; and up, through roofs of stone, that shut out the eye of heaven, ascends the ladder where the angels glide to and fro,--prayer.
- Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/edward_george_bulwerlytton_a001.htm>

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
- John Bunyan <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_bunyan_a001.htm>

Prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.
- John Bunyan <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_bunyan_a001.htm>

Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.
- John Bunyan <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_bunyan_a001.htm>

You can do more than pray, after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.
- John Bunyan <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_bunyan_a001.htm>

They never sought in vain that sought the Lord aright!
- Robert Burns <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/robert_burns_a001.htm>, /The Cotter's Saturday Night/
(st. 6)

Father of Light! great God of Heaven!
Hear'st thou the accents of despair?
Can guilt like man's be e'er forgiven?
Can vice atone for crimes by prayer?
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/george_byron_a001.htm>,
/Prayer of Nature/
Father! no prophet's laws I seek,--
Thy laws in Nature's works appear;--
I own myself corrupt and weak,
Yet will I pray, for thou wilt hear.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/george_byron_a001.htm>,
/Prayer of Nature/

More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.
- Truman Capote <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/truman_capote_a001.htm>,
epigraph from his unfinished last novel, /Answered Prayers/

A Christian will find his parenthesis for prayer, even through his busiest hours.
- Richard Cecil <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/richard_cecil_a001.htm>

Let our prayers, like the ancient sacrifices, ascend morning and evening; let our days begin and end with God.
- William Ellery Channing <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_channing_a001.htm>

The best answer to all objections urged against prayer is the fact that man cannot help praying; for we may be sure that that which is so spontaneous and ineradicable in human nature has its fitting objects and methods in the arrangements of a boundless Providence.
- Edwin Hubbell Chapin <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/edwin_hubbell_chapin_a001.htm>

We little know the things for which we pray.
- Geoffrey Chaucer <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/geoffrey_chaucer_a001.htm>

Consider how august a privilege it is, when angels are present, and archangels throng around, when cherubim and seraphim encircle with their blaze the throne, that a mortal may approach with unrestrained confidence, and converse with heaven's dread Sovereign! O, what honor was ever conferred like this?
- St. John Chrysostom <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_chrysostom_a001.htm>

It is so natural for a man to pray that no theory can prevent him from doing it.
- James Freeman Clarke <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/james_freeman_clarke_a001.htm>

Pray thou for me. The common air
Will stronger, purer seem to be,
And all the world will grow more fair,
Pray thou for me.
- Mary Clemmer (Mary Clemmer Ames) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/mary_clemmer_a001.htm>

Be not afraid to pray--to pray is right.
Pray, if thou canst, with hope; but ever pray,
Though hope be weak or sick with long delay;
Pray in the darkness, if there be no light.
- Hartley Coleridge <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/hartley_coleridge_2_a001.htm>

Pray to be perfect, though material leaven
Forbid the spirit so on earth to be;
But if for any wish thou darest not pray,
Then pray to God to cast that wish away.
- Hartley Coleridge <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/hartley_coleridge_2_a001.htm>,
/Poems (Posthumous) Prayer/

God grant me grace my prayers to say:
O God! preserve my mother dear,
In strength and health for many a year;
And O! preserve my father too,
And may I pay him reverence due;
And may I my best thoughts employ
To be my parents' hope and joy;
And O! preserve my brothers both
From evil doings, and from sloth,
And may we always love each other,
Our friends, our father, and our mother,
And still, O Lord, to me impart
An innocent and grateful heart,
That after my last sleep I may
Awake to thy eternal day! Amen.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/samuel_taylor_coleridge_a001.htm>,
/Child's Evening Prayer/

The saints will aid if men will call:
For the blue sky bends over all.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/samuel_taylor_coleridge_a001.htm>, /Christabel/
(conclusion to pt. I)

He prayeth best who loveth best
All things, both great and small.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/samuel_taylor_coleridge_a001.htm>,
/The Ancient Mariner/ (pt. VII)

He prayeth well who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/samuel_taylor_coleridge_a001.htm>,
/The Ancient Mariner/ (pt. VII)

His pure thoughts were borne
Like fumes of sacred incense o'er the clouds,
And wafted thence on angels' wings, through ways
Of light, to the bright source of all.
- William Congreve <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_congreve_a001.htm>

In desert wilds, in midnight gloom;
In grateful joy, in trying pain;
In laughing youth, or nigh the tomb;
Oh! when is prayer unheard or vain?
- Eliza Cook <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/eliza_cook_a001.htm>

But maybe prayer is a road to rise,
A mountain path leading toward the skies
To assist the spirit who truly tries.
But it isn't a shibboleth, creed, nor code,
It isn't a pack-horse to carry your load,
It isn't a wagon, it's only a road.
And perhaps the reward of the spirit who tries
Is not the goal, but the exercise!
- Edmund Vance Cooke <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/edmund_cooke_a001.htm>,
/Prayer--The Uncommon Commoner/

How happy it is to believe, with a steadfast assurance, that our petitions are heard even while we are making them; and how delightful to meet with a proof of it in the effectual and actual grant of them.
- William Cowper <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_cowper_a001.htm>

The few that pray at all pray oft amiss.
- William Cowper <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_cowper_a001.htm>

And Satan trembles when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.
- William Cowper <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_cowper_a001.htm>,
/Hymns--Exhortation to Prayer/

If He prayed who was without sin, how much more it becometh a sinner to pray!
- Saint Cyprian (Thascius Caecilius Cyprianus) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/cyprian_a001.htm>

When we pray to God with entire assurance, it is Himself who has given us the spirit of prayer.
- Saint Cyprian (Thascius Caecilius Cyprianus) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/cyprian_a001.htm>

I ask not a life for the dear ones,
All radiant, as others have done,
But that life may have just enough shadow
To temper the glare of the sun;
I would pray God to guard them from evil,
But my prayer would bound back to myself:
Ah! a seraph may pray for a sinner,
But a sinner must pray for himself.
- Charles Monroe Dickinson <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/charles_monroe_dickinson_a001.htm>, /The Children/

When the time comes, like now, then the storm around me does not matter. Nothing human or earthly can touch me. A wilder storm of peace gathers in my heart. What seems unpossessable, I can possess. . . . What is unutterable, I can utter. Because I can pray, I can communicate. How do people endure anything on earth if they cannot have God?
- Dr. Thomas A. Dooley <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/thomas_a_dooley_a001.htm>
Our vows are heard betimes! and Heaven takes care
To grant, before we can conclude the prayer:
Preventing angels met it half the way,
And sent us back to praise, who came to pray.
- John Dryden <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_dryden_a001.htm>, /Britannia Rediviva/
(first lines)

Lord! Thou art with Thy people still; they see Thee in the night-watches, and their hearts burn within them as Thou talkest with them by the way. And Thou art near to those that have not known Thee; open their eyes that they may see Thee--see Thee weeping over them, and saying, "Ye will not come unto me that ye might have life"--see Thee hanging on the cross and saying, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do"--see Thee as Thou wilt come again in Thy glory to judge them at the last. Amen.
- George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/george_eliot_a001.htm>

Grant folly's prayers that hinder folly's wish,
And serve the ends of wisdom.
- George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/george_eliot_a001.htm>,
/The Spanish Gypsy/ (bk. IV)

Almighty Father! let thy lowly child,
Strong in his love of truth, be wisely bold,--
A patriot bard, by sycophants reviled.
Let him live usefully, and not die old!
- Ebenezer Elliott ("The Corn Law Rhymer") <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/ebenezer_elliott_a001.htm>,
/Corn Law Rhymes--A Poet's Prayer/

As men's prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/ralph_waldo_emerson_a001.htm>

No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/ralph_waldo_emerson_a001.htm>

Though I am weak, yet God, when prayed,
Cannot withhold his conquering air.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/ralph_waldo_emerson_a001.htm>, /The Nun's Aspiration/

Many of our prayers were not answered, and for this we are now grateful.
- William Feather <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_feather_a001.htm>

Accustom yourself gradually to carry prayer into all your daily occupations. Speak, move, work, in peace, as if you were in prayer, as indeed you ought to be. Do everything without excitement, by the spirit of grace.
- Francois de Salignac Fenelon <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/francois_fenelon_a001.htm>

He who prays without confidence cannot hope that his prayers will be granted.
- Francois de Salignac Fenelon <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/francois_fenelon_a001.htm>

Prayer is so necessary, and the source of so many blessings, that he who has discovered the treasure cannot be prevented from having recourse to it, whenever he has an opportunity.
- Francois de Salignac Fenelon <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/francois_fenelon_a001.htm>

True prayer is only another name for the love of God. Its excellence does not consist in the multitude of our words; for our Father knoweth what things we have need of before we ask Him. The true prayer is that of the heart, and the heart prays only for what it desires. To pray, then, is to desire--but to desire what God would have us desire.
- Francois de Salignac Fenelon <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/francois_fenelon_a001.htm>

To pray, . . . is to desire; but it is to desire what God would have us desire.
He who desires not from the bottom of his heart, offers a deceitful prayer.
- Francois de Salignac Fenelon <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/francois_fenelon_a001.htm>,
/Pious Thoughts--Advice Concerning Prayer/,
(Mrs. Mant's translation)

In extemporary prayer, what men most admire God least regardeth.
- Thomas Fuller (1) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/thomas_fuller_1_a001.htm>

Leave not off praying to God: for either praying will make thee leave off sinning; or continuing in sin will make thee desist from praying.
- Thomas Fuller (1) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/thomas_fuller_1_a001.htm>

Ejaculations are short prayers darted up to God on emergent occasions.
- Thomas Fuller (1) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/thomas_fuller_1_a001.htm>,
/Good Thoughts in Bad Times--Meditations on all Kinds of Prayers/
(Ejaculations, their Use, V)

So a good prayer, though often used, is still fresh and fair in the ears and eyes of Heaven.
- Thomas Fuller (1) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/thomas_fuller_1_a001.htm>,
/Good Thoughts in Bad Times--Meditations on all Kinds of Prayers/
(XII)

O Lord of Courage grave,
O Master of this night of Spring!
Make firm in me a heart too brave
To ask Thee anything.
- John Galsworthy <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_galsworthy_a001.htm>

At church, with meek and unaffected grace,
His looks adorn'd the venerable place;
Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway,
And fools, who came to scoff, remain'd to pray.
- Oliver Goldsmith <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/oliver_goldsmith_a001.htm>, /The Deserted Village/
(l. 177)

O, still my fervent prayer will be,
"Heaven's choicest blessing rest on thee."
- Hannah Flagg Gould <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/hannah_flagg_gould_a001.htm>

Prayer is more than the mere outburst of the desires or sorrows of the soul, seeking that satisfaction or consolation which it does not find within itself. It is the expression of a faith, instinctive or reflective, obscure or clear, wavering or steadfast, in the existence, the presence, the power and the sympathy of the Being to whom prayer is addressed.
- Francois Pierre G. Guizot <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/francois_pierre_guizot_a001.htm>

The universal and insuperable instinct which leads man to prayer is in harmony with this great fact: he who believes in God cannot but have recourse to Him and to pray to Him.
- Francois Pierre G. Guizot <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/francois_pierre_guizot_a001.htm>

Prayer flies where the eagle never flew.
- Thomas Guthrie (1) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/thomas_guthrie_1_a001.htm>

Good prayers never come creeping home. I am sure I shall receive either what I ask or what I should ask.
- Joseph Hall <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/joseph_hall_a001.htm>

Let prayer be the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
- Matthew (Mathew) Henry <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/matthew_henry_a001.htm>
He that will learne to pray, let him goe to Sea.
[He that will learn to pray, let him go to Sea.]
- George Herbert <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/george_herbert_a001.htm>, /Jacula Prudentum/

Resort to sermons, but to prayers most:
Praying's the end of preaching.
- George Herbert <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/george_herbert_a001.htm>, /Temple--The Church Porch/
(st. 69)

Who goes to bed, and doth not pray,
Maketh two nights to every day!
- George Herbert <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/george_herbert_a001.htm>,
/Temple--The Church--Charms and Knots/
(st. 4)

Prayer is the chief thing that man may present unto God.
- Georg Hermes <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/georg_hermes_a001.htm>

In prayer the lips ne'er act the winning part
Without the sweet concurrence of the heart.
- Robert Herrick <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/robert_herrick_a001.htm>, /Hesperides--The Heart/

Prayer is the breath of a new-born soul, and there can be no Christian life without it.
- Rowland Hill <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/rowland_hill_a001.htm>

Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods, a man should himself lend a hand.
- Hippocrates of Iphicrates <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/hippocrates_a001.htm>

So much of our lives is celestial and divine as we spend in the exercise of prayer.
- Richard Hooker <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/richard_hooker_a001.htm>

Our prayer and God's mercy are like two buckets in a well; while the one ascends, the other descends.
- Bishop John Henry Hopkins <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_henry_hopkins_a001.htm>

Prayer is the voice of faith.
- William Van Horne <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_horne_a001.htm>,
/On the 143rd Psalm, Verse 6/

Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
- Victor Hugo <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/victor_hugo_a001.htm>

Prayer is intended to increase the devotion of the individual, but if the individual himself prays he requires no formula; he pours himself forth much more naturally in self-chosen and connected thoughts before God, and scarcely requires words at all. Real inward devotion knows no prayer but that arising from the depths of its own feelings.
- Wilhelm von Humboldt <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/wilhelm_humboldt_a001.htm>

For the most part, we should pray rather in aspiration than petition, rather by hoping than requesting; in which spirit also we may breathe a devout wish for a blessing on others upon occasions when it might be presumptuous to beg it.
- Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/leigh_hunt_a001.htm>

The prayer of Noah,
He cried out in the darkness, Hear, O God,
Hear Him: hear this one; through the gates of death,
If life be all past praying for, O give
To Thy great multitude a way to peace;
Give them to Him.
- Jean Ingelow <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/jean_ingelow_a001.htm>, /A Story of Doom/
(bk. IX, st. 6)

Is there never a chink in the world above
Where they listen for words from below?
- Jean Ingelow <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/jean_ingelow_a001.htm>, /Supper at the Mill/

A good deed is the best prayer.
- Robert Green Ingersoll <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/robert_green_ingersoll_a001.htm>

To prevent famine, one plow is worth a million sermons, and even patent medicines will cure more diseases than all the prayers uttered since the beginning of the world.
- Robert Green Ingersoll <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/robert_green_ingersoll_a001.htm>

It lightens the stroke to draw near to Him who handles the rod.
- Washington Irving <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/washington_irving_a001.htm>

Affliction teacheth a wicked person some time to pray; prosperity, never.
- Ben Jonson <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/ben_jonson_a001.htm>

My brother kneels, so saith Kabir,
To stone and brass in heathen-wise
But in my brother's voice I hear
My own unanswered agonies.
His God is as his fates assign
His prayer is all the world's--and mine.
- Rudyard Kipling <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/rudyard_kipling_a001.htm>, /Song of Kabir/

The protection of God cannot, without sacrilege, be invoked but in behalf of justice and right.
- Louis Kossuth <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/louis_kossuth_a001.htm>

I ask and wish not to appear
More beauteous, rich or gay:
Lord, make me wiser every year,
And better every day.
- Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/charles_lamb_a001.htm>,
/A Birthday Thought/

Solicitude is the audience-chamber of God.
- Walter Savage Landor <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/walter_savage_landor_a001.htm>

Hold prayer in high esteem. It is the foundation of all the virtues, and the source of all grace needed to sanctify ourselves and to discharge the duties of our employment.
- St. Jean Baptiste de la Salle <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/st_jean_lasalle_a001.htm>, adapted

The gift of prayer is not always at our command.
- Ephraim Gotthold Lessing <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/ephraim_gotthold_lessing_a001.htm>
What signifies the sound of words in prayer without the affection of the heart, and a sedulous application of the proper means that may naturally lead us to such an end?
- Sir Roger L'Estrange <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/roger_lestrange_a001.htm>

Prayer is the act by which man, detaching himself from the embarrassments of sense and nature, ascends to the true level of his destiny.
- Canon Henry P. Liddon <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/henry_parry_liddon_a001.htm>

Worship is the earthly act by which we most distinctly recognize our personal immortality; men who think that they will be extinct a few years hence do not pray. In worship we spread out our insignificant life, which yet is the work of the Creator's hands, and the purchase of the Redeemer's blood, before the Eternal and All-Merciful, that we may learn the manners of a higher sphere, and fit ourselves for companionship with saints and angels, and for the everlasting sight of the face of God.
- Canon Henry P. Liddon <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/henry_parry_liddon_a001.htm>

I have been driven many times to my knees, by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.
- Abraham Lincoln <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/abraham_lincoln_a001.htm>

Prayer is innocence's friend; and willingly flieth incessant 'twist the earth and the sky, the carrier-pigeon of heaven.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/henry_wadsworth_longfellow_a001.htm>

You know I say
Just what I think, and nothing more nor less,
And, when I pray, my heart is in my prayer.
I cannot say one thing and mean another:
If I can't pray, I will not make believe!
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/henry_wadsworth_longfellow_a001.htm>, /Christus/
(pt. III)

Let one unceasing, earnest prayer
Be, too, for light,--for strength to bear
Our portion of the weight of care,
That crushes into dumb despair
One half the human race.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/henry_wadsworth_longfellow_a001.htm>, /Goblet of Life/
(st. 10)

Like one in prayer I stood.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/henry_wadsworth_longfellow_a001.htm>,
/Voices of the Night--Prelude/ (st. 11)

Prayer is a powerful thing; for God has bound and tied himself thereunto.
- Martin Luther <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/martin_luther_a001.htm>

Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian's weapon, which no man knows or finds but only he who has the spirit of grace and of prayer.
- Martin Luther <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/martin_luther_a001.htm>

The church converteth the whole world by blood and prayer.
- Martin Luther <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/martin_luther_a001.htm>

Ah, what is it we send up thither, where our thoughts are either a dissonance or a sweetness and a grace?
- George MacDonald <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/george_macdonald_a001.htm>

O Lord, my God,
I have trusted in Thee;
O Jesu, my dearest One,
Now set me free.
In prison's oppression,
In sorrow's obsession,
I weary for Thee.
With sighing and crying,
Bowed down in dying,
I adore Thee, I implore Thee, set me free.
[Lat., O Domine Deus! speravi in te;
O care mi Jesu! nunc libera me.
In dura catena, in misera poena,
Disidero te.
Languendo, jemendo, et genuflectendo,
Adoro, imploro, un liberes me!]
- Mary, Queen of Scots <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/mary_2_a001.htm>,
written in her Book of Devotion before her execution translated by Swinburne in "Mary Stuart"

God warms his hands at man's heart when he prays.
- John Masefield <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_masefield_a001.htm>, /Widow in the Bye Street/
(pt. VI)

Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer, and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble.
- Melanchthon (pseudonym of Philip Schwarzerd) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/melanchthon_a001.htm>

All places are the temple of God, for it is the mind that prays to him.
- Menander <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/menander_a001.htm>

Not what we wish, but what we want,
Oh! let thy grace supply,
The good unask'd, in mercy grant;
The ill, though ask'd, deny.
- James Merrick <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/james_merrick_a001.htm>, /Hymn/

Prayer is so mighty an instrument that no one ever thoroughly mastered all its keys. They sweep along the infinite scale of man's wants and God's goodness.
- Hugh Miller <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/hugh_miller_a001.htm>

In reverence will w speak of those who woo
The ear divine with clear and ready prayer;
And while their voices cleave the Sabbath air,
Know their bright thoughts are winging heavenward too.
Yet many a one,--"the latchet of whose shoe"
These might not loose--will often only dare
Lay some poor words between him and despair--
"Father, forgive! we know not what we do."
- Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/richard_monchton_milnes_a001.htm>

If by prayer
Incessant I could hope to change the will
Of him who all things can, I would not cease
To weary him with my assiduous cries;
But prayer against his absolute decree
No more avails than breath against the wind
Blown stifling back on him that breathes it forth:
Therefore to his great bidding I submit.
- John Milton <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_milton_a001.htm>

But that from us aught should ascend to Heav'n
So prevalent as to concern the mind
Of God, high-bless'd, or to incline His will,
Hard to belief may seem; yet this will prayer.
- John Milton <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_milton_a001.htm>, /Paradise Lost/
(bk. XI, l. 143)

And if by prayer
Incessant I could hope to change the will
Of Him who all things can, I would not cease
To weary Him with my assiduous cries.
- John Milton <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_milton_a001.htm>, /Paradise Lost/
(bk. XI, l. 307)

Hear his sighs though mute;
Unskillful with what words to pray, let me
Interpret for him.
- John Milton <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_milton_a001.htm>, /Paradise Lost/ (bk. XI, l. 31)

O Thou by whom we come to God--
The Life, the Truth, the Way;
The path of prayer Thyself hast trod;
Lord, teach us how to pray.
- James Montgomery <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/james_montgomery_a001.htm>

The upward glancing of an eye when none but God is near.
- James Montgomery <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/james_montgomery_a001.htm>
Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
Uttered or unexpressed,
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast.
- James Montgomery <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/james_montgomery_a001.htm>,
/Original Hymns--What is Prayer?/

Prayer moves the arm
Which moves the world,
And brings salvation down.
- James Montgomery <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/james_montgomery_a001.htm>, /Prayer/

Prayer moves the hand that moves the universe.
Holy beginning of a holy cause,
When heroes, girt for freedom's combat, pause
Before high Heaven, and, humble in their might,
Call down its blessing on that coming fight.
- Thomas Moore <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/thomas_moore_a001.htm>

As down in the sunless retreats of the ocean
Sweet flowers are springing no mortal can see,
So deep in my soul the still prayer of devotion
Unheard by the world, rises silent to Thee.
- Thomas Moore <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/thomas_moore_a001.htm>,
/As Down in the Sunless Retreats/

A sad estate of human wretchedness! so weak is man, so ignorant and blind, that did not God sometimes withhold in mercy what we ask, we should be ruined at our own request.
- Hannah More <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/hannah_more_a001.htm>

For earthly blessings, moderate be thy prayer, and qualified; for light, for strength, for grace, unbounded thy petition.
- Hannah More <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/hannah_more_a001.htm>

Fountain of mercy! whose pervading eye
Can look within and read what passes there,
Accept my thoughts for thanks; I have no words.
My soul o'erfraught with gratitude, rejects
The aid of language--Lord!--behold my heart.
- Hannah More <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/hannah_more_a001.htm>

Prayer is not eloquence, but earnestness; not the definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; not figures of speech, but compunction of soul.
- Hannah More <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/hannah_more_a001.htm>

O sad estate
Of human wretchedness; so weak is man,
So ignorant and blind, that did not God
Sometimes withhold in mercy what we ask,
We should be ruined at our own request.
- Hannah More <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/hannah_more_a001.htm>, /Moses in the Bulrushes/
(pt. I)

There is no burden of the spirit but is lightened by kneeling under it. Little by little, the bitterest feelings are sweetened by the mention of them in prayer. And agony itself stops swelling, if we can only cry sincerely, "My God, my God!"
- William Mountford (1) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_mountford_1_a001.htm>

When a pump is frequently used, the water pours out at the first stroke, because it is high; but, if the pump has not been used for a long time, the water gets low, and when you want it you must pump a long while; and the water comes only after great efforts. It is so with prayer. If we are instant in prayer, every little circumstance awakens the disposition to pray, and desire and words are always ready; but, if we neglect prayer, it is difficult for us to pray, for the water in the well gets low.
- Felix Neff <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/felix_neff_a001.htm>

Now I lay me down to take my sleep,
I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep;
If I should die before I wake,
I pray thee, Lord, my soul to take.
- /New England Primer/ <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/new_england_primer_a001.htm>

Then let us earnest be,
And never faint in prayer;
He loves our importunity,
And makes our cause His care.
- John Newton (1) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_newton_1_a001.htm>

Prayer is to religion what thinking is to philosophy. To pray is to make religion.
- Novalis (pseudonym of Frederich Leopold von Hardenberg) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/novalis_a001.htm>

Expect an answer. If no answer is desired, why pray? True prayer has in it a strong element of expectancy.
- Robert M. Offord <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/robert_m_offord_a001.htm>

If we would talk less and pray more about them, things would be better than they are in the world; at least, we should be better enabled to bear them.
- John Owen (2) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_owen_2_a001.htm>

Prayer, with our Lord, was a refuge from the storm; almost every word He uttered during that last tremendous scene was prayer; prayer the most earnest, the most urgent, repeated, continued, proceeding from the recesses of the soul, private, solitary; prayer for deliverance, prayer for strength; above everything prayer for resignation.
- William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_paley_1_a001.htm>

The Lord's Prayer, for a succession of solemn thoughts, for fixing the attention upon a few great points, for suitableness to every condition, for sufficiency, for conciseness without obscurity, for the weight and real importance of its petition, is without an equal or a rival.
- William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_paley_1_a001.htm>

He prays best who, not asking God to do man's work, prays penitence, prays resolutions, and then prays deeds--thus supplicating with heart and head and hands.
- Theodore Parker <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/theodore_parker_a001.htm>

As in poetry, so in prayer, the whole subject matter should be furnished by the heart, and the understanding should be allowed only to shape and arrange the effusions of the heart in the manner best adapted to answer the end designed. From the fullness of a heart overflowing with holy affections, as from a copious fountain, we should pour forth a torrent of pious, humble and ardently affectionate feelings; while our understandings only shape the channel and teach the gushing streams of devotion where to flow, and when to stop.
- Edward Payson <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/edward_payson_a001.htm>

We lay it down as an elemental principle of religion, that no large growth in holiness was ever gained by one who did not take time to be often and long alone with God. No otherwise can the great central idea of God enter into a man's life, and dwell there supreme.
- Austin Phelps <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/austin_phelps_a001.htm>

He pray'd by quantity,
And with his repetitions, long and loud,
All knees were weary.
- Robert Pollok <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/robert_pollok_a001.htm>, /Course of Time/
(pt. VIII, l. 628)

Father of All! in every age,
In every clime ador'd,
By saint, by savage, and by sage,
Jehovah, Jove, or Lord!
- Alexander Pope <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/alexander_pope_a001.htm>, /Universal Prayer/

If I am right, Thy grace impart,
Still in the right to stay;
If I am wrong, O teach my heart
To find that better way!
- Alexander Pope <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/alexander_pope_a001.htm>, /Universal Prayer/

Happy are they who freely mingle prayer and toil till God responds to the one and rewards the other.
- Samuel Irenaeu Prime <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/samuel_irenaeu_prime_a001.htm>
Patience and perseverance are never more thoroughly Christian graces than when features of prayer.
- Samuel Irenaeu Prime <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/samuel_irenaeu_prime_a001.htm>

In all thou dost first let thy Prayers ascend,
And to the Gods thy Labours first commend,
From them implore Success, and hope a prosperous End.
- Pythagoras <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/pythagoras_a001.htm>, /Golden Verses/ (l. 49)

God's pleasure is at the end of our prayers.
- Francis Quarles <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/francis_quarles_a001.htm>

Heaven is never deaf but when man's heart is dumb.
- Francis Quarles <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/francis_quarles_a001.htm>

Not as we wanted it,
But as God granted it.
- Sir Arthur T. Quiller-Couch <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/arthur_t_quillercouch_a001.htm>, /To Bearers/

They were ordinary soldiers, just the common Jean and Hans,
One from the valley of the Rhine and one from fair Provence.
They were simple-hearted fellows--every night each said his prayer:
The one prayed Vater Unser and the other Notre Pere.
- Charles Alexander Richmond <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/charles_alexander_richmond_a001.htm>, /Lord's Prayer/

Prayer purifies: it is a self-preached sermon.
- Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/jean_p_richter_a001.htm>

A life of prayer is a life whose litanies are ever fresh acts of self-devoting love.
- Frederick William Robertson <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/frederick_william_robertson_a001.htm>

That prayer which does not succeed in moderating our wishes--in changing the passionate desire into still submission, the anxious, tumultuous expectation into silent surrender--is no true prayer, and proves that we have not the spirit of true prayer.
- Frederick William Robertson <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/frederick_william_robertson_a001.htm>

The Divine Wisdom has given us prayer, not as a means whereby to obtain the good things of earth, but as a means whereby we learn to do without them; not as a means whereby we escape evil, but as a means whereby we become strong to meet it.
- Frederick William Robertson <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/frederick_william_robertson_a001.htm>

At the muezzin's call for prayer,
The kneeling faithful thronged the square,
And on Pushkara's lofty height
The dark priest chanted Brahma's might.
Amid a monastery's weeds
And old Franciscan told his beads;
While to the synagogue there came
A Jew to praise Jehovah's name.
The one great God looked down and smiled
And counted each His loving child;
For Turk and Brahmin, monk and Jew
Had reached Him through the gods they knew.
- Harry Romaine <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/harry_romaine_a001.htm>, /Ad Coelum/,
in "Munsey's Magazine", Jan. 1895

Let us pray! God is just, he tries us; God is pitiful, he will comfort us; let us pray!
- Joseph Roux <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/joseph_roux_a001.htm>

The habit of prayer communicates a penetrating sweetness to the glance, the voice, the smile, the tears,--to all one says, or does, or writes.
- Joseph Roux <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/joseph_roux_a001.htm>

Faithful prayer always implies correlative exertion; and no man can ask honestly and hopefully to be delivered from temptation, unless he has himself honestly and firmly determined to do the best he can to keep out of it.
- John Ruskin <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_ruskin_a001.htm>

Each time thou wishest to decide upon performing some enterprise, raise the eyes to heaven, pray God to bless thy project; if thou canst make that prayer, accomplish thy work.
- Leopold Schefer <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/leopold_schefer_a001.htm>

We pray for trifles without so much as a thought of the greatest blessings; and we are not ashamed many times, to ask God for that which we should blush to own to our neighbor.
- Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/seneca_a001.htm>

Fear of death drives the wretched to prayer.
[Lat., In vota miseros ultimus cogit timor.]
- Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/seneca_a001.htm>, /Agamemnon/
(560)

Nothing costs so much as what is bought by prayers.
[Lat., Nulla res carius constat quam quae precibus empta est.]
- Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/seneca_a001.htm>,
/De Beneficiis/ (II, 1)

The first petition that we are to make to Almighty God is for a good conscience, the next for health of mind, and then of body.
- Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/seneca_a001.htm>, /Epistles/
(XIV)

All his mind is bent to holiness,
To number Ave-Maries on his beads.
- William Shakespeare <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_shakespeare_a001.htm>

Go with me, like good angels, to my end;
And, as the long divorce of steel falls on me
Make of your prayers one sweet sacrifice,
And lift my soul to heaven.
- William Shakespeare <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_shakespeare_a001.htm>

If yon bethink yourself of any crime
Unreconcil'd as yet to heaven and grace,
Solicit for it straight.
- William Shakespeare <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_shakespeare_a001.htm>

Nymph, in thy orisons be all my sins remembered!
- William Shakespeare <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_shakespeare_a001.htm>

Oh, happy vantage of a kneeling knee!
- William Shakespeare <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_shakespeare_a001.htm>

Rather let my head
Stoop to the block than these knees bow to any
Save to the God of heaven and to my king.
- William Shakespeare <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_shakespeare_a001.htm>
We, ignorant of ourselves,
Beg often our own harms, which the wise powers
Deny us for our good; so find we profit,
By losing of our prayers.
- William Shakespeare <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_shakespeare_a001.htm>

Bow, stubborn knees, and, heart with strings of steel,
Be soft as sinews of the new-born babe.
All many be well.
- William Shakespeare <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_shakespeare_a001.htm>,
/Hamlet Prince of Denmark/
(Claudius, King of Denmark at III, iii)

I tell thee, Pole, when in the city Tours
Thou ran'st a-tilt in honor of my love
And stol'st away the ladies' hearts of France,
I thought King Henry had resembled thee
In courage, courtship, and proportion;
But all his mind is bent to holiness,
To number Ave-Maries on his beads;
His champions are the prophets and apostles,
His weapons holy saws of sacred writ;
His study is his tiltyard, and his loves
Are brazen images of canonized saints.
- William Shakespeare <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_shakespeare_a001.htm>,
/King Henry the Sixth, Part II/
(Margaret, Queen to King Henry at I, iii)

No, rather let my head
Stoop to the block than theses knees bow to any
Save to the God of heaven and to my king;
And sooner dance upon a bloody pole
Than stand uncovered to the vulgar groom.
- William Shakespeare <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_shakespeare_a001.htm>,
/King Henry the Sixth, Part II/
(Suffolk at IV, i)

But wherefore could not I pronounce 'Amen'?
I had most need of blessing, and 'Amen'
Stuck in my throat.
- William Shakespeare <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_shakespeare_a001.htm>, /Macbeth/
(Macbeth at II, ii)

When I would pray and think, I think and pray
To several subjects: heaven hath my empty words
Whilst my invention, hearing not my tongue,
Anchors on Isabel: heaven in my mouth,
As if I did but only chew his name,
And in my heart the strong and swelling evil
Of my conception.
- William Shakespeare <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_shakespeare_a001.htm>, /Measure for Measure/
(Angelo at II, iv)

If you bethink yourself of any crime
Unreconciled as yet to heaven and grace,
Solicit for it straight.
- William Shakespeare <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_shakespeare_a001.htm>,
/Othello the Moor of Venice/
(Othello at V, ii)

You few that loved me
And dare be bold to weep for Buckingham,
His noble friends and fellows, whom to leave
Is only bitter to him, only dying,
Go with me like good angels to my end;
And, as the long divorce of steel falls on me,
Make of your prayers one sweet sacrifice
And lift my soul to heaven. Lead on a God's name.
- William Shakespeare <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_shakespeare_a001.htm>,
/The Life of King Henry the Eighth/
(Buckingham at II, i)

I do not know
What kind of my obedience I should tender.
More than my all is nothing; nor my prayers
Are not words holy hallowed, nor my wishes
More worth than empty vanities; yet prayers and wishes
Are all I can return.
- William Shakespeare <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_shakespeare_a001.htm>,
/The Life of King Henry the Eighth/
(Anne Bullen at II, iii)

His worst fault is, that he is given to prayer; he is something peevish that way, but nobody but has his fault. But let that pass.
- William Shakespeare <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_shakespeare_a001.htm>,
/The Merry Wives of Windsor/
(Mistress Quickly at I, iv)

Well, if my wind were but long enough [to say my prayers], I would repent.
- William Shakespeare <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_shakespeare_a001.htm>,
/The Merry Wives of Windsor/
(Falstaff at IV, v)

Earth bears no balsams for mistakes;
Men crown the knave, and scourge the tool
That did his will: but thou, O Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool.
- Edward Rowland Sill <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/edward_rowland_sill_a001.htm>, /The Fool's Prayer/

Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
- Socrates <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/socrates_a001.htm>

Premeditation of thought and brevity of expression are the great ingredients of that reverence that is required to a pious and acceptable prayer.
- Bishop Robert South <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/robert_south_a001.htm>

Four things which are not in thy treasury,
I lay before thee, Lord, with this petition:--
My nothingness, my wants,
My sins, and my contrition.
- Robert Southey <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/robert_southey_a001.htm>, /Occasional Pieces/ (XIX),
imitated from the Persian

Our prayers are the shadows of mercy.
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/charles_haddon_spurgeon_a001.htm>

Prayer pulls the rope below, and the great bell rings above in the ears of God. Some scarcely stir the bell, for they pray so languidly; others give but an occasional pluck at the rope; but he who wins with heaven is the man who grasps the rope boldly and pulls continuously, with all his might.
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/charles_haddon_spurgeon_a001.htm>

Sometimes a fog will settle over a vessel's deck and yet leave the topmast clear. Then a sailor goes up aloft and gets a lookout which the helmsman on deck cannot get. So prayer sends the soul aloft; lifts it above the clouds in which our selfishness and egotism befog us, and gives us a chance to see which way to steer.
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/charles_haddon_spurgeon_a001.htm>

Prayers are heard in heaven very much in proportion to our faith. Little faith will get very great mercies, but great faith still greater.
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/charles_haddon_spurgeon_a001.htm>,
/Gleanings Among the Sheaves--Believing Prayer/

To pray together, in whatever tongue or ritual, is the most tender brotherhood of hope and sympathy that men can contract in this life.
- Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/madame_stael_a001.htm>,
/Corinne/ (bk. X, ch. V)

Holy Father, in thy mercy,
Hear our anxious prayer.
Keep out loved ones, now far absent,
'Neath Thy care.
- Isabella S. Stephenson <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/isabella_s_stephenson_a001.htm>, /Hymn/,
song universally sung among the British troops in World War I (the Great War)

Lord, thy most pointed pleasure take,
And stab my spirit broad awake;
Or, Lord, if too obdurate I,
Choose Thou, before that spirit die,
A piercing paid, a killing sin,
And to my dead heart turn them in.
- Robert Louis Stevenson <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/robert_louis_stevenson_a001.htm>, /Celestial Surgeon/

Prayer among men is supposed a means to change the person to whom we pray; but prayer to God doth not change him, but fits us to receive the things prayed for.
- Benjamin Stillingfleet <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/benjamin_stillingfleet_a001.htm>

Prayer has a right to the word "ineffable." It is an hour of outpourings which words cannot express,--of that interior speech which we do not articulate, even when we employ it.
- Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/anne_sophie_swetchine_a001.htm>

"Prayer," says St. Jerome, "is a groan." Ah! our groans are prayers as well. The very cry of distress is an involuntary appeal to that invisible Power whose aid the soul invokes.
- Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/anne_sophie_swetchine_a001.htm>
My debts are large, my failures great, my shame secret and heavy; yet I come to ask for my good, I quake in fear lest my prayer be granted.
- Rabindranath Tagore <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/rabindranath_tagore_a001.htm>, /Gitanjali/ (28)

Labor, you know, is prayer.
- Bayard Taylor <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/bayard_taylor_a001.htm>

For spiritual blessings, let our prayers be importunate, perpetual and persevering; for temporal blessings, let them be general, short, conditional and modest.
- Jeremy Taylor <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/jeremy_taylor_a001.htm>

From the violence and rule of passion, from a servile will, and a commanding lust, from pride and vanity, from false opinion and ignorant confidence; from improvidence and prodigality, from envy and the spirit of slander; from sensuality, from presumption and from despair; from a state of temptation and a hardened spirit; from delaying of repentance and persevering in sin; from unthankfulness and irreligion, and from seducing others; from all infatuation of soul, folly and madness; from willfulness, self-love and vain ambition; from a vicious life and an unprovided death, good Lord, deliver us.
- Jeremy Taylor <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/jeremy_taylor_a001.htm>

Prayer is the peace of our spirit, the stillness of our thoughts, the evenness of recollection, the seat of meditation, the rest of our cares and the calm of our tempest: prayer is the issue of a quiet mind, of untroubled thoughts; it is the daughter of charity and the sister of meekness.
- Jeremy Taylor <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/jeremy_taylor_a001.htm>

Prayers are but the body of the bird; desires are its angel's wings.
- Jeremy Taylor <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/jeremy_taylor_a001.htm>

The Lord's Prayer is short, mysterious, and, like the treasures of the spirit, full of wisdom and latent sense: it is not improper to draw forth those excellencies which are intended and signified by every petition, that by so excellent an authority we may know what it is lawful to beg of God.
- Jeremy Taylor <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/jeremy_taylor_a001.htm>

When we pray for any virtue, we should cultivate the virtue as well as pray for it; the form of your prayers should be the rule of your life; every petition to God is a precept to man. Look not, therefore, upon your prayers as a short method of duty and salvation only, but as a perpetual monition of duty; by what we require of God we see what He requires of us.
- Jeremy Taylor <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/jeremy_taylor_a001.htm>

When you lie down close your eyes with a short prayer, committing yourself into the brands of your faithful Creator; and when you have done trust Him with yourself, as you must do when dying.
- Jeremy Taylor <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/jeremy_taylor_a001.htm>

Speak to Him, thou, for He hears, and Spirit with Spirit can meet;
Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/alfred_tennyson_a001.htm>, /Higher Pantheism/

More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of. Wherefore, let thy voice
Rise like a fountain for me night and day.
For what are men better than sheep or goats
That nourish a blind life within the brain,
If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer
Both for themselves and those who call them friend?
- Lord Alfred Tennyson <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/alfred_tennyson_a001.htm>, /Morte d'Arthur/
(l. 247)

Battering the gates of heaven with storms of prayer.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/alfred_tennyson_a001.htm>, /St. Simeon Stylites/
(l. 7)

Father of Light and Life! Thou Good Supreme!
O teach me what is good! teach me Thyself!
Save me from folly, vanity and vice,
From every low pursuit: and feed my soul
With knowledge, conscious peace, and virtue pure;
Sacred, substantial, never-fading bliss.
- James Thomson (1) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/james_thomson_1_a001.htm>

Why is it when we talk to God, we're said to be praying, but when God talks to us, we're schizophrenic?
- Lily Tomlin <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/lily_tomlin_a001.htm>

We kneel, how weak; we rise, how full of power!
Why, therefore, should we do ourselves this wrong,
Or others--that we are not always strong,
That we are ever overborne with care,
That we should ever weak or heartless be,
Anxious or troubled, when with us is prayer,
And joy and strength and courage are with Thee?
- Archbishop Richard Chenevix Trench <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/richard_chenevix_trench_a001.htm>

"'Twas then belike," Honorious cried,
"When you the public fast defied,
Refused to heav'n to raise a prayer.
Because you'd no connections there."
- John Trumbull (1) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_trumbull_1_a001.htm>, /McFingal/
(canto I, l. 541)

From compromise and things half done,
Keep me with stern and stubborn pride,
And when at last the fight is won,
God, keep me still unsatisfied.
- Louis Untermeyer <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/louis_untermeyer_a001.htm>, /Prayer/

God, though this life is but a wraith,
Although we know not what we use,
Although we grope with little faith,
Give me the heart to fight.
- Louis Untermeyer <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/louis_untermeyer_a001.htm>, /Prayer/

We have assurance that we shall be heard in what we pray, because we pray to that God that heareth prayer, and is the rewarder of all that come unto Him; and in His name, to whom God denieth nothing; and, therefore, howsoever we are not always answered at the present, or in the same kind that we desire, yet, sooner or later, we are sure to receive even above that we are able to ask or think, if we continue to sue unto Him according to His will.
- James Usher <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/james_usher_a001.htm>

When first thy eyes unveil, give thy soul leave
To do the like; our bodies but forerun
The spirit's duty. True hearts spread and heave
Unto their God, as flow'rs do to the sun.
Give him thy first thoughts then; so shalt thou keep
Him company all day, and in him sleep.
- Henry Vaughan ("The Silurist") <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/henry_vaughan_a001.htm>

Prayer is
The world in tune,
A spirit-voyce
And vocall joyes,
Whose Eccho is heaven's blisse.
- Henry Vaughan ("The Silurist") <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/henry_vaughan_a001.htm>,
/The Morning Watch/

Cease to think that the decrees of the gods can be changed by prayers.
[Lat., Desine fata deum flecti sperare precando.]
- Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/virgil_a001.htm>,
/The Aeneid/ (VI, 376)

Ae half the prayer wi' Phoebus grace did find
The t'other half he whistled down the wind.
[Lat., Audit, et voti Phoebus succedere partem
Mente didit, partem volucres dispersit in auras.]
- Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/virgil_a001.htm>,
/The Aeneid/ (XI, 794),
(translation by Scott)

Did we perfectly know the state of our own condition, and what was most proper for us, we might have reason to conclude our prayers not heard if not answered.
- William Wake <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_wake_a001.htm>

Prayer moves the Hand which moves the world.
- Rev. John Aikman Wallace <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_aikman_wallace_a001.htm>,
/There is an Eye that Never Sleeps/
(l. 19)
Who is this before whose presence idols tumble to the sod?
While he cries out--"Allah Akbar! and there is no god but God!"
- William Ross Wallace <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_ross_wallace_2_a001.htm>,
/El Amin--The Faithful/

Perfect prayers without a spot of blemish, though not one word be spoken, and no phrases known to mankind be tampered with, always pluck the heart out of the earth and move it softly, like a censer, to and fro beneath the face of heaven.
- John Weiss <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_weiss_a001.htm>

The Lord's Prayer contains the sum total of religion and morals.
- Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/wellington_a001.htm>

The simple heart that freely asks in love, obtains.
- John Greenleaf Whittier <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_greenleaf_whittier_a001.htm>

Making their lives a prayer.
- John Greenleaf Whittier <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/john_greenleaf_whittier_a001.htm>,
/To A.K. on Receiving a Basket of Sea Mosses/

Though smooth be the heartless prayer, no ear in heaven will mind it;
And the finest phrase falls dead, if there is no feeling behind it.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/ella_wheeler_wilcox_a001.htm>, /Art and Heart/ (st. 2)

When the gods choose to punish us, they merely answer our prayers.
- Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde) <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/oscar_wilde_a001.htm>

Night comes, with love upon the breeze,
And the calm clock strikes, stilly, "ten!"
I start to hear it beat, for then
I know that thou art on thy knees--
And at that hour, where'er thou be,
Ascends to heaven a prayer for me!
- Nathaniel Parker Willis <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/nathaniel_parker_willis_a001.htm>

O, when the heart is, full, when bitter thoughts come crowding thickly up for utterance, and the poor common words of courtesy are such a very mockery, how much the bursting heart may pour itself in prayer!
- Nathaniel Parker Willis <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/nathaniel_parker_willis_a001.htm>

Prayer is the pulse of the renewed soul; and the constancy of its beat is the best test and measure of the spiritual life.
- Octavius Winslow <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/octavius_winslow_a001.htm>

The imperfect offices of prayer and praise.
- William Wordsworth <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_wordsworth_a001.htm>, /Excursion/ (bk. I)

"What is good for a bootless bene?"
With these dark words begins my Tale;
And their meaning is, whence can comfort spring
When Prayer is of no avail?
- William Wordsworth <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_wordsworth_a001.htm>, /Force of Prayer/

The bells of Ryleston seemed to say,
While she sat listening in the shade,
With vocal music, "God us ayde!"
And all the hills were glad to bear
Their part in this effectual prayer.
- William Wordsworth <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/william_wordsworth_a001.htm>, /White Doe of Rylstone/
(canto VII, st. 11)

Prayer ardent opens heaven.
- Edward Young <http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/edward_young_a001.htm>, /Night Thoughts/
(night VIII, l. 721)