| Mahomet made the people believe that he would call a hill to him, and from the top of it offer up his prayers for the observers of his law. The people assembled; Mahomet called the hill to come to him, again and again, and when the hill stood still, he was never a whit abashed, but said, if the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill.|
|Faith is a higher faculty than reason.|
BaileyFestus. Prm. L. 84.
| There is one inevitable criterion of judgment touching religious faith in doctrinal matters. Can you reduce it to practice? If not, have none of it.|
Hosea BallouMS. Sermons.
| An outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.|
Book of Common Prayer. Catechism.
|Take courage, soul!|
Hold not thy strength in vain!
With faith oercome the steeps
Thy God hath set for thee.
Beyond the Alpine summits of great pain
Lieth thine Italy.
Rose Terry CookeBeyond.
|We walk by faith, not by sight.|
II Corinthians. V. 7.
|His faith, perhaps, in some nice tenets might|
Be wrong; his life, Im sure, was in the right.
CowleyOn the Death of Crashaw. L. 55.
|Faith is a fine invention|
For gentlemen who see;
But Microscopes are prudent
In an emergency.
Emily DickinsonPoems. Second Series. XXX.
|To take up half on trust, and half to try,|
Name it not faith but bungling bigotry.
DrydenThe Hind and the Panther. Pt. I. L. 141.
|We lean on Faith; and some less wise have cried,|
Behold the butterfly, the seed thats cast!
Vain hopes that fall like flowers before the blast!
What man can look on Death unterrified?
R. W. GilderLove and Death. St. 2.
|Die Botschaft hör ich wohl, allein mir fehlt der Glaube;|
Das Wunder ist des Glaubens liebstes Kind.
Your messages I hear, but faith has not been given;
The dearest child of Faith is Miracle.
GoetheFaust. I. 1. 413.
| Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.|
Hebrews. XI. 1.
|What sought they thus afar?|
Bright jewels of the mine?
The wealth of seas, the spoils of war?
They sought a faiths pure shrine!
Mrs. HemansLanding of the Pilgrim Fathers.
|Mirror of constant faith, revered and mournd!|
HomerOdyssey. Bk. IV. L. 229. Popes trans.
| The German is the discipline of fear; ours is the discipline of faithand faith will triumph.|
Gen Joffre, at unveiling of a statue of Lafayette in Brooklyn, 1917.
| If he were|
To be made honest by an act of parliament
I should not alter in my faith of him.
Ben JonsonThe Devil Is an Ass. Act IV. Sc. 1.
| And we shall be made truly wise if we be made content; content, too, not only with what we can understand, but content with what we do not understandthe habit of mind which theologians calland rightlyfaith in God.|
Charles KingsleyHealth and Education. On Bio-Geology.
| The only faith that wears well and holds its color in all weathers is that which is woven of conviction and set with the sharp mordant of experience.|
LowellMy Study Windows. Abraham Lincoln. 1864.
|O welcome pure-eyd Faith, white-handed Hope,|
Thou hovering angel, girt with golden wings!
MiltonComus. L. 213.
| That in such righteousness|
To them by faith imputed they may find
Justification towards God, and peace
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. XII. L. 294.
| Yet I argue not|
Again Heavens hand or will, nor bate a jot
Of right or hope; but still bear up and steer
MiltonTo Cyriac Skinner.
| Combien de choses nous servoient hier darticles de foy, qui nous sont fables aujourdhui!|
How many things served us yesterday for articles of faith, which to-day are fables to us!
MontaigneEssays. Bk. I. Ch. XXVI.
|But Faith, fanatic Faith, once wedded fast|
To some dear falsehood, hugs it to the last.
MooreLalla Rookh. The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan.
|If faith produce no works, I see|
That faith is not a living tree.
Thus faith and works together grow;
No separate life they eer can know:
Theyre soul and body, hand and heart:
What God hath joined, let no man part.
Hannah MoreDan and Jane.
|For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight;|
His cant be wrong whose life is in the right.
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. III. L. 305.
|The enormous faith of many made for one.|
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. III. L. 242.
|Be thou faithful unto death.|
Revelation. II. 10.
| Set on your foot,|
And with a heart new-fird I follow you,
To do I know not what: but it sufficeth
That Brutus leads me on.
Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 331.
|Thou almost makest me waver in my faith|
To hold opinion with Pythagoras,
That souls of animals infuse themselves
Into the trunks of men.
Merchant of Venice. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 130.
|The saddest thing that can befall a soul|
Is when it loses faith in God and woman.
Alexander SmithA Life Drama. Sc. 12.
|Faith is the subtle chain|
Which binds us to the infinite; the voice
Of a deep life within, that will remain
Until we crowd it thence.
Elizabeth Oakes SmithAtheism in Three Sonnets. Faith.
| It is always right that a man should be able to render a reason for the faith that is within him.|
Sydney SmithLady Hollands Memoir. Vol. I. P. 53.
|Faith and unfaith can neer be equal powers;|
Unfaith in aught is want of faith in all.
TennysonIdylls of the King. Merlin and Vivien. L. 388.
|Whose faith has centre everywhere,|
Nor cares to fix itself to form.
TennysonIn Memoriam. XXXIII.
| I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.|
II Timothy. IV. 7.
|Faith, mighty faith the promise sees|
And rests on that alone;
Laughs at impossibilities,
And says it shall be done.
Charles WesleyHymns. No. 360.
|Through this dark and stormy night|
Faith beholds a feeble light
Up the blackness streaking;
Knowing Gods own time is best,
In a patient hope I rest
For the full day-breaking!
WhittierBarclay of Ury. St. 16.
|A bending staff I would not break,|
A feeble faith I would not shake,
Nor even rashly pluck away
The error which some truth may stay,
Whose loss might leave the soul without
A shield against the shafts of doubt.
WhittierQuestions of Life. St. 1.
|Of one in whom persuasion and belief|
Had ripened into faith, and faith become
A passionate intuition.
WordsworthExcursion. Bk. IV.
|Tis hers to pluck the amaranthine flower|
Of Faith, and round the sufferers temples bind
Wreaths that endure afflictions heaviest shower,
And do not shrink from sorrows keenest wind.
WordsworthWeak is the Will of Man.
|Faith builds a bridge across the gulf of Death,|
To break the shock blind nature cannot shun,
And lands Thought smoothly on the further shore.
YoungNight Thoughts. Night IV. L. 721.