Hannah Whitall Smith Quotes

A feeling of real need is always a good enough reason to pray.
Hannah Whitall Smith
Keep your mind on the things you want and off the things you don't want.
Hannah Whitall Smith
The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.
Hannah Whitall Smith
It is a law of the spiritual life that every act of trust makes the next act less difficult. Trusting becomes like breathing, the natural unconciousness of the redeemed soul.
Hannah Whitall Smith (The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life, 1875)
The mother eagle teachers her little ones to fly by making their nest so uncomfortable that they are forced to leave it and commit themselves to the unknown world of air outside. And just so does our God to us.
Hannah Whitall Smith
To be a mother is the greatest vocation in the world. No being has a position of such great power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her is necessarily committed the making of the nation’s citizens.
Hannah Whitall Smith
Let me advise thee not to talk of thyself as being old. There is something in Mind Cure, after all, and if thee continually talks of thyself as being old, thee may perhaps bring on some of the infirmities of age. At least I would not risk it if I were thee.
Hannah Whitall Smith
There is immense power in stillness. A great saint once said, "All things come to him who knows how to trust and be silent." The words are pregnant with meaning. A knowledge of this fact would immensely change our ways of working. Instead of restless struggles, we would "sit down" inwardly before the Lord, and would let the Divine forces of His Spirit work out in silence the ends to which we aspire. You may not see or feel the operations of this silent force, but be assured it is always working mightily, and will work for you, if you only get your spirit still enough to be carried along by the currents of its power.
Hannah Whitall Smith


Hannah Whitall Smith Biography

Born: February 7, 1832
Died: May 1, 1911

Hannah Whitall Smith was an American author and christian lay speaker. She is best known for her book "The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life".

Notable Works

The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life (1875)