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Lily H. Montagu

  • When we pray we show the connection between belief and conduct.

    • Lily H. Montagu,
    • 1939, in Ellen M. Umansky, ed., Lily Montagu: Sermons, Addresses, Letters and Prayers ()
  • All joy seems more delightful, all sorrow seems more tolerable, when our friend shares our joys and sorrow with us.

    • Lily H. Montagu,
    • 1916, in Ellen M. Umansky, ed., Lily Montagu: Sermons, Addresses, Letters and Prayers ()
  • ... our parents give us their song of life. We receive it from them and work on it, and will hand it down to those who follow us to make of it a new and better thing, to make it understood by their own generation. Let us be careful to take the song reverently, not to snatch it ungratefully, lest we break the hearts of those who conceive it.

    • Lily H. Montagu,
    • 1916, in Ellen M. Umansky, ed., Lily Montagu: Sermons, Addresses, Letters and Prayers ()
  • Friendship between sisters is one of the most satisfying that life can afford. Our sister understands us thoroughly; she does not expect more than we can give.

    • Lily H. Montagu,
    • 1916, in Ellen M. Umansky, ed., Lily Montagu: Sermons, Addresses, Letters and Prayers ()
  • Religion can consecrate happiness and intensify it. It can give consolation in times of sorrow. It can lift our lives out of dull monotony and give them a touch of poetry and romance. It can combat loneliness and give us increased dignity and self respect. It gives special beauty to family life and also to friendship. It can, in short, make life worthwhile.

    • Lily H. Montagu,
    • 1928, in Ellen M. Umansky, ed., Lily Montagu: Sermons, Addresses, Letters and Prayers ()
  • Now friends, if we want personal religion I would urge in all sincerity that we must not cut ourselves adrift from organized religion; if we do, we lose the best nourishment we can obtain. Organized religion has a part in the evolution of personal religion. It is the material upon which personal religion is grafted, but the process of grafting must be individual. Every human soul must, through thought, prayer, and study, cultivate his own religion to suit himself.

    • Lily H. Montagu,
    • 1928, in Ellen M. Umansky, ed., Lily Montagu: Sermons, Addresses, Letters and Prayers ()
  • We want the unprovable, we want love, truth and beauty, and we can only find these on the spiritual plane.

    • Lily H. Montagu,
    • 1928, in Ellen M. Umansky and Dianne Ashton, eds., Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality ()
  • An organized religion is made up of fractions of personal religion and each person must make his own contribution to the spiritual possessions which will form the inheritance for succeeding ages.

    • Lily H. Montagu,
    • 1928, in Ellen M. Umansky and Dianne Ashton, eds., Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality ()

Lily H. Montagu, English social worker, writer

(1873 - 1963)

Full name: Lillian Helen Montagu.