This post is a collection of 16 quotes from the lectures of Basil Manly, Jr.

“One sin demands another to hide it.”

“It is grand to stand alone, but dangerous.”

“God’s work will go on without us if not by us.”

“Work and prayer are the remedy for despondency.”

“Man is dust refined; woman is dust doubly refined.”

“Nor one ling of Solomon’s writings tends to palliate his sins.”

“Many a man who imitates David’s sin forgets his penitence.”

“The true nobility of woman is to keep her own sphere—and adorn it.”

“The Bible nowhere fixes the date of the world, hence we need not be alarmed.”

“‘Let there be light’ doesn’t mean its creation, but its introduction into the world.”

“Preach first the deliverance from bondage, then the thunderings from Sinai.”

“The Gospel coming into a world of sin must come in the form of a curse as well as a blessing.”

“John Newton said his theology had been reduced to two facts, viz: I am a sinner saved by grace.”

“The fundamental question for the Children of Israel when they left Egypt was not government but rations.”

“We look with surprise at some of the things in the Old Testament because our own ideas of sin are lax and loose.”

“The imprecatory psalms express the sense of outraged virtue; there cannot be a sincere love of right without a sincere hatred of wrong.”

From “Basil Man, ‘Chips from the Workshop,’ Seminary Magazine, 5:6, March, 1892, pp. 353-54.” Quoted in: Joseph Powhatan Cox, “A Study of the Life and Work of Basil Manly, Jr.” (Ph. D. diss., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1954), Appendix H.

About Roger Duke

Southern MDiv Grad, Teach Communication & Religion at Baptist College of Health Sciences, a Professional School for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals.
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5 Responses to “CHIPS FROM THE WORKSHOP” by Basil Manly, Jr.

  1. Roger,Thanks for this list of quotes.  There is a gold mine of meditation on what I am finding to be one of the “lost” founder’s of the seminary.  At least, I think he is largely forgotten because of Broadus and Boyce. 

  2. Roger Duke says:


    Dr. Haykin and I are working on a new volume of Manly’s devotional life and thought. I think I have told this to you in another venue. I just wanted all of the “Southern Folk” that it will be coming out probably next Summer or Fall. This is FYI. I have a new quote from Broadus on “Expository Preaching” that may be published on “Said” in a few weeks or days. In the mean time:

    “Stay by the stuff!”


  3. Bradley says:

    My favorite is that last one.

    Bradleys last blog post..Brothers, Let us Embrace Heresy!

  4. Scott says:

    Excellent compilation.

    Scotts last blog post..Sin is Personal to God

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