John Wesley Quotes
1. Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? O be not weary of well doing!
2. What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.
3. Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.
4. Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth.
5. We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others.
6. Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.
7. Earn all you can, give all you can, save all you can
8. Catch on fire and others will love to come watch you burn.
9. Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences.
10. It cannot be that the people should grow in grace unless they give themselves to reading. A reading people will always be a knowing people.
11. God grant that I may never live to be useless!
12. Vice does not lose its character by becoming fashionable.
13. You have one business on earth – to save souls.
14. I continue to dream and pray about a revival of holiness in our day that moves forth in mission and creates authentic community in which each person can be unleashed through the empowerment of the Spirit to fulfill God’s creational intentions.
15. Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.
16. Think and let think.
17. By salvation I mean not barely according to the vulgar notion deliverance from hell or going to heaven but a present deliverance from sin a restoration of the soul to its primitive health its original purity a recovery of the divine nature the renewal of our souls after the image of God in righteousness and true holiness in justice mercy and truth.
18. When a man becomes a Christian, he becomes industrious, trustworthy and prosperous. Now, if that man when he gets all he can and saves all he can, does not give all he can, I have more hope for Judas Iscariot than for that man!
19. Not, how much of my money will I give to God, but, how much of God’s money will I keep for myself?
20. I set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn.
21. Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry.
22. Holy solitaries’ is a phrase no more consistent with the Gospel than holy adulterers. The Gospel of Christ knows no religion but social; no holiness, but social holiness.
23. Untold millions are still untold.
24. Get on fire for God and men will come and see you burn.
25. A man of one book, a student of many.
26. To explain this a little further: Only the soul and the body are the natural constituent parts of men and women. The SPIRIT is not in the fundamental nature of humans but is the supernatural gift of God, TO BE FOUND IN CHRISTIANS ONLY.
27. Even in the greatest afflictions, we ought to testify to God, that, in receiving them from his hand, we feel pleasure in the midst of the pain, from being afflicted by Him who loves us, and whom we love.
28. How is it more for the glory of God to save man irresistibly, than to save him as a free agent, by such grace as he may either concur or resist?
29. I have no objection to instruments of music in our worship, provided they are neither seen nor heard.
30. Our main doctrines, which include all the rest, are three: That of repentance, of faith, and of holiness. The first of these we account, as it were, the porch of religion; the next, the door; the third, religion itself.
31. When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me.
32. One great reason why the rich in general have so little sympathy for the poor is because they so seldom visit them. Hence it is that one part of the world does not know what the other suffers. Many of them do not know, because they do not care to know: they keep out of the way of knowing it – and then plead their voluntary ignorance as an excuse for their hardness of heart.
33. The readiest way which God takes to draw a man to himself is, to afflict him in that he loves most, and with good reason; and to cause this affliction to arise from some good action done with a single eye; because nothing can more clearly show him the emptiness of what is most lovely and desirable in all the world.
34. No man that ever lived, not John Calvin himself, ever asserted either original sin, or justification by faith, in more strong, more clear and express terms, than Arminius has done.
35. No outward practices will stand in the place of the new birth. Nothing under heaven will stand in its place.
36. True humility is a kind of self-annihilation; and this is the centre of all virtues.
37. It is hardily credible of how great consequences before God the smallest things are; and what great inconveniences some times follow those which appear to be light faults.
38. Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
39. I pity those who can find no good at church. But how should they if prejudice come between, an effectual bar to the grace of God?
40. Good people avoid sin because they love goodness, Wicked people avoid sin because they fear punishment.
41. Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may.
42. Get on fire for God, and people will come to watch you burn!”-John Wesley
43. Absolute perfection belongs not to man, nor to angels, but to God alone.
44. I had a sort of faith during my early life. But devils also have a sort of faith. Still, neither they nor I received the faith of the covenant of promise. Even the apostles had a sort of faith when they were first with Jesus in Cana. Then and there, they “believed on him” in a way. But they did not yet have the faith which overcomes the world.
45. Let me daily grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
46. Is it sinless? It is not worth while tocontend for a term It is “salvation from sin.
47. But this doctrine has been much abused.” So has that of justification by faith. But that is no reason for giving up either this or any other scriptural doctrine. “When you wash your child,” as one speaks, “throw away the water; but do not throw away the child.
48. For neither love, nor the “unction of the Holy One,” makes us infallible: therefore, through unavoidable defect of understanding, we cannot but mistake in many things.
49. Do not impute to money the faults of human nature.
50. Those without enough love experience rage, but love drives rage away.
51. Gain all you can, save all you can, give all you can.
52. O break my Bonds, let Sin enthrall My struggling Soul no more; Hear thy fall’n Creature’s feeble Call, Thine Image O restore! And tho’ my Heart senseless and hard To Thee can scarcely groan, Yet O remember, gracious Lord, Thou once didst write in Stone!
53. Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can.
54. the power of God came mightily upon us. Many cried out in complete joy. Others were knocked to the ground. As soon as we recovered a little from that awe and amazement at God’s presence, we broke out in praise.
55. And I am the rather induced to do what little I can in this way, because I can do nothing else: being prevented, by my present weakness, from either travelling or preaching. But, blessed be God, I can still read, and write, and think. O that it may be to his glory!
56. And Isaac loved Esau – Isaac though he was not a stirring man himself, yet he loved to have his son active. Esau knew how to please him, and shewed a great respect for him, by treating him often with venison, which won upon him more than one would have thought. But Rebekah loved him whom God loved.
57. He was reading the strange account of the two missionaries who have lately made such a figure in the newspapers. I suppose the whole account is just such another gross imposition upon the public as the man’s gathering the people together to see him go into the quart bottle. “Men seven hundred years old!” And why not seven yards high? He that can believe it, let him believe it.
58. As one instance of this, be always ready to own any fault you have been in. If you have at any time thought, spoken, or acted wrong, be not backward to acknowledge it. Never dream that this will hurt the cause of God; no, it will further it. Be therefore open and frank when you are taxed with anything; do not seek either to evade or disguise it; but let it appear just as it is, and you will thereby not hinder but adorn the Gospel.