John Wesley

John
Wesley
1703
1791

English Divine, Founder of Methodism

Author Quotes

Beware you are not a fiery, persecuting enthusiast. Do not imagine that God has called you (just contrary to the spirit of Him you style your Master) to destroy men’s lives, and not to save them. Never dream of forcing men into the ways of God. Think yourself, and let think. Use no constraint in matters of religion. Even those who are farthest out of the way never compel to come in by any other means than reason, truth, and love.

I value all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity.

The longer I live, the larger allowances I make for human infirmities. I exact more from myself, and less from others. Go thou and do likewise!

I observed, "Love is the fulfilling of the law, the end of the commandment." It is not only "the first and great" command, but all the commandments in one. "Whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, if there be any virtue, if there be any praise," they are all comprised in this one word, love.

Never dream of forcing men into the ways of God. Think yourself, and let think. Use no constraint in matters of religion. Even those who are farthest out of the way never compel to come in by any other means than reason, truth, and love.

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.

Every one, though born of God in an instant, yet undoubtedly grows by slow degrees.

Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry.

God grant that I may never live to be useless.

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.

Earn all you can, give all you can, save all you can.

Vice does not lose its character by becoming fashionable.

What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.

Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.

What is Christian perfection? The loving God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. This implies that no wrong temper, none contrary to love, remains in the soul; and that all the thoughts, words, and actions are governed by pure love.

“Rule of Conduct.” Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.

Conquer desire and you will conquer fear. But as long as you are a slave you must be a coward.

Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.

Preach faith till you have it; and then, because you have it, you will preach faith.

Don't tell me of your virtue... I tell you, every man has his price.

Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason. It is our part, by religion and reason joined, to counteract them all we can.

Author Picture
First Name
John
Last Name
Wesley
Birth Date
1703
Death Date
1791
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English Divine, Founder of Methodism