John Wesley (1703-1791)

“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.”

“Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”

“Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can”

“When you set yourself on fire, people love to come and see you burn.”

“I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the power. And this undoubtedly will be the case unless they hold fast both the doctrine, spirit, and discipline with which they first set out.”

“When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it find a way into my heart.”

“Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.”

“Once in seven years I burn all my sermons; for it is a shame if I cannot write better sermons now than I did seven years ago.”

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

“The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.”

“Think and let think.”

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

“My ground is the Bible. Yea, I am a Bible-bigot. I follow it in all things, both great and small.”

“The best of it is, God is with us.”

“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.”

“I look on all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that, in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right, and my bounden duty, to declare unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tidings of salvation.”

“You may be as orthodox as the devil and as wicked.”

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

“The Church recruited people who had been starched and ironed before they were washed.”

“Justifying faith implies, not only a divine evidence or conviction that ”God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself’,’ but a sure trust and confidence that Christ died for my sins, that He loved me and gave Himself for me.”

“God buries his workmen, but carries on his work”

“Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason”

“The longer I live, the larger allowances I make for human infirmities”

“No circumstances can make it necessary for a man to burst in sunder all the ties of humanity.”

“I desired as many as could to join together in fasting and prayer, that God would restore the spirit of love and of a sound mind to the poor deluded rebels in America”

“As to matters of dress, I would recommend one never to be first in the fashion nor the last out of it”

“Giving up witchcraft is, in effect, giving up the Bible”

“I’d had the quintessential liberal arts experience, and I came out of college not having a clue of what to do,”

“I was of the ’60s, and there was an idealistic motivation I had at the time that one could make an impact on the social justice system by having a life within the law, … At the risk of sounding flowery, I still believe that.”

“My talent is to speak my mind. God won’t object if you bury that talent.”

“We’ve very sensitive to neighborhood concerns.”

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