24 John Wesley Quotes You Need to Know

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Born on June 17, 1703, John Wesley was an evangelist and philanthropist. Together with William Morgan, Robert Kirkham, and his own brother Charles, he formed a religious group known as the Methodist. After its creation, the group was persecuted and attacked by the magistrates and clergy. They were accused of creating negative impressions on the clergy of the Church of England and leading people to believe in miraculous gifts.

Wesley traveled a lot. Most of the time, he was on horseback and preaching several times a day. As his health declined, his preaching ceased and he died on June 28, 1790.

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.

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

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I look upon the whole world as my parish.

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

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I set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn.

The best thing of all is God is with us.

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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.

God does nothing except in response to believing prayer.

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

Prayer is where the action is.

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

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.

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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!

Humility and patience are the surest proofs of the increase of love.

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The bottom of the soul may be in repose, even while we are in many outward troubles; just as the bottom of the sea is calm, while the surface is strongly agitated.

Prayer continues in the desire of the heart, though the understanding be employed on outward things.

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Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth.

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to cast off his trust in riches.

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I build on Christ, the rock of ages; on his sure mercies described in his word, and on his promises, all which I know are yea and amen.

Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the Triune God.

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I plainly felt that, had God given me such a retirement with the companion I desired, I should have forgotten the work for which I was born and have set up my rest in this world.

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