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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Charles Kingsley on life, inspiration, art, poetry, wisdom, spiritual, chivalry, belief, faith, science, books, feeling, God and duty.

14 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Charles Kingsley That Will Enlighten Your Spiritual Side

Quick Facts

Born On
12 June 1819 AD

Died On
23 January 1875 AD

Born In
Holne, Devon, England

Died At Age
55

The famous English Priest Charles Kingsley was also renowned as a naturalist, professor, and novelist. He cultivated an interest in arts, poetry and natural science during his schooldays. After completing his graduation he aspired to become a lawyer but turned to ministry in church where he became rector. During this period he co-wrote a couple of journals that helped in forming the ‘Christian Socialist Movement’. The success of these journals encouraged him become a novelist and he published his first book titled ‘Alton Locke’. This was followed by various other novels before his most notable novel ‘The Water Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby’ which brought him ‘Lewis Carroll Shelf Award’. The novel portrayed various social issues in the form of an interesting story. His great intellect as a priest made him serve as the chaplain to ‘Queen Victoria’ while working as a professor of ‘Modern History’ at Cambridge University where he established his reputation as a professor. He further became a canon at the ‘Chester Cathedral’ during which he found the ‘Chester Society for Natural Science, Literature and Art’. He even served as a President of Birmingham and Midland Institute. Whatever your spiritual beliefs are, you will surely be able to connect with the quotes and thoughts shared by Charles Kingsley. We have gathered some really fabulous quotes by Charles Kingsley from his writings, work, and speeches. Read on the collection of sayings and quotations by Charles Kingsley.

Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever; Do noble things, not dream them, all day long: And so make life, death, and that vast for-ever One grand, sweet song.

- Charles Kingsley

Oh, don’t hurt me!” cried Tom. “I only want to look at you; you are so handsome.

- The Water Babies, Charles Kingsley

I want you to look and think. I want every one to look and think. Half the misery in the world comes first from not looking, and then from not thinking. And I do not want you to be miserable.

- Charles Kingsley

And what was the song which she sang? Ah, my little man, I am too old to sing that song, and you too young to understand it.

- The Water Babies, Charles Kingsley

[...] his little whirl-about of a head was so full of the notion of going out to see the world, that it forgot her in five minutes: however, though his head forgot her, I am glad to say his heart did not.

- The Water Babies, Charles Kingsley

Feelings are like chemicals, the more you analyze them the worse they smell.

- Charles Kingsley

It is not darkness you are going to, for God is Light. It is not lonely, for Christ is with you. It is not unknown country, for Christ is there.

- Charles Kingsley

Every duty that is bidden to wait comes back with seven fresh duties at its back.

- Charles Kingsley

Do as you would be done by.

- The Water Babies, Charles Kingsley

Never, if possible, lie down at night without being able to say: I have made one human being at least a little wiser, or a little happier, or at least a little better this day.

- Charles Kingsley

Some say that the age of chivalry is past, that the spirit of romance is dead. The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth.

- Charles Kingsley

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.

- Charles Kingsley

The most wonderful and the strongest things in the world, you know, are just the things which no one can see.

- The Water-Babies, Charles Kingsley

Friendship is like a glass ornament, once it is broken it can rarely be put back together exactly the same way.

- Charles Kingsley