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A collection of quotes by John Wesley on inspiration, motivation, living, works, persistence, life, God, charity, Christianity, orphan, needs, sharing, love and help.

30 Thought-Provoking John Wesley Quotes Everyone Should Know

Quick Facts

Famous As
Anglican Cleric and Christian Theologian

Born On
17 June 1703 AD

Died On
02 March 1791 AD

Born In
Epworth, Lincolnshire

Died At Age
87

John Wesley was an English theologian and an Anglican cleric, who lived in the 18th century. He is credited for being one of the founders of Methodism. He was educated at home in his early years, before going on to study at Charterhouse School and then acquired his bachelor’s degree from Lincoln College at University of Oxford. He became a priest in 1728 and in the early years of his career, he was the leader of a society called the Holy Club that was engaged with different aspects of Christianity. Later, he went to London and became a member of another society. In 1738, Wesley started his own ministry and once he started travelling to different parts of England in order to preach; he became more popular and before long Methodism also became a popular ideology. He went on to serve as the President of the Methodist Conference and is revered to this day as a theologian of rare talent. He did not give up the Anglican Church and remained a cleric. Needless to say, Wesley taught and shared his thoughts on caring, helping, necessity, love, compassion and knowledge throughout his lifetime. His quotes and sayings can frequently be seen being shared through social media. Here is a collection of the best quotations and thoughts by John Wesley which have been excerpted from his writings, thoughts, teachings, preaching and life. 

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.

- John Wesley

What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.

- John Wesley

We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others.

- John Wesley

Catch on fire and others will love to come watch you burn.

- John Wesley

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

- Letters of John Wesley, John Wesley

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

- John Wesley

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.

- John Wesley

Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.

- John Wesley

Vice does not lose its character by becoming fashionable.

- John Wesley

God grant that I may never live to be useless!

- How To Pray: The Best of John Wesley on Prayer, John Wesley

You have one business on earth – to save souls.

- John Wesley

Think and let think.

- John Wesley

Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.

- John Wesley

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

- John Wesley

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.

- John Wesley

Not, how much of my money will I give to God, but, how much of God’s money will I keep for myself?

- John Wesley

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

- John Wesley's Sermons: An Anthology, John Wesley

Get on fire for God and men will come and see you burn.

- John Wesley

Untold millions are still untold.

- John Wesley

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 you ever can.

- John Wesley

With all prayer (Eph. 6:18)" All sorts of prayer- public, private, mental, vocal. Do not be diligent in one kind of prayer and negligent in others... let us use all.

- How To Pray: The Best of John Wesley on Prayer, John Wesley

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.

- A Plain Account of Christian Perfection (Foundations of Faith), John Wesley

A man of one book, a student of many.

- John Wesley

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.

- John Wesley

I have no objection to instruments of music in our worship, provided they are neither seen nor heard.

- John Wesley

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

- John Wesley

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.

- A Plain Account of Christian Perfection (Foundations of Faith), John Wesley

True humility is a kind of self-annihilation; and this is the centre of all virtues.

- A Plain Account of Christian Perfection (Foundations of Faith), John Wesley

No outward practices will stand in the place of the new birth. Nothing under heaven will stand in its place.

- John Wesley

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?

- John Wesley