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A collection of quotes and thoughts by William Carey on success, duty, endeavor, God, faith, spiritual, religion, Christianity, prayer, generosity, missionary and grace.

28 William Carey Quotes On God, Hope, Belief And More

Quick Facts

Famous As: Missionary

Born On: August 17, 1761

Died On: June 9, 1834

Born In: Paulerspury

Died At Age: 72

William Carey was a prominent English Baptist Minister and Missionary. Carey was a preacher before baptism. He is also known as ‘Father Of The Modern Missions’. His religious background influenced him to spread the ideas of Christianity throughout the world. It was as a shoemaker that he began his life; however, he slowly got influenced to become a Protestant. Carey began with translating religious scriptures of different languages including Dutch, Latin and Hebrew amongst others owing to the knack of learning different languages. Carey’s passion and knowledge led him to become a school teacher and was then also appointed as the pastor to the local Baptist Church.  Later he set off on a mission to India in order to spread Christianity in the Indian society. He settled down in Dutch colony in Serampore with his family and worked towards learning different Indian languages. Once that was sorted, he translated Bible in 44 different languages and dialects besides teaching Bengali in ‘Serampore College’. Carey worked rigorously towards abolition of inhuman customs in India like Sati, caste distinction and female infanticide to name a few. His thoughts and beliefs are also apparent in his quotes and sayings that give readers a new perspective to life and situations. Read through the simple, inspirational and empowering quotes and thoughts by William Carey.

Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.

William Carey

I'm not afraid of failure; I'm afraid of succeeding at things that don't matter.

William Carey

It is the duty of those who are entrusted with the Gospel to endeavor to make it known among all nations.

William Carey

Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.

William Carey

Prayer - secret, fervent, believing prayer - lies at the root of all personal godliness.

William Carey

When I left England, my hope of India's conversion was very strong; but amongst so many obstacles, it would die, unless upheld by God. Well, I have God, and His Word is true. Though the superstitions of the heathen were a thousand times stronger than they are, and the example of the Europeans a thousand times worse; though I were deserted by all and persecuted by all, yet my faith, fixed on the sure Word, would rise above all obstructions and overcome every trial. God's cause will triumph. (William Carey, quoted in Iain Murray, The Puritan Hope, Banner of Truth 1971, p 140.)

William Carey

Expect great things from God, receive great things from God. Expect little from God, receive little from God.

William Carey

I was once young and now I am old, but not once have I been witness to God's failure to supply my need when first I had given for the furtherance of His work. He has never failed in His promise, so I cannot fail in my service to Him.

William Carey

Surely it is worthwhile to lay ourselves out with all our might in promoting the cause and kingdom of Christ.

William Carey

To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.

William Carey

I will venture to go... but remember that you must hold the ropes.

William Carey

There are grave difficulties on every hand, and more are looming ahead. Therefore, we must go forward.

William Carey

The most glorious works of grace that have ever took place, have been in answer to prayer.

William Carey

Is not the commission of our Lord still binding upon us? Can we not do more than now we are doing?

William Carey

The future is as bright as the promise of God.

William Carey

...even on the low ground of common sense I seemed to be called to be a missionary. Is the kingdom a harvest field? Then I thought it reasonable that I should seek to work where the work was most abundant and the workers fewest.

William Carey

You have been speaking about William Carey. When I am gone, say nothing about William Carey-speak only about Willam Carey's Saviour.

William Carey

Our Lord Jesus Christ, a little before his departure, commissioned his apostles to Go, and teach all nations; or, as another evangelist expresses it, Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. This commission was as extensive as possible, and laid them under obligation to disperse themselves into every country of the habitable globe, and preach to all the inhabitants, without exception, or limitation. They accordingly went forth in obedience to the command, and the power of God evidently wrought with them.

William Carey

The most glorious works of grace that have ever took place, have been in answer to prayer; and it is in this way, we have the greatest reason to suppose, that the glorious out-pouring of the Spirit, which we expect at last, will be bestowed.

William Carey

If you want the Kingdom speeded, go out and speed it yourselves. Only obedience rationalizes prayer. Only Missions can redeem your intercessions from insincerity.

William Carey

In one period the grossest ignorance and barbarism prevailed in the world; and afterwards, in a more enlightened age, the most daring infidelity, and contempt of God; so that the world which was once over-run with ignorance, now by wisdom knew not God, but changed the glory of the incorruptible God as much as in the most barbarous ages, into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Nay, as they increased in science and politeness, they ran into more abundant and extravagant idolatries.

William Carey

Those who would be employed in propagating the Gospel should be familiar with the doctrines he is to combat and the doctrines he is to teach, and acquire a complete knowledge both of the Sacred Scriptures and of these philosophical and mythological dogmas which form the souls of the Buddhist and Hindu Systems.

William Carey

If he give me credit for being a plodder he will describe me justly. Anything beyond that will be too much. I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything.

William Carey

I'm a dreamer and continue to dream of what can and will be, "Expecting great things from God, Attempting great things for God

William Carey

Without justification salvation is not of grace, but of works.

William Carey

You have been saying much about Dr. Carey and his work. When I am gone, say nothing about Dr. Carey; speak about Dr. Carey's Saviour.

William Carey

To belong to Jesus is to embrace the nations with Him.

William Carey

A Christian minister is a person who in a peculiar sense is not his own; he is the servant of God, and therefore ought to be wholly devoted to Him.

William Carey