William Wilberforce was a leading English politician who spearheaded the anti-slave trade in the United States. Originally from Yorkshire, he was elected as an independent Member of Parliament. The transformation in his life came when he converted to Evangelic Christian. This transformed his belief, thoughts and practices and directed him towards reforming the political and cultural structure of the country. Together with prominent abolitionist such as Thomas Clarkson, Granville Sharp, Hannah More and Charles Middleton, he was instrumental in the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807. He was associated with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the foundation of an independent colony in Sierra Leone, the establishment of the Church Mission Society and British missionaries in colonial India. ‘Amazing Grace’ is a movie that showcases his noble causes and struggles during anti-slavery activism. Here is a collection of some the most thoughtful quotes from William Wilberforce.
If you love someone who is ruining his or her life because of faulty thinking, and you don't do anything about it because you are afraid of what others might think, it would seem that rather than being loving, you are in fact being heartless.
What should we suppose must naturally be the consequence of our carrying on a slave trade with Africa? With a country, vast in its extent, not utterly barbarous, but civilized in a very small degree? Does any one suppose a slave trade would help their civilization?
I am disturbed when I see the majority of so-called Christians having such little understanding of the real nature of the faith they profess. Faith is a subject of such importance that we should not ignore it because of the distractions or the hectic pace of our lives.