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A collection of William Wilberforce quotes and sayings on Christianity, character, devotion, duty, slavery, giving, gratitude, slave trade, wealth etc.

28 Powerful Quotes By William Wilberforce

Quick Facts

Famous As: Abolitionist

Born On: August 24, 1759

Died On: July 29, 1833

Born In: Kingston upon Hull

Founder / Co Founder: Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Church Mission Society, St Michael's Primary School, Anti-Slavery Society

Died At Age: 73

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.

You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.

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.

William Wilberforce

Life as we know it, with all its ups and downs, will soon be over. We all will give an accounting to God of how we have lived.

William Wilberforce

God Almighty has set before me two great objects: the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners.

William Wilberforce

We are too young to realize that certain things are impossible... So we will do them anyway.

William Wilberforce

It is the true duty of every man to promote the happiness of his fellow creatures to the utmost of his power.

William Wilberforce

Can one serve God and one's nation in parliament?

William Wilberforce

Surely the principles of Christianity lead to action as well as meditation.

William Wilberforce

Let everyone regulate his conduct... by the golden rule of doing to others as in similar circumstances we would have them do to us, and the path of duty will be clear before him.

William Wilberforce

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?

William Wilberforce

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.

William Wilberforce

If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.

William Wilberforce

Of all things, guard against neglecting God in the secret place of prayer.

William Wilberforce

The objects of the present life fill the human eye with a false magnification because of their immediacy.

William Wilberforce

My walk is a public one. My business is in the world, and I must mix in the assemblies of men or quit the post which Providence seems to have assigned me.

William Wilberforce

As much pains were taken to make me idle as were ever taken to make me studious.

William Wilberforce

True Christians consider themselves not as satisfying some rigorous creditor, but as discharging a debt of gratitude

William Wilberforce

I would suggest that faith is everyone's business. The advance or decline of faith is so intimately connected to the welfare of a society that it should be of particular interest to a politician.

William Wilberforce

The first years in Parliament I did nothing - nothing to any purpose. My own distinction was my darling object.

William Wilberforce

This perpetual hurry of business and company ruins me in soul if not in body. More solitude and earlier hours!

William Wilberforce

Selfishness is one of the principal fruits of the corruption of human nature; and it is obvious that selfishness disposes us to over-rate our good qualities, and to overlook or extenuate our defects.

William Wilberforce

Can you tell a plain man the road to heaven? Certainly, turn at once to the right, then go straight forward.

William Wilberforce

The distemper of which, as a community, we are sick, should be considered rather as a moral than a political malady.

William Wilberforce

It must be conceded by those who admit the authority of Scripture (such only he is addressing) that from the decision of the word of God there can be no appeal.

William Wilberforce

God Almighty has set before me two Great Objects: the supression of the Slave Trade and the Reformation of Manners.

William Wilberforce

What a difference it would be if our system of morality were based on the Bible instead of the standards devised by cultural Christians.

William Wilberforce

No man, ever indulged more freely or happily in that playful facetiousness which gratifies all without wounding any.

William Wilberforce

Because they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, he gave them over to a reprobate mind

William Wilberforce