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William Wilberforce Quote: “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”

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

— William Wilberforce



William Wilberforce Quote: “A private faith that does not act in the face of oppression is no faith at all.”

A private faith that does not act in the face of oppression is no faith at all.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “There is no shortcut to holiness; it must be the business of our whole lives.”

There is no shortcut to holiness; it must be the business of our whole lives.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “Let it not be said that I was silent when they needed me.”

Let it not be said that I was silent when they needed me.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “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.”

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


William Wilberforce Quote: “If there is no passionate love for Christ at the center of everything, we will only jingle and jangle our way across the world, merely making a noise as we go.”

If there is no passionate love for Christ at the center of everything, we will only jingle and jangle our way across the world, merely making a noise as we go.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “Of all things, guard against neglecting God in the secret place of prayer.”

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

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “No matter how loud you shout, you will not drown out the voice of the people!”

No matter how loud you shout, you will not drown out the voice of the people!

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “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.”

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


William Wilberforce Quote: “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.”

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



William Wilberforce Quote: “Our motto must continue to be perseverance. And ultimately I trust the Almighty will crown our efforts with success.”

Our motto must continue to be perseverance. And ultimately I trust the Almighty will crown our efforts with success.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “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.”

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


William Wilberforce Quote: “No one expects to attain to the height of learning, or arts, or power, or wealth, or military glory, without vigorous resolution, strenuous diligence, and steady perseverance. Yet we expect to be Christians without labour, study, or inquiry.”

No one expects to attain to the height of learning, or arts, or power, or wealth, or military glory, without vigorous resolution, strenuous diligence, and steady perseverance. Yet we expect to be Christians without labour, study, or inquiry.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “May God enable me to have a single eye and a simple heart, desiring to please God, to do good to my fellow creatures, and testify my gratitude to my adorable Redeemer.”

May God enable me to have a single eye and a simple heart, desiring to please God, to do good to my fellow creatures, and testify my gratitude to my adorable Redeemer.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “As much pains were taken to make me idle as were ever taken to make me studious.”

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

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “God has so made the mind of man that a peculiar deliciousness resides in the fruits of personal industry.”

God has so made the mind of man that a peculiar deliciousness resides in the fruits of personal industry.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “Lovely flowers are the smiles of god’s goodness.”

Lovely flowers are the smiles of god’s goodness.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “To live our lives and miss that great purpose we were designed to accomplish is truly a sin. It is inconceivable that we could be bored in a world with so much wrong to tackle, so much ignorance to reach and so much misery we could alleviate.”

To live our lives and miss that great purpose we were designed to accomplish is truly a sin. It is inconceivable that we could be bored in a world with so much wrong to tackle, so much ignorance to reach and so much misery we could alleviate.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “The first years in Parliament I did nothing – nothing to any purpose. My own distinction was my darling object.”

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

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “It is the true duty of every man to promote the happiness of his fellow creatures to the utmost of his power.”

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

— William Wilberforce



William Wilberforce Quote: “Can you tell a plain man the road to heaven? Certainly, turn at once to the right, and then go straight forward.”

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

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “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.”

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


William Wilberforce Quote: “There are four things that we ought to do with the Word of God – admit it as the Word of God, commit it to our hearts and minds, submit to it, and transmit it to the world.”

There are four things that we ought to do with the Word of God – admit it as the Word of God, commit it to our hearts and minds, submit to it, and transmit it to the world.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “I must secure more time for private devotions. I have been living far too public for me. The shortening of devotions starves the soul, it grows lean and faint. I have been keeping too late hours.”

I must secure more time for private devotions. I have been living far too public for me. The shortening of devotions starves the soul, it grows lean and faint. I have been keeping too late hours.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “Surely the experience of all good men confirms the proposition that without a due measure of private devotions the soul will grow lean.”

Surely the experience of all good men confirms the proposition that without a due measure of private devotions the soul will grow lean.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “No man has a right to be idle. Where is it that in such a world as this, that health, and leisure, and affluence may not find some ignorance to instruct, some wrong to redress, some want to supply, some misery to alleviate?”

No man has a right to be idle. Where is it that in such a world as this, that health, and leisure, and affluence may not find some ignorance to instruct, some wrong to redress, some want to supply, some misery to alleviate?

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “This perpetual hurry of business and company ruins me in soul if not in body. More solitude and earlier hours!”

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

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “Measure your progress by your experience of the love of God and its exercise before men.”

Measure your progress by your experience of the love of God and its exercise before men.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “When blessed with wealth, let them withdraw from the competition of vanity and be modest, retiring from ostentation, and not be the slaves of fashion.”

When blessed with wealth, let them withdraw from the competition of vanity and be modest, retiring from ostentation, and not be the slaves of fashion.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “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.”

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



William Wilberforce Quote: “The objects of the present life fill the human eye with a false magnification because of their immediacy.”

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

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “It is the distinguishing glory of Christianity not to rest satisfied with superficial appearances, but to rectify the motives, and purify the heart.”

It is the distinguishing glory of Christianity not to rest satisfied with superficial appearances, but to rectify the motives, and purify the heart.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “Let true Christians then, with becoming earnestness, strive in all things to recommend their profession, and to put to silence the vain scoffs of ignorant objectors.”

Let true Christians then, with becoming earnestness, strive in all things to recommend their profession, and to put to silence the vain scoffs of ignorant objectors.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “Can one serve God and one’s nation in parliament?”

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

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “Read the Bible, read the Bible! Let no religious book take its place. Through all my perplexities and distresses, I seldom read any other book, and I as rarely felt the want of any other.”

Read the Bible, read the Bible! Let no religious book take its place. Through all my perplexities and distresses, I seldom read any other book, and I as rarely felt the want of any other.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “Men of authority and influence may promote good morals. Let them in their several stations encourage virtue. Let them favor and take part in any plans which may be formed for the advancement of morality.”

Men of authority and influence may promote good morals. Let them in their several stations encourage virtue. Let them favor and take part in any plans which may be formed for the advancement of morality.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “The shortening of devotions starves the soul, it grows lean and faint.”

The shortening of devotions starves the soul, it grows lean and faint.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “The distemper of which, as a community, we are sick, should be considered rather as a moral than a political malady.”

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

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “I continually find it necessary to guard against that natural love of wealth and grandeur which prompts us always, when we come to apply our general doctrine to our own case, to claim an exception.”

I continually find it necessary to guard against that natural love of wealth and grandeur which prompts us always, when we come to apply our general doctrine to our own case, to claim an exception.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “Servile, and base, and mercenary, is the notion of Christian practice among the bulk of nominal Christians. They give no more than they dare not with-hold; they abstain from nothing but what they must not practise.”

Servile, and base, and mercenary, is the notion of Christian practice among the bulk of nominal Christians. They give no more than they dare not with-hold; they abstain from nothing but what they must not practise.

— William Wilberforce



William Wilberforce Quote: “Sulky labor, and the labor of sorrow are little worth: if you could only shed tranquility over the conscience and infuse joy into the soul, you would do more to make the man a thorough worker than if you could lend him the force of Hercules, or the hundred arms of Briareus.”

Sulky labor, and the labor of sorrow are little worth: if you could only shed tranquility over the conscience and infuse joy into the soul, you would do more to make the man a thorough worker than if you could lend him the force of Hercules, or the hundred arms of Briareus.

— William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce Quote: “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?”

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

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