145+ Best John Wesley Quotes: Exclusive Selection

One of England’s greatest spiritual leaders, John Wesley was a cleric, theologian and evangelist who was a leader of a revival movement within the Church of England known as Methodism. The societies he founded became the dominant form of the independent Methodist movement that continues to present. Empowering John Wesley quotes on the resurrection, discipline, salvation, grace, children, communion, and methodism will broaden your horizon.

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Most Famous John Wesley Quotes

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

I the chief of sinners am, but Jesus died for me. – John Wesley

What one generation tolerates; the next generation will embrace. – John Wesley

One of the greatest evidences of God’s love to those that love him is, to send them afflictions, with grace to bear them. – John Wesley

When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me. – John Wesley

Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God. – John Wesley

On every occasion of uneasiness, we should retire to prayer, that we may give place to the grace and light of God and then form our resolutions, without being in any pain about what success they may have. In the greatest temptations, a single look to Christ, and the barely pronouncing his name, suffices to overcome the wicked one, so it be done with confidence and calmness of spirit. – John Wesley

There is no love of God without patience, and no patience without lowliness and sweetness of spirit. – John Wesley

Until my work on this earth is done, I am immortal. But when my work for Christ is done … I go to be with Jesus – John Wesley

If I had 300 men who feared nothing but God, hated nothing but sin, and were determined to know nothing among men but Jesus Christ and Him crucified, I would set the world on fire. – John Wesley

Always remember the essence of Christian holiness is simplicity and purity: one design, one desire: entire devotion to God. – John Wesley

All worldly joys are less than that one joy of doing kindnesses. – John Wesley

I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation, and an assurance was given me that he had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death. – John Wesley

The Church recruited people who had been starched and ironed before they were washed. – John Wesley

My one aim in life is to secure personal holiness, for without being holy myself I cannot promote real holiness in others. – John Wesley

God does nothing except in response to believing prayer. – John Wesley

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

Catch on fire and people will come for miles to see you burn. – John Wesley

Think not the bigotry of another is any excuse for your own. – John Wesley

Untold millions are still untold. – John Wesley

Get all you can without hunting your soul, your body, or your neighbor. Save all you can, cutting off every needless expense. Give all you can. Be glad to give, and ready to distribute; laying up in store for yourselves a good foundation against the time to come, that you may attain eternal life. – John Wesley

It is the work of God alone to justify, to sanctify, and to glorify. – John Wesley

My ground is the Bible. Yea, I am a Bible-bigot. I follow it in all things, both great and small. – John Wesley

The readiest way to escape from our sufferings is, to be willing they should endure as long as God pleases. – John Wesley

If doing a good act in public will excite others to do more good, then ‘Let your light shine to all.’ Miss no opportunity to do good. – John Wesley

Oh Lord, let me not live to be useless. – John Wesley

The greater the share the people have in government, the less liberty, civil or religious, does a nation enjoy. – John Wesley

I believe in my heart that faith in Jesus Christ can and will lead us beyond an exclusive concern for the well-being of other human beings to the broader concern for the well-being of the birds in our backyards, the fish in our rivers, and every living creature on the face of the earth. – John Wesley

Anything that cools my love for Christ is the world. – John Wesley

I continue to dream and pray about a revival of holiness in our day that moves forth in mission and creates authentic community in which each person can be unleashed through the empowerment of the Spirit to fulfill God’s creational intentions. – John Wesley

For as long as love takes up the whole heart, what room is there for sin therein? – John Wesley

If we cannot think alike, at least we may love alike; and can anything but love beget love? – John Wesley

By justification we are saved from the guilt of sin…by sanctification we are saved from the power and root of sin – John Wesley

When a man becomes a Christian, he becomes industrious, trustworthy and prosperous. Now, if that man, when he gets all he can and saves all he can, does not give all he can, I have more hope for Judas Iscariot than for that man! – John Wesley

I have so much to do that I spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it. – John Wesley

Prayer is where the action is. – John Wesley

As long as you feel your own weakness and helplessness, you will find help from above. – John Wesley

You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore, spend and be spent in this work. And go not only to those that need you, but to those that need you most. It is not your business to preach so many times, and to take care of this or that society; but to save as many souls as you can; to bring as many sinners as you possibly can to repentance. – 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

I learned more about Christianity from my mother than from all the theologians in England. – John Wesley

Having, First, gained all you can, and, secondly saved all you can, Then give all you can. – John Wesley

Making an open stand against all the ungodliness and unrighteousness which overspreads our land as a flood is one of the noblest ways of confessing Christ in the face of His enemies. – John Wesley

I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity. – John Wesley

I want to know one thing: The way to Heaven. How to land safe on that happy shore. – John Wesley

The first priority of my life is to be holy, and the second goal of my life is to be a scholar. – John Wesley

Singing is as much the language of holy joy as praying is of holy desire. – John Wesley

Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the Triune God. – John Wesley

Nothing short of God can satisfy your soul. – John Wesley

Money never stays with me. It would burn me if it did. I throw it out of my hands as soon as possible, lest it should find its way into my heart. – John Wesley

Humility and patience are the surest proofs of the increase of love. – John Wesley

Condemn no man for not thinking as you think. Let everyone enjoy the full and free liberty of thinking for himself. Let every man use his own judgment, since every man must give an account of himself to God. Abhor every approach, in any kind or degree, to the spirit of persecution, if you cannot reason nor persuade a man into the truth, never attempt to force a man into it. If love will not compel him to come, leave him to God, the judge of all. – John Wesley

The church changes the world not by making converts but by making disciples. – John Wesley

I have never known more than fifteen minutes of anxiety or fear. Whenever I feel fearful emotions overtaking me, I just close my eyes and thank God that He is still on the throne reigning over everything and I take comfort in His control over the affairs of my life. – John Wesley

Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth. – John Wesley

Whosoever will reign with Christ in heaven, must have Christ reigning in him on earth – John Wesley

Lord, I am no longer my own, but Yours. Put me to what You will, rank me with whom You will. Let be employed by You or laid aside for You, exalted for You or brought low by You. Let me have all things, let me have nothing, I freely and heartily yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are mine and I am Yours. So be it. Amen. – John Wesley

We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others. – John Wesley

People who wish to be offended will always find some occasion for taking offense. – John Wesley

I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the power. And this undoubtedly will be the case unless they hold fast both the doctrine, spirit, and discipline with which they first set out. – John Wesley

Let your words be the genuine picture of your heart. – John Wesley

Reading Christians are growing Christians. When Christians cease to read, they cease to grow. – John Wesley

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

In all cases, the Church is to be judged by the Scripture, not the Scripture by the Church. – John Wesley

Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences. – John Wesley

Let me do all the good I can, to all the people I can, as often as I can, for I shall not pass this way again. – John Wesley

I want the whole Christ for my Savior, the whole Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship, and the whole world for my mission field. – John Wesley

You have one business on earth – to save souls. – John Wesley

Proceed with much prayer, and your way will be made plain. – John Wesley

October 6, 1774, I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them 1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy 2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and 3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side. – John Wesley

Do you know why that cow looks over that wall? She looks over the wall because she cannot see through it, and that is what you must do with your troubles… Look over and above them. – John Wesley

Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind? How can you, how dare you, defraud the Lord, by applying it to any other purpose? – John Wesley

My fear is not that our great movement, known as the Methodists, will eventually cease to exist or one day die from the earth. My fear is that our people will become content to live without the fire, the power, the excitement, the supernatural element that makes us great. – John Wesley

Before I can preach love, mercy, and grace, I must preach sin, Law, and judgment. Preach 90% Law and 10% grace. – John Wesley

I look upon the whole world as my parish. – John Wesley

The best thing of all is God is with us. – John Wesley

He’s got everything – good vision, his speed, his shot, all those intangibles that you need to be a superstar in this league. He has it all. – John Wesley

By salvation I mean not barely according to the vulgar notion deliverance from hell or going to heaven but a present deliverance from sin a restoration of the soul to its primitive health its original purity a recovery of the divine nature the renewal of our souls after the image of God in righteousness and true holiness in justice mercy and truth. – John Wesley

God is so great that He communicates greatness to the least thing that is done for His service. – John Wesley

I believe there is no liturgy in the world, either in ancient or modern language, which breathes more of a solid, scriptural, rational piety, than the Common Prayer of the Church of England. And though the main of it was compiled considerably more than two hundred years ago, yet is the language of it, not only pure, but strong and elegant in the highest degree. – John Wesley

We are always open to instruction, willing to be wiser every day than we were before, and to change whatever we can change for the better. – John Wesley

Give me 100 men that hate nothing but sin, and love Jesus Christ, and we’ll shake England for God. – John Wesley

This Book had to be written by one of three people: good men, bad men or God. It couldn’t have been written by good men because they said it was inspired by the revelation of God. Good men don’t lie and deceive. It couldn’t have been written by bad men because bad men would not write something that would condemn themselves. It leaves only one conclusion. It was given by divine inspiration of God. – John Wesley

Fierce and poisonous animals were created for terrifying man, in order that he might be made aware of the final judgment in hell. – John Wesley

For many ages it has been allowed by sensible men, Nihil est in intellectu quod non fuit prius in sensu: That is, there is nothing in the understanding which was not first perceived by some of the senses. All the knowledge which we naturally have is originally derived from our senses. And therefore, those who want any sense cannot have the least knowledge or idea of the objects of that sense; as they that never had sight have not the least knowledge or conception of light or colours. – John Wesley

They (the creatures) encourage us to imitate Him whose mercy is over all His works. It may enlarge our hearts toward these poor creatures to reflect that not one of them is forgotten in the sight of our Father which is in heaven. – John Wesley

A sour religion is the devil’s religion. – John Wesley

The case is this: God offers you one of the greatest mercies on this side of heaven and commands you to accept it. Why do you not accept this mercy in obedience to His command…. God offers you a pardon for all your sins. – John Wesley

The best helps to growth in grace are the ill usage, the affronts, and the losses which befall us. We should receive them with all thankfulness, as preferable to all others, were it only on this account, that our will has no part therein. – John Wesley

When you set yourself on fire, people love to come and see you burn. – John Wesley

I could scarcely reconcile myself at first to this strange way of preaching in the fields, of which Whitfield set me an example on Sunday; having been all my life (till very lately) so tenacious of every point relating to decency and order, that I should have thought the saving of souls almost a sin, if it had not been done in a church. – John Wesley

I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation. – John Wesley

Once in seven years I burn all my sermons; for it is a shame, if I cannot write better sermons now than I did seven years ago. – John Wesley

At four in the afternoon, I submitted to be more vile and proclaimed in the highways the glad tidings of salvation. – John Wesley

God would first, by this inspiration of his Spirit, have wrought in our hearts that holy love without which none can enter into glory. – John Wesley

I look on all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that, in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right, and my bounden duty, to declare unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tidings of salvation. – John Wesley

And now run the race which is set before thee, in the royal way of universal love. – John Wesley

I can by no means approve the scurrility and contempt with which the Romanists have often been treated. I dare not rail at, or despise, any man: much less those who profess to believe in the same Master. But I pity them much; having the same assurance, that Jesus is the Christ, and that no Romanist can expect to be saved, according to the terms of his covenant. – John Wesley

The longer I live, the larger allowances I make for human infirmities. I exact more from myself and less from others. – John Wesley

Giving up witchcraft is, in effect, giving up the Bible. – John Wesley

They say I killed six or seven men for snoring. Well, it ain’t true. I only killed one man for snoring. – John Wesley

He who governed the world before I was born shall take care of it likewise when I am dead. My part is to improve the present moment. – John Wesley

It is no marvel that the devil does not love field preaching! Neither do I; I love a commodious room, a soft cushion, a handsome pulpit. But where is my zeal if I do not trample all these underfoot in order to save one more soul? – John Wesley

My mother was the source from which I derived the guiding principles of my life. – John Wesley

Try all things by the written word and let all bow down before it. You are in danger of [fanaticism] every hour, if you depart ever so little from Scripture; yea, or from the plain, literal meaning of an text, taken in connection with the context. – John Wesley

Nay, if there be any mistakes in the Bible, there may as well be a thousand. If there be one falsehood in that book, it did not come from the God of truth – John Wesley

In the hands of [God’s] children, it is food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, raiment for the naked. it gives to the traveler and the stranger where to lay his head. By it we may supply the place of a husband to the widow, and of a father to the fatherless. We may be a defense for the oppressed, a means of health to the sick, of ease to them that are in pain. It may be as eyes to the blind, as feet to the lame: yea, a lifter up from the gates of death! – John Wesley

Any ‘Christians’ who take for themselves any more than the plain necessaries of life, live in an open habitual denial of the Lord. They have gained riches and hell-fire. – John Wesley

Gay and costly apparel directly tends to create and influence lust…. The fact is plain and undeniable, it has the effect both on the wearer and beholder. You kindle a flame, which, at the same time consumes both yourself and your admirers … – John Wesley

I cannot help leaving my books behind me whenever God calls me hence; but in every other respect, my own hands will be my executors. – John Wesley

God will do nothing but in answer to prayer. – John Wesley

I desired as many as could to join together in fasting and prayer, that God would restore the spirit of love and of a sound mind to the poor deluded rebels in America. – John Wesley

As to matters of dress, I would recommend one never to be first in the fashion nor the last out of it. – John Wesley

Justifying faith implies, not only a divine evidence or conviction that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, but a sure trust and confidence that Christ died for my sins, that He loved me and gave Himself for me. – 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. – John Wesley

This earthly body is slow and heavy in all its motions, listless and soon tired with action. But our heavenly bodies shall be as fire; as active and as nimble as our thoughts are. – John Wesley

I am never in a hurry, because I never undertake more work than I can go through with perfect calmness of spirit. – John Wesley

But as sickness and diseases have created the necessity of medicines and physicians, so the disorders of our rational nature have introduced the necessity of education and tutors. – John Wesley

As the more holy we are upon earth the more happy we must be. – John Wesley

Oh that God would give me the thing which I long for! That before I go hence and am no more seen, I may see a people wholly devoted to God, crucified to the world, and the world crucified to them. A people truly given up to God in body, soul and substance! How cheerfully would I then say, ‘Now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace.’ – John Wesley

Preach faith till you have it; and then, because you have it, you will preach faith. – John Wesley

Lord, is it not Thy word, if any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God? Thou givest liberally, and upbraidest not. Thou hast said, if any be willing to do Thy will, he shall know. I am willing to do, let me know Thy will. – John Wesley

As no good is done, or spoken, or thought by any man without the assistance of God, working in and with those that believe in him, so there is no evil done, or spoken, or thought without the assistance of the devil, who worketh with strong though secret power in the children of unbelief. All the works of our evil nature are the work of the devil. – John Wesley

The bottom of the soul may be in repose, even while we are in many outward troubles; just as the bottom of the sea is calm, while the surface is strongly agitated. – John Wesley

A constant attention to the work which God entrusts us with is a mark of solid piety. – John Wesley

Beware, lastly, of imagining you shall obtain the end without using the means conducive to it. – John Wesley

I see the necessity of preaching a full and present salvation from all sin. – John Wesley

Riches naturally beget pride, love of the world, and every temper that is destructive of Christianity. – John Wesley

All outward means of grace, if separate from the spirit of God, cannot profit, or conduce, in any degree, either to the knowledge or love of God. All outward things, unless he works in them and by them, are in vain. – John Wesley

Wine, one of the noblest cordials in nature. – John Wesley

Consider that all these torments of body and soul are without intermission. Be their suffering ever so extreme, be their pain ever so intense, there is no possibility of their fainting away, no, not for one moment … They are all eye, all ear, all sense. Every instant of their duration it may be said of their whole frame that they are ‘Trembling alive all o’er, and smart and agonize at every pore.’ And of this duration there is no end … Neither the pain of the body nor of soul is any nearer an end than it was millions of ages ago. – John Wesley

The wicked will gnaw their tongues for anguish and pain; they will curse God and look upwards. There the dogs of hell, pride, malice, revenge, rage, horror, despair, continually devout them. – John Wesley

Is it not common to say to a child, ‘Put your finger in that candle, can you bear it even for one minute?’ How then will you bear Hellfire? Surely it would be torment enough to have the flesh burnt off from only one finger; what then will it be to have the whole body plunged into a lake of fire, burning with brimstone? – John Wesley

As theories increased, simple medicines…were forgotten, at least in the politer nations. …Medical books were immensely multiplied…(towards) an abstruse science, quite out of reach of ordinary men. – John Wesley

Men of learning began to set experiments aside…to form theories…and to substitute these in the place of experiments. – John Wesley

The neglect of prayer is a grand hindrance to holiness. – John Wesley

Whether we think of, or speak to, God, whether we act or suffer for him, all is prayer, when we have no other object than his love, and the desire of pleasing him. – John Wesley

One of the principal rules of religion is, to lose no occasion of serving God. And, since he is invisible to our eyes, we are to serve him in our neighbour; which he receives as if done to himself in person, standing visibly before us. – John Wesley

In returning I read a very different book, published by an honest Quaker, on that execrable sum of all villanies, commonly called the Slave-trade. – John Wesley

The giving up of (a belief in) witchcraft is in effect the giving up of (a belief in) the Bible. – John Wesley

When Poetry thus keeps its place as the handmaiden of piety, it shall attain not a poor perishable wreath, but a crown that fadeth not away. – John Wesley

Thou hidden love of God, whose height, whose depth unfathomed no man knows, I see from far thy beauteous light, Only I sigh for thy repose. – John Wesley

Let it be observed, that slovenliness is no part of religion; that neither this, nor any text of Scripture, condemns neatness of apparel. Certainly, this is a duty, not a sin. Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness. – John Wesley

We should constantly use the most common, little, easy words which our language affords. – John Wesley

Christ does not give [men] light but from moment to moment; the instant He withdraws, all is darkness…. God does not give them a stock of holiness. – John Wesley

God’s command to pray without ceasing is founded on the necessity we have of His grace to preserve the life of God in the soul, which can no more subsist one moment without it, than the body can without air. – John Wesley

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