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

John Wesley Teaching His Sunday School, 1897 by Alice Barber Stephens
John Wesley Teaching His Sunday School, 1897 by Alice Barber Stephens

Random Wesley quotes that inspired many in the 19th century and beyond:

“It cannot be that the people should grow in grace unless they give themselves to reading. A reading people will always be a knowing people. ”

“Vice does not lose its character by becoming fashionable.”

“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.”

“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.”

“What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.”

“We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others.”

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Jeff says:

    I really like the one about loving alike, even if we don’t think alike.


    1. Very difficult to follow for most of us 🙂


      1. Jeff says:

        Yeah, that’s why I said, “I really like it,” not “I can do that.” 😀


      2. Right now I’m stuck on the idea of predestination–afraid of it actually. People try explain why it’s a good thing but I’m not so sure!


  2. maedez says:

    Books are a form of love. 🙂


    1. I agree with you! I felt the quote was challenging though. 🙂


      1. maedez says:

        Eh, it all depends on perspective and attitude, I think!


  3. Love the “do all the good you can” quote– very powerful. PS, I’ve already been swallowed up by books so too late on that one. 😉


    1. Me, too and even if I hadn’t yet I would have eventually! 🙂


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