Charles Spurgeon Quotes

Selected quotes from the sermons and writings of Rev. C. H. Spurgeon

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.


A sinner can no more repent and believe without the Holy Spirit's aid than he can create a world.


A vigorous temper is not altogether an evil. Men who are easy as an old shoe are generally of little worth.


Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.


Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.


By perseverance the snail reached the ark.


Free will carried many a soul to hell, but never a soul to heaven.


Giving is true having.


Humility is to make a right estimate of one's self.


I believe that nothing happens apart from divine determination and decree. We shall never be able to escape from the doctrine of divine predestination - the doctrine that God has foreordained certain people unto eternal life.


I do not think I should care to go on worshipping a Madonna even if she did wink. One cannot make much out of a wink. We want something more than that from the object of our adoration.


I question whether we have preached the whole counsel of God, unless predestination with all its solemnity and sureness be continually declared.


I would go to the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast spirit. It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary.


If any of you should ask me for an epitome of the Christian religion, I should say that it is in one word - prayer. Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell.


If I were a Roman Catholic, I should turn a heretic, in sheer desperation, because I would rather go to heaven than go to purgatory.


If it were Christ's intention to save all men, how deplorably he has been disappointed!



If there is one doctrine I have preached more than another, it is the doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints even to the end.


It has been said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength.


It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.


It is not well to make great changes in old age.


It's not the having, it's the getting.


Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.


Must is a hard nut to crack, but it has a sweet kernel.


No one is so miserable as the poor person who maintains the appearance of wealth.


No one knows who is listening, say nothing you would not wish put in the newspapers.


None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.


Of two evils, choose neither.


Saving faith is an immediate relation to Christ, accepting, receiving, resting upon Him alone, for justification, sanctification, and eternal life by virtue of God's grace.


Show me the business man or institution not guided by sentiment and service; by the idea that "he profits most who serves best" and I will show you a man or an outfit that is dead or dying.


Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite.


The goose that lays the golden eggs likes to lay where there are eggs already.


The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation.


The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.


There is enough dust on some of your Bible's to write "damnation" with your fingers.


Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of.


We are all at times unconscious prophets.


We have come to a turning point in the road. If we turn to the right mayhap our children and our children's children will go that way; but if we turn to the left, generations yet unborn will curse our names for having been unfaithful to God and to His Word.


Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.


You cannot make a sinner into a saint by killing him. He who does not live as a saint here will never live as a saint hereafter.


You might not always get what you want, but you always get what you expect.