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John Wesley was born in 1703 in Epworth, England to a religious family. Wesley’s parents were passionate about their faith and made sure that John and his siblings were also devoutly religious. When Wesley was only eighteen, he felt called to ministry and began preaching sermons. What followed was a lifetime of ministry work during which Wesley founded the Methodist Church. Despite struggles with ill health, Wesley continued working until his death at the age of eighty-seven. Through his example, we can see that it is possible to have a life devoted to God and fulfilling one’s mission.

Discover the most interesting World, Work, Giving, Fire, Grace, Life, Heart, Prayers quotes from John Wesley, and much more.


About John Wesley

birth of the author

28 June 1703 Epworth, Lincolnshire, England

death of the author

2 March 1791

country of the author


college of the author

Alma Mater:
Christ Church, Oxford And Lincoln College, Oxford

occupation of the author

Cleric, Theologian, Author

religion of the author


movement of the author

Tradition Or Movement:
Methodism, Wesleyan-Arminianism

knownfor of the author

Notable Ideas:
Imparted Righteousness, Second Work Of Grace, Wesleyan Quadrilateral


Preach 90% Law and 10% grace. β€” John Wesley

I pity those who can find no good at church. But how should they if prejudice come between, an effectual bar to the grace of God? β€” 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. β€” John Wesley

How is it more for the glory of God to save man irresistibly, than to save him as a free agent, by such grace as he may either concur or resist? β€” John Wesley

preach 90 law and 10 grace John Wesley quote

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

Bear up the hands that hang down, by faith and prayer; support the tottering knees. Have you any days of fasting and prayer? Storm the throne of grace and persevere therein, and mercy will come down. β€” 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. β€” John Wesley


God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it. β€” John Wesley

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

god does nothing but by prayer and everything with it John Wesley quote

The neglect of prayer is a grand hindrance to holiness. β€” John Wesley

God does nothing except in response to believing prayer. β€” John Wesley

Proceed with much prayer, and your way will be made plain. β€” John Wesley

With all prayer (Eph. 6:18)’ All sorts of prayer–public, private, mental, vocal. Do not be diligent in one kind of prayer and negligent in others… let us use all. β€” John Wesley

Prayer is where the action is. β€” John Wesley

i have so much to do that i spend several hours in prayer before i am able to do it John Wesley quote

All that a Christian does, even in eating and sleeping, is prayer, when it is done in simplicity, according to the order of God, without either adding to or diminishing from it by his own choice. β€” John Wesley


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

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

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

a constant attention to the work which god entrusts us with is a mark of solid piety John Wesley quote

I plainly felt that, had God given me such a retirement with the companion I desired, I should have forgotten the work for which I was born and have set up my rest in this world. β€” John Wesley

You have nothing to do but to save souls; therefore spend and be spent in this work. β€” John Wesley

A sour religion is the devil’s religion. β€” John Wesley


I look upon the whole world as my parish. β€” 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. β€” John Wesley

i look upon the whole world as my parish John Wesley quote

Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason. β€” 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. β€” John Wesley

The church changes the world not by making converts but by making disciples. β€” John Wesley

As the more holy we are upon earth the more happy we must be. β€” John Wesley

Wine, one of the noblest cordials in nature. β€” John Wesley

passion and prejudice govern the world only under the name of reason John Wesley quote

Whosoever will reign with Christ in heaven, must have Christ reigning in him on earth. β€” John Wesley


Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can. β€” 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? β€” John Wesley

O never give me over to my own heart’s desires, nor let me follow my own imaginations! β€” John Wesley

Having, First, gained all you can, and, Secondly saved all you can, Then give all you can. β€” John Wesley

make all you can save all you can give all you can John Wesley quote

Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell. β€” John Wesley

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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. β€” John Wesley

A meek spirit gives no trouble willingly to any: a quiet spirit bears all wrongs without being troubled. β€” John Wesley

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

Give me one hundred men who love only God with all their heart and hate only sin with all their heart and we will shake the gates of hell and bring in the kingdom of God in one generation. β€” John Wesley

o never give me over to my own heart s desires nor let me follow my own imaginations John Wesley quote

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. β€” John Wesley

We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others. β€” John Wesley

God grant that I may never live to be useless! β€” John Wesley


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

Prayer continues in the desire of the heart, though the understanding be employed on outward things. β€” John Wesley

i felt my heart strangely warmed i felt i did trust in christ christ alone for salvation John Wesley quote

Let your words be the genuine picture of your heart. β€” John Wesley

I went to America to convert the Indians, but, oh, who shall convert me? Who, what, is he that will deliver me from this evil heart of unbelief? β€” John Wesley


I set myself on fIre and people come to watch me burn. β€” John Wesley

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

Get on fire for God and men will come and see you burn. β€” John Wesley

i set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn John Wesley quote

Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn. β€” John Wesley

Catch on fire and others will love to come watch you burn. β€” John Wesley

Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn. β€” 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. β€” 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. β€” John Wesley

when you set yourself on fire people love to come and see you burn John Wesley quote

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. β€” John Wesley


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

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

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

I saw that giving even all my life to God (supposing it possible to do this and go no further) would profit me nothing unless I gave my heart, yea, all my heart, to Him. β€” John Wesley

my mother was the source from which i derived the guiding principles of my life Jo
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In a storm, I think, ‘What if the gospel be not true? Then thou art, of all men, most foolish. For what has thou given up thy goods, thy ease, thy friends, thy reputation, thy country, thy life?’ β€” John Wesley


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