Quotes by Charles Spurgeon

Giving is true having.
- Charles Spurgeon
Of two evils, choose neither.
- Charles Spurgeon
We are all at times unconscious prophets.
- Charles Spurgeon
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By perseverance the snail reached the ark.
- Charles Spurgeon
Fill the earth with your songs of gratitude.
- Charles Spurgeon
It is not well to make great changes in old age.
- Charles Spurgeon
Must is a hard nut to crack, but it has a sweet kernel.
- Charles Spurgeon
Humility is to make a right estimate of one's self.
- Charles Spurgeon
There is a power in God's gospel beyond all description.
- Charles Spurgeon
Free will carried many a soul to hell, but never a soul to heaven.
- Charles Spurgeon
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The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.
- Charles Spurgeon
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
- Charles Spurgeon
We are in a wrong state of mind if we are not in a thankful state of mind.
- Charles Spurgeon
Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.
- Charles Spurgeon
You might not always get what you want, but you always get what you expect.
- Charles Spurgeon
Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.
- Charles Spurgeon
The goose that lays the golden eggs likes to lay where there are eggs already.
- Charles Spurgeon
No one is so miserable as the poor person who maintains the appearance of wealth.
- Charles Spurgeon
May we do good everywhere as we have opportunity, and results will not be wanting!
- Charles Spurgeon
In spiritual things, it is God who performs all things for you. Rest in Him, then.
- Charles Spurgeon
A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
- Charles Spurgeon
No one knows who is listening, say nothing you would not wish put in the newspapers.
- Charles Spurgeon
Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of.
- Charles Spurgeon
Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.
- Charles Spurgeon
If in prayer I come before a throne of grace, the faults of my prayer will be overlooked.
- Charles Spurgeon
Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite.
- Charles Spurgeon
What if others suffer shipwreck, yet none that sail with Jesus have ever been stranded yet.
- Charles Spurgeon
All our actions, as well as our thoughts and words, should praise Him who always blesses us.
- Charles Spurgeon
O, Thou precious Lord Jesus Christ, we do adore Thee with all our hearts. Thou art Lord of all.
- Charles Spurgeon
To despise no opportunity of usefulness is a leading rule with those who are wise to win souls.
- Charles Spurgeon
Alas! You complain that your soul is out of tune. Then ask the Master to tune the heart-strings.
- Charles Spurgeon
Do you not realize that the love the Father bestowed on the perfect Christ He now bestows on you?
- Charles Spurgeon
None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.
- Charles Spurgeon
A sinner can no more repent and believe without the Holy Spirit's aid than he can create a world.
- Charles Spurgeon
I do think that a minister who can preach a sermon without addressing sinners does not know how to preach.
- Charles Spurgeon
We have lived long enough to experience the hollowness of earth and the rottenness of all carnal promises.
- Charles Spurgeon
May we have communion with God in the secret of our hearts, and find Him to be to us as a little sanctuary.
- Charles Spurgeon
A vigorous temper is not altogether an evil. Men who are easy as an old shoe are generally of little worth.
- Charles Spurgeon
O God, we praise Thee for keeping us till this day, and for the full assurance that Thou wilt never let us go.
- Charles Spurgeon
As a child, when asked what I would be, I usually said I was going to be a huntsman. A fine profession, truly!
- Charles Spurgeon
The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation.
- Charles Spurgeon
The first fresh hour of every morning should be dedicated to the Lord, whose mercy gladdens it with golden light.
- Charles Spurgeon
I groan daily under a body of sin and corruption. Oh for the time when I shall drop this flesh, and be free from sin!
- Charles Spurgeon
Has Jesus saved me? I dare not speak with any hesitation here; I know He has. His Word is true; therefore, I am saved.
- Charles Spurgeon
There is no injustice in the grace of God. God is as just when He forgives a believer as when He casts a sinner into hell.
- Charles Spurgeon
However great may be the work for which we are responsible, we will always do well if we pause to spend time in sacred praise.
- Charles Spurgeon
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.
- Charles Spurgeon
Sometimes, if you begin to sing in a halfhearted mood, you can sing yourself up the ladder. Singing will often make the heart rise.
- Charles Spurgeon
Time was when they that feared the Lord spake often to one another; I am afraid that now they more often speak one against another.
- Charles Spurgeon
Young men, trust God, and make the future bright with blessing. Old men, trust God, and magnify him for all the mercies of the past.
- Charles Spurgeon
You will never exaggerate when you speak good things of God. It is not possible to do so. Try, dear brethren, and boast in the Lord.
- Charles Spurgeon
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.
- Charles Spurgeon
Conversion is a change of masters. Will we not do as much for our new master, the Lord Jesus, as we did once for our old tyrant lusts?
- Charles Spurgeon
A dark cloud is no sign that the sun has lost his light; and dark black convictions are no arguments that God has laid aside His mercy.
- Charles Spurgeon
Oh, hour of forgiven sin, moment of perfect pardon, our soul shall never forget you while, within you, life and being find immortality!
- Charles Spurgeon
He incurs a fearful amount of guilt who in the least promotes the aim of the Evil One by trampling upon a tender conscience in a child.
- Charles Spurgeon
He who has felt his own ruin will not imagine the case of any to be hopeless; nor will he think them too fallen to be worthy his regard.
- Charles Spurgeon
There is such a thing as 'thanks-feeling' - feeling thankful. This ought to be the general, universal spirit of the Christian.
- Charles Spurgeon
I do not doubt that we would become more useful if we praised God more, and others would join us, for they would see that God has blessed us.
- Charles Spurgeon
To feel not only submitted but willing to be anything or nothing as the Lord wills it - this is, in truth, to sing a song to our Well Beloved.
- Charles Spurgeon
A daily portion is really all we need. We do not need tomorrow's supply, for that day has not yet dawned, and its needs are still unborn.
- Charles Spurgeon
Think not that humility is weakness; it shall supply the marrow of strength to thy bones. Stoop and conquer; bow thyself and become invincible.
- Charles Spurgeon
We do not wish to enter Heaven until our work is done, for it would make us uneasy if there were one single soul left to be saved by our means.
- Charles Spurgeon
We do not pray to God to instruct Him as to what He should do; neither for a moment must we presume to dictate the method of the divine working.
- Charles Spurgeon
One word from the Lord is like a piece of gold to a believer, who is like a jeweler, shaping and hammering out the promise for a number of weeks.
- Charles Spurgeon
We cannot have communion with Christ till we are in union with Him; and we cannot have communion with the Church till we are in vital union with it.
- Charles Spurgeon
Let it be our delight to find our society in the circle of which Jesus is the center, and let us make those our friends who are the friends of Jesus.
- Charles Spurgeon
Few men would dare to read their own autobiography if all their deeds were recorded in it; few can look back upon their entire career without a blush.
- Charles Spurgeon
Behold, at this hour our moral history is being preserved for eternity. Processes are at work which will perpetuate our every act and word and thought.
- Charles Spurgeon
As for our great King, when we venture into His presence, let us have a purpose there. Let us beware of playing at praying; it is insolence toward God.
- Charles Spurgeon
Lord sanctify us. Oh! That Thy spirit might come and saturate every faculty, subdue every passion, and use every power of our nature for obedience to God.
- Charles Spurgeon
I tell you the groans of the damned in hell are the deep bass of the universal anthem of praise that shall ascend to the throne of my God for ever and ever.
- Charles Spurgeon
The three most powerful and most apparent means used by Rome to retain her power over the minds of her votaries are Ignorance, Superstition, and Persecution.
- Charles Spurgeon
You and I, the people of God, have permission to come before the throne of Heaven at any time we will, and we are encouraged to come there with great boldness.
- Charles Spurgeon
True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that - it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.
- Charles Spurgeon
Nothing reflects so much honor on a workman as a trial of his work and its endurance of it. So it is with God. It honors Him when His saints preserve their integrity.
- Charles Spurgeon
Grow in the root of all grace, which is faith. Believe God's promises more firmly than ever. Allow your faith to increase in its fullness, firmness, and simplicity.
- Charles Spurgeon
If Christ has died for me, ungodly as I am, without strength as I am, then I cannot live in sin any longer, but must arouse myself to love and serve Him who has redeemed me.
- Charles Spurgeon
Dear friends, we may well sing to our Beloved when it is near the time of our departure. It draws near, and as it approaches, we must not dread it, but rather thank God for it.
- Charles Spurgeon
There are many men who are forgotten, who are despised, and who are trampled on by their fellows, but there never was a man who was so despised as the everlasting God has been!
- Charles Spurgeon
I glory in the distinguishing grace of God and will not, by the grace of God, step one inch from my principles or think of adhering to the present fashionable sort of religion.
- Charles Spurgeon
To every soul that knows how to pray, to every soul that by faith comes to Jesus, the true mercy seat, divine sovereignty wears no dark and terrible aspect but is full of love.
- Charles 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.
- Charles Spurgeon
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.
- Charles Spurgeon
All the goodness I have within me is totally from the Lord alone. When I sin, it is from me and is done on my own, but when I act righteously, it is wholly and completely of God.
- Charles Spurgeon
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.
- Charles Spurgeon
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.
- Charles Spurgeon
This thing comes to me, not by the hearing of the ear, but by my own personal experience: I know of a surety that Jesus manifests Himself unto His people as He doth not unto the world.
- Charles Spurgeon
'You are no saint,' says the devil. Well, if I am not, I am a sinner, and Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. Sink or swim, I go to Him; other hope, I have none.
- Charles Spurgeon
However weak we are, however poor, however little our faith, or however small our grace may be, our names are still written on His heart; nor shall we lose our share in Jesus' love.
- Charles Spurgeon
The exercise of benevolence is joy to loving hearts: the more pain it costs, the more joy it is. Kind actions make us happy, and in such joy we find communion with the great heart of Jesus.
- Charles Spurgeon
Lord keep us all from sin. Teach us how to walk circumspectly; enable us to guard our minds against error of doctrine, our hearts against wrong feelings, and our lives against evil actions.
- Charles Spurgeon
Let not a libation of tears be the only offering at the shrine of Jesus; let us also rejoice with joy unspeakable. If we have need to lament our sin, how much more to rejoice at our pardon!
- Charles Spurgeon
I desire to press forward for direction to my Master in all things; but as to trusting to my own obedience and righteousness, I should be worse than a fool and ten times worse than a madman.
- Charles Spurgeon
Living animals are too eccentric in their movements, and the law of gravitation usually draws me from my seat upon them to a lower level; therefore, I am not an inveterate lover of horseback.
- Charles Spurgeon
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.
- Charles Spurgeon
There are some people who need to wear a label round their necks to show that they are Christians at all, or else we might mistake them for sinners, their actions are so like those of the ungodly.
- Charles Spurgeon
Revenge, lust, ambition, pride, and self-will are too often exalted as the gods of man's idolatry; while holiness, peace, contentment, and humility are viewed as unworthy of a serious thought.
- Charles Spurgeon
When we tell the story of our own conversion, I would have it done with great sorrow, remembering what we used to be, and with great joy and gratitude, remembering how little we deserve these things.
- Charles Spurgeon
The roaring thunder of the law and the fear of the terror of judgment are both used to bring us to Christ, but the final victory culminating in our salvation is won through God's loving-kindness.
- Charles Spurgeon
Purposes, plans, and achievements of men may all disappear like yon cloud upon the mountain's summit; but, like the mountain itself, the things which are of God shall stand fast for ever and ever.
- Charles Spurgeon
There are some Christian people who taste and see and enjoy religion in their own souls, and who get at a deeper knowledge of it than books can ever give them, though they should search all their days.
- Charles Spurgeon
Knowing that the time to sleep has come, the Lord sleeps, and does well in sleeping. Often, when we have been fretting and worrying, we should have glorified God far more had we literally gone to sleep.
- Charles Spurgeon
In the same way the sun never grows weary of shining, nor a stream of flowing, it is God's nature to keep His promises. Therefore, go immediately to His throne and say, 'Do as You promised.'
- Charles Spurgeon
The revealed Word awakened me, but it was the preached Word that saved me, and I must ever attach peculiar value to the hearing of the truth, for by it I received the joy and peace in which my soul delights.
- Charles Spurgeon
I fear that many a man's good resolutions only need the ordinary fire of daily life to make them melt away. So, too, with fine professions and the boastings of perfection which abound in this age of shams.
- Charles Spurgeon
Do I live as carelessly and worldly as unbelievers while professing to be a follower of Jesus? If so, I am exposing Christianity to ridicule and leading people to speak evil of the holy name by which I am called.
- Charles Spurgeon

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