21 "William Wilberforce" Quotes And Sayings

William Wilberforce was born in 1759 in England, the eldest son of Zachariah Wilberforce, a wealthy lawyer. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church College, Oxford. He served as Member of Parliament for the City of Hull from 1780 to 1783. He founded the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, which became known as the Religious Tract Society Read more

In 1785 he published his first book, a collection of sermons, The Testimony of an Oppressed Slave. In 1787 he published An Essay on Slavery and the Slave-Trade, which led to the House of Commons passing a motion condemning slave trading and slavery. Wilberforce's last major book was a biography of George Whitefield, The Life of Mr.

George Whitefield, with Reflections on His Character and Labours (1795).

You may choose to look the other way but you...
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You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know. William Wilberforce
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We can scarcely indeed look into any part of the sacred volume without meeting abundant proofs, that it is the religion of the Affections which God particularly requires. Love, Zeal, Gratitude, Joy, Hope, Trust, are each of them specified; and are not allowed to us as weaknesses, but enjoined on us as our bounden duty, and commended to us as our acceptable worship. William Wilberforce
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We have different forms assigned to us in the school of life, different gifts imparted. All is not attractive that is good. Iron is useful, though it does not sparkle like the diamond. Gold has not the fragrance of a flower. So different persons have various modes of excellence, and we must have an eye to all. William Wilberforce
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Is it not the great end of religion, and, in particular, the glory of Christianity, to extinguish the malignant passions; to curb the violence, to control the appetites, and to smooth the asperities of man; to make us compassionate and kind, and forgiving one to another; to make us good husbands, good fathers, good friends; and to render us active and useful in the discharge of the relative social and civil duties? . William Wilberforce
No man, ever indulged more freely or happily in that...
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No man, ever indulged more freely or happily in that playful facetiousness which gratifies all without wounding any. William Wilberforce
True Christians consider themselves not as satisfying some rigorous creditor,...
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True Christians consider themselves not as satisfying some rigorous creditor, but as discharging a debt of gratitude William Wilberforce
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Servile, and base, and mercenary, is the notion of Christian practice among the bulk of nominal Christians. They give no more than they dare not with-hold; they abstain from nothing but what they must not practise. William Wilberforce
It must be conceded by those who admit the authority...
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It must be conceded by those who admit the authority of Scripture (such only he is addressing) that from the decision of the word of God there can be no appeal. William Wilberforce
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How can we judge fairly of the characters and merits of men, of the wisdom or folly of actions, unless we have. .. an accurate knowledge of all particulars, so that we may live as it were in the times, and among the persons, of whom we read, see with their eyes, and reason and decide on their premises? William Wilberforce
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This perpetual hurry of business and company ruins me in soul if not in body. More solitude and earlier hours! William Wilberforce
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Why is it so hard to get people to study the Scriptures? Common sense tells us what revelation commands: 'Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God'--'Search the Scriptures'--'Be ready to give to every one a reason of the hope that is in you.' These are the words of the inspired writers, and these injunctions are confirmed by praising those who obey the admonition. And yet, for all that we have the Bible in our houses, we are ignorant of its contents. No wonder that so many Christians know so little about what Christ actually taught; no wonder that they are so mistaken about the faith that they profess. William Wilberforce
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Selfishness is one of the principal fruits of the corruption of human nature; and it is obvious that selfishness disposes us to over-rate our good qualities, and to overlook or extenuate our defects. William Wilberforce
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The objects of the present life fill the human eye with a false magnification because of their immediacy. William Wilberforce
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The instructive admonitions, “give an account of thy stewardship, “–“occupy till I come;” are forgotten. Thus the generous and wakeful spirit of Christian Benevolence, seeking and finding every where occasions for its exercise, is exploded, and a system of decent selfishness is avowedly established in its stead; a system scarcely more to be abjured for its impiety, than to be abhorred for its cold insensibility to the opportunities of diffusing happiness. William Wilberforce
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The distemper of which, as a community, we are sick, should be considered rather as a moral than a political malady. William Wilberforce
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Both man and woman have their own parts to play in bringing faith to the next generation, and the woman's role is particularly important. How can we ever think that the female sex is inferior when we see the essential responsibility God has given women in this world? Their sensitivity to spiritual concerns seems to be farm more innate and natural than a man's. Mothers and wives often are the medium for our intercourse with the heavenly world, the faithful repositories of spiritual knowledge and wisdom. We should all be careful to avail ourselves of the benefits they have to offer both the present generation and the one that will follow us. . William Wilberforce
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Of all things guard against neglecting God in the secret place of prayer. William Wilberforce
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It is the true duty of every man to promote the happiness of his fellow creatures to the utmost of his power. William Wilberforce
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Life as we know it, with all its ups and downs, will soon be over. We all will give an accounting to God of how we have lived. William Wilberforce
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I am disturbed when I see the majority of so-called Christians having such little understanding of the real nature of the faith they profess. Faith is a subject of such importance that we should not ignore it because of the distractions or the hectic pace of our lives. William Wilberforce