20 Spurgeon Quotes That Show Why He Still Matters

Charles SpurgeonIn honor of Spurgeon’s 180th Birthday (b. June 19, 1834), here is a collection of twenty of his most profound quotes, according to Relevant Magazine:

  1. “God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God.”
  2. “If I had never joined a church till I had found one that was perfect, I should never have joined one at all; and the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect church after I had become a member of it. Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us.”
  3. “The way to do a great deal is to keep on doing a little. The way to do nothing at all is to be continually resolving that you will do everything.”
  4. “Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.”
  5. “All the flowers of the field, and many of the beasts of the plain, and now the very orbs of heaven, are turned into metaphors and symbols by which the glory of Jesus may be manifested to us. Where God takes such pains to teach, we ought to be at pains to learn.”
  6. “A Jesus who never wept could never wipe away my tears.”
  7. “None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.”
  8. “Your emptiness is but the preparation for your being filled, and your casting down is but the making ready for your lifting up.”
  9. “Nothing puts life into men like a dying Savior.”
  10. “All places are places of worship to a Christian. Wherever he is, he ought to be in a worshiping frame of mind.”
  11. “The more we pray, the more we shall want to pray. The more we pray, the more we can pray. The more we pray, the more we shall pray. He who prays little will pray less, but he who prays much will pray more. And he who prays more, will desire to pray more abundantly.”
  12. “I have a great need for Christ: I have a great Christ for my need.”
  13. “A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”
  14. “Pride is the devil’s dragnet in which he takes more fish than in any other, except procrastination.”
  15. “If you are renewed by grace, and were to meet your old self, I am sure you would be very anxious to get out of his company.”
  16. “Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”
  17. “If you are to go to Christ, do not put on your good doings and feelings, or you will get nothing; go in your sins, they are your livery. Your ruin is your argument for mercy; your poverty is your plea for heavenly alms; and your need is the motive for heavenly goodness. Go as you are, and let your miseries plead for you.”
  18. “Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.”
  19. “If Christ is not all to you He is nothing to you. He will never go into partnership as a part Savior of men. If He be something He must be everything, and if He be not everything He is nothing to you.”
  20. “There is hardship in everything except eating pancakes.”

I’ve personally used 9, 12, 13, and 16 before.  Charles Haddon Spurgeon remains a hero of mine (see my review of Steven Lawson’s The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon).

I remember as a new Christian in my teens, reading a short biography of Spurgeon called  The Prince of Preachers.

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5 Responses to 20 Spurgeon Quotes That Show Why He Still Matters

  1. Jon Hughes says:


    I like point no. 3, and will apply it to my ongoing problem of trying to read too many books at the same time!

  2. Coliin Heath says:

    I may not go quite as ffar as awarding him bero status. But I have certainly drawn from,, and quoted him, on many occcaisions.

  3. TC Robinson says:

    Jon, I see we have the same problem when it comes to books. 🙂

    Colin, to each their own. 😉

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