John Wesley

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Can law, human law, change the nature of things? Can it turn darkness into light, or evil into good? By no means. Notwithstanding ten thousand laws, right is right, and wrong is wrong still. There must still remain an essential difference between justice and injustice, cruelty and mercy. … Who can reconcile this treatment of the Negroes, first and last, with either mercy or justice? Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Every crime, even the most atrocious, may be justified. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
I have no more right to object to a man for holding a different opinion from mine than I have to differ with a man because he wears a wig and I wear my own hair; but if he takes his wig off and shakes the powder in my face, I shall consider it my duty to get quit of him as soon as possible.. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I would not have the Roman Catholics persecuted at all. I would only have them hindered from doing hurt. I would not put it in their power to cut the throats of their quiet neighbors. Discrimination & Prejudice
If this trade --- slavery --- admits of a moral or a rational justification, every crime, even the most atrocious, may be justified. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
O be not weary of well doing! Go on, in the name of God and in the power of his might, till even American slavery (the vilest that ever saw the sun) shall vanish away before it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Perhaps there is no other set of people, (at least, not visibly united together,) who lay so much and yet no more stress than you do on rectitude of opinions, on outward modes of worship, and the use of those ordinances which you acknowledge to be of God. So much stress you lay even on right opinions, as to profess, that you earnestly desire to have a right judgment in all things, and are glad to use every means which you know or believe may be conducive thereto; and yet not so much as to condemn any man upon earth, merely for thinking otherwise than you do; much less, to imagine that God condemns him for this Religion & God
Religion must necessarily produce both industry and frugality and these cannot but produce riches. But as riches increase, so will pride, anger, and love of the world in all its branches. Religion & God
The giving up of witchcraft is in effect the giving up of the Bible. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Where are the Magistracy, the Gentry, the Nobility of the land? Have they no concern for the honour of their nation? How long shall the capital city of Scotland, yea, and the chief street of it, stink worse than a common sewer? Will no lover of his country, or of decency and common sense, find a remedy for this? States. Nations & Nationhood
You cannot but expect, that the offence continually arising from such a variety of provocations [reforming current religious groups] will gradually ripen into hatred, malice, and all other unkind tempers. And as they who are thus affected will not fail to represent you to others in the same light as you appear to them, -- sometimes as madmen and fools, sometimes as wicked men, fellows not fit to live upon the earth; the consequence, humanly speaking, must be, that, together with your reputation, you will lose, first, the love of your friends, relations, and acquaintance, even those who once loved you the most tenderly; then your business, for many will employ you no longer, nor buy of such an one as you are;and, in due time, … your health, liberty, and life. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Catch on fire and people will come for miles to see you burn.
Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.
Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth. Religion & God
God does nothing except in response to believing prayer. Religion & God
I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation, and an assurance was given me that he had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death. Trust ;Death
I look upon the whole world as my parish.
I the chief of sinners am, but Jesus died for me.
Money never stays with me. It would burn me if it did. I throw it out of my hands as soon as possible, lest it should find its way into my heart. Money, Coins & Minting
Prayer is where the action is.
The best thing of all is God is with us. Religion & God
When a man becomes a Christian, he becomes industrious, trustworthy and prosperous. Now, if that man, when he gets all he can and saves all he can, does not give all he can, I have more hope for Judas Iscariot than for that man! Hope