C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


A Christian is the highest style of man.


A Christian is God Almighty’s gentleman.

J. C. Hare.

The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.

The Acts.

Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.

Daniel Webster.

The purified righteous man has become a coin of the Lord, and has the impress of his King stamped upon him.

Clement of Alexandria.

Being in Christ, it is safe to forget the past; it is possible to be sure of the future; it is possible to be diligent in the present.

Alexander Maclaren.

  • Christians have burnt each other, quite persuaded
  • That all the apostles would have done as they did.
  • Byron.

    A greater absurdity cannot be thought of than a morose, hard-hearted, covetous, proud, malicious Christian.

    Jonathan Edwards.

    Christians are called saints, for their holiness; believers, for their faith; brethren, for their love; disciples, for their knowledge.


    A child of God should be a visible beatitude, for joy and happiness, and a living doxology, for gratitude and adoration.

    C. H. Spurgeon.

    There is nothing that will make you a Christian indeed, but a taste of the sweetness of Christ.


    The Christian life is not hearing nor knowing, but doing.

    Rev. S. L. Dickey.

    I never knew any man in my life who could not bear another’s misfortunes perfectly like a Christian.


    It was a deep true thought which the old painters had, when they drew John as likest to his Lord. Love makes us like.

    Alexander Maclaren.

  • Servant of God, well done, well hast thou fought
  • The better fight.
  • Milton.

  • A virtuous and a Christian-like conclusion,
  • To pray for them that have done scathe to us.
  • Shakespeare.

    The greatness of God is the true rebuke to the littleness of men. The greatness of Christ is the true rebuke to the littleness of Christians.

    Dean Stanley.

    A Christian is a man in Christ. “If any man be in Christ.” A Christian is a man for Christ. “Glorify God in your body and spirit which are God’s.”

    Richard Fuller.

    A Christian in this world is but gold in the ore; at death the pure gold is melted out and separated and the dross cast away and consumed.


    If all were perfect Christians, individuals would do their duty; the people would be obedient to the laws, the magistrates incorrupt, and there would be neither vanity nor luxury in such a state.


    Christian work is something more than furnishing food and raiment and shelter. It is also teaching men of God, of Christ, of heaven, of sin, of love, of justice, of brotherhood.

    Author Unknown.

    Christ, in that place He hath put you, hath intrusted you with a dear pledge, which is His own glory, and hath armed you with His sword to keep the pledge, and make a good account of it to God.


    The last, best fruit that comes to perfection, even in the kindliest soul, is tenderness toward the hard; forbearance toward the unforbearing; warmth of heart toward the cold; and philanthropy toward the misanthropic.

    Jean Paul Richter.

    Like the cellar-growing vine is the Christian who lives in the darkness and bondage of fear. But let him go forth, with the liberty of God, into the light of love, and he will be like the plant in the field, healthy, robust, and joyful.

    H. W. Beecher.

    The weakest believer is a member of Christ as well as the strongest; and the weakest member of the body mystically shall not perish. Christ will cut off rotten members, but not weak members.


    Ordinary human motives will appeal in vain to the ears which have heard the tones of the heavenly music; and all the pomp of life will show poor and tawdry to the sight that has gazed on the vision of the great white throne and the crystal sea.

    Alexander Maclaren.

    It is more to the honor of a Christian soldier, by faith to overcome the world, than by a monastical vow to retreat from it; and more for the honor of Christ, to serve Him in a city than to serve Him in a cell.

    Matthew Henry.

    Persons of mean understandings, not so inquisitive, nor so well instructed, are made good Christians, and by reverence and obedience, implicitly believe, and abide by their belief.


    The sum of the whole matter is this: He who is one in will and heart with God is a Christian. He who loves God is one in will and heart with Him. He who trusts Christ loves God. That is Christianity in its ultimate purpose and result. That is Christianity in its means and working forces. That is Christianity in its starting point and foundation.

    Alexander Maclaren.

    He that will deserve the name of a Christian must be such a man as excelleth through the knowledge of Christ and His doctrine; in modesty and righteousness of mind, in constancy of life, in virtuous fortitude, and in maintaining sincere piety toward the one and the only God, who is all in all.


    Many there are who, while they bear the name of Christians, are totally unacquainted with the power of their divine religion. But for their crimes the Gospel is in no wise answerable. Christianity is with them a geographical, not a descriptive, appellation.


  • Yes—rather plunge me back in pagan night,
  • And take my chance with Socrates for bliss,
  • Than be the Christian of a faith like this,
  • Which builds on heavenly cant its earthly sway,
  • And in a convert mourns to lose a prey.
  • Moore.

    Health is a great blessing—competence obtained by honorable industry is a great blessing—and a great blessing it is to have kind, faithful, and loving friends and relatives; but, that the greatest of all blessings, as it is the most ennobling of all privileges, is to be indeed a Christian.


    The Christian life is not an engagement by contract between the Master and His servant. It is the union of two hearts—that of the Saviour and the saved—by the endearing ties of the most intimate love.

    Unknown Author.

    The great comprehensive truths written in letters of living light on every page of our history are these: Human happiness has no perfect security but freedom; freedom none but virtue; virtue none but knowledge; and neither freedom nor virtue has any vigor of immortal hope, except in the principles of Christian faith, and in the sanctions of the Christian religion.


    New see what a Christian is, drawn by the hand of Christ. He is a man on whose clear and open brow God has set the stamp of truth; one whose very eye beams bright with honor; in whose very look and bearing you may see freedom, manliness, veracity; a brave man—a noble man—frank, generous, true, with. it may be, many faults; whose freedom may take the form of impetuosity or rashness, but the form of meanness never.

    F. W. Robertson.

    A Christian is a believer in Jesus. He believes that if he only throws his own lost and sinful soul on the Redeemer, there is in His sacrifice sufficient merit to cancel all his guilt, and in His heart sufficient love to undertake the keeping of his soul for all eternity. He believes that Jesus is a Saviour. He believes that His heart is set on His people’s holiness, and that it is only by making them new creatures, pure-minded, kind-hearted, unselfish, devout, that He can fit them for a home and a life like His own, that He can fit them for the occupations and enjoyments of heaven. And believing all this he prays and labors after holiness.

    James Hamilton.

    He that can apprehend and consider vice with all her baits and seeming pleasures, and yet abstain, and yet distinguish, and yet prefer that which is truly better, he is the true way-faring Christian. I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue unexercised and unbreathed that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race, where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.


    These—lowliness, meekness, long-suffering, loving forbearance—quiet, unpretending, unshowy virtues, are amongst the best means for promoting true unity in the church of God. Who is the most useful Christian? Not as a rule he who has the most transcendent genius, brilliant talents, and commanding eloquence, but he who has the most of this quiet, loving, forbearing spirit. The world may do without its Niagara, whose thundering roar and magestic rush excite the highest amazement of mankind, but it cannot spare the thousand rivulets that glide unseen and unheard every moment through the earth, imparting life, and verdure, and beauty wherever they go. And so the church may do without its men of splendid abilities, but it cannot do without its men of tender, loving, forbearing souls.

    David Thomas.

    Putting the soul into trifles. Let us remember that greatness of action depends on two other kinds of greatness; on our appreciation of the greatness of the occasion when it can be done. It has been well said, by an eminent French writer, that the true calling of a Christian is not to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things in an extraordinary way. The most trivial tasks can be accomplished in a noble, gentle, regal spirit, which overrides and puts aside all petty, paltry feelings, and which elevates all little things.

    Dean Stanley.