20 Spurgeon Quotes That Show Why He Still Matters

On the influential preacher's 180th birthday, some of his most profound sayings.

Obviously, there’s no sure way to quantify any preacher’s impact, but the numbers for Charles Spurgeon are telling.

Known as the “Prince of Preachers,” the British Baptist pastor is estimated to have preached 3,500 sermons to about 10 million people, a staggering number in pre-Internet days. He published 49 volumes of commentaries, anecdotes and devotionals during his lifetime, and the complete collection of his sermons fills 63 volumes, making it the largest set of books by a single author in the history of Christianity.

A pastor in London for almost 40 years, Spurgeon was one of the most well-known pastors of his day. And even now, more than 120 years after his death, he continues to be an important and influential voice across denominations in the Church.

Perhaps one reason for Spurgeon’s continuing legacy is his ability to speak plainly and clearly. He is immensely quotable. So, in honor of Spurgeon’s 180th Birthday, here is a collection of some of his most profound quotes.

“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"

“A Jesus who never wept could never wipe away my tears.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.”

“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.”

“A Jesus who never wept could never wipe away my tears.”

“None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.”

“Your emptiness is but the preparation for your being filled, and your casting down is but the making ready for your lifting up.”

"Nothing puts life into men like a dying Savior."

“All places are places of worship to a Christian. Wherever he is, he ought to be in a worshiping frame of mind.”

"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."

“I have a great need for Christ: I have a great Christ for my need.”

“A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”

“Pride is the devil’s dragnet in which he takes more fish than in any other, except procrastination.”

“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.”

“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”

“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”

“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.”

“Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.”

“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.”

“There is hardship in everything except eating pancakes.”


TIm Parrish


TIm Parrish commented…

i was introduced to CH last year by a close friend and then discovered an iPhone app called Daily Faith... I suppose it is one of his devotionals mentioned above. His words of faith in times of trial have been a lifeline to me as I deal with a permanent intractable (24/7) pain syndrome. That last quote really captures his heart I think; in that hardship isn't to be seen as unusual or strange, but as something to embrace and discover new depths of the Father's love, mercy, strength and even joy... And as we exercise our faith, without wavering, we get to see God do incredible things in us and through us...Thanks Brother Spurgeon!!
I think I'll go fix some pancakes now... :)

Jono Gasparinatos


Jono Gasparinatos commented…

Great article, one of the first relevant articles i have enjoyed in a long while. C.H Spurgeon was truly a man in awe of his King. Good job relevant.

Steve Cornell


Steve Cornell commented…

“I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say, ‘You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself.’ My hope arises from the freeness of sovereign grace, and not from the freedom of the will.” (Charles Spurgeon)



Ashley commented…

I especially love the quote on prayer. "The more we pray, the more we will want to pray..." I really appreciate learning from those who have gone before us. As was stated by Dargan, Spurgeon's language allows for readability and is so relevant to today even still. ~Ashley from www.liveintheround.com



Aaron commented…

Oh man, truly Spurgeon was the Prince of Preachers. All of these quotes are powerful; some hit me extremely hard and spoke to my circumstances right at this very moment. Good stuff. The power of his preaching comes directly from making Christ and Him crucified the focal point of every message, just as Paul said in 1 Corinthians. Sure, he had a natural gift of clarity and eloquence, but the supernatural and timeless power comes from his singular focus of Christ and Him crucified.

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