130 Most Powerful Charles Spurgeon Quotes

Well-known as the ‘Prince of Preachers’, Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a great Baptist theologian and preacher. In this post, you’ll read 130 influential, inspirational, and unique Charles Spurgeon quotes on different topics like prayer, grace, friendship, marriage, life etc.

 Inspirational Charles Spurgeon Quotes

“Free will has carried many souls to hell, but never a soul to heaven yet.” – Charles Spurgeon

“It is the tendency of deep feeling to subdue the manner rather than to render it too energetic.” – Charles Spurgeon

Inspirational Charles Spurgeon Quotes

“If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” – Charles Spurgeon

“A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; a great faith will bring heaven to your soul.” – Charles Spurgeon

“I would not give a penny for your love to the truth if it is not accompanied with a hearty hatred of error.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Forgive, as you hope to be forgiven.” – Charles Spurgeon

“True humility is a flower which will adorn any garden.” – Charles Spurgeon

“A sense of the divine presence and indwelling bears the soul towards heaven as upon the wings of eagles.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Affliction hardens those whom it does not soften.” – Charles Spurgeon

Economy is half the battle of life; it is not so hard to earn money as to spend it well.” – Charles Spurgeon

“It is of no use to hope that we shall be well rooted if no rough winds pass over us.” – Charles Spurgeon

“That eye which sees anything good in the creature is a blind eye; that eye which fancies it can discern anything in man, or anything in anything he can do to win the Divine favor, is as yet stone blind to the Truth of God, and needs to be lanced and cut, and the cataract of pride removed from it!” – Charles Spurgeon

Inspiring Charles Spurgeon Quotes

“There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech.” – Charles Spurgeon

“All the devils in hell and tempters on earth could do us no injury if there were no corruption in our own natures.” – Charles Spurgeon

“The gospel is preached in the ears of all men; it only comes with power to some. The power that is in the gospel does not lie in the eloquence of the preacher otherwise men would be converters of souls. Nor does it lie in the preacher’s learning; otherwise it could consist of the wisdom of men.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“The greatest joy of a Christian is to give joy to Christ.” – Charles Spurgeon

“To rejoice in temporal comforts is dangerous, to rejoice in self is foolish, to rejoice in sin is fatal, but to rejoice in God is heavenly.” – Charles Spurgeon

“The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.” – Charles Spurgeon

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Man’s wonder grows with his knowledge.” – Charles Spurgeon

“There is no repentance where a man can talk lightly of sin, much less where he can speak tenderly and lovingly of it.” – Charles Spurgeon

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

“God has only to give you what you want to make you feel the emptiness of it!…You will generally notice that when the believer gets near to God, tastes the unseen joys and eats the bread that was made in heaven, all the feasts of earth, all its amusements, and all its glories seem very flat, stale, and unprofitable!” – Charles Spurgeon


“To preach the gospel is to state every doctrine contained in God’s Word, and to give every truth its proper prominence.” – Charles Spurgeon

“The worst thing thou has to fear is the treachery of thine own heart.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to tremendous difficulties.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“A sheep in the midst of wolves is safe compared with the Christian in the midst of ungodly men.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.” – Charles Spurgeon

“A thrifty housewife is better than a great income. A good wife and health are a man’s best wealth.” – Charles Spurgeon

“There are no crown-bearers in heaven that were not cross-bearers here below.” – Charles Spurgeon

“You have not read till you understand the spirit of the matter.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the windows which hope has opened.” – Charles Spurgeon

“When you speak of heaven, let your face light up… When you speak of hell well then, your everyday face will do.” – Charles Spurgeon

“The more objects you set your heart upon, the more thorns there are to tear your peace of mind to shreds.” – Charles Spurgeon

“As for His failing you, never dream of it — hate the thought of it. The God who has been sufficient until now, should be trusted to the end.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Humility is to make a right estimate of oneself.” – Charles Spurgeon

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

“Care more for a grain of faith than a ton of excitement.” – Charles Spurgeon

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

“An ounce of heart knowledge is worth more than a ton of head learning.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“Conversion is a turning onto the right road. The next thing to do is to walk on it.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Men are in a restless pursuit after satisfaction in earthly things. They will exhaust themselves in the deceitful delights of sin, and, finding them all to be vanity and emptiness, they will become very perplexed and disappointed. But they will continue their fruitless search.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Hope itself is like a star- not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.” – Charles Spurgeon

“When your will is God’s will, you will have your will.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“I do not preach doubtingly, for I do not live doubtingly.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Do not commit spiritual suicide through a passion for discussing metaphysical subtleties.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“Love for God is obedience; love for God is holiness. To love God and to love man is to be conformed to the image of Christ, and this is salvation.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“If we never have headaches through rebuking our children, we shall have plenty of heartaches when they grow up.” – Charles Spurgeon

“My soul, never laugh at sin’s fooleries, lest thou come to smile at sin itself. It is thine enemy, and thy Lord’s enemy.” – Charles Spurgeon

“To pursue union at the expense of truth is treason to the Lord Jesus.” – Charles Spurgeon

“When we cannot trace God’s hand, we must simply trust His heart.” – Charles Spurgeon

“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.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Love and self-denial for the object loved go hand-in-hand. If I profess to love a certain person, and yet will neither give my silver nor my gold to relieve his wants, nor in any way deny myself comfort or ease for his sake, such love is contemptible.” – Charles Spurgeon

“The nearer a man lives to God, the more intensely has he to mourn over his own evil heart.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life. Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial had they not found a friend.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon (Read more friendship quotes here)

“The iron bolt which so mysteriously fastens the door of hope and holds our spirits in gloomy prison, needs a heavenly hand to push it back.” – Charles Spurgeon

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

“We are not responsible to God for the soul that are saved, but we are responsible for the Gospel that is preached, and for the way in which we preach it” – Charles Spurgeon

“It would be better to be deceived a hundred times than to live a life of suspicion.” – Charles Spurgeon

“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble” – Charles Spurgeon

“There must be knowledge of God before there can be love to God: there must be a knowledge of divine things, as they are revealed, before there can be an enjoyment of them.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“No sin, whatever it is, shall ruin any man if he shall come to Christ for mercy.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Let eloquence be flung to the dogs rather than souls be lost. What we want is to win souls. They are not won by flowery speeches.” – Charles Spurgeon

“‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎The mind of God is greater than all the minds of men, so let all men leave the gospel just as God has delivered it unto us.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that!” – Charles Spurgeon

“There is hardship in everything except eating pancakes.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Great hearts can only be made by great troubles. The spade of trouble digs the reservoir of comfort deeper, and makes more room for consolation.” – Charles Spurgeon

“You cannot slander human nature; it is worse than words can paint it.” – Charles Spurgeon

“You may break the clods, you may sow your seeds, but what can you do without the rain? As absolutely needful is the divine blessing.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.” – Charles Spurgeon

“If you get condemnation out of the Gospel, you put the condemnation into it yourselves! It is not the Gospel, but your rejection of it that will condemn you.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Remember that the man who truly repents is never satisfied with his own repentance.” – Charles Spurgeon

“He who does not hate the false does not love the true; and he to whom it is all the same whether it be God’s word or man’s, is himself unrenewed at heart.” – Charles Spurgeon

“The more unworthy you feel yourself to be, the more evidence have you that nothing but unspeakable love could have led the Lord Jesus to save such a soul as yours. The more demerit you feel, the clearer is the display of the abounding love of God in having chosen you, and called you, and made you an heir of bliss.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Evil things are easy things: for they are natural to our fallen nature. Right things are rare flowers that need cultivation.” – Charles Spurgeon

“There is no physician like Him, none can save as He can; we love Him, and He loves us, and therefore we put ourselves into His hands, accept whatever he prescribes, and do whatever He bids. We feel that nothing can be wrongly ordered while He is the director of our affairs; for He loves us too well to let us perish, or suffer a single needless pang” – Charles Spurgeon

“O prejudice, prejudice, prejudice, how many hast thou destroyed! Men who might have been wise have remained fools because they thought they were wise. Many judge what the gospel ought to be, but do not actually enquire as to what it is.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Stale godliness is ungodliness. Let our religion be as warm, and constant, and natural as the flow of the blood in our veins. A living God must be served in a living way.” – Charles Spurgeon

“When you see a man with a great deal of religion displayed in his shop window, you may depend upon it he keeps a very small stock of it within.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Repentance must dig the foundations, but holiness shall erect the structure, and bring forth the top-stone. Repentance is the clearing away of the rubbish of the past temple of sin; holiness builds the new temple which the Lord our God shall inherit. Repentance and desires after holiness never can be separated.” – Charles Spurgeon

“We are so little, that if God should manifest His greatness without condescension, we should be trampled under His feet; but God, who must stoop to view the skies, and bow to see what angels do, turns His eye yet lower, and looks to the lowly and contrite, and makes them great.” – Charles Spurgeon

“We are quite persuaded that the very best way for you to be spending your leisure time, is to be either reading or praying. You may get much instruction from books which afterwards you may use as a true weapon in your Lord and Master’s service.” – Charles Spurgeon

“The egg is white though the hen is black as coal…Out of evil comes good, through the great goodness of God.” – Charles Spurgeon

“When you see no present advantage, walk by faith and not by sight. Do God the honor to trust Him when it comes to matters of loss for the sake of principle.” – Charles Spurgeon

20 Best Charles Spurgeon Quotes on Prayer

“Prayer bends the omnipotence of heaven to your desire. Prayer moves the hand that moves the world.” – Charles Spurgeon

“We should pray when we are in a praying mood, for it would be sinful to neglect so fair an opportunity. We should pray when we are not in a proper mood, for it would be dangerous to remain in so unhealthy a condition.” – Charles Spurgeon

“He that knows how to overcome the Lord in prayer, has heaven and earth at his disposal.” – Charles Spurgeon

“If God be near a church, it must pray. And if He be not there, one of the first tokens of His absence will be a slothfulness in prayer.” – Charles Spurgeon

“It is a good rule never to look into the face of a man in the morning till you have looked into the face of God.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused.” – Charles Spurgeon

“God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart. When you are so weak that you cannot do much more than cry, you coin diamonds with both your eyes. The sweetest prayers God ever hears are the groans and sighs of those who have no hope in anything but his love.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Anything is a blessing which makes us pray.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Let your cares drive you to God. I shall not mind if you have many of them if each one leads you to prayer. If every fret makes you lean more on the Beloved, it will be a benefit.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Prayer can never be in excess.” – Charles Spurgeon

“For my own part, my constant prayer is that I may know the worst of my case, whatever the knowledge may cost me. I know that an accurate estimate of my own heart can never be otherwise than lowering to my self-esteem; but God forbid that I should be spared the humiliation which springs from the truth! The sweet red apples of self-esteem are deadly poison; who would wish to be destroyed thereby? The bitter fruits of self-knowledge are always healthful, especially if washed down with the waters of repentance, and sweetened with a draught from the wells of salvation; he who loves his own soul will not despise them.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the muscle of omnipotence.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“I have now concentrated all my prayers into one, and that one prayer is this, that I may die to self, and live wholly to Him.” – Charles Spurgeon

Unique Charles Spurgeon quotes on prayer

“I know of no better thermometer to your spiritual temperature than this, the measure of the intensity of your prayer.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Do not sit down and try to pump up repentance from the dry well of a corrupt nature. It is contrary to the laws of your mind to suppose that you can force your soul into that gracious state. Take your heart in prayer to Him who understands it and say, “Lord, cleanse it. Lord, renew it. Lord, work repentance in it.” The more you try to produce penitent emotions in yourself, the more you will be disappointed. However, if you believingly think of Jesus dying for you, repentance will burst forth.” – Charles Spurgeon

“A prayerless soul is a Christless soul.” – Charles Spurgeon

“I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Pray that this year thou must be holy, humble, zealous, and patient; have closer communion with Christ” – Charles Spurgeon

“Mind how you pray. Make real business of it. Let it never be a dead formality.” – Charles Spurgeon

Top 25 Charles Spurgeon Quotes on Grace

“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 grace, and not from the freedom of the will.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“A person who is really saved by Grace does not need to be told that he is under solemn obligations to serve Christ. The new life within him tells him that. Instead of regarding it as a burden, he gladly surrenders himself, body, soul, and spirit, to the Lord.” – Charles Spurgeon

“God could not have given this promise, except from love and grace; therefore it is quite certain his Word will be fulfilled.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“It is a doctrine, as I believe, taught us in Holy Writ, that when a man is saved by divine grace, he is not wholly cleansed from the corruption of his heart. When we believe in Jesus Christ all our sins are pardoned; yet the power of sin, albeit that it is weakened and kept under by the dominion of the new-born nature which God doth infuse into our souls, doth not cease, but still tarrieth in us, and will do so to our dying day.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Do not become self-sufficient. Self-sufficiency y is Satan’s net where he catches men, like poor silly fish, and destroys them. Be not self-sufficient. The way to grow strong in Christ is to become weak in yourself. God pours no power into man’s heart till man’s power is all poured out. Live, then, daily, a life of dependence on the grace of God.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Between here and heaven, every minute that the Christian lives will be a minute of grace.” – Charles Spurgeon

“One of these days you who are now a ‘babe’ in Christ shall be a ‘father‘ in the church. Hope for this great thing; but hope for it as a gift of grace, and not as the wages of work, or as the product of your own energy.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“The saints shall persevere in holiness, because God perseveres in grace.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“The bridge of grace will bear your weight, brother. Thousands of big sinners have gone across that bridge, yea, tens of thousands have gone over it. Some have been the chief of sinners and some have come at the very last of their days but the arch has never yielded beneath their weight. I will go with them trusting to the same support. It will bear me over as it has for them.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“Faith never makes herself her own plea; she rests all her argument upon the blood of Christ.” – Charles Spurgeon

“The grace that does not change my life will not save my soul.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Repentance grows as faith grows. Do not make any mistake about it; repentance is not a thing of days and weeks, a temporary penance to be got over as fast as possible! No; it is the grace of a lifetime, like faith itself. God’s little children repent, and so do the young men and the fathers. Repentance is the inseparable companion of faith.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“Faith is not a blind thing; for faith begins with knowledge. It is not a speculative thing; for faith believes facts of which it is sure. It is not an unpractical, dreamy thing; for faith trusts, and stakes its destiny upon the truth of revelation.” – Charles Spurgeon

“We shall not grow weary of waiting upon God if we remember how long and how graciously He once waited for us.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Begin as you mean to go on, and go on as you began, and let the Lord be all in all to you.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Free will I have often heard of, but I have never seen it. I have always met with will, and plenty of it, but it has either been led captive by sin or held in the blessed bonds of grace.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“We shall, as we ripen in grace, have greater sweetness towards our fellow Christians. Bitter-spirited Christians may know a great deal, but they are immature.” – Charles Spurgeon

“He who grows in grace remembers that he is but dust, and he therefore does not expect his fellow Christians to be anything more; he overlooks ten thousand of their faults, because he knows his God overlooks twenty thousand in his own case. He does not expect perfection in the creature, and, therefore, he is not disappointed when he does not find it.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Free grace can go into the gutter, and bring up a jewel!” – Charles Spurgeon

“God has set apart His people from before the foundation of the world to be His chosen and peculiar inheritance. We are sanctified in Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit when he subdues our corruptions, imparts to us grace, and leads us onward in the divine walk and life of faith.” – Charles Spurgeon

Powerful Charles Spurgeon quotes on grace

“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.” – Charles Spurgeon

“We shall not adjust our Bible to the age; but before we have done with it, by God’s grace, we shall adjust the age to the Bible.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“None but God would ever have thought of justifying me. I am a wonder to myself.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“Humility makes us ready to be blessed by the God of all grace.” – Charles Spurgeon 

“Grace is the first and last moving cause of salvation; and faith, essential as it is, is only an important part of the machinery which grace employs. We are saved ‘through faith,’ but salvation is ‘by grace’.” – Charles Spurgeon 

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