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Preaching is to much avail, but practice is far more effective. A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic.

Author: Hosea Ballou (1771-1852)

Profession: American Theologian, Founder of ''Universalism''

If you think practicing what you preach is rough, just try preaching what you practice.

Author: Bowen Baxter


I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.

Author: Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

Profession: British Nonconformist Theologian

The clergyman is expected to be a kind of human Sunday.

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

The world looks at preachers out of church to know what they mean in it.

Author: Richard Cecil

Profession: American Poet

He preaches well that lives well.

Author: Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616)

Profession: Spanish Novelist, Dramatist, Poet

Sermons remain one of the last forms of public discourse where it is culturally forbidden to talk back.

Author: Harvey Cox (1929)

Profession: American Theologian

Preaching is the expression of moral sentiments applied to the duties of life.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

The good rain, like a bad preacher, does not know when to leave off.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Every accent, every emphasis, every modulation of voice, was so perfectly well turned and well placed, that, without being interested in the subject, one could not help being pleased with the discourse; a pleasure of much the same kind with that received from an excellent piece of music. This is an advantage itinerant preachers have over those who are stationary, as the latter can not well improve their delivery of a sermon by so many rehearsals.

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way: The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear, fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear.

Author: Edgar A. Guest


A man who is good enough to go to heaven is not good enough to be a clergyman.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which will respect you most.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

It is hardly to be believed how spiritual reflections when mixed with a little physics can hold people's attention and give them a livelier idea of God than do the often ill-applied examples of his wrath.

Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Profession: German Physicist, Satirist

Preaching is heady wine. It is pleasant to tell people where they get off.

Author: Sir Arnold Lunn (1888-1974)

Profession: Indian-born British Alpine Ski Pioneer, Roman Catholic Apologist