Quote of the day

You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know. – William Wilberforce who was born on this day in 1759.

He also  said:

We are too young to realize that certain things are impossible… So we will do them anyway.

And:

If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.

And:

Accustom yourself to look first to the dreadful consequences of failure; then fix your eye on the glorious prize which is before you; and when your strength begins to fail, and your spirits are well nigh exhausted, let the animating view rekindle your resolution, and call forth in renewed vigour the fainting energies of your soul.

And:

True Christians consider themselves not as satisfying some rigorous creditor, but as discharging a debt of gratitude.

And:

We have different forms assigned to us in the school of life, different gifts imparted. All is not attractive that is good. Iron is useful, though it does not sparkle like the diamond. Gold has not the fragrance of a flower. So different persons have various modes of excellence, and we must have an eye to all.

And:

Selfishness is one of the principal fruits of the corruption of human nature; and it is obvious that selfishness disposes us to over-rate our good qualities, and to overlook or extenuate our defects.

And:

The distemper of which, as a community, we are sick, should be considered rather as a moral than a political malady.

One Response to Quote of the day

  1. Andrei says:

    There are very few politicians whose legacy rings down the ages as resoundingly as William Wilberforce.

    He wouldn’t make it in today’s Parliament in either England or New Zealand – the BBC and the political pundits would mock his religious faith and zeal (the equivalents actually did in his day but to less effect)

    Still he got there

    I wish I had someone like him on my ballot paper

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