Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834 - 1892
Oil on canvas by Alexander Melville, 1885
Born: 19 June 1834, Kelvedon, Essex, England, UK
Died: 31 January 1892, Menton, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Although Spurgeon's grandfather and father had both been Congregationalist ministers, he didn't become a Christian until a snowstorm forced him to take refuge in a Primitive Methodist chapel at Colchester in 1850. He moved to Cambridge and preached his first sermon the next winter. He was called as pastor to New Park Street Chapel, Southwark at age nineteen, the largest Baptist congregation at London. Spurgeon's preaching brought him fame and forced the congregation to move to larger buildings. Seven years into his ministry his church expanded to hold 6,000 in a building called the Metropolitan Tabernacle, and he preached on occasion to crowds of 10,000. His sermons were transcribed and published from early in his career, some 3,600 are known. With his other articles and books it has been claimed that he had more material in print than any other author. He suffered from rheumatism, gout, and Bright's disease late in life, retreating to Menton, near Nice, France to recuperate, his last trip there did not include recovery.
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- A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble. permalink
John Ploughman's Talk: Or Plain Advice for Plain People (1869)
- A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; a great faith will bring heaven to your soul. permalink
- Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow--only today of its strength. permalink
- Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us. permalink
- By perseverance the snail reached the ark. permalink
- Feel for others - in your pocket. permalink
- 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. permalink
- Giving is true having. permalink
- He is truly great in power who has power over himself. permalink
- Humility is to make a right estimate of one's self; it is no humility for a man to think less of himself than he ought, though it might rather puzzle him to do that. permalink
- Humility is to make a right estimate of oneself. permalink
- I believe a very large majority of church goers are merely unthinking, slumbering worshipers of an unknown God. permalink
- If your religion does not make you holy, it will damn you. It is simply painted pageantry to go to hell in. permalink
- It has been well said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength. permalink
The Salt-Cellars (1889)
- It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. permalink
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