Like many preachers, I like to quote Charles Spurgeon. Recently I came into possession of the only existing copy of an extremely rare book: The Forgotten Quotes of Charles Spurgeon. These quotes give us an unusual and inspirational glimpse into the mind of the Prince of Preachers. Here is a sampling:
Sometimes when I am preaching I have 12 separate thoughts in my head at once. Then I take my medicine.
God chose the weak to shame the strong. And he chose the ugly to shame the good looking. I’m living proof.
The anvil is not afraid of the hammer. But my thumb is.
Sometimes I do the very things I hate–like slamming my shoulder into thin persons.
Sometimes I feel like my sermons lack the wow factor.
Do you think yourself wise? Then there’s a donkey inside your waistcoat. Do you think yourself handsome? Then there’s a bernerk in your beard.
If I had to choose, I would rather smoke a cigar than a stick of barley-sugar.
All men are sinners and need to be saved but I think the French are a little worse than most.
My wife is a dem fine gel.
Oh yeah? How about you try climbing all these stairs up to the pulpit Sunday after Sunday then see how dang cheerful you are.
Well well well, look at all the Arminians who have joined us this morning. This is a pretty kettle of fish!
I just wish that the outside of me could match the inside of me.
When you preach, either go big or go home. And at the end of the day, it is what it is.
He who is unmerciful to his beast is worse than a beast himself. Unless he has a chijuajua.
Well, there you have a small sampling of this amazing and surprising book. I hope you were as inspired by these quotes as I was.
(Disclaimer: I have not yet authenticated this book, so I cannot vouch for the veracity of these quotes. I’m planning on taking it to my friend Chuck the Authenticator as soon as I can locate where he’s currently living. He moves around a lot.)