Our history as a nation always grabs me. I have made numerous trips to Williamsburg, Va and walked where so many important figures in our history have walked. Such men as:

George Washington

And this guy, George Washington.

There are so many historical figures in the history of our nation that we have the opportunity to get close to. By that I mean we can stand where they once stood. They have left us with some of the most important and profound quotes in history.

George Washington left us with these:

  • “It is better to be alone than in bad company.”
  • “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”
  • “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” and
  • “I have always considered marriage as the most interesting event of one’s life, the foundation of happiness or misery.”

There are hundreds of other great quotes by George Washington, far too many to list here. But the point of this post are the many quotes of John Wesley the father and founder of methodism.

John Wesley

Here are a few of his quotes:

  • “What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.”
  • “Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.”
  • “We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others.” and…
  • “Earn all you can, give all you can, save all you can”

The point of this post however is a quote I came across the other day. John Wesley didn’t say it, but having read a good deal of his writings it struck me as something he might have said. The following quote is in the top 5 or 10 of the best quotes I’ve ever read. You might recognize the guy who said it. Enjoy…

Abraham Lincoln

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”