27 William Barclay Quotes

  • "It is the simple truth to say that the New Testament books became canonical because no one could stop them doing so."

    - William Barclay
    Topics: The Bible


  • "Religion fails if it cannot speak to men as they are."

    - William Barclay
    Topics: Religion


  • "There is a time when to avoid trouble is to store up trouble and when to seek for a lazy and a cowardly peace is to court a still greater danger."

    - William Barclay
    Topics: Apathy


  • "Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrifice. And we do not really love Christ unless we are prepared to face His task and to take up His Cross."

    - William Barclay
    Topics: Love, Responsibility


  • "For the Christian, heaven is where Jesus is. We do not need to speculate on what heaven will be like. It is enough to know that we will be forever with Him."

    - William Barclay
    Topics: Heaven


  • "A man may well be condemned, not for doing something, but for doing nothing."

    - William Barclay
    Topics: Justice


  • "We will often find compensation if we think more of what life has given us and less about what life has taken away."

    - William Barclay
    Topics: Life


  • "So often we have a kind of vague, wistful longing that the promises of Jesus should be true. The only way really to enter into them is to believe them with the clutching intensity of a drowning man."

    - William Barclay
    Topics: Believing


  • "We are trying not so much to make God listen to us as to make ourselves listen to him; we are trying not to persuade God to do what we want, but to find out what he wants us to do. It so often happens that in prayer we are really saying, 'Thy will be changed,' when we ought to be saying, 'Thy will be done.' The first object of prayer is not so much to speak to God as to listen to him."

    - William Barclay
    Topics: Prayer


  • "There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why."

    - William Barclay
    Topics: Life


  • "The Christian is a [person] of joy... A gloomy Christian is a contradiction of terms, and nothing in all religious history has done Christianity more harm than its connection with black clothes and long faces."

    - William Barclay
    Topics: Christians


  • "Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory."

    - William Barclay
    Topics: Endurance


  • "If a man fights his way through his doubts to the conviction that Jesus Christ is Lord, he has attained to a certainty that the man who unthinkingly accepts things can never reach."

    - William Barclay
    Topics: Doubt


  • "The true, the genuine worship is when man, through his spirit, attains to friendship and intimacy with God. True and genuine worship is not to come to a certain place; it is not to go through a certain ritual or liturgy; it is not even to bring certain gifts. True worship is when the spirit, the immortal and invisible part of man, speaks to and meets with God, who is immortal and invisible."

    - William Barclay
    Topics: Worship


  • "Joy has nothing to do with material things, or with a man's outward circumstance ... a man living in the lap of luxury can be wretched, and a man in the depths of poverty can overflow with joy."

    - William Barclay
    Topics: Joy



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