J. C. Ryle Quotes


Millions of people profess and call themselves Christians whom the Apostle Paul would not have called Christians at all.

There will be no universal peace until the Prince of Peace appears.

What would you expect? Sin will not come to you saying 'I am sin.' It would do little harm if it did. Sin always seems 'good pleasant and desirable' at the time of arrival.

Conversion is not putting a man in an armchair and taking him easily to heaven. It is the beginning of a mighty conflict in which it costs much to win the victory.

Two-thirds of all the strifes quarrels and lawsuits in the world arise from one simple cause-money.

People may refuse to see the truth of our arguments but they cannot evade the evidence of a holy life.

There is only one door one bridge one ladder between earth and heaven - the crucified Son of God.

When a person's tongue is extensively wrong it is absurd no less than unscriptural to say that their heart is right.

True Christianity is not merely believing a certain set of dry abstract propositions: it is to live in daily personal communication with an actual living person - Jesus Christ.

If Christianity is a mere invention of man and the Bible is of no more authority than any other uninspired volume how is it that the book is what it is?

The first step towards attaining a higher standard of holiness is to realize more fully the amazing sinfulness of sin.

Knowledge of the Bible never comes by intuition. It can only be obtained by diligent regular daily attentive reading.

If I never spoke of hell I should think I had kept back something that was profitable and should look on myself as an accomplice of the devil.

According to the men of the world few are going to hell; According to the Bible few are going to heaven.

There are eternal consequences resulting from all our thoughts words and actions of which we take far too little account.

If you love Christ never be ashamed to let others see it and know it. Speak for Him. Witness for Him. Live for Him.

Whatever others around you think don't you ever be ashamed of being a Christian.

God has linked holiness and happiness; and what God has joined together we must not think to put asunder.

Are you tempted? Look unto Jesus. Are you afflicted? Look unto Jesus. Do all speak evil of you? Look unto Jesus. Do you feel cold dull and backsliding? Look unto Jesus.

There are no lessons so useful as those learned in the school of affliction.

Nothing perhaps affects man's character more than the company he keeps

A tree may always be known by its fruit and a true Christian may always be discovered by their habits tastes & affections.

Look to the cross think of the cross meditate on the cross and then go and set your affections on the world if you can.

By affliction Christ shows us our emptiness and weakness draws us to the throne of grace purifies our affections weans us from the world and makes us long for heaven.

Meekness is one of the brightest graces which can adorn the Christian character.

All converted people should labor to adorn the doctrine they profess by humility. If they can do nothing else they can strive to be humble.

Prosperity is a great mercy but adversity is a greater one if it brings us to Christ.

We have the truth and we need not be afraid to say so.

Persecution in short is like the goldsmith's stamp on real silver and gold - it is one of the marks of a converted man.

Let us strive every year we live to become more deeply acquainted with Scripture.

Since Satan can't destroy the gospel he has too often neutralized its usefulness by addition subtraction or substitution.

The Gospel which we possess was not given to us only to be admired talked of and professed - but to be practiced.

We are all naturally self-righteous. It is the family disease of all the children of Adam.

Assurance of hope is more than life it is health strength power vigor activity energy manliness beauty.

We want more men and women who walk with God and before God like Enoch and Abraham.

If Christianity is a mere invention of man and not a supernatural divine revelation how is it that it has wrought such a complete alteration in the state of man kind?

Never let us be guilty of sacrificing any portion of truth on the altar of peace.

Imagination is the hotbed where this sin is too often hatched. Guard your thoughts and there will be little fear about your actions.

But if there is one thing clearly and plainly laid down about election it is this: that elect men and women may be known and distinguished by holy lives.

Value all books in proportion as they are agreeable to Scripture. Those that are nearest to it are the best and those that are farthest from it and most contrary to it the worst.

The doctrine of Christ crucified is the strength of a Minister. I for one would not be without it for all the world.

Except a man be born again he will wish one day he had never been born at all.

Weak feeble and foolish as it may seem to people the simple story of the Cross is enough for all mankind in every part of the globe.

Good hymns are an immense blessing to the Church. They train people for heaven where praise is one of the principal occupations.

A Christian is nothing more than a sinner who has found out their sinfulness and has learned the blessed secret of living by faith in Christ.

No salvation without regeneration - no spiritual life without a new birth - no heaven without a new heart.

It must not content us to take our bodies to church if we leave our hearts at home.

Let us cleave to Christ more closely love Him more heartily live to Him more thoroughly copy Him more exactly confess Him more boldly and follow Him more fully.

The blood of Christ can cleanse away all sin. But we must 'plead guilty' before God can declare us innocent.

Health is a good thing; but sickness is far better if it leads us to God.

Let it never surprise true Christians if they are slandered and misrepresented in this world. They must not expect to fare better than their Lord.

Better to confess Christ 1000 times now and be despised by men than be disowned by Christ before God on the day of Judgment.

The true Christian delights to hear something about their Master. They like those sermons best which are full of Christ.

Blessed are they who feel like pilgrims and strangers in this life and whose best things are all to come!

Let us seek friends that will stir up our prayers our Bible reading our use of time and our salvation.

The 'means of grace' are such as Bible reading private prayer and regularly worshiping God in Church wherein one hears the Word taught and participates in the Lord's Supper.

Knowledge of the Bible never comes by intuition.

The key to understanding the Bible is Jesus Christ.

That Bible is read best - which is practiced most!

A Bible reading laity is a nation's surest defence against error.

The Bible in the pulpit must never supersede the Bible at home.

Take away the cross of Christ and the Bible is a dark book.

Let us never measure our religion by that of others and think we are doing enough if we have gone beyond our neighbors.

Beware of manufacturing a God of your own: a God who is all mercy but not just. Such a God is an idol of your own.

Let us beware of repentance without evidence.

If God has given His Son to die for us let us beware of doubting His kindness and love in any painful providence of our daily life.

Beware of self-righteousness in every possible shape and form. Some people get as much harm from their "virtues" as others do from their sins.

A right heart leans on Christ hangs on Christ builds on Christ and cleaves to Christ.

The temple in which the Lord Jesus delights most is a broken and contrite heart renewed by the Holy Spirit.

Nothing so hardens the heart of man as a barren familiarity with sacred things.

Let it be a settled principle in our minds that the first and chief business of the Church of Christ is to preach the Gospel.

The love of Christ towards His people is a deep well which has no bottom.

Prayer needs neither learning wisdom or book knowledge to begin it. It needs nothing but heart and will.

The brightest saint is the man who has the most heart-searching sense of his own sinfulness and the liveliest sense of his own complete acceptance in Christ.

Prayer is the very life-breath of true Christianity.

Backsliding generally first begins with neglect of private prayer.

What is the cause of most backslidings? I believe as a general rule one of the chief causes is neglect of private prayer.

Why is a believer patient? Because he looks for the coming of the Lord...He waits quietly for the King.

Let us learn to be patient in the days of darkness if we know anything of vital union with Christ.

Am I honest? Am I sincere? Do I really desire first the praise of God?

Next to praying there is nothing so important in practical religion as Bible-reading.

We know nothing of humility by nature for we are all born proud.

Sin rarely seems sin at first beginnings.

The best of men are men at best

I maintain that to tell a person they are born again while they are living in carelessness or sin is a dangerous delusion.

Let us be very careful that we never exalt any minister or sermon or book or friend above the Word of God.

I declare I know no state of soul more dangerous than to imagine we are born again and sanctifiied by the Holy Spirit because we have picked up a few religious feelings.

Sanctification is the outcome and inseparable consequence of regeneration. He who is born again and made a new creature receives a new nature and a new principle and always lives a new life.

Just as the first sign of life in an infant when born into the world is the act of breathing so the first act of men and women when they are born again is praying.

True Christians delight to read the Scriptures because they tell them about their beloved Savior.

Let us read the Bible reverently and diligently with an honest determination to believe and practice all we find in it.

Let us receive nothing believe nothing follow nothing which is not in the Bible nor can be proved by the Bible.

The love of the Bible will show itself in a believer's actions.

Never does a person see any beauty in Christ as a Savior until they discover that they are a lost and ruined sinner.

God does not look at riches titles education or beauty. There is only one thing that God does look at and that is the soul.

He that would be conformed to Christ's image and become a Christ-like man must be constantly studying Christ Himself.

A good conscience will be found a pleasant visitor at our bedside in a dying hour.

The hand of the wicked can't stir one moment before God allows them to begin and...one moment after God commands them to stop.

Whatever you read read the Bible first. Beware of bad books: there are plenty in this day. Take heed what you read.

The only way to be really happy in such a world as this is to be ever casting all our cares on God.

Miserable indeed is that religious teaching which calls itself Christian and yet contains nothing of the cross.

The minister who keeps back hell from his people in his sermons is neither a faithful nor a charitable man.

The chief end for which Christ lived and died: To provide eternal redemption for sinners.

If you profess to be a child of God leave it to the Lord Jesus to sanctify you in His own way.

If you train your children to anything train them at least to a habit of prayer.

The children of God all have a cross to bear. A suffering Savior generally has suffering disciples.

Prayer will consume sin or sin will choke prayer.

Praying and sinning will never live together in the same heart. Prayer will consume sin or sin will choke prayer.

No one ever reached heaven without repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

To be prayerless is to be without God without Christ without grace without hope and without heaven.

No person ever thought too much of Christ.

Christ is never fully valued until sin is clearly seen.

Nothing is so offensive to Christ as lukewarmness in religion.

Follow Christ for His own sake if you follow Him at all.

Live as if you thought that Christ might come at any time.

Do we profess to love Christ? Then let us show it by our lives.

When the Lord Jesus Christ gives a man remission of sins He also gives him repentance.

There is one subject in religion about which you can never know too much. That subject is Jesus Christ the Lord.

The love of our Lord Jesus Christ towards sinners is strikingly shown in His steady purpose of heart to die for them.

We must be holy because this is the only sound evidence that we have a saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Laughter ridicule opposition and persecution are often the only reward which Christ's followers get from the world.

Go to the cross of Christ all you that want to be delivered from the power of selfishness.

If you do not love Christ let me plainly tell you what is the reason: You have no sense of debt to Him.

We can never make too much of Christ. He is worthy of all the honor that we can give Him.

To be Christian it will cost a man his love of ease.

Do you wish to grow in grace and be a holy Christian? Then never forget the value of prayer.

The world's idea of greatness is to rule but Christian greatness consists in serving.

Never be satisfied with the world's standard of Christianity!

A right knowledge of sin lies at the root of all saving Christianity.

Let us be real honest and sincere in our Christianity. We cannot deceive an all-seeing God.

We know but little of true Christianity if we don't feel a deep concern about the souls of unconverted people.

A trial is an instrument by which our Father in heaven makes Christians more holy.

How is it that many who profess and call themselves Christians do so little for the Savior whose name they bear?

Before Christ comes it is useless to expect to see the perfect church.

If you want to warm a church put a stove in the pulpit.

Happiness does not depend on outward circumstances but on the state of the heart.

HATE SIN! Instead of loving it cleaving to it excusing it playing with it we ought to hate it with a deadly hatred.

Let us never forget that our chief danger is from within. The world and the devil combined cannot do us as much harm as our own hearts will if we do not watch and pray.

Sin always seems 'good and pleasant and desirable ' at the time of commission.

Conduct is the grand test of character. Words are one great evidence of the condition of the heart.

Love should be the silver thread that runs through all your conduct.

Your trials crosses and conflicts are all temporary.

The person that goes regularly and intelligently to the Lord's Table finds it increasingly hard to yield to sin and conform to the world.

A sin...consists in doing saying thinking or imagining anything that is not in perfect conformity with the mind and law of God

A saved soul has many sorrows. They have their share of bereavements deaths disappointments crosses. What shall enable a believer to bear all this? Nothing but the consolation there is in Christ.

The very sermon that we needlessly miss may contain a precious word in season for our souls.

I am one of those old-fashioned ministers who believe the whole Bible and everything that it contains.

We must wrestle earnestly in prayer like men contending with a deadly enemy for life.

The highest form of selfishness is that of the man who is content to go to heaven alone.

The standard of the world and the standard of the Lord Jesus are indeed widely different. They are more than different. They are flatly contradictory one to the other.

Politics or controversy or party spirit or worldliness have eaten

The surest mark of true conversion is humility.

Where no visible fruit can be found there you may be sure is no conversion.

God knew what we were before conversion - wicked guilty and defiled; yet He loved us. He knows what we will be after conversion - weak erring and frail; yet He loves us.

A converted man will not wish to go to heaven alone

Let us daily strive to copy our Saviour's humility.

However corrupt our hearts and however wicked our past lives there is hope for us in the Gospel.

We corrupt the Word of God most dangerously when we throw any doubt on the plenary inspiration of any part of Holy Scripture.

Wrong views about holiness are generally traceable to wrong views about human corruption.

It costs something to be a true Christian. It will cost us our sins our self-righteousn ess our ease and our worldliness.

A religion that costs nothing is worth nothing. A cheap Christianity without a cross will prove in the end a useless Christianity without a crown.

There is more to be learned at the foot of the Cross than anywhere else in the world.

A crucified Savior will never be content to have a self-pleasing self-indulging worldly-minded people.

The true Christian does not need to be reminded that they have a crucified Master. They OFTEN think of Him.

The true cure for self-righteousness is self-knowledge.

Of all the doctrines of the Bible none is so offensive to human nature as the doctrine of God's sovereignty.

True worship leads to a more full knowledge of self God heaven duty doctrine practice and experience.

We should no more tolerate false doctrine that we would tolerate sin.

What is the best safeguard against false doctrine? The Bible regularly read regularly prayed over regularly studied.

Obedience is the only reality. It is faith visible faith acting and faith manifest. It is the test of real discipleship among the Lord's people.

A zealous Savior ought to have zealous disciples.

?A humble and prayerful person will find a thousand things in the Bible which the proud student will utterly fail to discern." ~ J.C. Ryle

Wealth is no mark of God's favor. Poverty is no mark of God's displeasure.

No time is so well spent in every day as that which we spend upon our knees.

The nearer we live to God while we live the more ready we will be to dwell forever in His presence when we die.

Doubting does not prove that a man has no faith but only that his faith is small. And even when our faith is small the Lord is ready to help us.

Christ is never fully valued until sin is clearly seen. We must know the depth and malignity of our disease in order to appreciate the great Physician.

There is something sadly wrong when it is more important to us whether others are a part of our denomination rather than whether they repent of sin believe on Christ and live holy lives.

It is not hard to deceive ministers relatives and friends. But it is impossible to deceive Christ.

People will never set their faces decidedly towards heaven and live like pilgrims until they really feel that they are in danger of hell.

That preaching is sadly defective which dwells exclusively on the mercies of God and the joys of heaven yet never sets forth the terrors of the Lord and the miseries of hell.

The true secret of spiritual strength is self-distrust and deep humilty.

How can we love sin when we remember that because of our sins Jesus died?

We must read our Bibles like men digging for hidden treasure.

Do not glory in your own faith your own feelings your own knowledge or your own diligence. Glory in nothing but Christ.

The Christian who keeps their heart diligently in little things shall be kept from great falls.

The faith that has not a sanctifying influence on the character is no better than the faith of devils.

Prayer is the surest remedy against the devil and besetting sins.

Sin and the devil will always find helpers in our hearts.

Who shall dare to talk of strength when David can fall?

We are evidently no friends of Satan. Like the kings of this world he wars not against his own subjects. The very fact that he assaults us should fill our minds with hope.

Troublous times departures from the faith evil men waxing worse and worse love waxing cold are things distinctly predicted.

I believe it to be clear evidence of the Spirit's presence when the Word of God is really precious to a person's soul.

Sin forsaken is one of the best evidences of sin forgiven.

The parent who tries to train without setting a good example is building with one hand and pulling down with the other.

True faith will always show itself by its fruits . . . I suspect that with rare exceptions men die just as they have lived.

Our prayers may be weak stammering and poor in our eyes. But if they come from a right heart God understands them. Such prayers are His delight.

The Christianity that saves is a thing personally grasped personally experienced personally felt and personally possessed.

Do something by God's help to make heaven more full and hell more empty.

Election is always to sanctification. Where there is no visible fruit of sanctification we may be sure there is no election.

The Word of God is ROCK. All else is sand.

Surely if there be any habit which your own hand and eye should help in forming it is the habit of prayer.

No prayers can be heard which do not come from a forgiving heart.

There is but one fountain of comfort for a man drawing near to his end and that is the Bible. ...All comfort from any other source is a house built upon sand.

Naked we came upon earth and naked we go forth and of all our possessions we can carry nothing with us.

When you cannot answer a skeptic be content to wait for more light; but never forsake a great principle.

Men fall in private long before they fall in public.

We live in an age when there is a false glare on the things of time and a great mist over the things of eternity.

Faith in the Lord Jesus is the only sure medicine for troubled hearts.

If you and sin are friends you and God are not yet reconciled.

Fear not because your prayer is stammering your words feeble and your language poor. Jesus can understand you.

Let us resolve by God's grace that however feeble and poor our prayers may seem to us we will pray on.

I fear we are in danger of forgetting that to HAVE the Bible is one thing and to READ it quite another.

Nothing is so fickle and uncertain as popularity. It is here today and gone tomorrow. It is a sandy foundation and sure to fail those who build upon it.

Every fresh act of sin lessens fear and remorse hardens our hearts blunts the edge of our conscience and increases our evil inclination.

Pride is the oldest and most common of sins. Humility is the rarest and most beautiful of graces.

Jesus hears us and in His own good time will give an answer... He may sometimes keep us long waiting...but He will never send us empty away.

Let us watch against pride in every shape-pride of intellect pride of wealth pride of our own goodness.

Unity without the gospel is a worthless unity; it is the very unity of hell.

The heart that has really tasted the grace of Christ will instinctively hate sin.

If we would know whether our faith is genuine we do well to ask ourselves how we are living.

There must not only be good preaching but good hearing.

Let it be a settled principle ...that men's salvation if saved is wholly of God; and that man's ruin if lost is wholly of himself.

Growth in grace is one way to be happy in our religion. God has wisely linked together our comfort and our increase in holiness.

Until we give God our heart we give Him nothing at all.

Prayer is the mightiest weapon that God has placed in our hands.

The work of the preacher resembles that of the sower. Like the sower the preacher must sow good seed the Word of God.

O Christian look up and take comfort. Jesus has prepared a place for you and those who follow Him shall never perish neither shall anyone pluck them out of His hands.

To say that we are sorry for our sins is mere hypocrisy unless we show that we are really sorry for them by giving them up. Doing is the very life of repentance.

So long as you do not quarrel with sin you will never be a truly happy man.

If you want to find out how much someone loves you find out how much they pray for you.

The last day will prove that some of the holiest men that ever lived are hardly known.

The harvest of the Lord's field is seldom ripened by sunshine only. It must go through its days of wind rain and storm.

Hell is truth known too late.

Hell itself is truth known too late

The beginning of the way to heaven is to feel that we are on the way to hell.

Trials are intended to make us think to wean us from the world to send us to the Bible to drive us to our knees.

Tomorrow is the devil's day but today is God's. Satan does not care how spiritual your intentions are or how holy your resolutions if only they are determined to be done tomorrow.

The Gospel was not meant merely to reside in our intellect memories and tongues but to be seen in our lives.

The cause of Christ does not need less working but it does need among the workers more praying.

We never know who they are that God will draw and have nothing to do with it. Our duty is to invite all and leave it to God to choose the vessels of mercy.

Look not to yourselves! You are by nature wretched miserable poor blind and naked. Look simply unto Jesus.

Wherever we may be or whatever our circumstances the Lord Jesus sees them. We are never beyond the reach of His care.

In justification the word to be addressed to man is believe - only believe; in sanctification the word must be 'watch pray and fight.'

People are backsliders on their knees long before they backslide openly in the eyes of the world.

One single soul saved shall outlive and outweigh all the kingdoms of the world.

A Christian is a walking sermon. They preach far more than a minister does for they preach all week long.

We may love money without having it just as we may have money without loving it.

The devil has more knowledge than any of us and yet is no better for it.

God is far more willing to save sinners than sinners are to be saved.

A man's state before God may always be measured by his prayers.

A true Christian is one who has not only peace of conscience but war within. He may be known by his warfare as well as by his peace.

It is neglect of the Bible which makes so many a prey to the first false teacher whom they hear.

If you would train your children rightly train them in the way they should go and not in the way they would.

If anyone feels his sins let him come at once straight direct not merely to church or to the sacrament or to repentance or to prayer but to Christ Himself.

A man may just as soon read the Scripture without eyes as understand the spirit of it without grace.

Let your Christianity be so unmistakable your eye so single your heart so whole your walk so straightforward that all who see you may have no doubt whose you are and whom you serve.

We are all so sunk in sin and so wedded to the world that we would never turn to God and seek salvation unless He first called us by His grace. Without a divine call no one can be saved.

He that has trained his children for heaven rather than for earth- for God rather than for man- he is the parent who will be called wise at the last.

It was the whole Trinity which at the beginning of creation said "Let us make man". It was the whole Trinity again which at the beginning of the Gospel seemed to say "Let us save man".

Without a thorough conviction of sin men may seem to come to Jesus and follow Him for a season but they will soon fall away and return to the world.

There is no fickleness about Jesus: those whom He loves He loves to the end.