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William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce
by Karl Anton Hickel, c. 1794
Member of Parliament
In office
31 October 1780 â€“ February 1825
Preceded by David Hartley
Succeeded by Arthur Gough-Calthorpe
Constituency Kingston upon Hull (1780–84)
Yorkshire (1784–1812)
Bramber (1812–25)
Personal details
Born 24 August 1759
Kingston upon Hull, Great Britain
Died 29 July 1833 (aged 73)
London, United Kingdom
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Barbara Spooner
Children William, Barbara, Elizabeth, Robert, Samuel and Henry
Religion Evangelical Anglican

If you love someone who is ruining his or her life because of faulty thinking, and you don’t do anything about it because you are afraid of what others might think, it would seem that rather than being loving, you are in fact being heartless.
William Wilberforce
As much pains were taken to make me idle as were ever taken to make me studious.
William Wilberforce
Let everyone regulate his conduct… by the golden rule of doing to others as in similar circumstances we would have them do to us, and the path of duty will be clear before him.
William Wilberforce
Of all things, guard against neglecting God in the secret place of prayer.
What should we suppose must naturally be the consequence of our carrying on a slave trade with Africa? With a country, vast in its extent, not utterly barbarous, but civilized in a very small degree? Does any one suppose a slave trade would help their civilization?
William Wilberforce
The objects of the present life fill the human eye with a false magnification because of their immediacy.
William Wilberforce
Can one serve God and one's nation in parliament?
Surely the principles of Christianity lead to action as well as meditation.
William Wilberforce
Can you tell a plain man the road to heaven? Certainly, turn at once to the right, then go straight forward.
William Wilberforce
My walk is a public one. My business is in the world, and I must mix in the assemblies of men or quit the post which Providence seems to have assigned me.
William Wilberforce
God Almighty has set before me two great objects: the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners.
William Wilberforce
Life as we know it, with all its ups and downs, will soon be over. We all will give an accounting to God of how we have lived.
William Wilberforce
The first years in Parliament I did nothing – nothing to any purpose. My own distinction was my darling object.
William Wilberforce
I am disturbed when I see the majority of so-called Christians having such little understanding of the real nature of the faith they profess. Faith is a subject of such importance that we should not ignore it because of the distractions or the hectic pace of our lives.
William Wilberforce
It is the true duty of every man to promote the happiness of his fellow creatures to the utmost of his power.
William Wilberforce
I would suggest that faith is everyone’s business. The advance or decline of faith is so intimately connected to the welfare of a society that it should be of particular interest to a politician.
William Wilberforce