John Bartholomew Gough

Anglo-American temperance orator

John Bartholomew Gough (August 22, 1817 – February 18, 1886) was a United States temperance orator.

Quotes edit

  • Intemperance weaves the winding-sheet of souls.
    • Reported in Julia B. Hoitt, Excellent Quotations for Home and School (1890), p. 115.

Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895) edit

Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).

  • One of those poor fellows that had become a Christian was badgered by his companions; and one of them said, "How do you know that Jesus Christ has forgiven your sins? " The man turned at once and said, "How do you know when you have got sugar in your tea?"
    • P. 17.
  • If the Bible is God's word, and we believe it, let us handle it with reverence.
    • P. 37.
  • A man is what he is, not what men say he is. His character no man can touch. His character is what he is before his God and his Judge; and only himself can damage that. His reputation is what men say he is. That can be damaged; but reputation is for time, character is for eternity.
    • P. 46.
  • A man's enemies have no power to harm him, if he is true to himself and loyal to God.
    • P. 208.
  • What you learn from bad habits and in bad society, you will never forget, and it will be a lasting pang to you. I tell you in all sincerity, not as in the excitement of speech, but as I would confess and have confessed before God, I would give my right hand if I could forget that which I have learned in bad society.
    • P. 217.
  • It may be a very little thing for you to say to a young man the few words that turn him from the way of ruin, and win him back to life and hope. It may be a very little thing to you; but it is every thing to the young man.
    • P. 561.

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