John Weiss

United States clergyman and abolitionist (1818-1879)

John Weiss (28 June 1818 – 9 March 1879) was an American author and clergyman, as well as a noted abolitionist.

John Weiss


  • Irony is jesting hidden behind gravity. Humor is gravity concealed behind the jest.
    • Wit, Humor, and Shakespeare: Twelve essays (1876), p. 63.
  • The truest worship is a life;
    All dreaming we resign;
    We lay our offerings at Thy feet, —
    Our lives, O God, are Thine!
    • Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 118.

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