67 Best Hannah More Quotes from the English Religious Writer

Hannah More was an English religious writer, philanthropist, poet, and dramatist.

Best Hannah More Quotes


Forgiveness spares the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits. ~ Hannah More.


To those who know thee not, no words can paint! And those who know thee, know all words are faint! ~ Hannah More.


The ingenuity of self-deception is inexhaustible. ~ Hannah More.


No man ever repented of being a Christian on his deathbed. ~ Hannah More.


Goals help you overcome short-term problems. ~ Hannah More.


Sow an action, reap a habit. ~ Hannah More.


Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. ~ Hannah More.


When we read, we fancy we could be martyrs; when we come to act, we cannot bear a provoking word. ~ Hannah More.


Love never reasons, but profusely gives; it gives like a thoughtless prodigal its all, and then trembles least it has done to little… ~ Hannah More.


A slowness to applaud betrays a cold temper or an envious spirit. ~ Hannah More.


Adulation is the death of virtue. Who flatters, is, of all mankind, the lowest, save he who courts the flattery. ~ Hannah More.

We are apt to mistake our vocation in looking out of the way for occasions to exercise great and rare virtues, and stepping over the ordinary ones which lie directly in the road before us. ~ Hannah More.

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Top Hannah More Quotes

When thou hast truly thanked the Lord for every blessing sent, But little time will then remain for murmur or lament. ~ Hannah More.


Absence in love is like water upon fire; a little quickens, but much extinguishes it. ~ Hannah More.

That silence is one of the great arts of conversation is allowed by Cicero himself, who says, there is not only an art, but even an eloquence in it. ~ Hannah More.

Luxury and dissipation, soft and gentle as their approaches are, and silently as they throw their silken chains about the heart, enslave it more than the most active and turbulent vices. ~ Hannah More.


Christian beneficence takes a large sweep; that circumference cannot be small of which God is the centre. ~ Hannah More.

Since trifles make the sum of human things, And half our misery from our foibles springs. ~ Hannah More.

I am persuaded that there is no affection of the human heart more exquisitely pure, than that which is felt by a grateful son towards a mother… ~ Hannah More.


Gentleness is the outgrowth of benignity. ~ Hannah More.

Strange! that what is enjoyed without pleasure cannot be discontinued without pain!. ~ Hannah More.

The secret heart is devotion’s temple; there the saint lights the flame of purest sacrifice, which burns unseen but not unaccepted. ~ Hannah More.


Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it and that a very severe one. ~ Hannah More.

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Famous Hannah More Quotes

Sound economy is a sound understanding brought into action; it is calculation realized; it is the doctrine of proportion reduced to practice; it is foreseeing contingencies, and providing against them. ~ Hannah More.

If faith produce no works, I see That faith is not a living tree. Thus faith and works together grow, No separate life they never can know. They’re soul and body, hand and heart, What God hath joined, let no man part. ~ Hannah More.

What ascends up in prayer descends to us again in blessings. It is like the rain which just now fell, and which had been drawn up from the ground in vapors to the clouds before it descended from them to the earth in that refreshing shower. ~ Hannah More.

Oh! the joy Of young ideas painted on the mind, In the warm glowing colors fancy spreads On objects not yet known, when all is new, And all is lovely. ~ Hannah More.


To be good and disagreeable is high treason against the royalty of virtue. ~ Hannah More.

The secret heart is fair devotion’s temple; there the saint, even on that living altar, lights the flame of purest sacrifice, which burns unseen, not unaccepted. ~ Hannah More.

Life though a short, is a working day. Activity may lead to evil; but inactivity cannot be led to good. ~ Hannah More.

There are three requisites to the proper enjoyment of earthly blessings: a thankful reflection, on the goodness of the giver; a deep sense of our own unworthiness; and a recollection of the uncertainty of our long possessing them. The first will make us grateful; the second, humble; and the third, moderate. ~ Hannah More.

Popular Hannah More Quotes

Forgiveness is the economy of the heart. Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits. ~ Hannah More.

Proportion and propriety are among the best secrets of domestic wisdom; and there is no surer test of integrity than a well-proportioned expenditure. ~ Hannah More.

If a young lady has that discretion and modesty without which all knowledge is little worth, she will never make an ostentatious parade of it, because she will rather be intent on acquiring more than on displaying what she has. ~ Hannah More.


The soul on earth is an immortal guest. ~ Hannah More.

A Christian will find it cheaper to pardon than to resent. Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits. ~ Hannah More.

Prayer is not eloquence, but earnestness; not the definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; not figures of speech, but earnestness of soul. ~ Hannah More.

Affliction is the school in which great virtues are acquired, in which great characters are formed. ~ Hannah More.

Affliction is a sort of moral gymnasium in which the disciples of Christ are trained to robust exercise, hardy exertion, and severe conflict. ~ Hannah More.

Great Hannah More Quotes

If the one be good, the other must be evil. The only way to justify the stage, as it is, as it has ever been, as it is ever likely to be, is to condemn the Bible – the same individual cannot defend both. ~ Hannah More.


Luxury! More perilous to youth than storms or quicksand, poverty or chains. ~ Hannah More.

Man can see his reflection in water only when he bends down close to it, and the heart of man, too, must lean down to the heart of his fellow; then it will see itself within his heart. ~ Hannah More.

If I wished to punish my enemy, I should make him hate somebody. ~ Hannah More.

Imagination frames events unknown, In wild, fantastic shapes of hideous ruin, And what it fears creates. ~ Hannah More.


Depart from discretion when it interferes with duty. ~ Hannah More.

It is the large aggregate of small things perpetually occurring that robs me of all my time. The expense of learning to read might have been spared in my education, for I never read. ~ Hannah More.

It should be held as an eternal truth, that what is morally wrong can never be politically right. ~ Hannah More.

Where bright imagination reigns, the fine-wrought spirit feels acuter pains. ~ Hannah More.

Thought-Provoking Hannah More Quotes

Genius without religion is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace; it may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without, while the inhabitant sits in darkness. ~ Hannah More.


A small unkindness is a great offence. ~ Hannah More.

Outward attacks and troubles rather fix than unsettle the Christian, as tempests from without only serve to root the oak faster; while an inward canker will gradually rot and decay it. ~ Hannah More.

There is one single fact which we may oppose to all the wit and argument of infidelity, namely, that no man ever repented of being a Christian on his death-bed. ~ Hannah More.

Did not God Sometimes withhold in mercy what we ask, We should be ruined at our own request. ~ Hannah More.

Pride never sleeps. The principle at least is always awake. An intemperate man is sometimes sober, but a proud man is never humble. ~ Hannah More.


In agony or danger, no nature is atheist. The mind that knows not what to fly to, flies to God. ~ Hannah More.

The world does not require so much to be informed as to be reminded. ~ Hannah More.

Our infinite obligations to God do not fill our hearts half as much as a petty uneasiness of our own; nor his infinite perfections as much as our smallest wants. ~ Hannah More

All desire the gifts of God, but they do not desire God. ~ Hannah More.

The wretch who digs the mine for bread, or ploughs, that others may be fed, feels less fatigued than that decreed to him who cannot think or read. ~ Hannah More.

Small habits well pursued betimes May reach the dignity of crimes. ~ Hannah More.

Profound Hannah More Quotes

It is not so important to know everything as to know the exact value of everything, to appreciate what we learn and to arrange what we know. ~ Hannah More.


The keen spirit seizes the prompt occasion. ~ Hannah More.

If I wanted to punish an enemy it should be by fastening on him or her the trouble of constantly hating somebody. ~ Hannah More.

One kernel is felt in a hogshead; one drop of water helps to swell the ocean; a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act. ~ Hannah More.

In grief we know the worst of what we feel but who can tell the end of what we fear? ~ Hannah More.

Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper. ~ Hannah More.

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