Preach Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old preach quotes, preach sayings, and preach proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.     

Oliver Goldsmith

I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.     

Theodore Roosevelt

The best sermon is preached by the minister who has a sermon to preach and not by the man who has to preach a sermon.     

William Feather

I don't like to hear cut and dried sermons. No—when I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.     

Abraham Lincoln

If I wish to compose or write or pray or preach well, I must be angry. Then all the blood in my veins is stirred, and my understanding is sharpened.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nothing preaches better than the act.     

Benjamin Franklin

America preaches integration and practices segregation.     

Malcolm X

Preaching is fire in the pulpit that melts the ice in the pew.     

Jack Hyles

Hypocrisy is the audacity to preach integrity from a den of corruption.     

Wes Fesler

It is curious how people take it for granted that they have a right to preach at you and pray over you as soon as your income falls below a certain level.     

George Orwell

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.     

Mahatma Gandhi

We have in fact, two kinds of morality, side by side: one which we preach, but do not practice, and another which we practice, but seldom preach.     

Bertrand Russell

Preaching is to much avail, but practice is far more effective. A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic.     

Hosea Ballou

If the truth were known, many sermons are prepared and preached with more regard for the sermon than the souls of the hearers.     

George F. Pentecost

If Jesus preached the same message ministers preach today, He would have never been crucified.     

Leonard Ravenhill

When a person is down in the world, an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.     

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice; and yet everybody is content to hear     

John Selden

There is no such thing as preaching patience into people, unless the sermon is so long that they have to practise it while they hear.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Only the sinner has the right to preach.     

Christopher Moley

Can one preach at home inequality of races and nations and advocate abroad good-will towards all men?     

Dorothy Thompson

To preach more than half an hour, a man should be an angel himself or have angels for hearers.     

George Whitefield

He charged nothing for his preaching and it was worth it too.     

Mark Twain

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.     

St. Francis of Assisi

You should be a living practicing example of what you are preaching.     

Frances Hesselbein

Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you and be silent.      


If you think practicing what you preach is rough, just try preaching what you practice.     

Bowen Baxter

Beauty vanishes like a vapor, preach the men of musty morals.     

Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford

Do not let your deeds belie your words, lest when you speak in church someone may say to himself, "Why do you not practice what you preach?     

St. Jerome

Preach not calmly and quietly as though you were asleep, but preach with fire and pathos and passion.     

Charles Spurgeon