Sabbath Sayings and Quotes

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


The Sabbath-day is the savings-bank of humanity.     

Arthur Frederick Saunders

In observing the Sabbath, one is both giving a gift to God and imitating Him.     

Lauren Winner

The gift of the Sabbath must be treasured. Blessed are you who honour this day.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

On the Sabbath- we are reminded that we are not human doings, but human beings.     

Rob Bell

Sabbath is not simply the pause that refreshes. It is the pause that transforms.     

Walter Brueggemann

Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.     

Alice Walker

The Sabbath is the link between the paradise which has passed away and the paradise which is yet to come.     

Andrew Wylie

Sabbath is that uncluttered time and space in which we can distance ourselves from our own activities enough to see what God is doing.     

Eugene H. Peterson

Sabbath observance invites us to stop. It invites us to rest. It asks us to notice that while we rest, the world continues without our help. It invites us to delight in the world's beauty and abundance.     

Wendell Berry

It is time for us to breathe and build margin into our lives for God. Sabbath was intended as a gift, and it is still a gift to us today. If you are weary, worn out, and exhausted the concept of Sabbath will change your life.     

Priscilla Shirer

Sabbath, in the first instance, is not about worship. It is about work stoppage. It is about withdrawal from the anxiety system of Pharaoh, the refusal to let one's life be defined by production and consumption and the endless pursuit of private well-being.     

Walter Brueggemann

A life built upon Sabbath is contented because in rhythms of rest we discover our time is full of the holiness of God.     

Shelly Miller

Sabbath isn't about resting perfectly; it's about resting in the One who is perfect.     

Shelly Miller

As we keep or break the Sabbath Day we nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope by which man rises.     

Abraham Lincoln

A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the most joyous day of the week.     

Henry Ward Beecher

You will find rest on Sabbath day for your soul.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

Make the Sabbath a delight by rendering service to others.     

Russell M. Nelson

Sabbath is the celebration of life beyond and outside productivity.     

Walter Brueggemann

Keeping the Sabbath day holy is much more than just physical rest. It involves spiritual renewal and worship.     

James E. Faust

Sabbath rest is more than mere abstention from physical work; and, therefore, must include worship and Scripture-reading.     

Joseph Hertz

Sabbath - a weekly festival having its origin in the fact that God made the world in six days and was arrested on the seventh.     

Ambrose Bierce

Faith in God engenders a love for the Sabbath; faith in the Sabbath engenders a love for God. A sacred Sabbath truly is a delight.     

Russell M. Nelson

This is what the Sabbath should feel like. A pause. Not just a minor pause, but a major pause. Not just lowering the volume, but a muting. As the famous rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel put it, the Sabbath is a sanctuary in time.     

A. J. Jacobs

The sabbath is a time where we put aside all secular work and focus entirely on Jesus and on things holy.     

Micheal Stewart

Sabbath requires surrender. If we only stop when we are finished with all our work, we will never stop, because our work is never completely done. With every accomplishment there arises a new responsibility... Sabbath dissolves the artificial urgency of our days, because it liberates us from the need to be finished.     

Wayne Muller

The Sabbath, as now recognized and enforced, is one of the main pillars of Priestcraft and Superstition, and the stronghold of a merely ceremonial Religion.     

William Lloyd Garrison

If you keep the Sabbath, you start to see creation not as somewhere to get away from your ordinary life, but a place to frame an attentiveness to your life.     

Eugene H. Peterson