Here’s a selection of William Wilberforce inspiring quotes. The man who campaigned for 20 years to abolish the slave trade has much to teach us on seeking God, prioritising time with Him, and committing ourselves to serve others.

Read and be inspired:

The shortening of private devotions starves the soul.”

              “Surely flowers are the smiles of God’s goodness.”

              “I resolve to be up in time to have an hour before breakfast for serious meditation, prayer, and Scripture.”

              “I bless God I enjoyed comfort in prayer this evening.”

              “The grand, the only question is, what is God’s will?”

              “God Almighty has set before me to great objectives; the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners.”

              “You may choose to look the other way but you can never again say you did not know.”

              “If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, then I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.”

Which William Wilberforce quotes most inspire you?

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Mark Williamson works as a director of One Rock. He’s an experienced leadership trainer, author of biographies on John Wesley and William Wilberforce, and is also passionate about praying for London. He enjoys good films, good food, and going for long walks with his wife Joanna. You can follow him on Twitter @markonerock.