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John Bunyan
English writer and Nonconformist preacher
(1628-88)



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Some said, "John, print it;" others said, "Not so."
Some said, "It might do good;" others said, "No."
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Apology for his Book

As I walk'd through the wilderness of this world.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part I

The name of the slough was Despond.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part I

Now I saw in my dream, that the highway, up which Christian was to go, was fenced on either side with a wall, and that wall was called salvation. Up this way, therefore, did burdened Christian run, but not without great difficulty, because of the load on his back. He ran thus till he came at a place somewhat ascending; and upon that place stood a cross, and a little below, in the bottom, a sepulchre. So I saw in my dream, that just as Christian came up with the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and so continued to do till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part I

The palace Beautiful.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part I

But now in this Valley of Humiliation poor Christian was hard put to it, for he had gone but a little way before he espied a foul Fiend coming over the field to meet him; his name is Apollyon.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part I

Dark as pitch.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part I

It beareth the name of Vanity Fair, because the town where 't is kept is lighter than vanity.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part I

Hanging is too good for him, said Mr Cruelty.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part I

A castle, called Doubting Castle, the owner whereof was Giant Despair.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part I

Now the Giant Despair had a wife, and her name was Diffidence.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part I

They came to the Delectable Mountains.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part I

Sleep is sweet to the labouring man.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part I

Then I saw there was a way to Hell, even from the gates of Heaven.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part I

So I awoke, and behold it was a dream.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part I

A man that could no way but downwards, with a muckrake in his hand.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part II

One leak will sink a ship, and one sin will destroy a sinner.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part II

He that is down needs fear no fall,
He that is low no pride.
He that is humble ever shall
Have God to be his guide.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part II

A man there was, tho' they did count him mad,
The more he cast away, the more he had.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part II

An ornament to her profession.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part II

He who would valiant be,
Let him come hither;
One here will constant be,
Come wind, come weather
There’s no discouragement
Shall make him once relent
His first avow’d intent
To be a pilgrim.

Whoso beset him round
With dismal stories,
Do but themselves confound;
His strength the more is.
No lion can him fright,
He’ll with a giant fight,
But he will have a right
To be a pilgrim.

Hobgoblin nor foul fiend
Can daunt his spirit;
He knows he at the end
Shall life inherit.
Then, fancies, fly away,
He’ll not fear what men say;
He’ll labour night and day
To be a pilgrim.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part II

Then said he, I am going to my Father’s; and though with great difficulty I have got hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the trouble I have been at to arrive where I am. My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it. My marks and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought His battles who will now be my rewarder. When the day that he must go hence was come, many accompanied him to the river-side, into which as he went, he said, "Death, where is thy sting?" And as he went down deeper, he said, "Grave, where is thy victory?"

So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side.
-- The Pilgrim's Progress, Part II

Quotes about John Bunyan

Those who project total responsibility for their actions on heredity circumstances fail to see that numerous individuals rise above such circumstances. There is a John Bunyan, deprived of his physical sight, and yet he wrote a Pilgrim's Progress that generations will cherish so long as the cords of memory shall lengthen.
-- Martin Luther King Jr., sermon "Accepting responsibility for your actions" (26 July 1953)

Was not John Bunyan an extremist? — "I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience". . . So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary's hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime — the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment. Perhaps the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.
-- Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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