Why should I know John Woolman?

John Woolman was a North American merchant, tailor, journalist, and itinerant Quaker preacher, and an early abolitionist in the colonial era.

Books by John Woolman

Quotes by John Woolman

“Conduct is more convincing than language.”

John Woolman

“If a man successful in business expends a part of his income in things of no real use, while the poor employed by him pass through difficulties in getting the necessaries of life, this requires his serious attention.”

John Woolman A Journal of the Life

“May we look upon our treasure, the furniture of our houses, and our garments, and try to discover whether the seeds of war have nourishment in these our possessions.”

John Woolman

“There is a principle which is pure, placed in the human mind, which in different places and ages hath had different names. It is, however, pure and proceeds from God. It is deep and inward, confined to no forms of religion nor excluded from any, where the heart stands in perfect sincerity. In whomsoever this takes root and grows, of what nation soever, they become brethren in the best sense of the expression.”

John Woolman A Journal of the Life

“To consider mankind other than brethren... plainly supposes a darkness of understanding.”

John Woolman

“To turn all the treasures we possess into the channel of universal love becomes the business of our lives.”

John Woolman A Journal of the Life