John Bartholomew Gough

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John Bartholomew Gough (August 22, 1817 – February 18, 1886) was a United States temperance orator.


  • Intemperance weaves the winding-sheet of souls.
    • Reported in Julia B. Hoitt, Excellent Quotations for Home and School (1890), p. 115.

Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)[edit]

Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).

  • One of those poor fellows that had become a Christian was badgered by his companions; and one of them said, "How do you know that Jesus Christ has forgiven your sins? " The man turned at once and said, "How do you know when you have got sugar in your tea?"
    • P. 17.
  • If the Bible is God's word, and we believe it, let us handle it with reverence.
    • P. 37.
  • A man is what he is, not what men say he is. His character no man can touch. His character is what he is before his God and his Judge; and only himself can damage that. His reputation is what men say he is. That can be damaged; but reputation is for time, character is for eternity.
    • P. 46.
  • A man's enemies have no power to harm him, if he is true to himself and loyal to God.
    • P. 208.
  • What you learn from bad habits and in bad society, you will never forget, and it will be a lasting pang to you. I tell you in all sincerity, not as in the excitement of speech, but as I would confess and have confessed before God, I would give my right hand if I could forget that which I have learned in bad society.
    • P. 217.
  • It may be a very little thing for you to say to a young man the few words that turn him from the way of ruin, and win him back to life and hope. It may be a very little thing to you; but it is every thing to the young man.
    • P. 561.

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