John Bunyan’s Wisdom from The Pilgrim’s Progress

Concerning Christian Perseverance — To go back is nothing but death: to go forward is fear of death, and life everlasting beyond it. So I will yet go forward.
– Pilgrim’s Progress

Description of Christian — He has his back to the world, his face toward heaven, and a Book in his hand.
– Pilgrim’s Progress

Concerning Christian warfare — The devil is nimble–he can run apace; he is light of foot–he hath overtaken many. Therefore, they that would have heaven must run for it.
– Pilgrim’s Progress

Concerning the entirety of the Christian life —

This hill, though high, I covet to ascend;
The difficulty will not me offend.
For I perceive the way to life lies here.
Come, pluck up, heart; let’s neither faint nor fear.
Better, though difficult, the right way to go,
Than wrong, though easy, where the end is woe.
– Pilgrim’s Progress
Concerning conversion — Just as Christian came up to the Cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, fell from off his back, and began to tumble down the hill, and so it continued to do  until it came to the mouth of the sepulcher. There it fell in, and I saw it no more!
– Pilgrim’s Progress

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