25 quotes from St. John Chrysostom

St. John Chrysostom (349- 407) was the Archbishop of Constantinople and considered one of the greatest saints, early church fathers, and doctors of the Eastern and Western Churches. He was famous for his incredible insight and powerful preaching. It has been said that he memorized the Bible. After his death he was named Chrysostom, which comes from the Greek word chrysostomos, meaning “golden-mouthed”.

The church celebrates St. John Chrysostom’s Feast Day on September 13th. In honor of the golden-mouthed Archbishop, here are a few quotes from his writings and preaching. I hope they nourish your soul as they do mine.

  1. “No matter how just your words may be, you ruin everything when you speak with anger.”
  2. “As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man.”
  3. “God asks little, but He gives much.”
  4. “Every man is the painter and the sculptor of his own life.”
  5. “Prayer is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings.”
  6. “Fasting of the body is food for the soul.”
  7. “We must not mind insulting men, if by respecting them we offend God.”
  8. “The rich man is not one who is in possession of much, but one who gives much.”
  9. “Glory be to God for all things!”
  10. “Faithfulness in little things is a big thing.”
  11. “The primary goal in the education of children is to teach, and to give the example of, a virtuous life.”
  12. “Laughter has been implanted in our soul, that the soul may sometime be refreshed.”
  13. “Riches are not forbidden, but the pride of them is.”
  14. “Mercy imitates God and disappoints Satan.”
  15. “The love of husband and wife is the force that welds society together.”
  16. “Be ashamed when you sin, not when you repent.”
  17. “Only those who do not fight are never wounded.”
  18. “Men have the power of thinking that they may avoid sin.”
  19. “Why not learn to enjoy the little things-there are so many of them.”
  20. “It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life.”
  21. “What greater work is there than training the mind and forming the habits of the young?”
  22. “What gnats are compared with humans, so is the whole creation compared with God.”
  23. “What the soul is in the body, let Christians be in the world.”
  24. “Nothing will divide the church so much as the love of power.”
  25. “The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.”

Yours in Christ,