George Fox

Quotes of: George Fox

"I saw also that there was an ocean or darkness and death,
but an infinite ocean of light and love which flowed over the
ocean of darkness. In that also I saw the infinite love of God..."

-George Fox


George Fox (1624-1691) is one of the great spiritual leaders of all times. His name is most closely associated with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), which he founded, but he belongs not only to Quakerdom, but to Christendom.

Fox was a typical 17th century seeker until he had an experience of God. Then he became a prophetic leader, speaking to the conditions of thousands of spiritual seekers in many parts of the world. To them he brought a message of that of God within every human being which makes direct and immediate contact with Him possible, when men, women, and children are sensitive to their Inner Voice. The recognition of this relationship between the God within and the God without radically changed men's attitudes towards war, towards other races, towards handicapped people, towards education, towards worship, and other phases of life.

Originally Fox had intended merely to reform the existing church, to revive primitive Christianity. Soon, however, it became advisable to organize his followers into Christian cells, fellowships, societies of friends. Eventually he became the organizer as well as the prophet of Quakerism.

In the pages that follow, George Fox speaks to us today as he spoke to men, women, and children in the turbulent 17th Century England in which he lived.


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