81 Best Sabbath Quotes For The Jewish Day Of Rest

Divya Raghav
Dec 12, 2023 By Divya Raghav
Originally Published on Feb 19, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
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Sabbath is a day for Jews to rest and worship.

The Jewish calendar counts days from sunset to sunset. The Shabbat day begins on the evening of Friday.

On this day, spiritual Jews keep in mind the biblical story of the creation of the heavens and the earth in six days and a future savior Age. According to Jewish law, Shabbat is observed after a few minutes before sunset on Friday evening to the three stars' appearance on Saturday night.

Sabbath rest is observed by lighting the candles and reciting a blessing, and by eating three festival meals.

Shabbat rest could be a festive day on which Jews exercise their freedom from the regular labor of the standard of living. It offers a chance to ponder the non-secular aspects of life and to spend time with family.

There are a lot of religious Sabbath resting quotes that we have collected for you. Want to know more about the Jewish faith and Sabbath? Then you should have a look at these best Sabbath quotes. If you like these quotes, then you should also read our Hanukkah quotes and Torah quotes.

Sabbath Day Quotes

Here are some great and holy Sabbath day quotes of resting which we have collected for you.

1. "Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest."

- Mark Buchanan.

2. "In observing the Sabbath, one is both giving a gift to God and imitating him."

- Lauren Winner.

3. "A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like a summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the most joyous day of the week."

- Henry Ward Beecher.

4. "Keeping the Sabbath day holy is much more than just physical rest. It involves spiritual renewal and worship."

- James E Faust.

5. "A life built upon Sabbath is contented because in rhythms of rest we discover our time is full of the holiness of God."

- Shelly Miller.

6. "The Sabbath-day is the savings-bank of humanity."

- Arthur Frederick Saunders.

7. "As we keep or break the Sabbath Day we nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope by which man rises."

- Abraham Lincoln.

8. "Some keep the Sabbath going to church, I keep it staying at home, with a bobolink for a chorister, and an orchard for a dome."

- Emily Dickinson.

9. "I first found delight in the Sabbath many years ago when, as a busy surgeon, I knew that the Sabbath became a day for personal healing."

- Russell M. Nelson.

10. "The gift of the Sabbath must be treasured. Blessed are you who honor this day."

- Lailah Gifty Akita.

11. "On the Sabbath- we are reminded that we are not human doings, but human beings."    

- Rob Bell.

12. "This Sabbath day has been designated as a day of thanksgiving, a day of gratitude-even a day of prayer."

- Thomas S. Monson.

13. "I believe the Sabbath; I keep the Sabbath."

- John Harvey Kellogg.

14. "Sabbath is not simply the pause that refreshes. It is the pause that transforms. "    

- Walter Brueggemann.

15. "Money gained on Sabbath-day is a loss, I dare to say. No blessing can come with it."

- Charles Spurgeon.

16. "if you can't take a nap if you can't take a day off from work, heaven's going to drive you nuts."

- Mark Driscoll.

17. "God presents the Sabbath rest as a shelter we can enter."

- Swindoll Charles R.

18. "Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week. "  

- Alice Walker.

19. "The Sabbath day has become a day of pleasure, a day of boisterous conduct, a day in which the worship of God has departed, and the worship of pleasure has taken its place."

- Joseph Fielding Smith.

20. "Sabbath - a weekly festival having its origin in the fact that God made the world in six days and was arrested on the seventh."

- Ambrose Bierce.

21. "Rest provides fine-tuning for hearing God's messages amidst the static of life."

- Shelly Miller.

22. "A life built upon Sabbath is contented because in rhythms of rest we discover our time is full of the holiness of God.”

- Shelly Miller.

23. "A man should not labor on weekly Sabbath day and don't let your friends and family labor too."

- Brandon Arnold John.

24. "The Sabbath is the link between the paradise which has passed away and the paradise which is yet to come."  

- Andrew Wylie.

25. "Day of the Lord, as all our days should be!"

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

26. "We make the Sabbath a delight when we teach the gospel to our children. "

- Russell M. Nelson.

27. "As a man wait, God reveals his purpose in the preparations he is doing within us, and our hopeful outlook is the result."

- Shelly Miller.

28. "The world has our hands, but our soul and heart belong to Someone Else. Six days a week we seek to dominate the world, on the seventh day we try to dominate the self."

- Abraham Joshua Heschel.

29. "Sabbath is that uncluttered time and space in which we can distance ourselves from our own activities enough to see what God is doing."    

- Eugene H. Peterson.

30. "I feel as if God had, by keeping the Sabbath, given fifty-two springs in every year."

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

31. "I don't work on my Sabbath. I write the book five-and-a-half or six days a week."

- Chaim Potok.

32. "The Sabbath is a weekly cathedral raised up in my dining room, in my family, in my heart."

- Anita Diament.

33. "When you abide with God in Sabbath, an unshakable confidence shines from the inside out, enticing others toward the gift of rest as well."

- Shelly Miller.

34. "You will find rest on Sabbath day for your soul."

- Lailah Gifty Akita.

35. "The sabbath is a time where we put aside all secular work and focus entirely on Jesus and on things holy."

- Micheal Stewart.

36. "Stop for one whole day every week, and you will remember what it means to be created in the image of God."

- Barbara Brown Taylor.

37. "Sabbath observance invites us to stop. It invites us to rest. It asks us to notice that while we rest, the world continues without our help."

- Wendell Berry.

38. "Saturday is the core of our civilization, dedicated to thought and reverence."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

39. "I never picked a bass up before Sabbath started."

- Geezer Butler.

40. "Sabbath was not a burden for him, any more than it was a private day off that he could take or leave."

- Barbara Brown Taylor.

Happy Sabbath Quotes

Here are some happy and delighted Sabbath quotes for the readers.

41. "It is time for us to breathe and build margin into our lives for God. Sabbath was intended as a gift which gives us delight."

- Priscilla Shirer.

42. "We don't go to Sabbath meetings to be entertained or even solely to be instructed. We go to worship the Lord."

- Spencer W. Kimball.

43. "Sabbath isn't about resting perfectly; it's about resting in the One who is perfect.

- Shelly Miller.

44. "Not pursuing your 'own pleasure' on the Sabbath requires self-discipline."

- Russell M. Nelson

45. "Sabbath, in the first instance, is not about worship. It is about work stoppage."

- Walter Brueggemann.

46. "Sabbath day according to the Ten Commandments is Saturday, not Sunday. And the reason is that God rested, not because Jesus was resurrected."

- Alan Dershowitz.

47. "Ever since Adam's day, the divine law of the Sabbath has been emphasized repeatedly over the centuries more than any other commandment."

- James E. Faust Alone.

48. "The Bible nowhere states that people before the law observed the Sabbath as a day of rest or worship."

- David K Bernard.

49. "Sabbath is about withdrawal from the anxiety system of Pharaoh, the refusal to let one's life be defined by production and consumption and the endless pursuit of private well-being."

- Walter Brueggemann.

50. "Thou art my single day, God lends to leaven What were all earth else, with a feel of heaven."

- Robert Browning.

51. "The people who misuse the Sabbath lose the blessings of spiritual food and growth promised to those who keep this commandment."

- Joseph B. Wirthlin.

52. "Cherishing Jesus as gain above all people, above all wealth, above all powers."

- Mac Canoza.

53. "Faith in God engenders a love for the Sabbath; faith in the Sabbath engenders a love for God. A sacred Sabbath truly is a delight."

- Russell M. Nelson.

54. "Church activity-honor the Sabbath day, attend your meetings, observe the Word of Wisdom, pay your tithes and offerings, support your leaders, and otherwise keep the commandments."

- Ezra Taft Benson.

55. "I remind everybody that the Sabbath was the Jewish gift to civilization."

- Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

56. "Other places have different air. Air that does not contain the smells of mildew and sewage. Air that invites you to expand your lungs and breathe in properly."

- Sara Aharoni.

57. "Sabbath is the celebration of life beyond and outside productivity. "    

- Walter Brueggemann

58. "We had no churches, no religious organizations, no sabbath day, no holidays, and yet we worshiped."

- Geronimo.

59. "The Sabbath provides a wonderful opportunity to love and strengthen family ties at home."

- Russell M. Nelson.

60. "O what a blessing is Saturday, interposed between the waves of worldly business like the divine path of the Israelites through the sea."

- Samuel Wilberforce.

61. "Sabbath rest is more than mere abstention from physical work; and, therefore, must include worship and Scripture-reading a book."  

- Joseph Hertz.

62. "It is the god's will that Sabbath is in our life, without god's will nothing can happen. Everything happens for a good reason.

- Geezer Butler.

63. "Find happiness, find love, find friends, find a time for yourself and god on Sabbath because we have only one life.

- Rob Huges.

64. "I try to keep a Sabbath perspective."

- Eric Weddle.

65. "This is what the Sabbath-keeping should feel like. A pause. Not just a minor pause, but a major pause."

- A. J. Jacobs.

66. "Let everyone be fully convinced in his own mind."

-Francois Rabelais.

67. "The state was made for man, not man for the state."

- Albert Einstein.

68. "He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might he increases strength."


69. "Sabbath requires surrender. If we only stop when we are finished with all our work, we will never stop, because our work is never completely done."

- Wayne henry Muller.

70. "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy."

- Exodus.

71. "He that would prepare for heaven, must honor the sabbath upon us."

- Tamara Armstrong.

72. "Sabbath is God's metronome, marking out a weekly rhythm of rest and renewal.

- Kerri Weems.

73. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

- Matthew.

74. "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord."

- Psalm.

75. "Sabbath brings us back to what's more important."

- Torah Sisters.

76. "Sabbath reminds us that we are no longer slaves to the things of this world."

- Sarah Koontz.

77. "One day a week I seek to rest from earthly toil and sorrow. Revitalized, I find the strength to battle new tomorrows."

- Richelle E. Goodrich.

78. "Pausing for prayerful listening, even for a few minutes, brings everything that is important back into focus."

- Shelly Miller.

79. "A true Jew keeps the Sabbath. Even their animals rest. As Christian, our sabbath is the Holy Ghost. It must affect our all."

- Mary Tornyenyor.

80. "Every time we turn to Christ in faith it is like a moment of Sabbath, a little foretaste of eternal rest and glory."

- Phillip Cary.

81. "God did not intend the Sabbath to be a burden, but rather a time of joy."

- David Wilber.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Sabbath quotes, then why not take a look at Easter Bible quotes, or Christian quotes about love?

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Written by Divya Raghav

Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Accounting and Finance, Master of Business Administration

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Divya RaghavBachelor of Commerce specializing in Accounting and Finance, Master of Business Administration

With a diverse range of experience in finance, administration, and operations, Divya is a diligent worker known for her attention to detail. Born and raised in Bangalore, she completed her Bachelor's in Commerce from Christ University and is now pursuing an MBA at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore. Along with her professional pursuits, Divya has a passion for baking, dancing, and writing content. She is also an avid animal lover who dedicates her time to volunteering for animal welfare causes.

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