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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1936
AUTHOR: John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg (1746–1807)
QUOTATION: There is a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away. There is a time to fight, and that time has now come.
ATTRIBUTION: PETER MUHLENBERG.—The precise text of this Lutheran clergyman’s sermon in Woodstock, Virginia, in January 1776, does not exist. The quotation above is from Edward W. Hocker, The Fighting Parson of the American Revolution, p. 61 (1936).

Muhlenberg served in Congress 1789–1791, 1793–1795, and 1799–1801.