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John Calvin Quotes


An influential French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation.
(1509 - 1564)

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A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.
 

All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors.
 

Augustine does not disagree with this when he teaches that it is a faculty of the reason and the will to choose good with the assistance of grace; evil, when grace is absent.
 

Every one of us is, even from his mother's womb, a master craftsman of idols.
 

Faith consists, not in ignorance, but in knowledge, and that, not only of God, but also of the divine will.
 

Faith is a knowledge of the benevolence of God toward us, and a certain persuasion of His veracity.
 

For there is no one so great or mighty that he can avoid the misery that will rise up against him when he resists and strives against God.
[Against]
 

God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation.
 

God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our ignorance whenever something inadvertently escapes us - as, indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray.
 

However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts.
 

I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels.
 

I have not so great a struggle with my vices, great and numerous as they are, as I have with my impatience. My efforts are not absolutely useless; yet I have never been able to conquer this ferocious wild beast.
[Impatience]
 

Is it faith to understand nothing, and merely submit your convictions implicitly to the Church?
 

Knowledge of the sciences is so much smoke apart from the heavenly science of Christ.
 

Man's mind is like a store of idolatry and superstition; so much so that if a man believes his own mind it is certain that he will forsake God and forge some idol in his own brain.
 

No man is excluded from calling upon God, the gate of salvation is set open unto all men: neither is there any other thing which keepeth us back from entering in, save only our own unbelief.
 

Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness.
 

The answer of our prayers is secured by the fact that in rejecting them God would in a certain sense deny His own nature.
[Prayer]
 

The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.
[Conscience]
 

There is no work, however vile or sordid, that does not glisten before God.
 


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