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Jonathan Edwards Quotes


A preacher, theologian, and missionary to Native Americans.
(1703 - 1758)

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A man of a right spirit is not a man of narrow and private views, but is greatly interested and concerned for the good of the community to which he belongs, and particularly of the city or village in which he resides, and for the true welfare of the society of which he is a member.
 

A true love of God must begin with a delight in his holiness.
[God]
 

As grace is first from God, so it is continually from him, as much as light is all day long from the sun, as well as at first dawn or at sun-rising.
[Grace]
 

By Christ's purchasing redemption, two things are intended: his satisfaction and his merit; the one pays our debt, and so satisfies; the other procures our title, and so merits. The satisfaction of Christ is to free us from misery; the merit of Christ is to purchase happiness for us.
 

Every saint in heaven is as a flower in the garden of God, and holy love is the fragrance and sweet odor that they all send forth, and with which they fill the bowers of that paradise above. Every soul there is as a note in some concert of delightful music, that sweetly harmonizes with every other note, and all together blend in the most rapturous strains in praising God and the Lamb forever.
[Heaven]
 

Family education and order are some of the chief means of grace; if these are duly maintained, all the means of grace are likely to prosper and become effectual.
[Education]
 

Grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace perfected.
[Grace]
 

I assert that nothing ever comes to pass without a cause.
 

I make it my rule, to lay hold of light and embrace it, wherever I see it, though held forth by a child or an enemy.
 

If there be ground for you to trust in your own righteousness, then, all that Christ did to purchase salvation, and all that God did to prepare the way for it is in vain.
 

Many pray with their lips for that for which their hearts have no desire.
[Prayer]
 

Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil's reach as humility.
[Humility]
 

Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life.
[Prayer]
 

Prophecy and miracles argue the imperfection of the state of the church, rather than its perfection. For they are means designed by God as a stay or support, or as a leading string to the church in its infancy, rather than as means adapted to it in its full growth.
[Christianity]
 

Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.
 

Resolved to live with all my might while I do live, and as I shall wish I had done ten thousand ages hence.
[Aims]
 

Sincere friendship towards God, in all who believe him to be properly an intelligent, willing being, does most apparently, directly, and strongly incline to prayer; and it no less disposes the heart strongly to desire to have our infinitely glorious.
 

Some persons are always ready to level those above them down to themselves, while they are never willing to level those below them up to their own position. But he that is under the influence of true humility will avoid both these extremes. On the one hand, he will be willing that all should rise just so far as their diligence and worth of character entitle them to; and on the other hand, he will be willing that his superiors should be known and acknowledged in their place, and have rendered to them all the honors that are their due.
 

Surely there is something in the unruffled calm of nature that overawes our little anxieties and doubts: the sight of the deep-blue sky, and the clustering stars above seem to impart a quiet to the mind.
[Nature]
 

Temples have their sacred images; and we see what influence they have always had over a great part of mankind; but, in truth, the ideas and images in men's minds are the invisible powers that constantly govern them; and to these they all pay universally a ready submission.
[Ideas]
 


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