Quotes by John Calvin
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- There is no work, however vile or sordid, that does not glisten before God.
- There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence.
- Yet consider now, whether women are not quite past sense and reason, when they want to rule over men.