Quotations by John Calvin

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Born: Saturday, July 10, 1509
Died: Wednesday, May 27, 1564 (54 years old)
Profession: Theologian
Nationality: French


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.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: God, Truth)

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.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: Trust, Blessings, 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.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: Evil, Grace, Reason, Will)

Every one of us is, even from his mother's womb, a master craftsman of idols.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: Mother, Idols)

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.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: God, Misery, Will)

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.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: God, Glory, Justice, Mercy, Merit, Punishment, Race, Salvation, Sin)

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.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: God, Freedom, Ignorance, Mercy)

However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: God, Thoughts, Blessings, Infinite, Liberality, Will, Wishes)

I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: Words)

Is it faith to understand nothing, and merely submit your convictions implicitly to the Church?
- John Calvin
(Keywords: Faith, Church, Nothing)

Knowledge of the sciences is so much smoke apart from the heavenly science of Christ.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: Science, Knowledge, 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.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: God, Man, Mind, Superstition, Will)

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.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: God, Man, Open, Salvation, 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.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: Fear, Reason, Will)

The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: Soul, Conscience, Hell, Living)

There is no work, however vile or sordid, that does not glisten before God.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: God, Work)

There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: Intelligence, Confidence, Spirit)

There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: World)

We must remember that Satan has his miracles, too.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: Miracles, Satan)

Yet consider now, whether women are not quite past sense and reason, when they want to rule over men.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: Men, Women, Now, Past, Reason, Sense, Want)

You must submit to supreme suffering in order to discover the completion of joy.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: Completion, Joy, Order, Suffering)







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