John Calvin Quotes

There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence

John Calvin

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

But those who wish to prove to unbelievers that Scripture is the Word of God are acting foolishly, for only by faith can this be known.

John Calvin

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

John Calvin

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

John Calvin

Though Satan instills his poison, and fans the flames of our corrupt desires within us,we are yet not carried by any external force to the commission of sin, but our own flesh entices us, and we willingly yield to its allurements.

John Calvin

The supreme and only Judge of the universe stands before the tribunal of an earthly judge.

John Calvin

For all the expiations have no other meaning than that God will be always merciful, as often as the sinner shall flee to the refuge of his pardon.

John Calvin

We must resist wandering thoughts in prayer.Raising our hands reminds us that we need to raise up our minds to God,setting aside all irrelevant thoughts.

John Calvin

There is not one little blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make men rejoice.

John Calvin

Now among the other things proper to recreate man and give him pleasure, music is either the first or one of the principal;and we must think that it is a gift of God deputed for that purpose'.

John Calvin

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

John Calvin

You must submit to supreme suffering in order to discover the completion of joy.

John Calvin

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.

John Calvin

For astronomy is not only pleasant, but also very useful to be known: it cannot be denied that this art unfolds the admirable wisdom of God.

John Calvin

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
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