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"Eternity to the godly is a day that has no sunset; eternity to the wicked is a night that has no sunrise."
-THOMAS WATSON

"Oh sirs, deal with sin as sin, and speak of heaven and hell as they are, and not as if you were in jest."
-JOHN FLAVEL

"Grace will teach a Christian contentedly to take those potions that are wholesome, though they are not toothsome."
-GEORGE SWINNOCK

"Mercy hath a heaven, and justice a hell, to display itself to eterity, but long-suffering hath only a short-lived earth."
-HENRY SMITH

"Oh, that I might live to see that day when professors shall not walk in vain show; when they shall please themselves no more with a name to live, being spiritually dead; when they shall no more (as many of them now are) be a company of frothy, vain, and unserious persons, but the majestic beams of holiness shining from their heavenly and serious conversation shall awe the world, and command reverence from all who are about them; when they shall warm the hearts of those who come nigh them, so that men shall say, 'God is truly in these men!'"
-JOHN FLAVEL

"Oh, study your hearts, watch your hearts, keep your hearts! Away with empty names and vain shows; away with unprofitable discourse and bold censures of others. Turn in upon yourselves, get into your closets, and now resolve to dwell there. You have been strangers to this work too long; you have kept other vineyards too long; you have trifled about the borders of religion too long. Will you now resolve to look better to your hearts? Will you hate and come out of the crowds of business and clamors of the world and retire yourselves more than you have done? Oh, that this day you would resolve upon it!"
-JOHN FLAVEL

"Tell me, you vain professor, when did you shed a tear for the deadness, hardness, unbelief, or earthliness of your heart? Do you think that such an easy religion can save you? If so, we may invert Christ's words and say, 'Wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to life, and may there be that go in there.'"
-JOHN FLAVEL

"Most men need patience to die, but a saint who understands what death admits him to should rather need patience to live. I think he should often look out and listen on a deathbed for his Lord's coming; and when he receives the news of his approaching change he should say, 'The voice of my beloved! behold, He cometh leaping over the mountains, skipping upon the hills' (Song of Solomon 2:8)."
-JOHN FLAVEL

"And is it well done, then, to repine and droop because your Father consults more the advantage of your souls than the pleasing of your humors? Because He will bring you a nearer way to heaven than you are willing to go? Is this a due requital of His love, who is pleased so much to concern Himself for your welfare? This is more than He will do for thousands in the world, upon whom He will not lay a rod or send an affliction for their good (Hosea 4:17; Matthew 15:14). But alas! We judge by sense, and reckon things good or evil according to what we, for the present, can taste and feel in them."
-JOHN FLAVEL

"'The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God,....neither can he know them' (1 Cor. 2:14). He may have more insight into the things of the world than a believer, but he does not see the deep things of God. A swine may see an acorn under a tree, but he cannot see a star."
-THOMAS WATSON

"'The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God,....neither can he know them' (1 Cor. 2:14). He may have more insight into the things of the world than a believer, but he does not see the deep things of God. A swine may see an acorn under a tree, but he cannot see a star."
-THOMAS WATSON

"Were the holiest heart upon earth enlarged to the vast comprehension of this great world's wideness; nay, made capable of all the glorious and magnificent hallelujahs and hearty praises offered to Jehovah, both by all the militant and triumphant church, yet would it come infinitely short of sufficiently magnifying, admiring, and adoring the inexplicable mystery and bottomless depth of this free, independent mercy, and love to God, the Fountain and First Mover of all our good."
-ROBERT BOLTON


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"If the Lord should bring a wicked man to heaven, heaven would be hell to him; for he who loves not grace upon earth will never love it in heaven."
-CHRISTOPHER LOVE

"Christ is not only a remedy for your weariness and trouble, but he will give you an abundance of the contrary, joy and delight. They who come to Christ, do no only come to a resting-place after they have been wandering in a wilderness, but they come to a banqueting-house where they may rest, and where they may feast. They may cease from their former troubles and toils, and they may enter upon a course of delights and spiritual joys."
-JONATHAN EDWARDS

"But Christ Jesus has true excellency, and so great excellency, that when they come to see it they look no further, but the mind rests there. It sees a transcendent glory and an ineffable sweetness in him; it sees that till now it has been pursuing shadows, but that now it has found the substance; that before it had been seeking happiness in the stream, but that now it has found the ocean. The excellency of Christ is an object adequate to the natural cravings of the soul, and is sufficient to fill the capacity. It is an infinite excellency, such an one as the mind desires, in which it can find no bounds; and the more the mind is used to it, the more excellent it appears. Every new discovery makes this beauty appear more ravishing, and the mind sees no end; here is room enough for the mind to go deeper and deeper, and never come to the bottom. The soul is exceedingly ravished when it first looks on this beauty, and it is never weary of it. The mind never has any satiety, but Christ's excellency is always fresh and new, and tends as much to delight, after it has been seen a thousand or ten thousand years, as when it was seen the first moment."
-JONATHAN EDWARDS

"See that your chief study be about heart, that there God's image may be planted, and his interest advanced, and the interest of the world and flesh subdued, and the love of every sin cast out, and the love of holiness succeed; and that you content not yourselves with seeming to do good in outward acts, when you are bad yourselves, and strangers to the great internal duties. The first and great work of a Christian is about his heart."
-RICHARD BAXTER

"Luxury and gluttony is a sin exceeding contrary to the love of God: it is idolatry: it hath the heart, which God should have; and therefore gluttons are commonly and well called belly-gods, and god-bellies, because that love, that care, that delight, that service and diligence which God should have is given by the glutton to his belly and his throat."
-RICHARD BAXTER

"If the scriptures do thoroughly direct men to know God in Christ, and save their own souls, why should we look any further? Now, they do not only furnish every private Christian with this knowledge; but the man of God, who is to instruct others, he needeth look no further, but is furnished out of the scripture with all things necessary to discharge his office. Therefore here we fix and rest, we have a sufficient rule, and a full record of all necessary Christian doctrine."
-THOMAS MANTON

"Praising God is one of the highest and purest acts of religion. In prayer we act like men; in praise we act like angels."
-THOMAS WATSON

"As God delights in his own beauty, he must necessarily delight in the creature's holiness which is a conformity to and participation of it, as truly as [the] brightness of a jewel, held in the sun's beams, is a participation or derivation of the sun's brightness, though immensely less in degree."
-JONATHAN EDWARDS

"The enjoyment of [God] is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams. But God is the ocean."
-JONATHAN EDWARDS

"Seek not to grow in knowledge chiefly for the sake of applause, and to enable you to dispute with others; but seek it for the benefit of your souls, and in order to practice....Practice according to what knowledge you have. This will be the way to know more...[According to Ps. 119:100] 'I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.'"
-JONATHAN EDWARDS

"If a person is what the world calls an honest moral man, if he does justly, and, what the world calls, love a little mercy, is not and then good-natured, reacheth out his hand to the poor, receives the sacrament once or twice a year, and is outwardly sober and honest; the world looks upon such an one as a Christian indeed, and doubtless we are to judge charitably of every such person. There are many likewise, who go on in a round of duties, a model of performances, that think they shall go to heaven; but if you examine them, though they have a Christ in their heads, they have no Christ in their hearts."
-GEORGE WHITEFIELD

"Christ never undertakes to heal any but he makes a certain cure, 'Those whom thou givest me I have kept, and none of them is lost' (John 17:12). Other physicians can only cure them that are sick, but Christ cures them that are dead, 'And you hat he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins' (Eph. 2:1)."
-THOMAS BROOKS


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"Christ never undertakes to heal any but he makes a certain cure, 'Those whom thou givest me I have kept, and none of them is lost' (John 17:12). Other physicians can only cure them that are sick, but Christ cures them that are dead, 'And you hat he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins' (Eph. 2:1)."
-THOMAS BROOKS

"The indulgence of one sin opens the door to further sins. The indulgence of one sin diverts the soul from the use of those means by which all other sins should be resisted."
-JOHN OWEN"

"It is one thing to have sin alarmed only by convictions, and another to have it crucified by converting grace. Many, because they have been troubled in conscience for their sins, think well of their case, miserably mistaking conviction for conversion."
-JOSEPH ALLIENE

"Repentance is a grace of God's Spirit whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and visibly reformed."
-THOMAS WATSON

"Works? Works? A man get to heaven by works? I would as soon think of climbing to the moon on a rope of sand!"
-GEORGE WHITEFIELD"

"The almightiness of his mercy doth as much transcend our highest iniquities, as it doth our shallowest apprehensions. Our sins, as well as our substance, are but as the dust of the balance, as easily to be blown away by his grace, as the other puffed into nothing by his power."
-STEPHEN CHARNOCK

"Antichrist is Mammon's son."
-JOHN MILTON

"Better to bear than to swear, and to die than to lie."
-THOMAS BROOKS

"Christ never undertakes to heal any but he makes a certain cure, 'Those whom thou givest me I have kept, and none of them is lost' (John 17:12). Other physicians can only cure them that are sick, but Christ cures them that are dead, 'And you hat he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins' (Eph. 2:1)."
-THOMAS BROOKS


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"By grace we are what we are in justification, and work what we work in sanctification."
-RICHARD SIBBES

"If you would have a clear evidence that that little love, that little faith, that little zeal, you have is true, then live up to that love, live up to that faith, live up to that zeal that you have; and this will evidence beyond all contradiction."
-THOMAS BROOKS

"Some temptations come to the industrious, but all temptations attack the idle."
-C.H. SPURGEON

"There is no possibility of taking a mercy out of God's hand, till the mercy be ripe for us, and we ripe for the mercy."
-THOMAS BROOKS

"The poets themselves said, that amor Deum gubernat, that love governed God. And, as Nazianzen well speaks, this love of God, this dulcis tyrannus, —this sweet tyrant,—did overcome him when he was upon the cross. There were no cords could have held him to the whipping-post but those of love; no nails have fastened him to the cross but those of love."
-THOMAS GOODWIN

"Christ did not die for any upon condition, if they do believe; but He died for all God's elect, that they should believe."
-JOHN OWEN

"My brethren, when God first began to love you, he gave you all that he ever meant to give you in the lump, and eternity of time is that in which he is retailing of it out."
-THOMAS GOODWIN
Taken from The Greatness of God's Love to His Elect 67K).

"...that, by all things, they may come to know more of the power, holiness, justice, truth, goodness, and glory of God in Christ. We use to say," Experience teaches fools." Surely there is not an experienced saint, but will find, that by all the good things and bad things he hath been trysted with, by all the various vicissitudes and changes of providence, he hath come to see more of God than he saw before."
-RALPH ERSKINE
Taken from one of his Beauties.

"Assurance grows by repeated conflict, by our repeated experimental proof of the Lord's power and goodness to save; when we have been brought very low and helped, sorely wounded and healed, cast down and raised again, have given up all hope, and been suddenly snatched from danger, and placed in safety; and when these things have been repeated to us and in us a thousand times over, we begin to learn to trust simply to the word and power of God, beyond and against appearances: and this trust, when habitual and strong, bears the name of assurance; for even assurance has degrees."
-JOHN NEWTON
Taken from one of his Letters.

"When God calls a man, He does not repent of it. God does not, as many friends do, love one day, and hate another; or a s princes, who make their subjects favourites, and afterwards throw them into prison. This is the blessedness of a saint; his condition admits of no alteration. God's call is founded on His decree, and His decree is immutable. Acts of grace cannot be reversed. God blots out his people's sins, but not their names."
-THOMAS WATSON

"Let them pretend what they please, the true reason why any despise the new birth is because they hate a new life. He that cannot endure to live to God will as little endure to hear of being born of God."
-JOHN OWEN

"Covetousness is dry drunkeness."
-THOMAS WATSON

"Till men have faith in Christ, their best services are but glorious sins."
-THOMAS BROOKS

"It is mercy to lack mercy, till we are fit for mercy, till we are able to bear the weight of mercy, and make a divine improvement of mercy."
-THOMAS BROOKS

"Any cloth may cover our sores, but the finest silk will not cover our sins."
-HENRY SMITH

"Sin hath the devil for its father, shame for its companion, and death for its wages."
-THOMAS WATSON

"When we love things baser than ourselves it is like a sweet stream that runs into a sink. As our love therefore is the best thing we have, and none deserves it more than God, so let him have our love, yea, the strength of our love, that we may love him 'with all our souls, and with all our mind, and with all our strength,' Lev 19.18"
-RICHARD SIBBES

"It is not happiness to see, but sight with enjoyment and interest. There are but two powers of the soul, understanding and will. When both these have their perfection, that is happiness: when the understanding sees, and the will draws the affections. So there these things concur to make up our everlasting happiness, the excellency of the thing, with the sight of it, and interest in it."
-RICHARD SIBBES

"Many controversies of these times grow up about religion, as suckers from the root and limbs of a fruit tree, which spend the vital sap that should make fruit."
-John Flavel


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"Doth God give us a Christ, and will he deny us a crust? If God doth not give us what we crave, He will give us what we need."
-THOMAS WATSON

"It is one thing to have sin alarmed only by convictions, and another to have it crucified by converting grace. Many, because they have been troubled in conscience for their sins, think well of their case, miserably mistaking conviction for conversion."
-JOSEPH ALLEINE

"It is an undoubted truth that every doctrine that comes from God, leads to God; and that which doth not tend to promote holiness is not of God."
-GEORGE WHITEFIELD

"Whatever vices and corruptions men see in the lives of their ministers will not be attributed to the depravity of their old nature which still abides in them, but to the gospel."
-JOHN OWEN

"When you hear or see the sinful acts of me, think: Oh, what are the best of us by nature? Free grace stops my course, else I had been reeling with the drunkard, blaspheming with the swearer, revelling with the wanton; Lord, let me not bless myself in morality, but let me arrive at sincerity of disposition; never leave me to ways of mine own heart."
-OLIVER HEYWOOD

"Knowledge without repentance will be but a torch to light men to hell."
-THOMAS WATSON

"It is truth alone that capacitates any soul to glorify God."
-JOHN OWEN

"Let no man think to kill sin with few, easy, or gentle strokes. He who hath once smitten a serpent, if he follow not on his blow until it be slain, may repent that ever he began the quarrel. And so he who undertakes to deal with sin, and pursues it not constantly to the death."
-JOHN OWEN

"Thy sorrows outbid thy heart, thy fears outbid thy sorrows, and thy thoughts go beyond thy fears; and yet here is the comfort of a poor soul: in all his misery and wretchedness, the mercy of Lord outbids all these, whatsoever may, can, or shall befall thee."
-THOMAS HOOKER

"The flowers smell sweetest after a shower; vines bear the better for bleeding; the walnut-tree is most fruitful when most beaten; saints spring and thrive most internally, when they are most externally afflicted. Afflictions are the mother of virtue. Manasseh's chain was more profitable to him than his crown. . . .All of the stones that came about Stephen's ears did but knock him closer to Christ, the corner-stone."
-THOMAS BROOKS

"The world rings changes, it is never constant but in its disappointments. The world is but a great inn, where we are to stay a night or two, and be gone; what madness is it so to set our heart upon our inn, as to forget our home?"
-THOMAS WATSON

"First we practice sin, then defend it, then boast of it."
-THOMAS MANTON

"Let them fear death who do not fear sin."
-THOMAS WATSON

"None so empty of grace as he that thinks he is full."
-THOMAS WATSON

"I exhort you and beseech you in the bowels of Christ, faint not, weary not. There is a great necessity of heaven; you must have it... Think it not easy; for it is a steep ascent to eternal glory; many are lying dead by the way, that were slain with security."
-SAMUEL RUTHERFORD
(this quotation is from Letter 100)

"Pride is the shirt of the soul, put on first and put off last."
-GEORGE SWINNOCK

"Election having once pitched upon a man, it will find him out and call him home, wherever he be. It called Zaccheus out of accursed Jericho; Abraham out of idolatrous Ur of the Chaldees; Nicodemus and Paul, from the College of the Pharisees, Christ's sworn enemies; Dionysius and Damaris, out of superstitious Athens. In whatsoever dunghills God's elect are hid, election will find them out and bring them home."
-JOHN ARROWSMITH

"All pangs are not the pangs of the new birth. The tree may blossom fairly in spring on which no fruit is to be found in harvest."
-THOMAS BOSTON

"The house built on the sand may oftentimes be built higher, have more fair parapets and battlements, windows and ornaments, than that which is built upon the rock; yet all gifts and privileges equal not one grace.."
-JOHN OWEN

"In all their jollity in this world, the wicked are but as a book fairly bound, which when it is opened is full of nothing but tragedies. So when the book of their consciences shall be once opened, there is nothing to be read but lamentations and woes."
-RICHARD SIBBES

"What if we have more of the rough file, if we have less rust! Afflictions carry away nothing but the dross of sin."
-THOMAS WATSON

"Christ's riches are unsearchable, and this doctrine of the gospel is the field this treasure is hidden in."
-THOMAS GOODWIN

"The rattle without the breast will not satisfy the child; the house without the husband will not satisfy the wife; the cabinet without the jewel will not satisfy the virgin; the world without Christ will not satisfy the soul."
-Thomas Brooks

"It is the happiness of heaven to have God be all in all."
-JEREMIAH BURROUGHS

"A man may be theologically knowing and spiritually ignorant."
-STEPHEN CHARNOCK

"If the guilt of sin is so great that nothing can satisfy it but the blood of Jesus; and the filth of sin is so great that nothing can fetch out the stain thereof but the blood of Jesus, how great, how heinous, how sinful must the evil of sin be."
-WILLIAM BRIDGE

"Nothing is more contrary to a heavenly hope than an earthly heart."
-WILLIAM GURNALL

"Christ is a most precious commodity, he is better than rubies or the most costly pearls; and we must part with our old gold, with our shining gold, our old sins, our most shining sins, or we must perish forever. Christ is to be sought and bought with any pains, at any price; we can not buy this gold too dear. He is a jewel more worth than a thousand worlds, as all know who have him. Get him, and get all; miss him and miss all."
-THOMAS BROOKS

"I measure ministers by square measure. I have no idea of the size of a table, if you only tell me how long it is: but if you also say how wide, I can tell its dimensions. So, when you tell me what a man is in the pulpit, you must also tell me what he is out of it, or I shall not know his size"
-JOHN NEWTON

"It is a destructive addition to add anything to Christ"
-RICHARD SIBBES

"That which cannot quiet the heart in a storm, cannot entitle a man to blessedness; earthly things accumulated, cannot rock the troubled heart quiet, therefore cannot make one blessed. When Saul was sore distressed, could all the jewels of his crown comfort him? 'They shall cast their silver in the streets...their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord.' (Ezek. 7:19)"
-THOMAS WATSON

"What renders God amiable to Himself should render Him lovely to His creatures, Isaiah 42:21."
-STEPHEN CHARNOCK

"Oh, better were it for you to die in a jail, in a ditch, in a dungeon, than to die in your sins. If death, as it will take away all your comforts, would take away all your sins too, it were some mitigation; but your sins will follow you when your friends leave you, and all your worldly enjoyments shake hands with you. Your sins will not die with you as a prisoner's other debts will; but they will got to judgement with you there to be your accusers; and they will go to hell with you there to be your tormentors."
-JOSEPH ALLEINE

"Solomon bids us (Prov 23:23) to buy the truth, but doth not tell us what it must cost, because we must get it though it be never so dear. We must love it both shining and scorching. Every parcel of truth is precious as the filings of gold; we must either live with it, or die for it."
-THOMAS BROOKS

"To argue from mercy to sin is the devil's logic."
-JAMES JANEWAY

"When sin is your burden, Christ will be your delight."
-THOMAS WATSON

"When God and his glory our made our end, we shall find a silent likeness pass in upon us; the beauty of God will, by degrees, enter upon our soul."
-STEPHEN CHARNOCK

"In the Scriptures there is a portrait of God, but in Christ there is God himself. A coin bears the image of Caesar, but Caesar's son is his own lively resemblance. Christ is the living Bible."
-THOMAS MANTON

"Our mind is where our pleasure is, our heart is where our treasure is, our love is where our life is, but all these, our pleasure, treasure, and life, are reposed in Jesus Christ."
-Thomas Adams

"Not only the worst of my sins, but the best of my duties speak me a child of Adam."
-WILLIAM BEVERIDGE

" I can hardly recollect a single plan of mine, of which I have not since seen reason to be satisfied, that had it taken place in season and circumstance just as I proposed, it would, humanly speaking, have proved my ruin; or at least it would have deprived me of the greater good the Lord had designed for me. We judge of things by their present appearances, but the Lord sees them in their consequences, if we could do so likewise we should be perfectly of His mind; but as we cannot, it is an unspeakable mercy that He will manage for us, whether we are pleased with His management or not; and it is spoken of as one of his heaviest judgments, when He gives any person or people up to the way of their own hearts, and to walk after their own counsels."
-JOHN NEWTON

"The godly have some good in them, therefore the devil afflicts them; and some evil in them, therefore God afflicts them."
-THOMAS WATSON

"Spiritual rest maketh no man idle, spiritual walking maketh no man weary."
-NATHANIEL HARDY

"God hears no more than the heart speaks; and if the heart be dumb, God will certainly be deaf."
-THOMAS BROOKS

"The most tremendous judgment of God in this world is the hardening of the hearts of men."
-JOHN OWEN

"I think it is possible on earth to build a young, new Jerusalem, a little, new heaven of this surpassing love. God, either send me more of this love, or take me quickly over the water, where I may be filled with his love."
-SAMUEL RUTHERFORD


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