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.
– 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
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
Every one of us is, even from his mother's womb, a master craftsman of idols.
– John Calvin
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
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
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
However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts.
– John Calvin
I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels.
– John Calvin
Is it faith to understand nothing, and merely submit your convictions implicitly to the Church?
– John Calvin
Knowledge of the sciences is so much smoke apart from the heavenly science of Christ.
– John Calvin
Man with all his shrewdness is as stupid about understanding by himself the mysteries of God, as an ass is incapable of understanding musical harmony.
– 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
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
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
The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.
– John Calvin
There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence.
– John Calvin
There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.
– John Calvin
We must remember that Satan has his miracles, too.
– John Calvin
Yet consider now, whether women are not quite past sense and reason, when they want to rule over men.
– John Calvin