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Calvin's 500th birthday, some quotes


“Wherever we find the Word of God surely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ, there, it is not to be doubted, is a church of God.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“[A]ll men were created to busy themselves with labor for the common good.”

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


“Is it faith to understand nothing, and merely submit your convictions implicitly to the Church?”

“Every one of us is, even from his mother’s wo
mb, a master craftsman of idols.”

“It behooves us to accomplish what God requires of us, even when we are in the greatest despair respecting the results.”

“Knowledge of the sciences is so much smoke apart from the heavenly science of Christ.”


“A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I s
aw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.”

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





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