John Calvin Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old john calvin quotes, john calvin sayings, and john calvin proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

The angels are the dispensers and administrators of the divine beneficence toward us; they regard our safety, undertake our defense, direct our ways, and exercise a constant solicitude that no evil befall us.     

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

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

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

The word hope I take for faith; and indeed hope is nothing else but the constancy of faith.     

John Calvin

The cross of Christ only triumphs in the breast of believers over the devil and the flesh, sin and sinners, when their eyes are directed to the power of His Resurrection.     

John Calvin

The door is closed to prayer unless it is opened with the key of trust.     

John Calvin

When a certain shameless fellow mockingly asked a pious old man what God had done before the creation of the world the latter aptly countered that he had been building hell for the curious.     

John Calvin

Inquire not what are the opinions of any one; but inquire what is truth.     

John Calvin

The one condition for spiritual progress is that we remain sincere and humble.     

John Calvin

Christians rejoice even while they truly sorrow - because their rejoicing is in the hope of heaven... While joy overcomes sorrow, it does not put an end to it.     

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

Distinction between virtuous and vicious actions has been engraven by the Lord in the heart of every man.     

John Calvin

By predestination we mean the eternal decree of God, by which He determined with Himself whatever He wished to happen with regard to every man.     

John Calvin

The Scriptures should be read with the aim of finding Christ in them. Whoever turns aside from this object, even though he wears himself out all his life in learning, he will never reach the knowledge of the truth.     

John Calvin

The Scriptures obtain full authority among believers only when men regard them as having sprung from heaven, as if there the living words of God were heard.     

John Calvin

The Scriptures obtain full authority among believers only when men regard them as having sprung from heaven, as if there the living words of God were heard.     

John Calvin

The Scriptures should be read with the aim of finding Christ in them. Whoever turns aside from this object, even though he wears himself out all his life in learning, he will never reach the knowledge of the truth.     

John Calvin

Hypocrisy can plunge the mind of a man into a dark abyss, when he believes his own self-flattery instead of God's verdict.      

John Calvin

The pastor ought to have two voices: one, for gathering the sheep; and another, for warding off and driving away wolves and thieves. The Scripture supplies him with the means of doing both.     

John Calvin

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

John Calvin

Free will does not enable any man to perform good works, unless he is assisted by grace; indeed, the special grace which the elect alone receive through regeneration. For I stay not to consider the extravagance of those who say that grace is offered equally and promiscuously to all     

John Calvin

We must remember that Satan has his miracles, too.     

John Calvin

Lawful worship consists in obedience alone.     

John Calvin

The Holy Spirit is the bond by which Christ efficaciously unites us to himself.     

John Calvin

The Holy Spirit is the bond by which Christ efficaciously unites us to himself.     

John Calvin

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

John Calvin

The name of Christ excludes all merit of our own.     

John Calvin

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

John Calvin