Best Puritan Quotes 2021

  • A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.

    Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • The puritan through life’s sweet garden goes to pluck the thorn and cast away the rose.

    Kenneth Hare
  • Eternity to the godly is a day that has no sunset; eternity to the wicked is a night that has no sunrise.

    Thomas Watson
  • Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

    H. L. Mencken
  • No doctrine is more excellent, or necessary to be preached and studied, than Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

    John Flavel
  • Did Christ finish His work for us? Then there can be no doubt but He will also finish His work in us.

    John Flavel
  • Let us look upon a crucified Christ, the remedy of all our miseries. His cross hath procured a crown, his passion hath expiated our transgression. His death hath disarmed the law, his blood hath washed a believer’s soul. This death is the destruction of our enemies, the spring of our happiness, and the eternal testimony of divine love.

    Stephen Charnock
  • The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.

    Thomas B. Macaulay
  • Did you never run for shelter in a storm, and find fruit which you expected not? Did you never go to God for safeguard, driven by outward storms, and there find unexpected fruit?

    John Owen
  • What the Puritans gave the world was not thought, but action.

    Wendell Phillips
  • The Puritans’ sense of priorities in life was one of their greatest strengths. Putting God first and valuing everything else in relation to God was a recurrent Puritan theme.

    Leland Ryken
  • In Puritan thinking, the Christian life was a heroic venture, requiring a full quota of energy.

    Leland Ryken
  • The happiness promised us in Christ does not consist in outward advantages-such as leading a joyous and peaceful life, having rich possessions, being safe from all harm, and abounding with delights such as the flesh commonly longs after. No, our happiness belongs to the heavenly life!

    John Calvin
  • The world and you must part, or Christ and you will never meet.

    Thomas Brooks
  • By all means read the Puritans, they are worth more than all the modern stuff put together.

    Charles Spurgeon
  • You know the puritan ethic that started out four centuries ago in this country, needless to say – at least for the moment – a thing of the past – from what I can tell.

    James Young
  • Men of New England, I hold you to the doctrines of liberty which ye inherit from your Puritan forefathers.

    Caleb Cushing
  • To the Puritan all things are impure, as somebody says.

    D. H. Lawrence
  • For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class, the novel is serious, the novel is work, the novel is conscientious application why, the novel is practically the retail business all over again.

    Howard Nemerov
  • The Puritans left England for America not because they couldn’t be Puritans in their mother country, but because they were not allowed to force others to become Puritans; in the New World, of course, they could and did.

    Gore Vidal
  • In the history of extra-biblical study and research tools there has never before been a resource as useful as the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Paul Washer
  • A puritan is such a one as loves God with all his soul, but hates his neighbor with all his heart.

    Adam Nicolson
  • The best of men are only men at their very best. Patriarchs, prophets, and apostles, – martyrs, fathers, reformers, puritans, – all are sinners, who need a Savior: holy, useful, honorable in their place – but sinners after all.

    J. C. Ryle
  • When they talk about family values, it’s in a repressive way, as if our American tradition were only the Puritan tradition or the 19th century oppressive tradition. The Christian tradition.

    James Hillman
  • The Puritan has passed; the Catholic remains.

    William Henry O’Connell
  • Adoption gives us the privilege of sons, regeneration the nature of sons.

    Stephen Charnock
  • As God did not at first choose you because you were high, He will not now forsake you because you are low.

    John Flavel
  • I wish to Christ I could make up a really great lie. Sometimes, after an interview, I say to myself, ‘Man, you were so honest – can’t you have some fun? Can’t you do some really down and dirty lying?’ But the puritan in me thinks that if I tell a lie, I’ll be punished.

    Willem Dafoe
  • When we believe that we should be satisfied rather than God glorified in our worship, then we put God below ourselves as though He had been made for us rather than that we had been made for Him.

    Stephen Charnock
  • A man’s greatest care should be for that place where he lives longest; therefore eternity should be his scope.

    Thomas Watson
  • The carnal person fears man, not God. The strong Christian fears God, not man. The weak Christian fears man too much, and God too little.

    John Flavel
  • The knowledge of Christ is profound and large. All other sciences are but shadows; this is a boundless, bottomless ocean. Though something of Christ be unfolded in one age, and something in another, yet eternity itself cannot full unfold him.

    John Flavel
  • The law sends us to Christ to be justified, and Christ sends us to the law to be regulated.

    John Flavel
  • Affliction may be lasting, but it is not everlasting.

    Thomas Watson
  • The Puritan ethic of marriage was first to look not for a partner whom you do love passionately at this moment but rather for one whom you can love steadily as your best friend for life, then to proceed with God’s help to do just that.

    J. I. Packer
  • The Puritan’s idea of hell is a place where everybody has to mind his own business.

    Wendell Phillips
  • No group of people has been more unjustly maligned in the twentieth century than the Puritans. As a result, we approach the Puritans with an enormous baggage of culturally ingrained prejudice.

    Leland Ryken
  • The heart is naturally hard, and grows harder by custom in sin, especially by long abuse of mercy, neglect of the means of grace, and resisteing the spirit of grace.

    Richard Baxter
  • Underlying the preaching of the Puritans are three basic axioms: 1. The unique place of preaching is to convert, feed and sustain, 2. The life of the preacher must radiate the reality of what he preaches, 3. Prayer and solid Bible study are basic to effective preaching.

    J. I. Packer
  • Christ is to be answerable for all those that are given to Him, at the last day, and therefore we need not doubt but that He will certainly employ all the power of His Godhead to secure and save all those that He must be accountable for. Christ’s charge and care of these that are given to Him, extends even to the very day of their resurrection, that He may not so much as lose their dust, but gather it together again, and raise it up in glory to be a proof of His fidelity; for, saith He, “I shall lose nothing, but raise it up again at the last day.”

    Thomas Brooks
  • He who stops being better stops being good.

    Oliver Cromwell
  • Suppose that by revenge you might destroy one enemy; yet, by exercising the Christian’s temper you might conquer three‌–‌your own lust, Satan’s temptation, and your enemy’s heart.

    John Flavel
  • Materialism blinds us to our spiritual poverty. Jesus rebuked the Laodicean Christians because although they were materially wealthy, they were desperately poor in the things of God . Puritan Richard Baxter said, “When men prosper in the world, their minds are lifted up with their estates, and they can hardly believe that they are so ill, while they feel themselves so well.”

    Randy Alcorn
  • What a mercy was it to us to have parents that prayed for us before they had us, as well as in our infancy when we could not pray for ourselves!

    John Flavel
  • For the Puritans, the God-centered life meant making the quest for spiritual and moral holiness the great business of life.

    Leland Ryken
  • Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.

    Thomas Carlyle
  • Till men have faith in Christ, their best services are but glorious sins.

    Thomas Brooks
  • Like the Puritans, live in terms of the settled judgement that the joy of heaven will make amends of any losses and crosses, strains and pains that we must endure on earth if we are going to follow Christ faithfully. Regard preparedness to die as the first step in learning to live.

    Joel Beeke
  • Do you know what causes low voter turnout in America? It’s the result of having the fate of our nation at stake. This began with the bitter presidential election of 1828, which pitted the education, cultivation, and puritan constraint of John Quincy Adams against the yahoo populism of Andrew Jackson, thereby deciding permanently whether America would become a shining city upon a hill or an overlighted strip mall along a highway.

    Ozzy Osbourne
  • We are … the un-proud non-possessors of objects whose chief substance is that of the transient symbol. Our Puritan fear of the love of things turns out to have been groundless after all, for we do not love things or even possess them: they pass through our lives as barium passes through the digestive tract, unassimilated, their function merely to flash signals along the way.

    Ralph Caplan

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