Thomas Watson Quotes

Thomas Watson is no doubt one of the most well-beloved of all of the Puritan authors. Few better guides have existed in this or any other area of spiritual experience than Thomas Watson. He was a master of both Scripture and the human heart, and wrote with a simplicity and directness that keeps his work fresh and powerful for the twenty-first century.

A Body of Divinity
The Ten Commandments
The Lord's Prayer
The Beatitudes
The Art of Divine Contentment
The Great Gain Godliness
The Doctrine of Repentance
All Things For Good
The Godly Mans Picture
The Lord's Supper

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Let not Any Man say He is Called of God, that Lives in Sin

As chastity distinguishes a virtuous woman from a harlot, so holiness distinguishes the godly from the wicked. It is a holy calling; ‘For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness’ (I Thess. 4:7). Let not any man say he is called of … [Continue reading]

A Hard Heart is an Anvil

A hard heart is the anvil on which the hammer of God’s justice will be striking to all eternity. “Doctrine of Repentance”  pg. 84 … [Continue reading]

The Heart of a Man by Nature is like a Garrison

The heart and sin are like two lovers who cannot endure to be parted. . . The heart of a man by nature is like a garrison which holds out in war. Though articles of peace are offered, though it is straightly besieged and one bullet after another is … [Continue reading]

A Good Conscience can Sleep in the Mouth of a Cannon

A good conscience can sleep in the mouth of a cannon. Grace is a Christians coat of mail, which fears not the arrow or bullet. True grace may be shot at, but can never be shot through. Grace puts the soul into Christ, and there is is safe, as the bee … [Continue reading]

Under a Veil a Deformed Face is Hid

Is it not strange that two should live together, and eat and drink together, yet not know each other? Such is the case of a sinner. His body and soul live together, work together, yet he is unacquainted with himself. He knows not his own heart, nor … [Continue reading]

The Sword of the Spirit Cuts down Vice

This sword of the Spirit cuts down vice (Eph. 6:17). Out of this tower of Scripture is thrown a millstone upon the head of sin. The Scripture is the royal law which commands not only the actions, but affections; it binds the heart to good behavior. … [Continue reading]

Zeal in the Worship of the True God

The Jews did not spare any cost in their idolatrous worship. No, they ‘cause their sons and daughters to pass through the fire to Molech’ (Jer. 32:35). They were so zealous in their idol worship that they would sacrifice their sons and daughters to … [Continue reading]

The Godly Bring forth a Crop in their Children

A good piece of ground bears not only a fore-crop but an after crop. He who is godly does not only bear God a good crop of obedience himself while he lives, but by training his child in the principles of religion, he bears God an after-crop when he … [Continue reading]

God is a Spectator of Men’s Wickedness

Would men go after strange flesh if they believe God was spectator of their wickedness, and would make them do penance in hell for it? Would they defraud in their dealings, and use false weights, if they thought God saw them, and for making their … [Continue reading]

In Your Natural State, Your Souls are Mortgaged

Let me tell you, all you who are yet in your natural estate, your souls are mortgaged. If your land were mortgaged, you would endeavor to redeem it. Your souls are mortgaged: sin has mortgaged them, and has laid your souls to pawn, and where do you … [Continue reading]