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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The Heart is the Fomenter of Sin

Luther said he feared his own heart, more than Pope or Cardinal. The heart is the fomenter of sin. It mints evil thoughts—and blows up the coals of fiery passions. It is the Trojan horse out of which comes a whole army of lusts! Shall we not fight … [Continue reading]

Behold Love that Surpasses Knowledge

[Christ] was born of a virgin, that we might be born of God. He took our flesh, that He might give us His Spirit. He lay in the manger that we might lie in paradise. He came down from heaven, that He might bring us to heaven. And what was all this … [Continue reading]

Sin is a Mere Cheat

Sin is a mere cheat. While it pretends to please us, it beguiles us! Sin does as Jael did. First she brought the milk and butter to Sisera, then she struck the nail through his temples so that he died (Judg. 5:26). Sin first courts, and then kills. … [Continue reading]

The Law, a Gold Chain

It is fitting that the child should obey the parent in all just and sober commands. God’s laws are like the curtains of the tabernacle which were looped together. They are like a chain of gold where all the links are coupled. A conscientious man will … [Continue reading]

Creation is the Heathen Man’s Bible

The creation is the heathen man’s Bible, the ploughman’s primer, and the traveler’s perspective glass, through which he receives a representation of the infinite excellencies which are in God. The creation is a large volume, in which God’s works are … [Continue reading]

Biblical Doctrine is an Anchor

That the ship may be kept from overturning, it must have its anchor fastened. Knowledge of biblical doctrine is to the soul as an anchor to the ship, that holds it steady in the midst of the rolling waves of error, or the violent winds of … [Continue reading]

Humility is a Becoming Garment for God’s Children

Let us carry ourselves as God's children in humility. 'Be ye clothed with humility' (1 Peter 5:5). It is a becoming garment. Let a child of God look at his face every morning in the glass of God's Word and see his sinful spots. This will make him … [Continue reading]

A Gracious Soul Searches Whether there is Any Duty Omitted

A gracious soul searches whether there is any duty omitted, any sin cherished. He examines his evidences for heaven. As he will not take his gold on trust, so neither will he take his grace. He is a spiritual merchant; he casts up the estate of his … [Continue reading]

An Impatient Man is Like a Troubled Sea

An impatient man is like a troubled sea that cannot rest (Isa. 57:20). He tortures himself upon the rack of his own griefs and passions, whereas patience calms the heart, as Christ did the sea, when it was rough. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 123 … [Continue reading]

What Would Have Become of Us if Christ had not Pitied Us

Let us acknowledge God's wonderful mercy in bestowing the bronze serpent upon us! Oh, bless God cordially for Christ who was lifted up upon the cross and is held forth for our consolation and salvation. How joyful was an Israelite who lay burning … [Continue reading]