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Quotes by Thomas Adams


Christ is the sum of the whole Bible, prophesied, typified, prefigured, exhibited, demonstrated, to be found in every leaf, almost in every line, the Scriptures being but as it were the swaddling bands of the child Jesus.


In spiritual graces let us study to be great, and not to know it.


Sense of sin may be often great, and more felt than grace; yet not be more than grace. A man feels the ache of his finger more sensibly than the health of his whole body; yet he knows that the ache of a finger is nothing so much as the health of the whole body.


As God by creation made two of one, so again by marriage He made one of two.


True obedience hath no lead at its heels.


It is the office of faith to believe what we do not see, and it shall be the reward of faith to see what we do believe.


No man must let the tenant out of the tenement till God the landlord calls for it.


All are like actors on a stage, some have one part and some another, death is still busy amongst us; here drops one of the players, we bury him with sorrow, and to our scene again: then falls another, yea all, one after another, till death be left upon the stage. Death is that damp which puts out all the dim lights of vanity. Yet man is easier to believe that all the world shall die, than to suspect himself.


Such is the immutability of truth, the patrons of it make it not greater, the opposers make it not less; as the splendour of the sun is not enlarged by them that bless it, nor eclipsed by them that hate it.


“Baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: there are three distinct persons: in the Name, not names; there is one essence.


Satan, like a fisher, baits his hook according to the appetite of the fish.


It is rashness to search, godliness to believe, safeness to preach, and eternal blessedness to know the Trinity.


All our pieces of gold are but current to the grave; none of them will pass in the future world. Therefore as merchants when they travel make over their monies here, to receive them by bills of exchange in another country; let us do good with our goods while we live, that when we die, by a blessed bill of exchange, we may receive them again in the Kingdom of heaven (Luke 16:9). To part with what we cannot keep, that we may get that we cannot lose, is a good bargain. Wealth can do us no good, unless it help us toward heaven.


Our heavenly King is pleased with all our graces:  hot zeal and cool patience pleaseth Him; cheerful thankfulness and weeping repentance pleaseth Him; but none of them are welcome to Him without faith, as nothing can please Him without Christ.


The hypocrite, certainly, is a secret atheist; for if he did believe there was a God, he durst not be so bold as to deceive Him to His face.


He that demands mercy, and shows none, ruins the bridge over which he himself is to pass.


Good deeds are such things that no man is saved for them, nor without them.


It was well done of Paul to reprove Peter to his face, and it was well done of Peter, to praise Paul in his absence.


A man may be so bold of his predestination, that he forget his conversation.


Sins are so remitted, as if they had never been committed.


The Word of life may be so distorted from the life of the Word till it becomes the food of death.


We spend our years with sighing; it is a valley of tears; but death is the funeral of all our sorrows.


No man more truly loves God than he that is most fearful to offend Him.


The law may express sin but it cannot suppress sin.


Riches and contentedness are like two buckets; while one comes up full the other goes down empty.