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Quotes by Thomas Manton


The more affected we are with our misery, the fitter for Christ’s mercy.


Nothing makes room for Satan more than wrath.


God desires to exercise mercy as much as you desire to feel it.


Since we have a Father in heaven, let us look up to heaven often.


It is a hard matter to enjoy the world without being entangled with the cares and pleasures of it.


One way to get comfort is to plead the promise of God in prayer, show Him His handwriting; God is tender of His Word.


We know God but as men born blind know the fire: they know that there is such a thing as fire, for they feel it warm them, but what it is they know not.  So, that there is a God we know, but what He is we know little, and indeed we can never search Him out to perfection; a finite creature can never fully comprehend that which is infinite.


Till we sin Satan is a parasite; but when once we are in the devil’s hands he turns tyrant.


First we practice sin, then defend it, then boast of it.


There is in man a mint always at work: his mind coining evil thoughts, his heart, evil desires and carnal emotion; and his memory is the closet and storehouse wherein they are kept.


Self-love may lead us to prayers, but love to God excites us to praises.


Works are an evidence of true faith. Graces are not dead, useless habits; they will have some effects and operations when they are weakest and in their infancy… This is the evidence by which we must judge, and this is the evidence by which Christ will judge… Works are not a ground of confidence, but an evidence; not the foundations of faith, but the encouragements of assurance. Comfort may be increased by the sight of good works, but it is not built upon them; they are seeds of hope, not props of confidence; sweet evidences of election, not causes; happy presages and beginnings of glory; in short, they can manifest an interest, but not merit it.


Excess in meat and drink clouds the mind, chokes good affections, and provokes lust. Many a man digs his own grave with his teeth.


A man’s greatest care should be for that place where he dwelleth longest; therefore eternity should be in his scope.


The end of study is information, and the end of meditation is practice, or a work upon the affections. Study is like a winter sun, that shines, but warms not:  but meditation is like a blowing upon the fire, where we do not mind the blaze, but the heat. The end of study is to hoard up truth; but of meditation to lay it forth in conference or holy conversation.


Continued meditation brings great profit to the soul. Passant and transient thoughts are more pleasant, but not so profitable. Deliberate meditation is of most use because it secures the return of the thoughts.


Meditation is a middle sort of duty between the word and prayer, and hath respect to both. The word feedeth meditation, and meditation feedeth prayer. These duties must always go hand in hand; meditation must follow hearing and precede prayer. To hear and not to meditate is unfruitful. We may hear and hear, but it is like putting a thing into a bag with holes… It is rashness to pray and not to meditate. What we take in the word we digest by meditation and let out by prayer. These three duties must be ordered that one may not jostle out the other. Men are barren, dry, and sapless in their prayers for want of exercising themselves in holy thoughts.


Divisions in the church always breed atheism in the world.


Doctrine is only the drawing of the bow; application is hitting the mark.