Food For Thought – Thomas Watson Quotes

Thomas Watson was an English, non-conformist, Puritan preacher and author.
He was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was noted for remarkably intense study. In 1646 he commenced a sixteen year pastorate at St. Stephen’s, Walbrook. He showed strong Presbyterian views during the civil war, with, however, an attachment to the king, and in 1651 he was imprisoned briefly with some other ministers for his share in Christopher Love’s plot to recall Charles II of England.
He was released on 30 June 1652, and was formally reinstated as vicar of St. Stephen’s Walbrook. He obtained great fame and popularity as a preacher until the Restoration, when he was ejected for nonconformity. Not withstanding the rigor of the acts against dissenters, Watson continued to exercise his ministry privately as he found opportunity. Upon the Declaration of Indulgence in 1672 he obtained a license to preach at the great hall in Crosby House. After preaching there for several years, his health gave way, and he retired to Barnston, Essex, where he died suddenly while praying in secret. He was buried on 28 July 1686.


There is more evil in a drop of sin — than in a sea of affliction!

True faith will trust God’s heart — where it cannot trace His hand!

Christ is never sweet — until sin is felt to be bitter.

To render evil for evil, is brutish;
to render evil for good, is devilish;
to render good for evil, is Christian.

Christ will not throw away His pearls, for every speck of dirt!

The world is a flattering enemy, it kills by embracing. Whom the world kisses, it betrays.
Is Heaven in your eye, and Christ in your heart, and the world under your feet?

Do not so look upon your troubles — as to forget your mercies.

He who is proud of his knowledge — the devil cares not how much he knows!

Christ shed tears, for those who shed His blood!

God loves a broken heart — not a divided heart.

‘Tis vain to speak of hopes of salvation — and yet have the marks of damnation!
It will be so much the worse to go to Hell, with hopes of Heaven.

An idle person is a fit subject for the devil to work upon.

Look upon a humble Savior — and let your plumes of pride fall off.

Such sheep as have most wool, are soonest fleeced.

The higher the lark flies — the sweeter the songs.
Did our thoughts dwell above — we would live sweeter lives.

Heaven is a place where sorrow cannot live, and joy cannot die.

Immorality begins with infidelity.

Prayer keeps the heart open to God, and shut to sin.

Prosperity exposes to much evil.
It is hard to carry a full cup without spilling — and a full estate without sinning.
Many pray Agur’s first prayer, “Give me not poverty.”
Few pray his last prayer, “Give me not riches” (Proverbs 30:8).

At Christ’s death “the rocks split.” Not to be affected with Christ’s dying love, is to have hearts harder than rocks!

He who believes not in the blood of the Lamb — must feel the wrath of the Lamb.

Sin unrepented of, ends in a tragedy. It has . . .
the devil for its father,
shame for its companion,
and damnation for its wages!

A sinner’s heart is the devil’s mansion-house.
“I will return unto my house” (Matthew 12:44).

A true Christian carries Christ in his heart, and the cross on his shoulders.

Christ and his cross are never parted, for it is too much for the Christian to have two heavens — one here, and one hereafter.

Those who bear the cross patiently, shall wear the crown triumphantly.

Christ sweetens all our comforts, and sanctifies all our crosses.

God’s power makes Him mighty,
His mercy makes Him lovely — but
His holiness makes Him glorious. “Glorious in holiness.”
Holiness is the most sparkling jewel of Jehovah’s diadem!

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