Richard Baxter

Richard
Baxter
1615
1691

English Divine, Puritan Church Leader, Poet, Theologian, Hymn-Writer and Controversialist

Author Quotes

Despair of ever being saved, "except thou be born again," or of seeing God "without holiness," or of having part in Christ except thou "love him above father, mother, or thy own life." This kind of despair is one of the first steps to heaven.

Be careful how you spend your time: Spend your time in nothing which you know must be repented of.

An ounce of mirth is worth a pound of sorrow.

As the enjoyment of God is the heaven of the Saints, so the loss of God is the hell of the ungodly. And, as the enjoying of God is the enjoying of all, so the loss of God is the loss of all.

An aching tooth is better out than in, to lose a rotten member is a gain.

Though selfishness hath defiled the whole man, yet sensual pleasure is the chief part of its interest, and therefore by the senses it commonly works, and these are the doors and the windows by which iniquity entereth the soul.

Spend your time in nothing which you know must be repented of; in nothing on which you might not pray for the blessing of God; in nothing which you could not review with a quiet conscience on your dying bed; in nothing which you might not safely and properly be found doing if death should surprise you in the act.

Soldiers that carry their lives in their hands, should carry the grace of God in their hearts.

I must confess, as the experience of my own soul, that the expectation of loving my friends in heaven principally kindles my love to them while on earth.

Idleness is the hot-bed of temptation, the cradle of disease, the waster of time, the canker-worm of felicity. To him that has no employment, life in a little while will have no novelty; and when novelty is laid in the grave, the funeral of comfort will soon follow.

In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity.

Paganism attributes the creation of the world to blind chance.

Use sin as it will use you; spare it not, for it will not spare you; it is your murderer, and the murderer of the whole world. Use it, therefore, as a murderer should be used; kill it before it kills you; and though it brings you to the grave, as it did your head, it shall not be able to keep you there. You love not death; love not the cause of death.

You will cast away your cards and dice when you find the sweetness of youthful learning.

Author Picture
First Name
Richard
Last Name
Baxter
Birth Date
1615
Death Date
1691
Bio

English Divine, Puritan Church Leader, Poet, Theologian, Hymn-Writer and Controversialist