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John Calvin (1509-1564) was a prominent French theologian during the Protestant Reformation and the father of the theological system known as Calvinism. Martin Luther and Calvin are arguably the most significant architects of the Reformation. "If Luther sounded the trumpet for reform, Calvin orchestrated the score by which the Reformation became a part of Western civilization."
We should ask God to increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when it is dormant, confirm it when it is wavering, strengthen it when it is weak, and raise it up when it is overthrown 
• John Calvin

“We should ask God to increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when it is dormant, confirm it when it is wavering, strengthen it when it is weak, and raise it up when it is overthrown.” 
― John Calvin

There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice. 
• John Calvin

True wisdom consists in two things: Knowledge of God and Knowledge of Self

The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul. • John Calvin

It would be the height of absurdity to label ignorance tempered by humility "faith"!
(Institutio III.2.3) • John Calvin

 it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house, then in a field,...it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light 

...a man will be justified by faith when, excluded from righteousness of works, he by faith lays hold of the righteousness of Christ, and clothed in it, appears in the sight of God not as a sinner, but as righteous... 
• John Calvin

Man's nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols.

Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them. 

However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts 

A perfect faith is nowhere to be found, so it follows that all of us are partly unbelievers.-

Let us not cease to do the utmost, that we may incessantly go forward in the way of the Lord; and let us not despair of the smallness of our accomplishments. 
• John Calvin

The pastor ought to have two voices: one, for gathering the sheep; and another, for warding off and driving away wolves and thieves. The Scripture supplies him with the means of doing both.

The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart 

“There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.” 
― John Calvin

“There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence.” 
― John Calvin