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27 Notable Quotes By John Knox

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Protestant Leader

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1514 AD

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24 November 1572 AD

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Near Haddington, East Lothian,, Kingdom of Scotland

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58

John Knox was an illustrious Scottish minister, writer and theologian who lead the ‘Reformation’ in Scotland. He founded the ‘Presbyterian Church of Scotland.' It is believed that he pursued his education from the ‘University of St Andrews’ and then took up the work of a notary-priest. Over a period of time, he grew up as the voice of the Scottish Reformation. The French forces held him a prisoner, but he was licensed to serve in the Church of England despite his exile. He rose in ranks and served as a royal chaplain to King Edward VI of England. Here is a list of quotes and sayings by John Knox which have been gathered from his teachings, thoughts, work, writings and life. We bring to you the most popular, and notable quotes and thoughts by John Knox that will surely illuminate you.

Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.

- John Knox

The Scriptures of God are my only foundation and substance in all matters of weight and importance.

- John Knox

Prayer is an earnest and familiar talking with God, to whom we declare all our miseries, whose support and help we implore and desire in our adversities, and whom we laud and praise for our benefits received. So that prayer contains the exposition of our sorrows, the desire of God's defence, and the praising of His magnificent name, as the Psalms of David clearly do teach.

- John Knox

Lord, give me Scotland or I die!

- John Knox

A man with God is always in the majority.

- John Knox

‎"Prayer is an earnest and familiar talking with God.

- John Knox

I have never once feared the devil, but I tremble every time I enter the pulpit.

- John Knox

Live in Christ, die in Christ, and the flesh need not fear death.

- John Knox

To promote a woman to bear rule, superiority, dominion, or empire above any realm, nation, or city, is repugnant to nature; contumely to God, a thing most contrary to his revealed will and approved ordinance; and finally, it is the subversion of good order, of all equity and justice.

- John Knox

Let no day slip over without some comfort received of the Word of God.

- John Knox

I sought neither preeminence, glory, nor riches; my honor was that Jesus Christ should reign.

- John Knox

I will keep the ground that God has given me and perhaps in his grace, he will ignite me again. But ignite me or not, in his grace, in his power, I will hold the ground.

- John Knox

Un homme avec Dieu est toujours dans la majorite . One man with God is always a majority.

- John Knox

Ye [Anabaptists] be proud contemners of the free grace of God offered to man in Christ Jesus. For with the Pelagians and Papists ye are become teachers of free will, and defenders of your own righteousness

- John Knox

I cannot praise the common superfluity which women now use in their apparel.

- John Knox

How good we are as preachers depends - not altogether, but (make no mistake!) primarily - on how good we are as men.

- John Knox

Prayer is an earnest and familiar talking with God.

- John Knox

As the world is weary of me so am I of it.

- John Knox

No one else holds or has held the place in the heart of the world which Jesus holds. Other gods have been as devoutly worshipped; no other man has been so devoutly loved.

- John Knox

O Lord Eternal, move and govern my tongue to speak the truth.

- John Knox

In youth, in middle age, and now after many battles, I find nothing in me but corruption.

- John Knox

The Monstrous Regiment of Women.

- John Knox

You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time.

- John Knox

When I think of those who have influenced my life the most, I think not of the great but of the good.

- John Knox

... the general consent of all that sect is that God (by his foreknowledge, counsel, and wisdom) has no assured election, neither yet any certain reprobation, but that every man may elect or reprobate himself by his own free will, which he has (say they) to do good or evil ... [All these things are] forged by their own brains, and polished by the finest of their wits, when yet in very deed they are but the rotten heresies of ... Pelagius, long ago confuted by Augustine ...

- John Knox

As touching nature I am a worm of this earth, and yet a subject of this commonwealth; but as touching the office wherein it has pleased God to place me, I am a watchman...For that reason I am bound in conscience to blow the trumpet publicly.

- John Knox

The testimony of scripture is so plain that to add anything were superfluous, were it not that the world is almost now come to that blindness, that whatsoever pleases not the princes and the multitude, the same is rejected as doctrine newly forged, and is condemned for heresy.

- John Knox