Thomas Manton

 If a man would lead a happy life, let him but seek a sure object for his trust, and he shall be safe: “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.” He hath laid up his confidence in God, therefore his heart is kept in an equal poise. –Thomas Manton

 Divisions in the church always breed atheism in the world. –Thomas Manton

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

Men in general do not live as if they looked to die; and therefore do not die as if they looked to live. –Thomas Manton

Faith is the fountain of prayer, and prayer should be nothing else but faith exercised. –Thomas Manton

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. –Thomas Manton

Desires are the pulses of the soul;–as physicians judge by the appetite, so may you by desires. –Thomas Manton

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. –Thomas Manton

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. –Thomas Manton

What is the reason there is so much preaching and so little practice? For want of meditation…. Constant thoughts are operative, and musing makes the fire burn. Green wood is not kindled by a flash or spark, but by constant blowing. –Thomas Manton