38 Best John Knox Quotes from the Scottish Minister and Theologian

John Knox, a Scottish minister, Reformed theologian, and writer, was a key figure in the country’s Protestant Reformation.

Best John Knox Quotes


Prayer is an earnest and familiar talking with God. ~ John Knox.


A man with God is always in the majority. ~ John Knox.


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


Here lies one who neither flattered nor feared any flesh. ~ John Knox.


You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time. ~ John Knox.


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


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


Here lies one who feared God so much that he never feared the face of any man. ~ John Knox.


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


For howsoever we be changeable, yet is God in His counsel stable and immutable. ~ John Knox.


No man is so regenerate, but that continually he has need of the means which Christ Jesus has appointed to be used in his kirk. ~ John Knox.


Lord, give me Scotland or I die! ~ John Knox.

Top John Knox Quotes

The man who stands with God is always in the majority. ~ John Knox.


Neither can oath nor promise bind any such people to obey and maintain tyrants against God and against his truth known. ~ John Knox.

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


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


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

Let a thing here be noted, that the prophet of God sometimes may teach treason against kings, and yet neither he nor such as obey the word, spoken in the Lord’s name by him, offend God. ~ John Knox.


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

But hereof be assured, that all is not lawful nor just that is statute by civil laws; neither yet is everything sin before God, which ungodly persons allege to be treason. ~ John Knox.

Famous John Knox Quotes

It is not birth only, nor propinquity of blood, that makes a king lawfully to reign above a people professing Christ Jesus and his eternal verity; but in his election must the ordinance, which God has established in the election of inferior judges, be observed. ~ John Knox.


None have I corrupted, none have I defrauded; merchandise have I not made. ~ John Knox.

All that the Lord thy God commands thee to do, that do thou to the Lord thy God: add nothing to it, diminish nothing from it.′ By this rule, think I, the Kirk of Christ will measure God’s religion, and not by that which seems good in their own eyes. ~ 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.


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

Neither yet can you be able to prove, that we either by word or writing have affirmed, that the principal end of any man’s creation was perpetual pain. ~ 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.

Popular John Knox Quotes

Considering myself called of my God to instruct the ignorant, comfort the sorrowful, confirm the weak, and rebuke the proud; by tongue and lively voice in these corrupt days rather than to compose books for the age to come, seeing that so much is written, and yet so little well observed, I decree to contain myself within the bounds of that vocation whereunto I found myself especially called. ~ 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.


Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God. ~ John Knox.

Those who have arrived at any very eminent degree of excellence in the practice of an art or profession have commonly been actuated by a species of enthusiasm in their pursuit of it. They have kept one object in view amidst all the vicissitudes of time and torture. ~ John Knox.

I see the battle shall be great for Satan rageth even to the uttermost and I am come, (praise my God) even in the brunt of the battle. ~ John Knox.

If you cannot see just causes why God should make that thing very good which after should become extremely evil, accuse your own blindness; and desire of God to repress in you that presumption and pride which against the Eternal Son of God you have conceived. ~ John Knox.

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

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