That there is a Devil is a thing doubted by none but such as are under the influence of the Devil. For any to deny the being of a Devil must be from ignorance or profaneness worse than diabolical.

— Cotton Mather

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Ah, children, be afraid of going prayerless to bed, lest the Devil be your bedfellow.


What Must I Do to Be Saved? It is impossible to ask a more weighty Question! It is deplorable that we hear it asked with no more Frequency, with nor more Agony.


The Word of God must be Read and Heard with Diligence that so you may arrive to the Knowledge that is needful for you.


Wilderness is a temporary condition through which we are passing to the Promised Land.


Ah! destructive Ignorance, what shall be done to chase thee out of the World!


Ignorance is the Mother not of Devotion, but of Heresy.


History is the story of events, with praise or blame.


Families are the Nurseries of all Societies; and the First combinations of mankind.


I will now teach my son Increase (and others of my children) the way of raising a lesson out of every verse in his reading of the Bible; and of turning it into a Prayer; and engage him (and them) unto a daily Course in reading the Bible in such a way


Instead of exhorting you to augment your charity, I will rather utter an exhortation, or at least a supplication, that you may not abuse your charity by misapplying it.


A Good School deserves to be call'd, the very Salt of the Town, that hath it.


Our opportunities to do good are our talents.


About Cotton Mather

Quotes 23 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Theologian
Birthday October 16

If we admit instrumental musick in the worship of God, how can we resist the imposition of all the instruments used among the ancient Jews?—yea, dancing as well as playing, and several other Judaic actions? or, how can we decline a whole rabble of church-officers, necessary to be introduced for instrumental musick, whereof our Lord Jesus Christ hath left us no manner of direction?


You may ... make a little recreation of poetry, in the midst of your painful studies. Nevertheless, I cannot but advise you. Withhold thy throat from thirst. Be not so set upon poetry, as to be always poring on the passionate and measured pages. ... let not the Circean cup intoxicate you.


Religion brought forth Prosperity, and the daughter destroyed the mother.


There may be some so very Ignorant, that they know not how to Pray.


Ye monsters of the bubbling deep, Your Maker's praises spout;

Up from the sands ye codlings peep, And wag your tails about.


Chrysostom, I remember, mentions a twofold book of God: the book of the creatures, and the book of the scriptures. God, having taught us first of all by his works, did it afterwards, by his Words. We will now for a while read the former of these books; 'twill help us in reading the latter. They will admirably assist one another.


Charity ... is kind, it is not easily provok'd, it thinks no evil, it believes all things, hopes all things.


That there is a Devil, is a thing doubted by none but such as are under the influences of the Devil.


You are young and have the world before you;

stoop as you go through it, and you will miss many hard bumps.


Is this dying? Is this all? Is this what I feared when I prayed against a hard death? Oh, I can bear this! I can bear this!

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