Here’s a great little book that contains hundreds of quotes from many different Puritans from (roughly) the 17th century: A Puritan Golden Treasury ed. I. D. E. Thomas (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2007). This book is in the Puritan Paperbacks series, so it is small (roughly 5×7 inches and 320 pages). The book is arranged topically; for example at the beginning you’ll find quotes about adoption, affliction, and adversity while at the end you’ll find quotes about the word, the world, and worship. Here are a few examples.
Under the topic of Christ:
“It is a destructive addition to add anything to Christ” (Richard Sibbes).
Under the topic of justification:
“If you do not put a difference between justification wrought by the Man Christ without, and sanctification wrought by the Spirit of Christ within…you are not able to divide the word aright; but contrariwise, you corrupt the word of God” (John Bunyan).
Under the topic of love:
“We love him because he first loved us. Love is like an echo, it returneth what it receiveth” (Thomas Manton).
I really appreciate this book and do recommend it, but I also have a few quibbles. I wish it had a topical index and a Scripture index. I realize it would have made the book too lengthy, but citations would be helpful as well. Despite these minor critiques, I encourage our readers to get it (it’s under $10). I’m confident you’ll enjoy these nuggets, and it may even lead you to purchase a few more of these paperbacks if you haven’t already. Feel free to comment if you have enjoyed this book or if you have questions about it.