"The two evils charged upon Israel of old, a proneness to forsake the fountain of living waters, and to trust [in broken] cisterns (Jer. 2:13)...run through the whole of my experience abroad and at home. A few drops of grace in my fellow worms endear them to me exceedingly. If I expect to see any Christian friends, I count the hours till we meet: I promise myself great benefit; but if the Lord withdraws His influence, the best of them prove to me but clouds without water...I suffer much in learning to depend upon the Lord alone; I have been at this lesson many a long year but am so poor and dull a scholar, that I have not made any tolerable progress in it."
- John Newton