"A man may well be condemned, not for doing something, but for doing nothing.""But the best definition of it is to say that heaven is that state where we will always be with Jesus, and where nothing will separate us from Him any more.""Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.""For the Christian, heaven is where Jesus is. We do not need to speculate on what heaven will be like. It is enough to know that we will be for ever with Him.""God himself took this human flesh upon him.""If a man fights his way through his doubts to the conviction that Jesus Christ is Lord, he has attained to a certainty that the man who unthinkingly accepts things can never reach.""In the time we have it is surely our duty to do all the good we can to all the people we can in all the ways we can.""Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrifice. And we do not really love Christ unless we are prepared to face His task and to take up His Cross.""The awful importance of this life is that it determines eternity.""The tragedy of life and of the world is not that men do not know God; the tragedy is that, knowing Him, they still insist on going their own way.""There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.""We will often find compensation if we think more of what life has given us and less about what life has taken away.""When we believe that God is Father, we also believe that such a father's hand will never cause his child a needless tear. We may not understand life any better, but we will not resent life any longer.""When we love anyone with our whole hearts, life begins when we are with that person; it is only in their company that we are really and truly alive."
He was born in Aberdeenshire in 1546. Educated at the University of Aberdeen, he went to France in 1573, and studied law at the University of Bourges, where he took his doctor's degree. Charles III, Duke of Lorraine, appointed him professor of civil law in the newly-founded university of Pont-à-Mousson, and also made him Counsellor of State and master of requests. In 1603, however, he was obliged to leave France, having incurred the enmity of the Jesuits, through his opposition to their proposal to admit his son John a member of their society.
Arriving in England, he was offered considerable preferment by James VI on condition of becoming a member of the Church of England. This offer he refused, and he returned to France in 1604, when he was appointed professor of civil law in the university of Angers. He died at Angers in 1608.
His principal works were De Regno el Regali Potestate (1600), a strenuous defence of the rights of kings, in which he refutes the doctrines of those he coins monarchomachs: George Buchanan, “Junius Brutus” (Hubert Languet or Philippe de Mornay) and Jean Boucher; and De Potestate Papae (1609), in opposition to the usurpation of temporal powers by the pope, which called forth the celebrated reply of Cardinal Bellarmine; also commentaries on some of the titles of the Pandects.