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 Thomas Aquinas Quotes 

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Beware Beware the man of a single book.

Better to illuminate illuminate than merely merely to shine to deliver to others contemplated contemplated truths than merely merely to contemplate. contemplate.

Fear is such a powerful emotion for humans that when we allow it to take us over take us over it drives compassion compassion right out of our hearts.

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct conduct pleasing pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing embracing you. Amen.

Give us, O Lord, a steadfast steadfast heart, which no unworthy affection affection may drag drag downwards; give us an unconquered heart, which no tribulation tribulation can wear out wear out give us an upright upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt tempt aside. aside. Bestow Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek seek you, wisdom to find you, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace embrace you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

How is it they live in such harmony, harmony, the billions of stars, when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds?

Because philosophy arises from awe, awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths myths and poetic fables. fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.

We must love them both, those whose opinions opinions we share and those whose opinions opinions we reject, reject, for both have labored in the search for truth, and both have helped us in finding it.

Sorrow Sorrow can be alleviated alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine

Grant, O Lord my God, that I may never fall away in success or in failure; that I may not be prideful in prosperity prosperity nor dejected in adversity. adversity. Let Let me rejoice rejoice only in what unites unites us and sorrow sorrow only in what separates us. May I strive strive to please please no one or fear to displease anyone except except Yourself. May I see always the things that are eternal eternal and never those that are only temporal. temporal. May I shun shun any joy that is without You and never seek seek any that is beside You. O Lord, may I delight in delight in any work I do for You and tire of any rest that is apart from You. My God, let let me direct my heart towards You, and in my failings, always repent repent with a purpose of amendment. amendment.

For those with faith, no evidence evidence is necessary; necessary; for those without it, no evidence evidence will suffice. suffice.

Obedience Obedience unites unites us so closely to God that it in a way transforms transforms us into Him, so that we have no other will but His

Rarely Rarely affirm, affirm, seldom seldom deny, deny, always distinguish. distinguish.

We can't have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to led on to master the evidence evidence for ourselves.

Three things are necessary necessary for the salvation salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.

Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious. tedious.

Man has free choice, or otherwise counsels, exhortations, exhortations, commands, prohibitions, prohibitions, rewards and punishments would be in vain. vain.

A song is the exultation of the mind dwelling on dwelling on eternal eternal things, bursting forth in the voice.

It is necessary necessary for the perfection of human society that there should be men who devote their lives to contemplation. contemplation.

I receive Thee ransom of my soul. For love of Thee have I studied and kept vigil toiled toiled preached preached and taught...

Since faith rests upon infallible infallible truth, and since the contrary contrary of a truth can never be demonstrated, demonstrated, it is clear that the arguments brought against faith cannot be demonstrations, demonstrations, but are difficulties that can be answered.

The study of truth requires a considerable effort effort which is why few are willing to undertake undertake it out of love of knowledge despite despite the fact that God has implanted a natural appetite appetite for such knowledge in the minds of men.

Nothing which implies implies contradiction falls under the omnipotence omnipotence of God.

That the saints saints may enjoy their beatitude beatitude and the grace of God more abundantly abundantly they are permitted to see the punishment of the damned in hell.

It must be said that charity charity can, in no way, exist exist along with mortal mortal sin.

God Himself is the rule and mode of virtue. virtue. Our faith is measured by divine divine truth, our hope by the greatness of His power and faithful affection, affection, our charity charity by His goodness. His truth, power and goodness outreach any measure of reason. We can certainly certainly never believe, trust or love God more than, or even as much as, we should. Extravagance is impossible. Here is no virtuous virtuous moderation, no measurable mean; mean; the more extreme extreme our activity, the better we are.

[I]t is to be borne borne in mind, in regard regard to the philosophical sciences, that the inferior sciences neither prove their principles nor dispute dispute with those who deny deny them, but leave this to leave this to a higher science; whereas the highest of them, viz. metaphysics, can dispute dispute with one who denies denies its principles, if only the opponent opponent will make some concession; concession; but if he concede concede nothing, it can have no dispute dispute with him, though it can answer his objections. Hence Sacred Sacred Scripture, Scripture, since it has no science above itself, can dispute dispute with one who denies denies its principles only if the opponent opponent admits some at least of the truths obtained obtained through divine divine revelation; thus we can argue argue with heretics from texts in Holy Writ, Writ, and against those who deny deny one article of faith, we can argue argue from another. another. If our opponent opponent believes nothing of divine divine revelation, there is no longer any means means of proving the articles of faith by reasoning, but only of answering his objections if he has any against faith. Since faith rests upon infallible infallible truth, and since the contrary contrary of a truth can never be demonstrated, demonstrated, it is clear that the arguments brought against faith cannot be demonstrations, demonstrations, but are difficulties that can be answered.

And his will is an accomplisher accomplisher of things because he is the cause of things by his will. So it belongs to belongs to the divine divine goodness to fulfill the desires of rational rational creatures which are put to him in prayer.

The truth can be perceived perceived only through thinking, as is proven by Augustine.

Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously graciously let let a ray of your light penetrate penetrate the darkness of my understanding. Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity obscurity of sin and ignorance. Give me a keen keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability ability to grasp grasp things correctly and fundamentally. fundamentally. Grant me the talent of being exact exact in my explanations and the ability ability to express myself with thoroughness thoroughness and charm. charm. Point out Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in the completion.

Man should not consider consider his material possessions possessions as his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation hesitation when others are in need

While injustice is the worst of sins, despair despair is the most dangerous; because when you are in despair despair you care neither about yourself nor about others.

Even though the natural light of the human mind is inadequate inadequate to make known what is revealed revealed by faith, nevertheless nevertheless what is divinely divinely taught to us by faith cannot be contrary contrary to what we are endowed endowed with by nature. One or the other would have to be false, and since we have both of them from God, he would be the cause of our error, which is impossible.

Yet through virtuous virtuous living man is further further ordained ordained to a higher end, which consists in the enjoyment of God, as we have said above. Consequently, since society must have the same end as the individual man, it is not the ultimate ultimate end of an assembled multitude multitude to live virtuously, but through virtuous virtuous living to attain to the possession possession of God.

Many cry to the Lord that they may win riches, that they may avoid losses; they cry that their family may be established, established, they ask for ask for temporal temporal happiness, for worldly dignities; and, lastly, they cry for bodily health, which is the patrimony of the poor. For these and suchlike things many cry to the Lord; hardly hardly one cries for the Lord Himself! How easy it is for a man to desire all manner of things from the Lord and yet not desire the Lord Himself! As though the gift could be sweeter than the Giver!

By nature all men are equal in liberty, liberty, but not in other endowments.

For it is essential essential to opinion opinion that we assent assent to one of two opposite assertions with fear of the other, so that our adhesion is not firm: firm: to science it is essential essential to have firm firm adhesion with intellectual vision, vision, for science possesses possesses certitude certitude which results from the understanding of principles: while faith holds a middle place, for it surpasses surpasses opinion opinion in so far as its adhesion is firm, firm, but falls short of science in so far as it lacks lacks vision. vision.

The slenderest knowledge that may be obtained obtained of the highest things is more desirable than the most certain certain knowledge obtained obtained of lesser things.

Being taken simply, as including including all perfection of being, surpasses surpasses life and all that follows it; for thus being itself includes includes all these. And in this sense Dionysius speaks. But if we consider consider being itself as participated in this or that thing, which does not possess possess the whole whole perfection of being, but has imperfect being, such as the being of any creature; then it is evident evident that being itself together with an additional additional perfection is more excellent. Hence in the same passage Dionysius says that things that live are better than things that exist, exist, and intelligent better than living things. Reply Obj. 3: Since the end corresponds corresponds to the beginning; this argument proves that the last end is the first beginning of being, in Whom every perfection of being is: Whose likeness, according according to their proportion, some desire as to being only, some as to living being, some as to being which is living, intelligent and happy. And this belongs to belongs to few.

By nature all men are equal in liberty, liberty, but not in other endowments.

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