St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”

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

“Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.”

“The things that we love tell us what we are.”

“Three things are necessary for the 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.”

“Beware the man of one book.”

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

“If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.”

“Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good….”

“Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.”

“Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures.”

“To convert somebody, go and take them by the hand and guide them.”

“It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.”

“Well-ordered self-love is right and natural.”

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

“Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches.”

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

“Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious.”

“Reason in man is rather like God in the world.”

“In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign. Secondly, a just cause. Thirdly, a rightful intention.”

“The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing.”

“The truth of our faith becomes a matter of ridicule among the infidels if any Catholic, not gifted with the necessary scientific learning, presents as dogma what scientific scrutiny shows to be false.”

“A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.”

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

“The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces.”

“Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man’s own will.”

“Peace is the work of justice indirectly, in so far as justice removes the obstacles to peace; but it is the work of charity (love) directly, since charity, according to its very notion, causes peace.”

“Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstances confronting him”

“Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passions.”

“To live well is to work well, to show a good activity.”

“As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power.”

“Those who are more adapted to the active life can prepare themselves for contemplation in the practice of the active life, while those who are more adapted to the contemplative life can take upon themselves the works of the active life so as to become yet.”

“But man is freer than all the animals, on account of his free-will, with which he is endowed above all other animals.”

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

“Wherefore if forgers of money and other evil-doers are forthwith condemned to death by the secular authority, much more reason is there for heretics, as soon as they are convicted of heresy, to be not only excommunicated but even put to death.”

“Drink to the point of hilarity.”

“For loving draws us more to things than knowing does, since good is found by going to the thing, whereas the true is found when the thing comes to us”

“Lord, in my zeal for the love of truth, let me not forget the truth about love.”

“We are like children, who stand in need of masters to enlighten us and direct us; and God has provided for this, by appointing his angels to be our teachers and guides.”

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