Thomas Aquinas short quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.

Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.

How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God. ---->>>

Law is nothing other than a certain ordinance of reason for the common good, promulgated by the person who has the care of the community. ---->>>

The things that we love tell us what we are.

The things that we love tell us what we are.

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

If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way.

If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way.

Pray thee, spare, thyself at times: for it becomes a wise man sometimes to relax the high pressure of his attention to work. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Wonder is the desire for knowledge.

Wonder is the desire for knowledge.

Because we cannot know what God is, but only what He is not, we cannot consider how He is but only how He is not. ---->>>

Reason in man is rather like God in the world. ---->>>

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

Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.

Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.

Beware of the person of one book. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

The knowledge of God is the cause of things. For the knowledge of God is to all creatures what the knowledge of the artificer is to things made by his art. ---->>>

Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion. ---->>>

Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good. ---->>>

Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church. ---->>>

Love is a binding force, by which another is joined to me and cherished by myself. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

How is it they live in such harmony the billions of stars - when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds about someone they know.

How is it they live in such harmony the billions of stars - when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds about someone they know.

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

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

Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason. ---->>>

Distinctions drawn by the mind are not necessarily equivalent to distinctions in reality. ---->>>

A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational. ---->>>

To live well is to work well, to show a good activity. ---->>>

Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches. ---->>>

Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will. ---->>>

All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly. ---->>>

Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them. ---->>>

The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them.

The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them.

Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community. ---->>>

Whatever is received is received according to the nature of the recipient. ---->>>

Well-ordered self-love is right and natural. ---->>>

The theologian considers sin mainly as an offence against God; the moral philosopher as contrary to reasonableness.

The theologian considers sin mainly as an offence against God; the moral philosopher as contrary to reasonableness.

There is but one Church in which men find salvation, just as outside the ark of Noah it was not possible for anyone to be saved. ---->>>

To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason. ---->>>

Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.

Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.

It is possible to demonstrate God's existence, although not a priori, yet a posteriori from some work of His more surely known to us. ---->>>

Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious. ---->>>

God should not be called an individual substance, since the principal of individuation is matter. ---->>>

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.

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.

All that is true, by whomsoever it has been said has its origin in the Spirit. ---->>>

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