Top 41 Thomas Aquinas Quotes

The soul is like an uninhabited worldthat comes to life only whenGod lays His headagainst us.


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


The Study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


The blessed in the kingdom of heaven will see the punishments of the damned, in order that their bliss be more delightful for them.


Friendship makes you feel as one with your friend.


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


If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy.


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


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


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


Nothing which implies contradiction falls under the omnipotence of God.


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


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


If you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because he himself is the way.


If you want to be saved look at the face of your Christ.


If you want to be saved look the face of your Christ.


It is not theft, properly speaking, to take secretly and use another’s property in a case of extreme need: because that which he takes for the support of his life becomes his own property by reason of that need


Angels need an assumed body, not for themselves, but on our account.


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


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.


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


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


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


To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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



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