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Saint Basil Quotes: "If every man took only what was sufficient for his needs, leaving the rest to those in want, there would be no rich and no poor."

If every man took only what was sufficient for his needs, leaving the rest to those in want, there would be no rich and no poor.




Saint Basil Quotes: "He who plants kindness gathers love."

He who plants kindness gathers love.




Saint Basil Quotes: "The hairsplitting difference between formed and unformed makes no difference to us. Whoever deliberately commits abortion is subject to the penalty for homicide."

The hairsplitting difference between formed and unformed makes no difference to us. Whoever deliberately commits abortion is subject to the penalty for homicide.



Saint Basil Quotes: "It is not he who begins well who is perfect. It is he who ends well who is approved in God's sight."

It is not he who begins well who is perfect. It is he who ends well who is approved in God's sight.




Saint Basil Quotes: "We need not only read Sacred Scripture, but learn it as well and grow up in it. Realize that nothing is written in Scripture unnecessarily. Not to read Sacred Scripture is a great evil."

We need not only read Sacred Scripture, but learn it as well and grow up in it. Realize that nothing is written in Scripture unnecessarily. Not to read Sacred Scripture is a great evil.



Saint Basil Quotes: "The human being is an animal who has received the vocation to become God."

The human being is an animal who has received the vocation to become God.



Saint Basil Quotes: "There is still time for endurance, time for patience, time for healing, time for change. Have you slipped? Rise up. Have you sinned? Cease. Do not stand among sinners, but leap aside."

There is still time for endurance, time for patience, time for healing, time for change. Have you slipped? Rise up. Have you sinned? Cease. Do not stand among sinners, but leap aside.




Saint Basil Quotes: "Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger."

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.



Saint Basil Quotes: "Every divine action begins from the Father, proceeds through the Son, and is completed in the Holy Spirit."

Every divine action begins from the Father, proceeds through the Son, and is completed in the Holy Spirit.



Saint Basil Quotes: "The steam of meat darkens the light of the spirit...One hardly can have virtue when one enjoys meat meals and feasts."

The steam of meat darkens the light of the spirit...One hardly can have virtue when one enjoys meat meals and feasts.



Saint Basil Quotes: "They who sow courtesy reap friendship, and they who plant kindness gather love."

They who sow courtesy reap friendship, and they who plant kindness gather love.



Saint Basil Quotes: "As the pilot of a vessel is tried in the storm; as the wrestler is tried in the ring, the soldier in the battle, and the hero in adversity: so is the Christian tried in temptation."

As the pilot of a vessel is tried in the storm; as the wrestler is tried in the ring, the soldier in the battle, and the hero in adversity: so is the Christian tried in temptation.




Saint Basil Quotes: "Everyone looks for the good, therefore everyone looks for God."

Everyone looks for the good, therefore everyone looks for God.



Saint Basil Quotes: "Lust hath these three companions: the first, blindness of understanding; the second, hardness of heart; the third, want of grace."

Lust hath these three companions: the first, blindness of understanding; the second, hardness of heart; the third, want of grace.



Saint Basil Quotes: "Drunkenness, the ruin of reason, the destruction of strength, premature old age, momentary death."

Drunkenness, the ruin of reason, the destruction of strength, premature old age, momentary death.



Saint Basil Quotes: "O sinner, be not discouraged, but have recourse to Mary in all you necessities. Call her to your assistance, for such is the divine Will that she should help in every kind of necessity."

O sinner, be not discouraged, but have recourse to Mary in all you necessities. Call her to your assistance, for such is the divine Will that she should help in every kind of necessity.



Saint Basil Quotes: "Does not the gratitude of the dog put to shame any man who is ungrateful to his benefactors?"

Does not the gratitude of the dog put to shame any man who is ungrateful to his benefactors?



Saint Basil Quotes: "Just as a very little fresh water is blown away by a storm of wind and dust, in like manner the good deeds, that we think we do in this life, are overwhelmed by the multitude of evils."

Just as a very little fresh water is blown away by a storm of wind and dust, in like manner the good deeds, that we think we do in this life, are overwhelmed by the multitude of evils.



Saint Basil Quotes: "When you have become God's in the measure he desires, then he himself will bestow you upon others; unless, to your greater glory, he chooses to keep you all to himself."

When you have become God's in the measure he desires, then he himself will bestow you upon others; unless, to your greater glory, he chooses to keep you all to himself.



Saint Basil Quotes: "I heard many discourses which were good for the soul, but I could not discover in the case of any one of the teachers that his life was worthy of his words."

I heard many discourses which were good for the soul, but I could not discover in the case of any one of the teachers that his life was worthy of his words.



Saint Basil Quotes: "The woman who purposely destroys her unborn child is guilty of murder. With us there is no nice enquiry as to its being formed or unformed."

The woman who purposely destroys her unborn child is guilty of murder. With us there is no nice enquiry as to its being formed or unformed.



Saint Basil Quotes: "There is nothing unpremeditated, nothing neglected by God. His unsleeping eye beholds all things."

There is nothing unpremeditated, nothing neglected by God. His unsleeping eye beholds all things.



Saint Basil Quotes: "Indulging in unrestrained and immoderate laughter is a sign of intemperance, of a want of control over one's emotions, and of failure to repress the soul's frivolity by a stern use of reason."

Indulging in unrestrained and immoderate laughter is a sign of intemperance, of a want of control over one's emotions, and of failure to repress the soul's frivolity by a stern use of reason.



Saint Basil Quotes: "Therefore, let God inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the Word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth"

Therefore, let God inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the Word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth



Saint Basil Quotes: "We often find comfort in telling what is painful in actual experience."

We often find comfort in telling what is painful in actual experience.



Saint Basil Quotes: "All who call the Holy Ghost a creature we pity, on the ground that, by this utterance, they are falling into the unpardonable sin of blasphemy against Him."

All who call the Holy Ghost a creature we pity, on the ground that, by this utterance, they are falling into the unpardonable sin of blasphemy against Him.



Saint Basil Quotes: "Who is the covetous man? One for whom plenty is not enough."

Who is the covetous man? One for whom plenty is not enough.



Saint Basil Quotes: "I reckon silence more profitable than speech, for? in the words of the Preacher, 'The words of wise men are heard in quiet' (Eccles. 9:17)."

I reckon silence more profitable than speech, for? in the words of the Preacher, 'The words of wise men are heard in quiet' (Eccles. 9:17).



Saint Basil Quotes: "Every evil is a sickness of soul, but virtue offers the cause of its health."

Every evil is a sickness of soul, but virtue offers the cause of its health.



Saint Basil Quotes: "A woman who deliberately destroys a fetus is answerable for murder. And any fine distinction as to its being completely formed or unformed is not admissible amongst us."

A woman who deliberately destroys a fetus is answerable for murder. And any fine distinction as to its being completely formed or unformed is not admissible amongst us.



Saint Basil Quotes: "If you begin to guard wealth it will not be yours. But if you begin to distribute it, you will not lose it."

If you begin to guard wealth it will not be yours. But if you begin to distribute it, you will not lose it.



Saint Basil Quotes: "We should not accept in silence the benefactions of God, but return thanks for them."

We should not accept in silence the benefactions of God, but return thanks for them.



Saint Basil Quotes: "Beside each believer stands an Angel as protector and shepherd, leading him to life."

Beside each believer stands an Angel as protector and shepherd, leading him to life.



Saint Basil Quotes: "It is right to submit to a higher authority whenever a command of God would be violated."

It is right to submit to a higher authority whenever a command of God would be violated.



Saint Basil Quotes: "He who sows courtesy reaps friendship."

He who sows courtesy reaps friendship.



Saint Basil Quotes: "He who confesses magic or sorcery shall do penance for the time of murder, and shall be treated in the same manner as he who convicts himself of this sin."

He who confesses magic or sorcery shall do penance for the time of murder, and shall be treated in the same manner as he who convicts himself of this sin.



Saint Basil Quotes: "Wherever you may go, the least plant may bring you clear remembrance of the Creator."

Wherever you may go, the least plant may bring you clear remembrance of the Creator.



Saint Basil Quotes: "If someone has repented once of a sin, and again does the same sin, this is a sign that he has not been cleansed of the causes of the sin, wherefrom, as from a root, the shoots spring forth again."

If someone has repented once of a sin, and again does the same sin, this is a sign that he has not been cleansed of the causes of the sin, wherefrom, as from a root, the shoots spring forth again.



Saint Basil Quotes: "If, therefore, there is any grace in the water, it is not from the nature of water but from the Spirit's presence there."

If, therefore, there is any grace in the water, it is not from the nature of water but from the Spirit's presence there.



Saint Basil Quotes: "What is the mark of love for your neighbor? Not to seek what is for your own benefit, but what is for the benefit of the one loved, both in body and in soul."

What is the mark of love for your neighbor? Not to seek what is for your own benefit, but what is for the benefit of the one loved, both in body and in soul.



Saint Basil Quotes: "... if, to me, to live is Christ (Phil. 1:21), truly my words ought to be about Christ, my every thought and deed ought to depend upon His commandments, and my soul to be fashioned after His."

... if, to me, to live is Christ (Phil. 1:21), truly my words ought to be about Christ, my every thought and deed ought to depend upon His commandments, and my soul to be fashioned after His.



Saint Basil Quotes: "Do not measure your loss by itself; if you do, it will seem intolerable; but if you will take all human affairs into account you will find that some comfort is to be derived from them."

Do not measure your loss by itself; if you do, it will seem intolerable; but if you will take all human affairs into account you will find that some comfort is to be derived from them.



Saint Basil Quotes: "Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that smooth the road to a good man's fortune."

Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that smooth the road to a good man's fortune.



Saint Basil Quotes: "If everyone would take only according to his needs and would leave the surplus to the needy, no one would be rich, no one poor, no one in misery."

If everyone would take only according to his needs and would leave the surplus to the needy, no one would be rich, no one poor, no one in misery.



Saint Basil Quotes: "Resolve to treat the things in your possession as belonging to others."

Resolve to treat the things in your possession as belonging to others.



Saint Basil Quotes: "We must always be on guard lest, under the pretext of keeping one commandment, we be found breaking another."

We must always be on guard lest, under the pretext of keeping one commandment, we be found breaking another.



Saint Basil Quotes: "Truly unexpected tidings make both ears tingle."

Truly unexpected tidings make both ears tingle.



Saint Basil Quotes: "We should not think that we achieve success in preaching through our own devices, but we should rely entirely on God."

We should not think that we achieve success in preaching through our own devices, but we should rely entirely on God.



Saint Basil Quotes: "All of us who desire the kingdom of God are, by the Lord's decree, under an equal and rigorous necessity of seeking after the grace of Baptism."

All of us who desire the kingdom of God are, by the Lord's decree, under an equal and rigorous necessity of seeking after the grace of Baptism.