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There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
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 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
St Thomas (Aqinas) loved books and lived on books... When asked for what he thanked God most, he answered simply, ‘I have understood every page I ever read’.
Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.
Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.
Beware the man of a single book.
Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.
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.
The author challenges how much sanctity has to do with sameness, as he says saints are as different from each other as those in any group -- even murderers.
I receive Thee ransom of my soul. For love of Thee have I studied and kept vigil toiled preached and taught…
The soul is like an uninhabited worldthat comes to life only whenGod lays His headagainst us.
The End of every maker is himself.
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 makes you feel as one with your friend.
...this clumsy collision of two very impatient forms of ignorance was known as the quarrel of Science and Religion.
Wonder is the desire for knowledge.
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.
If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.
By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.
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.
Faith is God's work within us.
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 Study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is.
If you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because he himself is the way.
Reason in man is rather like God in the world.
It must be said that charity can, in no way, exist along with mortal sin.
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.
Far graver is it to corrupt the faith that is the life of the soul than to counterfeit the money that sustains temporal life.
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.
Nothing which implies contradiction falls under the omnipotence of God.
Angels need an assumed body, not for themselves, but on our account.
Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good.
Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.
God is never angry for His sake, only for ours.
Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.
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.
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.
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.
The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them.
A song is the exultation of the mind dwelling on eternal things, bursting forth in the voice.
Better to illuminate than merely to shine to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.
Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not in hand.
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.