Thomas Aquinas Quotes & Wallpapers

Thomas Aquinas
Total Quotes: 358

To pretend angels do not exist because they are invisible is to believe we never sleep because we don't see ourselves sleeping. Thomas Aquinas

This Blood that but one drop of has the power to win all the world forgiveness of its world of sin. Thomas Aquinas

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 Thomas Aquinas

The happy man in this life needs friends. Thomas Aquinas

When the devil is called the god of this world, it is not because he made it, but because we serve him with our worldliness. Thomas Aquinas

God himself would not permit evil in this world if good did not come of it for the benefit and harmony of the universe. Thomas Aquinas

One aspect of neighbourly love is that we must not merely will our neighbours good, but actually work to bring it about. Thomas Aquinas

One day when Thomas Aquinas was preaching to the local populace on the love of God, he saw an old woman listening attentively to his every word. And inspired by her eagerness to learn more about her God whom she loved so dearly, he said to the people: It is better to be this unlearned woman, loving God with all her heart, than the most learned theologian lacking love. Thomas Aquinas

It is only God who creates. Man merely rearranges. Thomas Aquinas

It is not possible to be ignorant of the end of things if we know their beginning. Thomas Aquinas

Bestow upon me, O Lord my God, understanding to know thee, diligence to seek thee, wisdom to find thee, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace thee. Thomas Aquinas

He who is drawn to something desirable does not desire to have it as a thought but as a thing. Thomas Aquinas

Christ was either liar, lunatic, or Lord! Thomas Aquinas

Devotion is a certain act of the will by which man gives himself promptly to divine service. Thomas Aquinas

Just as it is better to illuminate than merely to shine, so to pass on what one has contemplated is better than merely to contemplate. Thomas Aquinas

All admit that indulgences have some value; for it would be blasphemy to say that the Church does anything in vain. Thomas Aquinas

There must be must be a first mover existing above all - and this we call God. Thomas Aquinas

Baptism is the door of the spiritual life and the gateway to the sacraments. Thomas Aquinas

It would seem that zeal is not an effect of love. For zeal is a beginning of contention. Thomas Aquinas

Sin is a spiritual illness; thus sinners are in need of salvation. Thomas Aquinas

Natural inclinations are present in things from God, who moves all things. So it is impossible for the natural inclinations of a species to be toward evil in itself. But there is in all perfect animals a natural inclination toward carnal union. Therefore it is impossible for carnal union to be evil in itself. Thomas Aquinas

Even as in the blessed in heaven there will be most perfect charity, so in the damned there will be the most perfect hate. Wherefore as the saints will rejoice in all goods, so will the damned grieve for all goods. Consequently the sight of the happiness of the saints will give them very great pain. Thomas Aquinas

Faith will tell us Christ is present, When our human senses fail. Thomas Aquinas

See to whom Jesus is drawing near, three kinds of people: to those who make peace with him, to those who are devoted to God, and to those who are kind to their neighbors. Thomas Aquinas

Charity is love; not all love is charity. Thomas Aquinas

Affirmative precepts are distinguished from negative whenever one is not comprised in the other; thus, that of honoring parents does not comprise that of not killing, and vice versa. Thomas Aquinas

Down in adoration falling, Lo! the sacred Host we hail; Lo! o'er ancient forms departing, Newer rites of grace prevail; Faith for all defects supplying, Where the feeble senses fail. Thomas Aquinas

We can open our hearts to God, but only with Divine help. Thomas Aquinas

It is on account neither of God's weakness nor ignorance that evil comes into the world, but rather it is due to the order of his wisdom and the greatness of his goodness that diverse grades of goodness occur in things, many of which would be lacking if no evil were permitted. Indeed, the good of patience would not exist without the evil of persecution; nor the good of preservation of life in a lion if not for the evil of the destruction of the animals on which it lives. Thomas Aquinas

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

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. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

Give us, O Lord, a steadfast heart, which no unworthy affection may drag downwards; give us an unconquered heart, which no tribulation can wear out; give us an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Thomas Aquinas

Jesus Lord, kind Pelican, Cleanse my filth with Thy blood, One drop of which can save The whole world from all its sin Thomas Aquinas

O how unspeakable is this Sacrament which sets our affections ablaze with charity. ... It is the fulfillment of Christ's Mystical Body. Thomas Aquinas

It is written: "Wizards thou shalt not suffer to live" (Ex. 22:18); and: "In the morning I put to death all the wicked of the land" (Ps. 100:8). ... Thomas Aquinas

They also have at that critical point of death the opportunity to be converted to God through repentance. And if they are so obstinate that even at the point of death their heart does not draw back from malice, it is possible to make a quite probable judgment that they would never come away from evil. Thomas Aquinas

One faith, St. Paul writes (Eph. 4:5). Hold most firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church ... We must hold this for certain, namely: that the faith of the people at the present day is one with the faith of the people in past centuries. Were this not true, then we would be in a different church than they were in and, literally, the Church would not be One. Thomas Aquinas

Even as he would be guilty of falsehood who would, in the name of another person, proffer things that are not committed to him, so too does a man incur the guilt of falsehood who, on the part of the Church, gives worship to God contrary to the manner established by the Church or divine authority, and according to ecclesiastical custom. Thomas Aquinas

All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly. Thomas Aquinas

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

Love must precede hatred, and nothing is hated save through being contrary to a suitable thing which is loved. And hence it is that every hatred is caused by love. Thomas Aquinas

Reason in man is rather like God in the world. Thomas Aquinas

Pain itself can be pleasurable accidentally in so far as it is accompanied by wonder, as in stage-plays; or in so far as it recalls a beloved object to one's memory, and makes one feel one's love for the thing, whose absence gives us pain. Consequently, since love is pleasant, both pain and whatever else results from love, in so far as they remind us of our love, are pleasant. Thomas Aquinas

For those with faith, no evidence is necessary; for those without it, no evidence will suffice. Thomas Aquinas

God destines us for an end beyond the grasp of reason. Thomas Aquinas

He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust. Thomas Aquinas

It seems that God does not exist; because if one of two contraries be infinite, the other would be altogether destroyed. But the word "God" means that He is infinite goodness. If, therefore, God existed, there would be no evil discoverable; but there is evil in the world. Therefore God does not exist. Thomas Aquinas

There is no leisure about politics. Thomas Aquinas

Charity is the form, mover, mother and root of all the virtues. Thomas Aquinas

Characteristics which define beauty are wholeness, harmony and radiance. Thomas Aquinas

The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross. Thomas Aquinas

What can be accomplished by a few principles is not effected by many. But it seems that everything we see in the world can be accounted for by other principles, supposing God did not exist. For all natural things can be reduced to one principle, which is nature, and all voluntary things can be reduced to one principle, which is human reason, or will. Therefore there is no need to suppose God's existence. Thomas Aquinas

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

You change people by delight, by pleasure. Thomas Aquinas

He who achieves power by violence does not truly become lord or master. Thomas Aquinas

If all the sins of the flesh are worthy of condemnation because by them man allows himself to be dominated by that which he has of the animal nature, much more deserving of condemnation are the sins against nature by which man degrades his own animal nature.... Thomas Aquinas

Man can sin against nature in two ways. First, when he sins against his specific rational nature, acting contrary to reason. In this sense, we can say that every sin is a sin against man's nature, because it is against man's right reason.... Thomas Aquinas

For it is necessary in every practical science to proceed in a composite (i.e. deductive) manner. On the contrary in speculative science, it is necessary to proceed in an analytical manner by breaking down the complex into elementary principles. Thomas Aquinas

The truth of the Christian faith surpasses the capacity of reason. Thomas Aquinas

The soul is perfected by knowledge and virtue. Thomas Aquinas

Beauty adds to goodness a relation to the cognitive faculty: so that good means that which simply pleases the appetite; while the beautiful is something pleasant to apprehend. Thomas Aquinas

Music is the exaltation of the mind derived from things eternal, bursting forth in sound. Thomas Aquinas

For just as the first general precepts of the law of nature are self-evident to one in possession of natural reason, and have no need of promulgation, so also that of believing in God is primary and self-evident to one who has faith: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is. Thomas Aquinas

God is not related to creatures as though belonging to a different "genus," but as transcending every "genus," and as the principle of all "genera. Thomas Aquinas

Obedience unites us so closely to God that it in a way transforms us into Him, so that we have no other will but His. If obedience is lacking, even prayer cannot be pleasing to God. Thomas Aquinas

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

The human mind may perceive truth only through thinking, as is clear from Augustine. Thomas Aquinas

Since faith rests upon infallible truth, and since the contrary of a truth can never be demonstrated, it is clear that the arguments brought against faith cannot be demonstrations, but are difficulties that can be answered. Thomas Aquinas

<< PREVIOUS PAGE Page 3 of 6 | NEXT PAGE >
1   2   3   4   5   6  


Thomas Aquinas Quotes, St Thomas Aquinas Quotes, Thomas Aquinas Faith and Reason, Bigger Thomas Quotes, Delusional Thomas Quotes, Doubting Thomas Quotes, Dylan Thomas Quotes, Eric Thomas Quotes, Odd Thomas Quotes, Saint Thomas Quotes, Art Thomas Merton Quotes,