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Thomas Aquinas
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To virginity is awarded the tribute of the highest beauty Thomas Aquinas

But man is freer than all the animals, on account of his free-will, with which he is endowed above all other animals. Thomas Aquinas

Any error about creation also leads to an error about God. Thomas Aquinas

The fact that the evil ones, as long as they live, can be corrected from their errors does not prohibit that they may be justly executed, for the danger which threatens from their way of life is greater and more certain than the good which may be expected from their improvement. Thomas Aquinas

To love God is something greater than to know Him. Thomas Aquinas

Those who are more adapted to the active life can prepare themselves for contemplation in the practice of the active life, while those who are more adapted to the contemplative life can take upon themselves the works of the active life so as to become yet. Thomas Aquinas

The world of pure spirits stretches between the divine nature and the world of human beings; because divine wisdom has ordained that the higher should look after the lower, angels execute the divine plan for human salvation: they are our guardians, who free us when hindered and help to bring us home. Thomas Aquinas

The greater the charity of the Saints in their heavenly home, the more they intercede for those who are still on their journey and the more they can help them by their prayers; the more they are united with God, the more effective those prayers are. This is in accordance with Divine order, which makes higher things react upon lower things, like the brightness of the sun filling the atmosphere. Thomas Aquinas

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

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

Well-ordered self-love is right and natural. Thomas Aquinas

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

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. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

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

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. Thomas Aquinas

True peace consists in not separating ourselves from the will of God. Thomas Aquinas

Without the suitable conditions life could not exist. But both life and its conditions set forth the operations of inscrutable Power. We know not its origin; we know not its end. And the presumption, if not the degradation, rests with those who place upon the throne of the universe a magnified image of themselves, and make its doings a mere colossal imitation of their own. Wonder was the motive that led people to philosophy ... wonder is a kind of desire in knowledge. It is the cause of delight because it carries with it the hope of discovery. Thomas Aquinas

Wonder [admiratio astonishment, marvel] is a kind of desire for knowledge. The situation arises when one sees an effect and does not know its cause, or when the cause of the particular effect is one that exceeds his power of understanding. Hence, wonder is a cause of pleasure insofar as there is annexed the hope of attaining understanding of that which one wants to know. ... For desire is especially aroused by the awareness of ignorance, and consequently a man takes the greatest pleasure in those things which he discovers for himself or learns from the ground up. Thomas Aquinas

Future contingents cannot be certain to us, because we know them as such. They can be certain only to God whose understanding is in eternity above time. Just as a man going along a road does not see those who come after him; but the man who sees the whole road from a height sees all those who are going along the road at the same time. Thomas Aquinas

To restore man, who had been laid low by sin, to the heights of divine glory, the Word of the eternal Father, though containing all things within His immensity, willed to become small. This He did not by putting aside His greatness but by taking to Himself our littleness. Thomas Aquinas

Theology is taught by God, teaches God, and leads to God. Thomas Aquinas

Mercy without justice is the mother of dissolution; justice without mercy is cruelty. Thomas Aquinas

Law: an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community. Thomas Aquinas

Arrive at knowledge over small streamlets, and do not plunge immediately into the ocean, since progress must go from the easier to the more difficult. Thomas Aquinas

God's precepts are light to the loving, heavy to the fearful. Thomas Aquinas

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

The magnitude of the punishment matches the magnitude of the sin. Now a sin that is against God is infinite; the higher the person against whom it is committed, the graver the sin-it is more criminal to strike a head of state than a private citizen-and God is of infinite greatness. Therefore an infinite punishment is deserved for a sin committed against Him. Thomas Aquinas

The greatness of the human being consists in this: that it is capable of the universe. Thomas Aquinas

Given the sin of impiety through which they [the Romans] sinned against the divine nature [by idolatry], the punishment that led them to sin against their own nature followed.... I say, therefore, that since they changed into lies [by idolatry] the truth about God, He brought them to ignominious passions, that is, to sins against nature; not that God led them to evil, but only that he abandoned them to evil.... Thomas Aquinas

Rarely affirm, seldom deny, always distinguish. Thomas Aquinas

Nothing created has ever been able to fill the heart of man. God alone can fill it infinitely. Thomas Aquinas

Give, expecting nothing there of. Thomas Aquinas

Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstance confronting him Thomas Aquinas

Justice is in subjects as well as in rulers. Thomas Aquinas

One will observe that all things are arranged according to their degrees of beauty and excellence, and that the nearer they are to God, the more beautiful and better they are. Thomas Aquinas

Anything done against faith or conscience is sinful. Thomas Aquinas

The perfection of the effect demonstrates the perfection of the cause, for a greater power brings about a more perfect effect. But God is the most perfect agent. Therefore, things created by Him obtain perfection from Him. So, to detract from the perfection of creatures is to detract from the perfection of divine power. Thomas Aquinas

Not everyone who is enlightened by an angel knows that he is enlightened by him. Thomas Aquinas

There would not be a perfect likeness of God in the universe if all things were of one grade of being. Thomas Aquinas

Beware the man of a single book. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

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

Man has free choice, or otherwise counsels, exhortations, commands, prohibitions, rewards and punishments would be in vain. Thomas Aquinas

Angels transcend every religion, every philosophy, every creed. In fact Angels have no religion as we know it... Their existence precedes every religious system that has ever existed on Earth... Thomas Aquinas

The soul is known by it's acts. Thomas Aquinas

He who does not embrace the teaching of the Church does not have the habit of faith. Thomas Aquinas

The Church has ever proved indestructible. Her persecutors have failed to destroy her; in fact, it was during times of persecution that the Church grew more and more; while the persecutors themselves, and those whom the Church would destroy, are the very ones who came to nothing. . . .Again, errors have assailed her; but in fact, the greater the number of errors that have arisen, the more has the truth been made manifest. . . . Nor has the Church failed before the assaults of demons: for she is like a tower of refuge to all who fight against the Devil. Thomas Aquinas

There being an imminent danger for the faith, prelates must be questioned, even publicly, by their subjects. Thomas Aquinas

Faith is God's work within us. Thomas Aquinas

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

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. Thomas Aquinas

Without doubt one is allowed to resist against the unjust aggressor to one's life, one's goods or one's physical integrity; sometimes, even 'til the aggressor's death... In fact, this act is aimed at preserving one's life or one's goods and to make the aggressor powerless. Thus, it is a good act, which is the right of the victim. Thomas Aquinas

The existence of a prime mover- nothing can move itself; there must be a first mover. The first mover is called God. Thomas Aquinas

He that obstinately denieth the truth before men upon earth, wilfully refuseth his soul's health in heaven. Thomas Aquinas

Far graver is it to corrupt the faith that is the life of the soul than to counterfeit the money that sustains temporal life. Thomas Aquinas

For creation is not a change, but that dependence of the created existence on the principle from which it is instituted, and thus is of the genus of relation; whence nothing prohibits it being in the created as in the subject. Creation is thus said to be a kind of change, according to the way of understanding, insofar as our intellect accepts one and the same thing as not existing before and afterwards existing. Thomas Aquinas

Wonder is the desire of knowledge. Thomas Aquinas

Nothing which implies contradiction falls under the omnipotence of God. Thomas Aquinas

Even as in heaven there will be most perfect charity, so in hell there will be the most perfect hate. Thomas Aquinas

The same fire" (which he decides to be material) " torments the damned in hell and the just in purgatory...The least pain in purgatory exceeds the greatest in this life. Thomas Aquinas

Faith does not quench desire, but inflames it. Thomas Aquinas

Sing, my tongue, the Savior's glory, Of His Flesh the mystery sing; Of the Blood, all price exceeding, Shed by our immortal King. Thomas Aquinas

If... the motion of the earth were circular, it would be violent and contrary to nature, and could not be eternal, since... nothing violent is eternal.... It follows, therefore, that the earth is not moved with a circular motion. Thomas Aquinas

First, I say that he draws near to those who make peace with him. For God is the One who brings about peace; and where else should peace dwell than in peace? Thomas Aquinas

The proper task of the Savior is that he is a savior; indeed, for this he came into the world: to seek and save what was lost. 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

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

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

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

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