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Thomas Aquinas
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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
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To love God is something greater than to know Him. Thomas Aquinas
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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
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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
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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
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You change people by delight, by pleasure. Thomas Aquinas
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He who achieves power by violence does not truly become lord or master. Thomas Aquinas
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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
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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
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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
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The human mind may perceive truth only through thinking, as is clear from Augustine. Thomas Aquinas
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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
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The truth of the Christian faith surpasses the capacity of reason. Thomas Aquinas
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The soul is perfected by knowledge and virtue. Thomas Aquinas
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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
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Music is the exaltation of the mind derived from things eternal, bursting forth in sound. Thomas Aquinas
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By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments. Thomas Aquinas
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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
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True peace consists in not separating ourselves from the will of God. Thomas Aquinas
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Theology is taught by God, teaches God, and leads to God. Thomas Aquinas
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Mercy without justice is the mother of dissolution; justice without mercy is cruelty. Thomas Aquinas
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Law: an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community. Thomas Aquinas
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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
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God's precepts are light to the loving, heavy to the fearful. Thomas Aquinas
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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
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It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes. Thomas Aquinas
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Justice is in subjects as well as in rulers. Thomas Aquinas
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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
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Anything done against faith or conscience is sinful. Thomas Aquinas
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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
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Not everyone who is enlightened by an angel knows that he is enlightened by him. Thomas Aquinas
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There would not be a perfect likeness of God in the universe if all things were of one grade of being. Thomas Aquinas
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Beware the man of a single book. Thomas Aquinas
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A song is the exultation of the mind dwelling on eternal things, bursting forth in the voice. Thomas Aquinas
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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
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The soul is known by it's acts. Thomas Aquinas
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He who does not embrace the teaching of the Church does not have the habit of faith. Thomas Aquinas
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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
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There being an imminent danger for the faith, prelates must be questioned, even publicly, by their subjects. Thomas Aquinas
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Faith is God's work within us. Thomas Aquinas
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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
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The greatness of the human being consists in this: that it is capable of the universe. Thomas Aquinas
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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
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Rarely affirm, seldom deny, always distinguish. Thomas Aquinas
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Man has free choice, or otherwise counsels, exhortations, commands, prohibitions, rewards and punishments would be in vain. Thomas Aquinas
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Nothing created has ever been able to fill the heart of man. God alone can fill it infinitely. Thomas Aquinas
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Give, expecting nothing there of. Thomas Aquinas
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Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstance confronting him Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them. Thomas Aquinas
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Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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
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The existence of a prime mover- nothing can move itself; there must be a first mover. The first mover is called God. Thomas Aquinas
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He that obstinately denieth the truth before men upon earth, wilfully refuseth his soul's health in heaven. Thomas Aquinas
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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
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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
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Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate. Thomas Aquinas
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How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God. Thomas Aquinas
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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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A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational. Thomas Aquinas
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Pray thee, spare, thyself at times: for it becomes a wise man sometimes to relax the high pressure of his attention to work. Thomas Aquinas
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Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will. Thomas Aquinas
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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
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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
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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
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