Thomas Aquinas Quotes & Wallpapers

Thomas Aquinas
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A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational. Thomas Aquinas

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

Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will. Thomas Aquinas

Whatever a man has in superabundance is owed, of natural right, to the poor for their sustenance. Thomas Aquinas

Every truth without exception- and whoever may utter it- is from the Holy Spirit. Thomas Aquinas

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

To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them. Thomas Aquinas

Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason. Thomas Aquinas

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

A man does not always choose what his guardian angel intends. Thomas Aquinas

The Angel's bread is made the Bread of man today. Thomas Aquinas

If there were some solitary or feral man, the passions of the soul would be sufficient for him; by them he would be conformed to things in order that he might have knowledge of them. But because man is naturally political and social, there is need for one man to make his conceptions known to others, which is done with speech. So significant speech was needed if men were to live together. Which is why those of different tongues do not easily live together. Thomas Aquinas

Reasoning is compared to understanding as movement is to rest, or acquisition to possession.... Since movement always proceeds from something immovable, and ends in something at rest, hence it is that human reasoning, in the order of inquiry and discovery, proceeds from certain things absolutely understood-namely, the first principles; and, again, in the order of judgment, returns by analysis to first principles, in the light of which it examines what it has found. Now it is clear that rest and movement are not to be referred to different powers, but to one and the same. Thomas Aquinas

The soul, which is the first principle of life, is not a body, but the act of a body; just as heat, which is the principle of calefaction, is not a body, but an act of a body. Thomas Aquinas

A man should remind himself that an object of faith is not scientifically demonstrable, lest presuming to demonstrate what is of faith, he should produce inconclusive reasons and offer occasion for unbelievers to scoff at a faith based on such ground. Thomas Aquinas

To teach in order to lead others to faith is the task of every preacher and of each believer. Thomas Aquinas

There is nothing in your mind which wasn't experienced before hand. Thomas Aquinas

There can be no joy in living without joy in work. Thomas Aquinas

Greed is a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, in as much as man condemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things, Thomas Aquinas

Mary means Star of the sea, for as mariners are guided to port by the ocean star, so Christians attain to glory through Mary's maternal intercession. Thomas Aquinas

The greatest kindness one can render to any man consists in leading him from error to truth. 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

All that I have written seems like straw compared to what has now been revealed to me. Thomas Aquinas

We ought to cherish the body. Our body's substance is not from an evil principle, as the Manicheans imagine, but from God. And therefore, we ought to cherish the body by the friendship of love, by which we love God. Thomas Aquinas

Whatever was in the human nature of Christ was moved at the bidding of the divine will; yet it does not follow that in Christ there was no movement of the will proper to human nature, for the good wills of other saints are moved by God's will... For although the will cannot be inwardly moved by any creature, yet it can be moved inwardly by God. Thomas Aquinas

If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way. Thomas Aquinas

Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do. Thomas Aquinas

Because of the diverse conditions of humans, it happens that some acts are virtuous to some people, as appropriate and suitable to them, while the same acts are immoral for others, as inappropriate to them. Thomas Aquinas

It is clear that he does not pray, who, far from uplifting himself to God, requires that God shall lower Himself to him, and who resorts to prayer not to stir the man in us to will what God wills, but only to persuade God to will what the man in us wills. Thomas Aquinas

Now, nothing can be brought from potentiality to actual existence except through something actually existing Thomas Aquinas

I cannot understand how anyone conscious of mortal sin can laugh or be merry. Thomas Aquinas

If someone knows from experience that daily Communion increases fervor without lessening reverence, then let him go every day. But if someone finds that reverence is lessened and devotion not much increased, then let him sometimes abstain, so as to draw near afterwards with better dispositions. Thomas Aquinas

Baptism is not to be conferred on a man who is unwilling to give up his other sins, so neither should Baptism be given to one who is unwilling to renounce his unbelief. Nevertheless, each of them receives the Sacrament if it is conferred on him, although not unto salvation. Thomas Aquinas

"The Jews should not be allowed to keep what they have obtained from others by usury; it were best that they were compelled to worked so that they could earn their living instead of doing nothing but becoming avaricious." Thomas Aquinas

Whatever a man has in superabundance is owed, of natural right, to the poor for their sustenance. So Ambrosius says, and it is also to be found in the Decretum Gratiani: The bread which you withhold belongs to the hungry: the clothing you shut away, to the naked: and the money you bury in the earth is the redemption and freedom of the penniless. Thomas Aquinas

Just as in a physical body the operation of one member contributes to the good of the whole body, so it is in a spiritual body such as the Church. And since all the faithful are one body, the good of one member is communicated to another; everyone members, as the Apostle says, of one another [Eph 4:25]. For that reason, among the points of faith handed down by the Apostles, is that there is a community of goods in the Church, and this is expressed in the words Communion of Saints. Thomas Aquinas

Believing is an act of the intellect assenting to the divine truth by command of the will moved by God through grace. Thomas Aquinas

It is unlawful to add anything to the words of Holy Scripture regarding the sense. Thomas Aquinas

...[sacred] doctrine is especially based upon arguments from authority, inasmuch as its principles are obtained by revelation: thus we ought to believe on the authority of those to whom the revelation has been made. Nor does this take away from the dignity of this doctrine, for although the argument from authority based on human reason is the weakest, yet the argument from authority based on divine revelation is the strongest. Thomas Aquinas

Sacred Scripture, since it has no science above itself, can dispute with one who denies its principles only if the opponent admits some at least of the truths obtained through divine revelation; thus we can argue with heretics from texts in Holy Writ, and against those who deny one article of faith we can argue from another. If our opponent believes nothing of divine revelation, there is no longer any means of proving the articles of faith by reasoning, but only of answering his objections - if he has any - against faith. Thomas Aquinas

It may well happen that what is in itself the more certain on account of the weakness of our intelligence, which is dazzled by the clearest objects of nature; as the owl is dazzled by the light of the sun. Hence the fact that some happen to doubt about articles of faith is not due to the uncertain nature of the truths, but to the weakness of human intelligence; yet the slenderest knowledge that may be obtained of the highest things is more desirable than the most certain knowledge obtained of lesser things... Thomas Aquinas

Wonder is the desire for knowledge. Thomas Aquinas

As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power. Thomas Aquinas

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

To disparage the dictate of reason is equivalent to contemning the command of God. Thomas Aquinas

Law has the power to compel: indeed, the ability to enforce is a condition of the ability to command. Thomas Aquinas

For although the will cannot be inwardly moved by any creature, yet it can be moved inwardly by God. Thomas Aquinas

So, to detract from the perfection of creatures is to detract from the perfection of divine power. Thomas Aquinas

Practical sciences proceed by building up; theoretical science by resolving into components. Thomas Aquinas

Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passions. Thomas Aquinas

Grace does not destroy nature, it perfects it. Thomas Aquinas

Grace is a certain beginning of glory in us. Thomas Aquinas

The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Love; It signifies Love, It produces love. The Eucharist is the consummation of the whole spiritual life. Thomas Aquinas

God has need for our worship. It is we who need to show our gratitude for what we have received. Thomas Aquinas

We should love others truly, for their own sakes rather than our own. Thomas Aquinas

All my words are but chaff next to the faith of a simple man. Thomas Aquinas

If heretics be altogether uprooted by death, this is not contrary to Our Lord's command Thomas Aquinas

Anger and the like are attributed to God on account of a similitude of effect. Thus, because to punish is properly the act of an angry man, God's punishment is metaphorically spoken of as His anger. Thomas Aquinas

Miracles are signs not to them that believe, but to them that believe not. Thomas Aquinas

It must be said that charity can, in no way, exist along with mortal sin. Thomas Aquinas

To the Everlasting Father, And the Son who made us free And the Spirit, God proceeding From them Each eternally, Be salvation, honour, blessing, Might and endless majesty. Thomas Aquinas

Suppose a person entering a house were to feel heat on the porch, and going further, were to feel the heat increasing, the more they penetrated within. Doubtless, such a person would believe there was a fire in the house, even though they did not see the fire that must be causing all this heat. A similar thing will happen to anyone who considers this world in detail: 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

The things that we love tell us what we are. Thomas Aquinas

Love takes up where knowledge leaves off. Thomas Aquinas

Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious. Thomas Aquinas

When fear is excessive it can make many a man despair. Thomas Aquinas

The Sacrament of the Body of the Lord puts the demons to flight, defends us against the incentives to vice and to concupiscence, cleanses the soul from sin, quiets the anger of God, enlightens the understanding to know God, inflames the will and the affections with the love of God, fills the memory with spiritual sweetness, confirms the entire man in good, frees us from eternal death, multiplies the merits of a good life, leads us to our everlasting home, and re-animates the body to eternal life Thomas Aquinas

If you seek patience, you will find no better example than the cross. Great patience occurs in two ways: either when one patiently suffers much, or when one suffers things which one is able to avoid and yet does not avoid. Christ endured much on the cross, and did so patiently, because when he suffered he did not threaten; he was led like a sheep to the slaughter and he did not open his mouth. Thomas Aquinas

Without sanctifying grace it is not possible to refrain long from mortal sin. Thomas Aquinas

Baptism is the Sacrament of Faith. Now, dead faith does not suffice for salvation .. .Therefore, the Sacrament of Baptism cannot give salvation to a man whose will ... expels the form of faith. Thomas Aquinas



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