St Thomas Aquinas Quotes


Unbelief is the greatest of sins. Thomas Aquinas

No man truly has joy unless he lives in love. Thomas Aquinas

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

The celestial bodies are the cause of all that takes place in the sublunar world. Thomas Aquinas

Do not wish to jump immediately from the streams to the sea, because one has to go through easier things to the more difficult. Thomas Aquinas

The splendor of a soul in grace is so seductive that it surpasses the beauty of all created things. Thomas Aquinas

We are like children, who stand in need of masters to enlighten us and direct us; God has provided for this, by appointing his angels to be our teachers and guides. Thomas Aquinas

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

The Cross to me is certain salvation. The Cross is that which I ever adore. The Cross of the Lord is with me. The Cross is my refuge. Thomas Aquinas

Peace is the work of justice indirectly, in so far as justice removes the obstacles to peace; but it is the work of charity (love) directly, since charity, according to its very notion, causes peace. 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

It was even possible for the most venerated patriarchs of the Church, like St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, to conclude that heretics should be tortured (Augustine) or killed outright (Aquinas). Sam Harris

To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is altogether unlawful to kill oneself... Wherefore suicide is contrary to the inclination of nature, and to charity whereby every man should love himself... Life is God's gift to man, and is subject to His power, Who kills and makes to live. Hence whoever takes his own life, sins against God... for it belongs to God alone to pronounce sentence of death and life. Thomas Aquinas

A person is disposed to an act of choice by an angel ... in two ways. Sometimes, a man's understanding is enlightened by an angel to know what is good, but it is not instructed as to the reason why ... But sometimes he is instructed by angelic illumination, both that this act is good and as to the reason why it is good. Thomas Aquinas

Now it seems that everything in the world stems from sources other than God, since the products of nature have their source in nature; deliberate effects can be traced back to human reason or will as their source. There is no need then to assume that God exists. Thomas Aquinas

The first-cause and prime-mover argument, brilliantly proffered by St. Thomas Aquinas in the fourteenth century (and brilliantly refuted by David Hume in the eighteenth century), is easily turned aside with just one more question: Who or what caused and moved God? Michael Shermer

When St. Thomas Aquinas was asked in what manner a man might best become learned, he answered, By reading one book. The homo unius libri is indeed proverbially formidable to all conversational figurantes. Robert Southey



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