Quotes by Italian Theologian 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 more apt for contemplation. Thomas Aquinas

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

Repeticio est mater studiorum. Thomas Aquinas

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

Faith has to do with things that are not seen, and hope with things that are not in hand. Thomas Aquinas

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

The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing. Thomas Aquinas

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

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

Beware of the person of one book. Thomas Aquinas

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

Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason. Thomas Aquinas

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

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

God should not be called an individual substance, since the principal of individuation is matter. 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

Distinctions drawn by the mind are not necessarily equivalent to distinctions in reality. Thomas Aquinas

Every judgement of conscience, be it right or wrong, be it about things evil in themselves or morally indifferent, is obligatory, in such wise that he who acts against his conscience always sins. Thomas Aquinas

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