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Thomas Aquinas

Italian Theologian
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Wonder is the desire for knowledge.

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

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

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Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works.

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Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.

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There is but one Church in which men find salvation, just as outside the ark of Noah it was not possible for anyone to be saved.

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

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We can't have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves.

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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.

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Whatever is received is received according to the nature of the recipient.

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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.

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To live well is to work well, to show a good activity.

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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.

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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.

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All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly.

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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.

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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.

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Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.

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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.

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Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.

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Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious.

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Reason in man is rather like God in the world.

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Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason.

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All that is true, by whomsoever it has been said has its origin in the Spirit.

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To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin.

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