It is by doubting that we come to investigate, and by investigating that we recognize the truth.

— Peter Abelard

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The key to wisdom is this - constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.


Against the disease of writing one must take special precautions, since it is a dangerous and contagious disease.


Be precise in the use of words and expect precision from others


Our redemption through the suffering of Christ is that deeper love within us which not only frees us from slavery to sin, but also secures for us the true liberty of the children of God, in order that we might do all things out of love rather than out of fear - love for him that has shown us such grace that no greater can be found.


Are you not moved to tears and bitter compassion, when you behold the only Son of God seized by the most impious, dragged away, mocked, scourged, buffeted, spit upon, crowned with thorns, hung upon the infamous cross between two thieves, finally in such a horrible and execrable manner suffering death, for your salvation and that of the world?


The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting;

by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth.


The purpose and cause of the incarnation was that He might illuminate the world by His wisdom and excite it to the love of Himself.


Chess is a good way to learn, to keep your brain fit and the ego in check, a mental form of your local gymnasium. Those who see chess merely as a means of self-proof make the game experience uncomfortable and drive many of the better, more sensitive brains to analysis, correspondence, problems, studies and the like.


We call an intention good which is right in itself, but the action is good, not because it contains within it some good, but because it issues from a good intention.


O what their joy and their glory must be, Those endless sabbaths the blessed ones see! crowns for the valiant, for weary ones rest: God shall be all, and in all ever blest. Truly Jerusalem name we that shore, vision of peace that brings hope evermore; wish and fulfillment shall severed be ne'er, nor the thing prayed for come short of the prayer.


Logic has made me hated in the world.


The first key to wisdom is assiduous and frequent questioning.


About Peter Abelard

Quotes 24 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

In doubting we come to inquiry; by inquiry we perceive the truth.


By doubting we are led to enquire, and by enquiry we perceive the truth.


Under the pretext of study we spent our hours in the happiness of love, and learning held out to us the secret opportunities that our passion craved. Our speech was more of love than of the books which lay open before us; our kisses far outnumbered our reasoned words.


In fact we say that an intention is good, that is, right in itself, but that an action does not bear any good in itself but proceeds from a good intention. Whence when the same thing is done by the same man at different times, by the diversity of his intention, however, his action is now said to be good, now bad.


In comparing your sorrows with mine, you may discover that yours are in truth nought.. and so shall you come to bear them the more easily grateful that they are not worse.


Language is generated by the intellect and generates the intellect.


By doubting we come to questioning, and by questioning we perceive the truth.


God considers not the action, but the spirit of the action.


The Son of God took our nature, and in it took upon himself to teach us by both word and example even to the point of death, thus binding us to himself through love.


And now, my friend, I am going to expose to you all my weaknesses.

All men, I believe, are under a necessity of paying tribute at some time or other to Love, and it is vain to strive to avoid it. I was a philosopher, yet this tyrant of the mind triumphed over all my wisdom; his darts were of greater force than all my reasonings, and with a sweet constraint he led me wherever he pleased.


Nothing can be believed unless it is first understood;

and that for any one to preach to others that which either he has not understood nor they have understood is absurd.

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