Out of sight, out of mind. The absent are always in the wrong.— Thomas Kempis
The most scandalous Thomas Kempis quotes that are little-known but priceless
First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.
When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.
The better you understand yourself the less cause you will find to love yourself.
We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are.
The loftier the building the deeper the foundation must be.
The acknowledgment of our weakness is the first step in repairing our loss.
Adversities do not make a man frail. They show what sort of man he is.
Activate yourself to duty by remembering your position, who you are, and what you have obliged yourself to be.
The highest in God's esteem are the lowest in their own.
Whatever you do, do it with intelligence, and keep the end in view.
He has great tranquillity of heart who cares neither for the praises nor the fault-finding of men.
Bear the Cross cheerfully and it will bear you.
Scruples, temptations, and fears, and cutting perplexities of the heart, are often the lot of the most excellent persons.
Man proposes, but God disposes.
Simplicity is the intention, purity in the affection;
simplicity turns to God, purity unites with and enjoys him.
Everywhere I have sought rest and not found it, except sitting in a corner by myself with a little book.
No one is qualified to converse in public except those contented to do without such conversation.
Love makes everything that is heavy light.
Love is swift, sincere, pious, joyful, generous, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering, courageous, and never seeking its own; for wheresoever a person seeketh his own, there he falleth from love.
Intelligence must follow faith, never precede it. and never destroy it.
By two wings a man is lifted up from things earthly: by simplicity and purity.
Many deceive themselves, imagining they'll find happiness in change.
If you cannot mould yourself as you would wish, how can you expect other people to be entirely to your liking?
Don't flatter the rich, or appear to willing before the great.
Pass no rash condemnation on other peoples words or actions.
Permit no hour to go by without it due improvement.
It is much safer to obey, than to govern.
Thou art my glory and the exultation of y heart: thou art my hope and refuge in the day of my trouble.
It is vanity to desire a long life and to take no heed of a good life.
Wherever you go, you will always bear yourself about with you, and so you will always find yourself.
How sweet it is to love, and to be dissolved, and as it were to bathe myself in thy love.
If your heart were sincere and upright, every creature would be unto you a looking-glass of life and a book of holy doctrine.
An humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than a deep search after learning.
Be not angry that you cannot make another what you wish them to be;
since you cannot make yourself what you wish to be.
Peace and happiness are what you covet, but these are only to be obtained by labor.
Remember, your prerogative is to govern, and not to serve the things of this world.
He does much who loves God much, and he does much who does his deed well, and he does his deed well who does it rather for the common good than for his own will.
Do not let your peace depend on the hearts of men;
whatever they say about you, good or bad, you are not because of it another man, for as you are, you are.
Love feels no burden, regards not labors, strives toward more than it attains, argues not of impossibility, since it believes that it may and can do all things. Therefore it avails for all things, and fulfils and accomplishes much where one not a lover falls and lies helpless.
It is no little wisdom for a man to keep himself in silence and in good peace when evil words are spoken to him, and to turn his heart to God and not to be troubled with man's judgment.
Anyone who thinks hard work will never hurt you has never had to pay to have it done. Jesus now has many lovers of his Heavenly Kingdom, but few bearers of his cross.
Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength.... It is therefore able to undertake all things, and it completes many things, and warrants them to take effect, where he who does not love would faint and lie down.
He that loveth, flieth, runneth, and rejoiceth.
He is free, and cannot be held in. He giveth all for all, and hath all in all, because he resteth in one highest above all things, from whom all that is good flows and proceeds.
Don't think so much about who is for or against you, rather give all your care, that God be with you in everything you do.
He will be with you also, all the way, that faithful God.
Every morning when you awaken to the old and tolerable pain, at every mile of the hot uphill dusty road of tiring duty, on to the judgment seat, the same Christ there as ever, still loving you, still sufficient for you, even then. And then, on through all eternity.
As iron put into the fire loseth its rust and becometh clearly red-hot, so he that wholly turneth himself unto God puts off all slothfulness, and is transformed into a new man.
Of what use is a long life, if we amend so little? Alas, a long life often adds to our sins rather than to our virtue!
Love Him, and keep Him for thy Friend, who, when all go away, will not forsake thee, nor suffer thee to perish at the last.
The enemy is more easily overcome if he be not suffered to enter the door of our hearts, but be resisted without the gate at his first knock.