quote by Alphonsus Liguori

He who wishes to find Jesus should seek Him, not in the delights and pleasures of the world, but in mortification of the senses.

— Alphonsus Liguori

Delightful Mortification quotations

Repentance is the true turning of our life to God, a turning that arises from a pure and earnest fear of Him; and it consists in the mortification of the flesh and the renewing of the Spirit.

We know one another's faults, virtues, catastrophes, mortifications, triumphs, rivalries, desires, and how long we can each hang by our hands to a bar. We have been banded together under pack codes and tribal laws.

Christ's blood is the great sovereign remedy for sin-sick souls.

The heroic minute.- It is the time fixed for getting up.- Without hesitation: a supernatural reflection and.-.-.- up! The heroic minute: here you have a mortification that strengthens your will and does no harm to your body.


Intend to live in continual mortification, and never to expect or desire any worldly ease or pleasure.

Oh, how I like those little mortifications that are seen by nobody, such as rising a quarter of an hour sooner, rising for a little while in the night to pray!

Obedience is a penance of reason, and, on that account, a sacrifice more acceptable than all corporal penances and mortifications.

The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give.

But the less you have the more free you are. Poverty for us is a freedom. It is not mortification, a penance. It is joyful freedom. There is no television here, no this, no that. But we are perfectly happy.

Marriage is a tyranny, a mortification of man's natural instincts.

Man needs a multiplicity of relationships.


The state of marriage is one that requires more virtue and constancy than any other; it is a perpetual exercise in mortification.

... mortification is basic to the act of photographing. The person is mobile, ... then I freeze one moment in his movement, a mere five-hundredth of a second of that person's life-time. That's a very meager or small extract from a life.

The good Lord send out a spirit of mortification to cure our distempers, or we are in a sad condition!

Sin also carries on its war by entangling the affections and drawing them into an alliance against the mind. Grace may be enthroned in the mind, but if sin controls the affections, it has seized a fort from which it will continually assault the soul. Hence, as we shall see, mortification is chiefly directed to take place upon the affections.

If we could have a little patience, we should escape much mortification;

time takes away as much as it gives.


Let a man neither give himself over to pleasures .

.. nor yet let him give himself over to self-mortification ... To the exclusion of both these extremes, the Truth-Finder has discovered a middle course.

A man may be carried on in a constant course of mortification all his days;

and yet perhaps never enjoy a good day of peace and consolation.

If we could have a little patience, we should escape much mortification;

time takes away as much as it gives.

We have very little, so we have nothing to be preoccupied with.

The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But the less you have, the more free you are.

We launch our souls from the cannons of art and discipline, and on any one night, hovering over the chimney tops of Europe, halfway to the stars, there are armies of brightly spinning spirits that have risen like fireworks, tethered to the souls of those men and women who, by reflection, mortification, and devotion, effortlessly outdazzle kings.


The perfection of a Christian consists in mortifying his will for the love of Christ. Where there is no great mortification, there is no great sanctity.

There are two things that we should avoid, oh disciple! A life of pleasures, that is low and vain. A life of mortification, that is useless and vain.

It is a great mortification to the vanity of man, that his utmost art and industry can never equal the meanest of nature's productions, either for beauty or value. Art is only the under-workman, and is employed to give a few strokes of embellishment to those pieces, which come from the hand of the master.

Set faith at work on Christ for the killing of thy sin.

His blood is the great sovereign remedy for sin-sick souls. Live in this, and thou wilt die a conqueror; yea, thou wilt, through the good providence of God, live to see thy lust dead at thy feet.

Mortification from a self-strength, carried on by ways of self-invention, unto the end of a self-righteousness, is the soul and substance of all false religion in the world.


That single thought is enough. The impulse increases to a wish, the wish to a desire, the desire to an uncontrollable longing, and the longing (to the deep regret and mortification of the speaker, and in defiance of all consequences,) is indulged.

The Buddha's message was simple but profound.

Neither a life of self-indulgence nor one of self-mortification can bring happiness. Only a middle path, avoiding these two extremes, leads to peace of mind, wisdom, & complete liberation from the dissatisfactions of life.

Where there is no great mortification there is no great sanctity.

Never before has a civilization reached such a degree of a contempt for life;

never before has a generation, drowned in mortification, felt such a rage to live.

Despair gives the shocking ease to the mind that a mortification gives to the body.


Sin is never less quiet than when it seems to be most quiet.

Of course, everyone's parents are embarrassing.

It goes with the territory. The nature of parents is to embarrass merely by existing, just as it is the nature of children of a certain age to cringe with embarrassment, shame, and mortification should their parents so much as speak to them on the street.

Avarice begets more vices than Priam did children and like Priam survives them all. It starves its keeper to surfeit those who wish him dead, and makes him submit to more mortifications to lose heaven than the martyr undergoes to gain it.

All attempts, then, for mortification of any lust, without an interest in Christ, are vain.

The mortification of indwelling sin remaining in our mortal bodies, that it may not have life and power to bring forth the works or deeds of the flesh is the constant duty of believers.