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Thomas Aquinas Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Jun 2021
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Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.
Reason in man is rather like God in the world.
Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them.
Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious.
Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.
Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need.
Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures.
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.
Love is a binding force, by which another is joined to me and cherished by myself.
Law is nothing other than a certain ordinance of reason for the common good, promulgated by the person who has the care of the community.
Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstances confronting him.
It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.
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.
It is necessary to posit something which is necessary of itself, and has no cause of its necessity outside of itself but is the cause of necessity in other things. And all people call this thing God.
It is clear that he does not pray, who, far from uplifting himself to God, requires that God shall lower Himself to him, and who resorts to prayer not to stir the man in us to will what God wills, but only to persuade God to will what the man in us wills.
In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign. Secondly, a just cause. Thirdly, a rightful intention.
If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way.
If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.
If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy.
Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason.
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