Belief, courage, perseverance

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Aging category:
The end of all my labors has come. All that I have written appears to me as much straw after the things that have been revealed to me. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Belief category:
Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Belief category:
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Books category:
Beware of the person of one book. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Choices category:
A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Contemplation category:
Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Courage category:
The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Difficulty category:
Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Ego category:
Well-ordered self-love is right and natural. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Excellence category:
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. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Friendship category:
Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Gratitude category:
Whatever is received is received according to the nature of the recipient. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Happiness category:
Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man’s own will. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Joy category:
Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Knowledge category:
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. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Love category:
Love takes up where knowledge leaves off. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Love category:
The things that we love tell us what we are. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Nature category:
All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Philosophy category:
Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Play category:
It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Possessions category:
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. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Questions category:
How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Reality category:
Distinctions drawn by the mind are not necessarily equivalent to distinctions in reality. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Religion category:
The knowledge of God is to all creatures what the knowledge of the artificer is to things made by his art. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Risk category:
If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Sadness category:
Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Senses category:
The senses are a kind of reason. Taste, touch and smell, hearing and seeing, are not merely a means to sensation, enjoyable or otherwise, but they are also a means to knowledge – and are, indeed, your only actual means to knowledge. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Truth category:
All that is true, by whomsoever it has been said has its origin in the Spirit. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Universe category:
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. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Wonder category:
Wonder is the desire for knowledge. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Work category:
A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his mind is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

St. Thomas Aquinas – From the Work category:
Art is right reason in the doing of work. Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire, to know what he ought to do.

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