Saint Thomas Aquinas Quotes




“The things that we love tell us what we are.”

“Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.”

“Reason in man is rather like God in the world”

"There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship."

“By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.”

"One cannot use an evil action with reference to a good intention."

"Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good."

"Whatever is received is received according to the nature of the recipient."

"Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will."

"Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them."

"Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand."

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”

"Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious"

"Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstance confronting him."

"If the primary aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever."

“Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.”

"Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures."

“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”

"The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing."

"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."

"We are like children, who stand in need of masters to enlighten us and direct us; and God has provided for this, by appointing his angels to be our teachers and guides."

Compiled by Thomas George
editor@Wisdom-of-the-Wise.com