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Thomas Aquinas (Philosopher)

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
Thomas Aquinas friendship
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
Thomas Aquinas faith
Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.
Thomas Aquinas friends
If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.
Thomas Aquinas forever
Every judgement of conscience, be it right or wrong, be it about things evil in themselves or morally indifferent, is obligatory, in such wise that he who acts against his conscience always sins.
Thomas Aquinas science
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.
Thomas Aquinas knowledge
To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin.
Thomas Aquinas self
Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.
Thomas Aquinas good
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.
Thomas Aquinas desire
The things that we love tell us what we are.
Thomas Aquinas love
Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.
Thomas Aquinas hope
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.
Thomas Aquinas love
Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good.
Thomas Aquinas evil
Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.
Thomas Aquinas truth
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.
Thomas Aquinas good
Because of the diverse conditions of humans, it happens that some acts are virtuous to some people, as appropriate and suitable to them, while the same acts are immoral for others, as inappropriate to them.
Thomas Aquinas people
Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works.
Thomas Aquinas work
The truth of our faith becomes a matter of ridicule among the infidels if any Catholic, not gifted with the necessary scientific learning, presents as dogma what scientific scrutiny shows to be false.
Thomas Aquinas truth
By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.
Thomas Aquinas nature
Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures.
Thomas Aquinas joy
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.
Thomas Aquinas prayer
Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.
Thomas Aquinas faith
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Thomas Aquinas passion
How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God.
Thomas Aquinas love
It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.
Thomas Aquinas time

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