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68 Thomas Aquinas Quotes That Will Help You When The Spirit Is Willing But The Flesh Is Weak

Famous As: Italian Theologian & Philosopher
Born On: January 25, 1225
Died On: March 7, 1274
Born In: Roccasecca, Italy
Died At Age: 49
Thomas Aquinas was a distinguished Italian Catholic priest, Doctor of the Church, and Dominican friar. He was also an exceptionally illustrious jurist, philosopher, and theologian, and was also renowned as Doctor Communis and Doctor Angelicus. He is regarded as the first classical adherent of natural theology. He is also considered to be the father of Theomism for his argument that reason is found in the Almighty. Aquinas called Aristotle ‘the Philosopher’ and embraced a number of ideas that were put forth by the latter. The Eucharistic hymns by Aquinas form a part of the Church ritual. We have gathered some notable quotes and sayings by Thomas Aquinas, which has been collected from his works, writings, thoughts, philosophies, teachings, preaching and life. Go through the motivational quotes and thoughts by Thomas Aquinas.
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.

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

Thomas Aquinas
Beware the man of a single book.

Beware the man of a single book.

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

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

Thomas Aquinas
We must love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject, for both have labored in the search for truth, and both have helped us in finding it.

We must love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject, for both have labored in the search for truth, and both have helped us in finding it.

Thomas Aquinas
Fear is such a powerful emotion for humans that when we allow it to take us over, it drives compassion right out of our hearts.

Fear is such a powerful emotion for humans that when we allow it to take us over, it drives compassion right out of our hearts.

Thomas Aquinas
The soul is like an uninhabited world
that comes to life only when
God lays His head
against us.

The soul is like an uninhabited world that comes to life only when God lays His head against us.

Thomas Aquinas
The things that we love tell us what we are.

The things that we love tell us what we are.

Thomas Aquinas
Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen.

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen.

Thomas Aquinas
Better to illuminate than merely to shine to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.

Better to illuminate than merely to shine to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.

Thomas Aquinas
The Study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is.

The Study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is.

Thomas Aquinas
Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine

Thomas Aquinas
Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.

Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.

Thomas Aquinas
Wonder is the desire of knowledge.

Wonder is the desire of knowledge.

Thomas Aquinas
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?

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?

Thomas Aquinas
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.

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
I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it. I would hope to act with compassion without thinking of personal gain.

I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it. I would hope to act with compassion without thinking of personal gain.

Thomas Aquinas
For those with faith, no evidence is necessary; for those without it, no evidence will suffice.

For those with faith, no evidence is necessary; for those without it, no evidence will suffice.

Thomas Aquinas
Rarely affirm, seldom deny, always distinguish.

Rarely affirm, seldom deny, always distinguish.

Thomas Aquinas
Love follows knowledge.

Love follows knowledge.

Thomas Aquinas
There must be must be a first mover existing above all – and this we call God.

There must be must be a first mover existing above all – and this we call God.

Thomas Aquinas
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.

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
Obedience unites us so closely to God that it in a way transforms us into Him, so that we have no other will but His.
If obedience is lacking, even prayer cannot be pleasing to God.

Obedience unites us so closely to God that it in a way transforms us into Him, so that we have no other will but His. If obedience is lacking, even prayer cannot be pleasing to God.

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

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

Thomas Aquinas
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.

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
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.

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
Faith has to do with things that are not seen, and hope with things that are not in hand.

Faith has to do with things that are not seen, and hope with things that are not in hand.

Thomas Aquinas
The happy man in this life needs friends.

The happy man in this life needs friends.

Thomas Aquinas
God is never angry for His sake, only for ours.

God is never angry for His sake, only for ours.

Thomas Aquinas
It is necessary for the perfection of human society that there should be men who devote their lives to contemplation.

It is necessary for the perfection of human society that there should be men who devote their lives to contemplation.

Thomas Aquinas
It is not theft, properly speaking, to take secretly and use another's property in a case of extreme need: because that which he takes for the support of his life becomes his own property by reason of that need

It is not theft, properly speaking, to take secretly and use another's property in a case of extreme need: because that which he takes for the support of his life becomes his own property by reason of that need

Thomas Aquinas
A song is the exultation of the mind dwelling on eternal things, bursting forth in the voice.

A song is the exultation of the mind dwelling on eternal things, bursting forth in the voice.

Thomas Aquinas
Man has free choice, or otherwise counsels, exhortations, commands, prohibitions, rewards and punishments would be in vain.

Man has free choice, or otherwise counsels, exhortations, commands, prohibitions, rewards and punishments would be in vain.

Thomas Aquinas
Nothing which implies contradiction falls under the omnipotence of God.

Nothing which implies contradiction falls under the omnipotence of God.

Thomas Aquinas
While injustice is the worst of sins, despair is the most dangerous; because when you are in despair you care neither about yourself nor about others.

While injustice is the worst of sins, despair is the most dangerous; because when you are in despair you care neither about yourself nor about others.

Thomas Aquinas
Beware of the person of one book

Beware of the person of one book

Thomas Aquinas
Man should not consider his material possessions as his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need

Man should not consider his material possessions as his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need

Thomas Aquinas
The existence of a prime mover- nothing can move itself; there must be a first mover. The first mover is called God.

The existence of a prime mover- nothing can move itself; there must be a first mover. The first mover is called God.

Thomas Aquinas
The human mind may perceive truth only through thinking, as is clear from Augustine.

The human mind may perceive truth only through thinking, as is clear from Augustine.

Thomas Aquinas
It must be said that charity can, in no way, exist along with mortal sin.

It must be said that charity can, in no way, exist along with mortal sin.

Thomas Aquinas
I receive Thee ransom of my soul. For love of Thee have I studied and kept vigil toiled preached and taught…

I receive Thee ransom of my soul. For love of Thee have I studied and kept vigil toiled preached and taught…

Thomas Aquinas
Mercy without justice is the mother of dissolution; justice without mercy is cruelty.

Mercy without justice is the mother of dissolution; justice without mercy is cruelty.

Thomas Aquinas
I answer that, As Augustine says (De Moribus Eccl. vi),

I answer that, As Augustine says (De Moribus Eccl. vi), "the soul needs to follow something in order to give birth to virtue: this something is God: if we follow Him we shall live aright.

Thomas Aquinas
If you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because he himself is the way.

If you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because he himself is the way.

Thomas Aquinas
To make peace either in oneself or among others, shows a man to be a follower of God,

To make peace either in oneself or among others, shows a man to be a follower of God,

Thomas Aquinas
That the saints may enjoy their beatitude and the grace of God more abundantly they are permitted to see the punishment of the damned in hell.

That the saints may enjoy their beatitude and the grace of God more abundantly they are permitted to see the punishment of the damned in hell.

Thomas Aquinas
It is better to illuminate than merely to shine.
Maius est illuminare quam lucere solum.

It is better to illuminate than merely to shine. Maius est illuminare quam lucere solum.

Thomas Aquinas
There would not be a perfect likeness of God in the universe if all things were of one grade of being.

There would not be a perfect likeness of God in the universe if all things were of one grade of being.

Thomas Aquinas
The blessed in the kingdom of heaven will see the punishments of the damned, in order that their bliss be more delightful for them.

The blessed in the kingdom of heaven will see the punishments of the damned, in order that their bliss be more delightful for them.

Thomas Aquinas
By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.

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

Thomas Aquinas
Thus the sun which possesses light perfectly, can shine by itself; whereas the moon which has the nature of light imperfectly, sheds only a borrowed light.

Thus the sun which possesses light perfectly, can shine by itself; whereas the moon which has the nature of light imperfectly, sheds only a borrowed light.

Thomas Aquinas
Our manner of knowing is so weak that no philosopher could perfectly investigate the nature of even one little fly.

Our manner of knowing is so weak that no philosopher could perfectly investigate the nature of even one little fly.

Thomas Aquinas
Justice without mercy is cruelty; mercy without justice is dissolution.

Justice without mercy is cruelty; mercy without justice is dissolution.

Thomas Aquinas
The Stone is one, the Medicine is one, to which we add nothing, only in the preparation removing superfluities.

The Stone is one, the Medicine is one, to which we add nothing, only in the preparation removing superfluities.

Thomas Aquinas
In the old law, God was praised both with musical instruments, and human voices. But the church does not use musical instruments to praise God, lest she should seem to judaize.

In the old law, God was praised both with musical instruments, and human voices. But the church does not use musical instruments to praise God, lest she should seem to judaize.

Thomas Aquinas
Knowledge depends on the mode of the knower; for what is known is in the knower according to the measure of his mode

Knowledge depends on the mode of the knower; for what is known is in the knower according to the measure of his mode

Thomas Aquinas
Jerome says (Ep. ad Nepot. lii):

Jerome says (Ep. ad Nepot. lii): "Shun, as you would the plague, a cleric who from being poor has become wealthy, or who, from being a nobody has become a celebrity.

Thomas Aquinas
Friendship makes you feel as one with your friend.

Friendship makes you feel as one with your friend.

Thomas Aquinas
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which set bounds to the passions

Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which set bounds to the passions

Thomas Aquinas
The truth can be perceived only through thinking, as is proven by Augustine.

The truth can be perceived only through thinking, as is proven by Augustine.

Thomas Aquinas
Nothing can be known, save what is true;

Nothing can be known, save what is true;

Thomas Aquinas
Honor is due to God and to persons of great excellence as a sign of attestation of excellence already existing; not that honor makes them excellent.

Honor is due to God and to persons of great excellence as a sign of attestation of excellence already existing; not that honor makes them excellent.

Thomas Aquinas
It has become the fashion to talk about Mysticism, even to pose as Mystics, and—need it be said?—those who talk the most on such subjects are those who know the least.

It has become the fashion to talk about Mysticism, even to pose as Mystics, and—need it be said?—those who talk the most on such subjects are those who know the least.

Thomas Aquinas
The slenderest knowledge that may be obtained of the highest things is more desirable than the most certain knowledge obtained of lesser things.

The slenderest knowledge that may be obtained of the highest things is more desirable than the most certain knowledge obtained of lesser things.

Thomas Aquinas
Reason in man is rather like God in the world.

Reason in man is rather like God in the world.

Thomas Aquinas
But a dauntless faith believes

But a dauntless faith believes

Thomas Aquinas
Pipes are not to be used for teaching, nor any artificial instruments, as the harp, or the like: but whatsoever will make the hearers good men.

Pipes are not to be used for teaching, nor any artificial instruments, as the harp, or the like: but whatsoever will make the hearers good men.

Thomas Aquinas
Now in matters of action the reason directs all things in view of the end:

Now in matters of action the reason directs all things in view of the end:

Thomas Aquinas
Further, nothing, except sin, is contrary to an act of virtue. But war is contrary to peace. Therefore war is always a sin.

Further, nothing, except sin, is contrary to an act of virtue. But war is contrary to peace. Therefore war is always a sin.

Thomas Aquinas