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A collection of quotes and sayings by Thomas Aquinas on soul, law, unjust, Eucharist, God, existence, theological, work, saint, natural-law, faith, aim and love.

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

Quick Facts

Famous As: Philosophers, Theologian

Born On: January 28, 1225

Died On: March 7, 1274

Born In: Roccasecca

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.

Beware the man of a single book.

Thomas Aquinas

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

Thomas Aquinas

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

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.

Thomas Aquinas

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

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.

Thomas Aquinas

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

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.

Thomas Aquinas

The things that we love tell us what we are.

Thomas Aquinas

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

Thomas Aquinas

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

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.

Thomas Aquinas

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?

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.

Thomas Aquinas

Rarely affirm, seldom deny, always distinguish.

Thomas Aquinas

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

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.

Thomas Aquinas

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

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.

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.

Thomas Aquinas

Love follows knowledge.

Thomas Aquinas

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

Thomas Aquinas

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

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.

Thomas Aquinas

The happy man in this life needs friends.

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

Thomas Aquinas

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

Thomas Aquinas

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

Thomas Aquinas

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

Thomas Aquinas

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

Thomas Aquinas

Beware of the person of one book

Thomas Aquinas

Nothing which implies contradiction falls under the omnipotence of God.

Thomas Aquinas

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

Thomas Aquinas

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

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.

Thomas Aquinas

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

Thomas Aquinas

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

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

Thomas Aquinas

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.

Thomas Aquinas

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), "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.

Thomas Aquinas

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

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

Thomas Aquinas

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

Thomas Aquinas

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

Thomas Aquinas

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

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.

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.

Thomas Aquinas

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

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.

Thomas Aquinas

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

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.

Thomas Aquinas

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

Thomas Aquinas

Nothing can be known, save what is true;

Thomas Aquinas

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

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.

Thomas Aquinas

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

Reason in man is rather like God in the world.

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.

Thomas Aquinas

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

Thomas Aquinas

But a dauntless faith believes

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.

Thomas Aquinas