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St. Thomas Aquinas Quotes

(1225-1274), Italian Scholastic Philosopher and Theologian

Those who are more adapted to the active life can prepare themselves for contemplation in the practice of the active life, while those who are more adapted to the contemplative life can take upon themselves the works of the active life so as to become yet more apt for contemplation.

Category: Action

Beware of the person of one book.

Category: Books And Reading

Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.

Category: Character

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

Category: Equality

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

Category: Friends And Friendship

Well-ordered self-love is right and natural.

Category: Love

To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them.

Category: Persuasion

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.

Category: Philosophers And Philosophy

A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.

Category: Reason

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

Category: Reason

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.

Category: Self-reliance

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

Category: Will And Will Power