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Inspirational Peter Abelard Quotes

Peter Abelard ( 1079 – 21 April 1142) was a medieval French scholastic philosopher, theologian and preeminent logician. This post features some Inspirational Peter Abelard Quotes. His affair with and love for Héloïse d’Argenteuil has become legendary. The Chambers Biographical Dictionary describes him as “the keenest thinker and boldest theologian of the 12th Century”.

Peter Abelard Quotes

Peter Abelard Quotes
Peter Abelard Quotes

“Constant and frequent questioning is the first key to wisdom. For through doubting we are led to inquire, and by inquiry we perceive the truth.”
– Peter Abelard

“The purpose and cause of the incarnation was that He might illuminate the world by His wisdom and excite it to the love of Himself.”
– Peter Abelard

“Against the disease of writing one must take special precautions, since it is a dangerous and contagious disease.”
– Peter Abelard

“Everyone wishes to be saved, but few will use those means which religion prescribes.”
– Peter Abelard

“The key to wisdom is this — constant and frequent questioning. for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.”
Peter Abelard

“Strive now to unite in yourself all the virtues of these different examples. Have the purity of virgins, the austerity of anchorites, the zeal of pastors and bishops, and the constancy of martyrs.”
– Peter Abelard

“Assiduous and frequent questioning is indeed the first key to wisdom… for by doubting we come to inquiry; through inquiring we perceive the truth…”
– Peter Abelard

“I give you advice, which could I myself follow, I should be happy.”
– Peter Abelard

“Often the hearts of men and women are stirred, as likewise they are soothed in their sorrows, more by example than by words.”
– Peter Abelard

“Nothing can be believed unless it is first understood; and that for any one to preach to others that which either he has not understood nor they have understood is absurd.”
– Peter Abelard

“When the same thing is done by the same man at different times, by the diversity of his intention, however, his action is now said to be good, now bad.”
– Peter Abelard

“The fathers did not themselves believe that they, or their companions, were always right. Augustine found himself mistaken in some cases and did not hesitate to retract his errors.”
– Peter Abelard

“The men who abandon themselves to the passions of this miserable life, are compared in Scripture to beasts.”
– Peter Abelard

“When love has once been sincere, how difficult it is to determine to love no more? It’s a thousand times more easy to renounce the world than love.”
– Peter Abelard

“For my part, the more I went forward in the study of letters, and ever more easily, the greater became the ardor of my devotion to them, until in truth I was so enthralled by my passion for learning that, gladly leaving to my brothers the pomp of glory in arms, the right of heritage and all the honors that should have been mine as the eldest born, I fled utterly from the court of Mars that I might win learning in the bosom of Minerva. And — since I found the armory of logical reasoning more to my liking than the other forms of philosophy, I exchanged all other weapons for these, and to the prizes of victory in war I preferred the battle of minds in disputation.”
– Peter Abelard

“There are many seeming contradictions and even obscurities in the innumerable writings of the church fathers. Our respect for their authority should not stand in the way of an effort on our part to come at the truth.”
– Peter Abelard

“I had wished to find in philosophy and religion a remedy for my disgrace; I searched out an asylum to secure me from love… duty, reason and decency, which upon other occasions have some power over me, are here useless. The Gospel is a language I do not understand when it opposes my passion… but when love has once been sincere how difficult it is to determine to love no more! ’Tis a thousand times more easy to renounce the world than love. I hate this deceitful, faithless world; I think no more of it.”
– Peter Abelard

“If there is anything that may properly be called happiness here below, I am persuaded it is the union of two persons who love each other with perfect liberty, who are united by a secret inclination, and satisfied with each others merits. Their hearts are full and leave no vacancy for any other passion; they enjoy perpetual tranquillity because they enjoy content.”
– Peter Abelard

“We call an intention good which is right in itself, but the action is good, not because it contains within it some good, but because it issues from a good intention.”
– Peter Abelard

“In comparing your sorrows with mine, you may discover that yours are in truth nought.. and so shall you come to bear them the more easily grateful that they are not worse.”
– Peter Abelard

“I have ventured to bring together various dicta of the holy fathers, as they came to mind, and to formulate certain questions which were suggested by the seeming contradictions in the statements.”
– Peter Abelard

“Sometimes I grieve for the house of the Paraclete, and wish to see it again. Ah, Philintus! does not the love of Heloise still burn in my heart? I have not yet triumphed over that happy passion.”
– Peter Abelard

“A writer may use different terms to mean the same thing, in order to avoid a monotonous repetition of the same word. Common, vague words may be employed in order that the common people may understand; and sometimes a writer sacrifices perfect accuracy in the interest of a clear general statement. Poetical, figurative language is often obscure and vague.”
– Peter Abelard

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