Inspirational Thomas Aquinas Quotes

Thomas Aquinas ( 1225 – 7 March 1274), was an Italian Dominican friar, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church. This post features some Inspirational Thomas Aquinas Quotes.

He was an immensely influential philosopher, theologian, and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism, within which he is also known as the Doctor Angelicus and the Doctor Communis. The Catholic Church honors Thomas Aquinas as a saint and regards him as the model teacher for those studying for the priesthood, and indeed the highest expression of both natural reason and speculative theology.

He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology and the father of Thomism. His influence on Western thought is considerable, and much of modern philosophy developed or opposed his ideas, particularly in the areas of ethics, natural law, metaphysics, and political theory. Unlike many currents in the Church of the time, Thomas embraced several ideas put forward by Aristotle—whom he called “the Philosopher”—and attempted to synthesize Aristotelian philosophy with the principles of Christianity.

Thomas Aquinas Quotes
Thomas Aquinas Quotes

Thomas Aquinas Quotes

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

“Wonder is the desire of knowledge.”
― Thomas Aquinas

“Beware the man of a single book.”
― 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

“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

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

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

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

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

“Rarely affirm, seldom deny, always distinguish.”
― Thomas Aquinas

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

“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

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

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

“The study of truth requires a considerable effort – which is why few are willing to undertake it out of love of knowledge – despite the fact that God has implanted a natural appetite for such knowledge in the minds of men.”
― Thomas Aquinas

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

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

“The happy man in this life needs friends.”
― 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

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

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

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

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

“Give us, O Lord, a steadfast heart, which no unworthy affection may drag downwards; give us an unconquered heart, which no tribulation can wear out; give us an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
― Thomas Aquinas

“Grant, O Lord my God, that I may never fall away in success or in failure; that I may not be prideful in prosperity nor dejected in adversity. Let me rejoice only in what unites us and sorrow only in what separates us. May I strive to please no one or fear to displease anyone except Yourself. May I see always the things that are eternal and never those that are only temporal. May I shun any joy that is without You and never seek any that is beside You. O Lord, may I delight in any work I do for You and tire of any rest that is apart from You. My God, let me direct my heart towards You, and in my failings, always repent with a purpose of amendment.”
― Thomas Aquinas

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