Francis of Assisi quotes

Born
1181 or 1182 Assisi, Duchy of Spoleto, Holy Roman Empire.

Died
3 October 1226.

Occupation
Catholic friar.

Francis of Assisi was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon and preacher. He founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land.

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.
– Francis of Assisi
I am the herald of the Great King.
– Francis of Assisi
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
– Francis of Assisi
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
– Francis of Assisi
Where there is injury let me sow pardon.
– Francis of Assisi
Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.
– Francis of Assisi
Holy poverty confounds cupidity and avarice and the cares of this world.
– Francis of Assisi
Pure, holy simplicity confounds all the wisdom of this world and the wisdom of the flesh.
– Francis of Assisi
Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
– Francis of Assisi
It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.
– Francis of Assisi
Holy humility confounds pride and all the men of this world and all things that are in the world.
– Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
– Francis of Assisi
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
– Francis of Assisi
A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.
– Francis of Assisi
No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.
– Francis of Assisi
If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.
– Francis of Assisi
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars; in the heavens, you have made them bright, precious and fair.
– Francis of Assisi
Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
– Francis of Assisi
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom You light the night, and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
– Francis of Assisi
We must not be wise and prudent according to the flesh. Rather, we must be simple, humble and pure.
– Francis of Assisi
Holy charity confounds all diabolical and fleshly temptations and all fleshly fears.
– Francis of Assisi
If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
– Francis of Assisi
We should never desire to be over others. Instead, we ought to be servants who are submissive to every human being for God’s sake.
– Francis of Assisi
For it is in giving that we receive.
– Francis of Assisi
Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
– Francis of Assisi
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
– Francis of Assisi
Holy wisdom confounds Satan and all his wickednesses.
– Francis of Assisi