Thomas Aquinas quotes

Born
1225 Roccasecca, Kingdom of Sicily (now Lazio, Italy).

Died
7 March 1274.

Occupation
Catholic priest.

Thomas Aquinas was an Italian Dominican friar, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church. 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.

Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them.
– Thomas Aquinas
The things that we love tell us what we are.
– Thomas Aquinas
To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them.
– Thomas Aquinas
There is but one Church in which men find salvation, just as outside the ark of Noah it was not possible for anyone to be saved.
– Thomas Aquinas
How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God.
– Thomas Aquinas
Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason.
– Thomas Aquinas
It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.
– Thomas Aquinas
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
– Thomas Aquinas
Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man’s own will.
– Thomas Aquinas
Love is a binding force, by which another is joined to me and cherished by myself.
– Thomas Aquinas
Now this relaxation of the mind from work consists on playful words or deeds. Therefore it becomes a wise and virtuous man to have recourse to such things at times.
– Thomas Aquinas
Beware of the person of one book.
– Thomas Aquinas
Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.
– Thomas Aquinas
Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.
– Thomas Aquinas
Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community.
– Thomas Aquinas
To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin.
– Thomas Aquinas
If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way.
– Thomas Aquinas
Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need.
– Thomas Aquinas
Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.
– Thomas Aquinas
Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.
– Thomas Aquinas
A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.
– Thomas Aquinas
If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.
– Thomas Aquinas
Well-ordered self-love is right and natural.
– Thomas Aquinas
Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.
– Thomas Aquinas
By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.
– Thomas Aquinas
Distinctions drawn by the mind are not necessarily equivalent to distinctions in reality.
– Thomas Aquinas
The knowledge of God is the cause of things. For the knowledge of God is to all creatures what the knowledge of the artificer is to things made by his art.
– Thomas Aquinas
To live well is to work well, to show a good activity.
– Thomas Aquinas
God should not be called an individual substance, since the principal of individuation is matter.
– Thomas Aquinas
There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
– Thomas Aquinas
Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.
– Thomas Aquinas
Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.
– Thomas Aquinas
Law is nothing other than a certain ordinance of reason for the common good, promulgated by the person who has the care of the community.
– Thomas Aquinas
Because of the diverse conditions of humans, it happens that some acts are virtuous to some people, as appropriate and suitable to them, while the same acts are immoral for others, as inappropriate to them.
– Thomas Aquinas
All that is true, by whomsoever it has been said has its origin in the Spirit.
– Thomas Aquinas
Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious.
– Thomas Aquinas
The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them.
– Thomas Aquinas
Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good.
– 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
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
All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly.
– Thomas Aquinas
As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power.
– Thomas Aquinas
Wonder is the desire for knowledge.
– Thomas Aquinas
Reason in man is rather like God in the world.
– Thomas Aquinas