Saint Thomas Aquinas O.P., 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. The name Aquinas identifies his ancestral origins in the county of Aquino in present-day Lazio. He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology and the father of Thomism. Thomas Aquinas is considered one of the Catholic Church’s greatest theologians and philosophers.
There Is Nothing On This Earth More To Be Prized Than True Friendship.
By Nature All Men Are Equal In Liberty, But Not In Other Endowments.
Friendship Is The Source Of The Greatest Pleasures, And Without Friends Even The Most Agreeable Pursuits Become Tedious.
Well-ordered Self-love Is Right And Natural.
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.
Good Can Exist Without Evil, Whereas Evil Cannot Exist Without Good.
It Is Requisite For The Relaxation Of The Mind That We Make Use, From Time To Time, Of Playful Deeds And Jokes.
Law; An Ordinance Of Reason For The Common Good, Made By Him Who Has Care Of The Community.
Human Salvation Demands The Divine Disclosure Of Truths Surpassing Reason.
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.
Faith Has To Do With Things That Are Not Seen And Hope With Things That Are Not At Hand.
If The Highest Aim Of A Captain Were To Preserve His Ship, He Would Keep It In Port Forever.
Moral Science Is Better Occupied When Treating Of Friendship Than Of Justice.
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.
It Is Possible To Demonstrate God's Existence, Although Not A Priori, Yet A Posteriori From Some Work Of His More Surely Known To Us.
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.
If, Then, You Are Looking For The Way By Which You Should Go, Take Christ, Because He Himself Is The Way.
The Principal Act Of Courage Is To Endure And Withstand Dangers Doggedly Rather Than To Attack Them.
God Should Not Be Called An Individual Substance, Since The Principal Of Individuation Is Matter.
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.
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.
In Order For A War To Be Just, Three Things Are Necessary. First, The Authority Of The Sovereign. Secondly, A Just Cause. Thirdly, A Rightful Intention.
The Things That We Love Tell Us What We Are.
If Forgers And Malefactors Are Put To Death By The Secular Power, There Is Much More Reason For Excommunicating And Even Putting To Death One Convicted Of Heresy.
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.
It Is Clear That He Does Not Pray, Who, Far From Uplifting Himself To God, Requires That God Shall Lower Himself To Him, And Who Resorts To Prayer Not To Stir The Man In Us To Will What God Wills, But Only To Persuade God To Will What The Man In Us Wills.
How Can We Live In Harmony? First We Need To Know We Are All Madly In Love With The Same God.
All That Is True, By Whomsoever It Has Been Said Has Its Origin In The Spirit.
That The Saints May Enjoy Their Beatitude And The Grace Of God More Abundantly They Are Permitted To See The Punishment Of The Damned In Hell.
Better To Illuminate Than Merely To Shine, To Deliver To Others Contemplated Truths Than Merely To Contemplate.
Wonder Is The Desire For Knowledge.
The Theologian Considers Sin Mainly As An Offence Against God; The Moral Philosopher As Contrary To Reasonableness.
Pray Thee, Spare, Thyself At Times: For It Becomes A Wise Man Sometimes To Relax The High Pressure Of His Attention To Work.
Sorrow Can Be Alleviated By Good Sleep, A Bath And A Glass Of Wine.
The Truth Of Our Faith Becomes A Matter Of Ridicule Among The Infidels If Any Catholic, Not Gifted With The Necessary Scientific Learning, Presents As Dogma What Scientific Scrutiny Shows To Be False.
Not Everything That Is More Difficult Is More Meritorious.
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 About Someone They Know.
The Test Of The Artist Does Not Lie In The Will With Which He Goes To Work, But In The Excellence Of The Work He Produces.
Three Conditions Are Necessary For Penance: Contrition, Which Is Sorrow For Sin, Together With A Purpose Of Amendment; Confession Of Sins Without Any Omission; And Satisfaction By Means Of Good Works.
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.
Happiness Is Secured Through Virtue; It Is A Good Attained By Man's Own Will.
All The Efforts Of The Human Mind Cannot Exhaust The Essence Of A Single Fly.
A Man Has Free Choice To The Extent That He Is Rational.
To One Who Has Faith, No Explanation Is Necessary. To One Without Faith, No Explanation Is Possible.
Most Men Seem To Live According To Sense Rather Than Reason.
Justice Is A Certain Rectitude Of Mind Whereby A Man Does What He Ought To Do In The Circumstances Confronting Him.
Perfection Of Moral Virtue Does Not Wholly Take Away The Passions, But Regulates Them.
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.
Reason In Man Is Rather Like God In The World.
To Live Well Is To Work Well, To Show A Good Activity.