THOMAS AQUINAS QUOTES

Italian Dominican friar & priest (1225-1274)

Whatever is in motion must be put in motion by another. If that by which it is put in motion be itself put in motion, then this also must needs be put in motion by another, and that by another again. But this cannot go on to infinity, because then there would be no first mover, and, consequently, no other mover; seeing that subsequent movers move only inasmuch as they are put in motion by the first mover; as the staff moves only because it is put in motion by the hand. Therefore it is necessary to arrive at a first mover, put in motion by no other; and this everyone understands to be God.

THOMAS AQUINAS, Summa Theologica

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Justice is in subjects as well as in rulers.

THOMAS AQUINAS, Justice

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Faith will tell us Christ is present,
When our human senses fail.

THOMAS AQUINAS, Pange Lingua Gloriosi Corporis Mysterium

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Man is closer to God according to his existence in grace than he is according to his existence in nature.

THOMAS AQUINAS, On Charity

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An angel can illuminate the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision, and by bringing within his reach some truth which the angel himself contemplates.

THOMAS AQUINAS, attributed, Angels: A Joyous Celebration

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All men are equal in nature, and also in original sin. It is in the merits and demerits of their actions that they differ.

THOMAS AQUINAS, Summa Theologica

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Man cannot live without joy. That is why one deprived of spiritual joys goes over to carnal pleasures.

THOMAS AQUINAS, Summa Theologica

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One will observe that all things are arranged according to their degrees of beauty and excellence, and that the nearer they are to God, the more beautiful and better they are.

THOMAS AQUINAS, sermon on the Apostles' Creed

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Even as in the blessed in heaven there will be most perfect charity, so in the damned there will be the most perfect hate. Wherefore as the saints will rejoice in all goods, so will the damned grieve for all goods. Consequently the sight of the happiness of the saints will give them very great pain.

THOMAS AQUINAS, Summa Theologica

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Baptism is the door of the spiritual life and the gateway to the sacraments.

THOMAS AQUINAS, Summa Theologica

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First, I say that he draws near to those who make peace with him. For God is the One who brings about peace; and where else should peace dwell than in peace?

THOMAS AQUINAS, "Osanna filio David", The Academic Sermons

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Wonder is the desire of knowledge.

THOMAS AQUINAS, Summa Theologica

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Sin is a spiritual illness; thus sinners are in need of salvation.

THOMAS AQUINAS, "Osanna filio David", The Academic Sermons

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A thing is lovable according as it is good. But God is infinite good. Therefore He is infinitely lovable.

THOMAS AQUINAS, On Charity

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True peace consists in not separating ourselves from the will of God.

THOMAS AQUINAS, attributed, Treasury of Spiritual Wisdom

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The greatness of the human being consists in this: that it is capable of the universe.

THOMAS AQUINAS, De Veritate

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For just as the first general precepts of the law of nature are self-evident to one in possession of natural reason, and have no need of promulgation, so also that of believing in God is primary and self-evident to one who has faith: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is.

THOMAS AQUINAS, Summa Theologica

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Sing, my tongue, the Saviour's glory,
Of His Flesh, the mystery sing;
Of the Blood, all price exceeding,
Shed by our Immortal King,
Destined, for the world's redemption,
From a noble Womb to spring.

THOMAS AQUINAS, Pange Lingua Gloriosi Corporis Mysterium

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Natural inclinations are present in things from God, who moves all things. So it is impossible for the natural inclinations of a species to be toward evil in itself. But there is in all perfect animals a natural inclination toward carnal union. Therefore it is impossible for carnal union to be evil in itself.

THOMAS AQUINAS, Summa Contra Gentiles

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Anger and the like are attributed to God on account of a similitude of effect. Thus, because to punish is properly the act of an angry man, God's punishment is metaphorically spoken of as His anger.

THOMAS AQUINAS, Summa Theologica

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