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1225 - 1274, Italian Dominican priest and philosopher

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

The person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church
teaches.
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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

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.
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By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.
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A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.
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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.
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Beware the man of one book.
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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.
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It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful
deeds and jokes.
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Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than
merely to contemplate.
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Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them.
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Wonder is the desire for knowledge.
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Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will.
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Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.
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If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.
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There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
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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.
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The things that we love tell us what we are.
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I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it. I would hope to act with
compassion without thinking of personal gain.
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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.
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Because we cannot know what God is, but only what He is not, we cannot consider how He
is but only how He is not.
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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.
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The theologian considers sin mainly as an offence against God; the moral philosopher as
contrary to reasonableness.
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The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to
attack them.
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Love must precede hatred, and nothing is hated save through being contrary to a suitable
thing which is loved. And hence it is that every hatred is caused by love.
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Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason.
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The end of all my labors has come. All that I have written appears to me as much straw after
the things that have been revealed to me.
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Peace is the work of justice indirectly, in so far as justice removes the obstacles to peace;
but it is the work of charity directly, since charity, according to its very notion, causes peace.
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Rarely affirm, seldom deny, always distinguish.
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Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good.
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The study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the
truth of things is.
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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.
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