Thomas Aquinas Quotes

​Thomas Aquinas

The things that we love tell us what we are.

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.

Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.

Beware of the person of one book.

Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.

It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.

Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.

Wonder is the desire for knowledge.

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.

Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man’s own will.

Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.

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

By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.

A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.

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.

How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God.

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.

I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it.

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.