Quotes by Saint Thomas Aquinas

How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God.
– Saint 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.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
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.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
If someone knows from experience that daily Communion increases fervor without lessening reverence, then let him go every day. But if someone finds that reverence is lessened and devotion not much increased, then let him sometimes abstain, so as to draw near afterwards with better dispositions.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
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.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
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.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
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.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Just as a man cannot live in the flesh unless he is born in the flesh, even so a man cannot have the spiritual life of grace unless he is born again spiritually. This regeneration is effected by Baptism: Unless a man is born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Just as in one man there is one soul and one body, yet many members; even so the Catholic Church is one body, having many members. The soul that quickens this body is the Holy Spirit; and therefore in the Creed after confessing our belief in the Holy Spirit, we are bid to believe in the Holy Catholic Church.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstances confronting him.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures.
– Saint 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.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas