Quotes by Saint Thomas Aquinas

Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Nor has the Church failed before the assaults of demons: for she is like a tower of refuge to all who fight against the Devil.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Now among all passions inflicted from without, death holds the first place, just as sexual concupiscences are chief among internal passions. Consequently, when a man conquers death and things directed to death, his is a most perfect victory.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Peace is the work of justice indirectly, in so far as justice removes the obstacles to peace; but it is the work of charity (love) directly, since charity, according to its very notion, causes peace.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Reason in man is rather like God in the world.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Sure, for all our blindness; secure, for all our helplessness; strong, for all our weakness; gaily in love, for all the pressures on our hearts.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
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.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
The Church has ever proved indestructible. Her persecutors have failed to destroy her; in fact, it was during times of persecution that the Church grew more and more; while the persecutors themselves, and those whom the Church would destroy, are the very ones who came to nothing.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
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.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
The minister to whom confession is made is the delegate of Christ, Who is the Judge of the living and the dead.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
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.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
The things that we love tell us what we are.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
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.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
There are wars where no one marches with a flag, thought that does not keep casualties from mounting. Our hearts irrigate this earth. We are fields before each other.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
There is but one Church in which men find salvation, just as outside the ark of Noah it was not possible for anyone to be saved.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas