Quotes by Thomas a Kempis

Activate yourself to duty by remembering your position, who you are, and what you have obliged yourself to be.
– Thomas a Kempis
Be assured that if you knew all, you would pardon all.
– Thomas a Kempis
Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
– Thomas a Kempis
Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise not blame.
– Thomas a Kempis
If you cannot mould yourself entirely as you would wish, how can you expect other people to be entirely to your liking?
– Thomas a Kempis
Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility; for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible.
– Thomas a Kempis
Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.
– Thomas a Kempis
We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are.
– Thomas a Kempis
Would that we had spent one whole day well in this world!
– Thomas a Kempis
He will be with you also, all the way, that faithful God. Every morning when you awaken to the old and tolerable pain, at every mile of the hot uphill dusty road of tiring duty, on to the judgment seat, the same Christ there as ever, still loving you, still sufficient for you, even then. And then, on through all eternity.
– Thomas a Kempis
Be thankful for the least gift, so shalt thou be meant to receive greater.
– Thomas a Kempis
Endeavor to be always patient of the faults and imperfections of others for thou has many faults and imperfections of thine own that require forbearance. If thou are not able to make thyself that which thou wishest, how canst thou expect to mold another in conformity to thy will?
– Thomas a Kempis
Love flies, runs, and rejoices; it is free and nothing can hold it back.
– Thomas a Kempis
Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.
– Thomas a Kempis
Of two evils we must always choose the least.
– Thomas a Kempis
Remember that lost time does not return.
– Thomas a Kempis
The good devout man first makes inner preparation for the actions he has later to perform. His outward actions do not draw him into lust and vice; rather it is he who bends them into the shape of reason and right judgement. Who has a stiffer battle to fight than the man who is striving to conquer himself.
– Thomas a Kempis
Who has a harder fight than he who is striving to overcome himself.
– Thomas a Kempis
And when he is out of sight, quickly also is he out of mind.
– Thomas a Kempis
Without the way, there is no going without the truth, there is no knowing without the life, there is no living.
– Thomas a Kempis