Thomas Aquinas

(Saint Thomas Aquinas)

Thomas Aquinas
Thomas Aquinas
  • Born:
  • Died: March 7, 1274
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Profession: Theologian









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All admit that indulgences have some value; for it would be blasphemy to say that the Church does anything in vain. Religion & God
As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power. Nature ;Power ;Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Because of the diverse conditions of humans, it happens that some acts are virtuous to some individuals … while the same acts are immoral for others … Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
For a war to be just, three conditions are necessary—public authority, just cause, right motive. War & Peace
Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Human law is imposed on the multitude, a part of which is composed of men imperfect in virtue. Thus all the vices from which the virtuous abstain are not punished by human law, but only the more grievous ones which most people can avoid, and especially those which can hurt others, without the prohibition of which human society could not be preserved. Thus homicide, theft and the like are prohibited by human law. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
If forgers and other 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. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
If heretics be altogether uprooted by death, this is not contrary to Our Lord's command Religion & God
If... the motion of the earth were circular, it would be violent and contrary to nature, and could not be eternal, since ... nothing violent is eternal .... It follows, therefore, that the earth is not moved with a circular motion. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
It is a dogma of faith that the demons can produce wind, storms, and rain of fire from heaven. Religion & God
Law has the power to compel: indeed, the ability to enforce is a condition of the ability to command. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Law principally and properly seeks the common good. Planning for the common good is the task of the whole people or of someone ruling in the person of the whole people. Thus lawmaking is the task of the whole charge of the whole people; for in all other matters direction toward an end is the function of him to whom the end belongs. Legislating & Legislative Process
There is no leisure about politics. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.
All that is true, by whomsoever it has been said has its origin in the Spirit.
All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly.
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.
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.
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. Religion & God
Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.
Beware of the person of one book.
Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches.
Distinctions drawn by the mind are not necessarily equivalent to distinctions in reality.
Every judgement of conscience, be it right or wrong, be it about things evil in themselves or morally indifferent, is obligatory, in such wise that he who acts against his conscience always sins.
Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand. Hope ;Religion & God
Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious. Friendship
God should not be called an individual substance, since the principal of individuation is matter. Religion & God
Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good.
Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will. Happiness & Unhappiness
Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church. Religion & God
How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
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. War & Peace
Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason.
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. Power ;Death
If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever. Leaders & Leadership
If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way. Religion & 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. War & Peace
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. Religion & God
It is necessary to posit something which is necessary of itself, and has no cause of its necessity outside of itself but is the cause of necessity in other things. And all people call this thing God. Religion & God
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. Religion & God ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes. Time
Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstances confronting him.
Law is nothing other than a certain ordinance of reason for the common good, promulgated by the person who has the care of the community.
Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community.
Love is a binding force, by which another is joined to me and cherished by myself. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Love takes up where knowledge leaves off. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures.
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.
Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice. Friendship ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.
Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious.
Now this relaxation of the mind from work consists on playful words or deeds. Therefore it becomes a wise and virtuous man to have recourse to such things at times. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them.
Pray thee, spare, thyself at times: for it becomes a wise man sometimes to relax the high pressure of his attention to work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Reason in man is rather like God in the world. Religion & God
Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine. Sympathy
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
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. Religion & God
The knowledge of God is the cause of things. For the knowledge of God is to all creatures what the knowledge of the artificer is to things made by his art. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Religion & God ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them.
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. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The theologian considers sin mainly as an offence against God; the moral philosopher as contrary to reasonableness. Religion & God
The things that we love tell us what we are. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Inspiration
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Truth ;Religion & God
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.
There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. Friendship
Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works.
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.
To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin. Patience
To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them.
To live well is to work well, to show a good activity. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. Religion & God
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Well-ordered self-love is right and natural.
Whatever is received is received according to the nature of the recipient. Nature
Wonder is the desire for knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training