Saint Thomas Aquinas Quotes

A list created by Lee Sonogan

St. Thomas Aquinas' masterwork continues to amaze

Not all Catholic priests are useless or something even worse. Thomas Aquinas was also an Italian philosopher and a doctor who lived in the era of 1225-1274. His vest known works include Disputed Questions on Truth, Summa contra Gentiles and the unfinished but still relevant Summa Theologiae. The commentary on scripture and Greek philosopher Aristotle was important to his overall body of work.

  • For those with faith, no evidence is necessary; for those without it, no evidence will suffice. Thomas Aquinas
  • He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust. Thomas Aquinas
  • The greatest kindness one can render to any man consists in leading him from error to truth. Thomas Aquinas
  • We must love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject, for both have labored in the search for truth, and both have helped us in finding it. Thomas Aquinas
  • Nothing created has ever been able to fill the heart of man. God alone can fill it infinitely. Thomas Aquinas
  • To pretend angels do not exist because they are invisible is to believe we never sleep because we don’t see ourselves sleeping. Thomas AquinasI
  • To love is to will the good of the other. Thomas Aquinas
  • Better to illuminate than merely to shine. 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. Thomas Aquinas
  • To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. Thomas Aquinas
  • It is only God who creates. Man merely rearranges. Thomas Aquinas
  • If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever. Thomas Aquinas
  • If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way. Thomas Aquinas
  • Of all the pursuits open to men, the search for wisdom is most perfect, more sublime, more profitable, and more full of joy. Thomas Aquinas

Naming some fun facts, there was claims/rumours of the ability to levitate. G. K. Chesterton wrote that “His experiences included well-attested cases of levitation in ecstasy; and the Blessed Virgin appeared to him, comforting him with the welcome news that he would never be a Bishop.” Also he was called the ‘dumb ox’ due to not talking very much although so humble, he left all his work to the judgement of the church. During a point of his death, he said: “I have taught and written much … according to my faith in Jesus Christ and the holy Roman Church, to whose judgment I submit all my teaching.”

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