Saint Thomas Aquinas Quotes

Just as it is better to illuminate than merely to shine, so to pass on what one has contemplated is better than merely to contemplate.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Beauty adds to goodness a relation to the cognitive faculty: so that "good" means that which simply pleases the appetite; while the "beautiful" is something pleasant to apprehend.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

All that I have written seems like straw compared to what has now been revealed to me.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

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.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Reason in man is rather like God in the world.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

O saving Victim, opening wide The gate of heaven to man below, Our foes press on from every side, Thine aid supply, Thy strength bestow.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Thus Angels' Bread is made The Bread of man today: The Living Bread from Heaven With figures doth away: O wondrous gift indeed! The poor and lowly may Upon their Lord and Master feed.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Down in adoration falling, Lo! the sacred Host we hail; Lo! o'er ancient forms departing, Newer rites of grace prevail; Faith for all defects supplying, Where the feeble senses fail.

Saint Thomas Aquinas
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