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.
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
Wonder is the desire for knowledge.
Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures.
Law: an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community.
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.
The reason, however, why the philosopher may be likened to the poet is this: both are concerned with the marvellous.
The most hopeful people in the world are the young and the drunk. The first because they have little experience of failure, and the second because they have succeeded in drowning theirs.
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.
Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.
One cannot use an evil action with reference to a good intention.
Music is the exaltation of the mind derived from things eternal, bursting forth in sound.
All admit that indulgences have some value; for it would be blasphemy to say that the Church does anything in vain.
Concerning perfect blessedness which consists in a vision of God
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.