Saint Thomas Aquinas Quotes

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.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Wonder is the desire for knowledge.

Saint 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.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Law: an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

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.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

One cannot use an evil action with reference to a good intention.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

The reason, however, why the philosopher may be likened to the poet is this: both are concerned with the marvellous.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

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.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

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.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Music is the exaltation of the mind derived from things eternal, bursting forth in sound.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

All admit that indulgences have some value; for it would be blasphemy to say that the Church does anything in vain.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Concerning perfect blessedness which consists in a vision of God

Saint Thomas Aquinas

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.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Even as in the blessed in heaven there will be most perfect charity, so in the damned there will be the most perfect hate. Wherefore as the saints will rejoice in all goods, so will the damned grieve for all goods. Consequently the sight of the happiness of the saints will give them very great pain; hence it is written (Isaiah 26:11): "Let the envious people see and be confounded, and let fire devour Thy enemies." Therefore they will wish all the good were damned.

Saint Thomas Aquinas
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