October 14, 2016

Thomas à Kempis Quotes

“A man is hindered and distracted in proportion as he draws outward things to himself.”

“A pure, sincere, and stable spirit is not distracted though it be employed in many works; for that it works all to the honor of God, and inwardly being still and quiet, seeks not itself in any thing it doth.”

“A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver.”

“Activate yourself to duty by remembering your position, who you are, and what you have obliged yourself to be.”

“All men commend patience, although few are willing to practice it.”

“An humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than a deep search after learning.”

“And when he is out of sight, quickly also is he out of mind.”

“At the Day of Judgment, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done.”

“Be assured that if you knew all, you would pardon all.”

“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.”

“Be thankful for the least gift, so shalt thou be meant to receive greater.”

“Bear the Cross cheerfully and it will bear you.”

“Bodily exercises are to be done discreetly; not to be taken evenly and alike by all men.”

“But because many endeavor to get knowledge rather than to live well, they are often deceived and reap little or no benefit from their labor.”

“Dispose thyself to patience rather than to comfort, and to the bearing of the cross rather than to gladness.”

“Endeavor to be always patient of the faults and imperfections of others for thou has many faults and imperfections of thine own that require forbearance. If thou are not able to make thyself that which thou wishest, how canst thou expect to mold another in conformity to thy will?”

“First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.”

“First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.”

“For they truly know their Lord in the breaking of bread, whose heart within them so vehemently burneth, whilst Thou, O blessed Jesus, dost walk and converse with them.”

“Forasmuch as many people study more to have knowledge than to live well therefore ofttimes they err and bring forth little fruit or none.”

“Gladly we desire to make other men perfect, but we will not amend our own fault.”

“Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor blame.”

“Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise not blame.”

“Have therefore first zeal to better thyself and then mayst thou have zeal to thy neighbour.”

“He is truly great that is great in charity. He is truly great that is little in himself, and maketh no account of any height of honor. And he is truly learned that doeth the will of God, and forsaketh his own will.”

“He that avoideth not small faults, by little and little falleth into greater.”

“He who loves with purity considers not the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver.”

“He will easily be content and at peace, whose conscience is pure.”

“How fast passes away the glory of this world.”

“How quickly passes away the glory of this world.”

“How seldom we weigh our neighbor in the same balance with ourselves.”

“How seldom we weigh our neighbors in the same balance as ourselves.”

“I would far rather feel remorse than know how to define it.”

“If thou desire to profit, read with humility, simplicity, and faithfulness; nor even desire the repute of learning.”

“If thou knewest the whole Bible by heart, and the sayings of all the philosophers, what would it profit thee without the love of God and without grace?”

“If thou may not continually gather thyself together, do it some time at least once a day, morning or evening.”

“If thou seek rest in this life, how wilt them then attain to the everlasting rest? Dispose not thyself for much rest, but for great patience. Seek true peace — not in earth, but in heaven; not in men, nor in any other creature, but in God alone.”

“If you cannot mould yourself entirely as you would wish, how can you expect other people to be entirely to your liking?”

“Intelligence must follow faith, never precede it, and never destroy it.”

“It is easier not to speak a word at all than to speak more words than we should.”

“It is much safer to obey than to rule.”

“It is vanity to desire a long life and to take no heed of a good life.”

“Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility; for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible.”

“Love flies, runs, and rejoices; it is free and nothing can hold it back.”

“Love is a great thing, a great good in every wise; it alone maketh light every heavy thing and beareth evenly every uneven thing.”

“Love is swift, sincere, pious, joyful, generous, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering, courageous, and never seeking its own; for wheresoever a person seeketh his own, there he falleth from love.”

“Love is swift, sincere, pious, pleasant, gentle, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering, manly and never seeking her own; for whosoever a man seeketh his own, there he falleth from love.”

“Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.”

“No man is safe above but he that will gladly be beneath.”

“No man ruleth safely but that he is willingly ruled.”

“O Lord, self-renunciation is not the work of one day, nor children’s sport; yea, rather in this word is included all perfection.”

“Occasions do not make a man either strong or weak but they show what he is.”

“Occasions of adversity best discover how great virtue or strength each one hath. For occasions do not make a man frail, but they show what he is.”

“Of two evils we must always choose the least.”

“Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen.”

“Oh, how great peace and quietness would he possess who should cut off all vain anxiety and place all his confidence in God.”

“Old custom is hard to break and scarce any man will be led otherwise than seemeth good unto himself.”

“Out of sight, out of mind. The absent are always in the wrong.”

“Remember that lost time does not return.”

“Seek not to know who said this or that, but take note of what has been said.”

“Simplicity and purity are the two wings by which a man is lifted above all earthly things. Simplicity is in the intention — purity in the affection. Simplicity tends to God,— purity apprehends and tastes Him.”

“Such as every man is inwardly so he judgeth outwardly.”

“The end of all is death and man’s life passeth away suddenly as a shadow.”

“The good devout man first makes inner preparation for the actions he has later to perform. His outward actions do not draw him into lust and vice; rather it is he who bends them into the shape of reason and right judgement. Who has a stiffer battle to fight than the man who is striving to conquer himself.”

“The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.”

“The only safe ruler is he who has learned to obey willingly.”

“There is no creature so small and abject, that it representeth not the goodness of God.”

“There is no man in this world without some manner of tribulation or anguish, though he be king or pope.”

“Thou shalt ever joy at eventide if thou spend the day fruitfully.”

“Today man is, and tomorrow he will be seen no more. And being removed out of sight, quickly also he is out of mind.”

“Wait for the Lord. Behave yourself manfully, and be of good courage. Do not be faithless, but stay in your place and do not turn back.”

“We feel and weigh soon enough what we suffer from others; but how much others suffer from us, of this we take no heed.”

“We might have much peace if we would not busy ourselves with the sayings and doings of others, and with things which belong not to us.”

“We should have much more peace if we would not busy ourselves with the sayings and doings of others.”

“We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are.”

“What canst thou see elsewhere which thou canst not see here? Behold the heaven and the earth and all the elements; for of these are all things created.”

“What difference does it make to you what someone else becomes, or says, or does? You do not need to answer for others, only for yourself.”

“What else does anxiety about the future bring you but sorrow upon sorrow?”

“What most of all hinders heavenly consolation is that you are too slow in turning yourself to prayer.”

“What thou art, that thou art; that God knoweth thee to be and thou canst be said to be no greater.”

“Who has a harder fight than he who is striving to overcome himself.”

“Whoever would fully and feelingly understand the words of Christ, must endeavor to conform his life wholly to the life of Christ.”

“Without the Way, there is no going, Without the Truth, there is no knowing, Without the Life, there is no living.”