Quotes by St. Thomas Aquinas

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Son of the Count of Aquino, born in the family castle in Lombardy near Naples. Educated by Benedictine monks at Monte Cassino, and at the University of Naples. He secretly joined the mendicant Dominican friars in 1244. His noble ... more

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Well-ordered self-love is right and natural.

Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.
Beware of the person of one book.
Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.
Those who are more adapted to the active life can prepare themselves for contemplation in the practice of the active life, while those who are more adapted to the contemplative life can take upon themselves the works of the active life so as to become yet more apt for contemplation.
Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them.
Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.
The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing.
By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.