Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
1091
1153

French Ecclesiastic Abbot and primary builder of the Cistercian Order

Author Quotes

He who makes himself his own teacher, makes himself pupil to a fool.

It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare attainment.

Grace is necessary to salvation, free will is equally so; but grace in order to give salvation, free will in order to receive it.

Who labors as he prays lifts his heart to God with his hands.

The Word of God is not a sounding but a piercing Word, not pronounceable by the tongue but efficacious in the mind, not sensible to the ear but fascinating to the affection. His face is not an object possessing beauty of form but rather it is the source of all beauty and all form. It is not visible to the bodily eyes, but rejoices the eyes of the heart. And it is pleasing not because of the harmony of its color but by reason of the ardor of the love it excites.

Take away free will and there remaineth nothing to be saved... Salvation is given by God alone, and it is given only to the free-will; even as it cannot be wrought without the consent of the receiver it cannot be wrought without the grace of the giver.

Who is He? I can think of no better answer than, He who is.

What would learning do without love? It would puff up. And love without learning? It would go away.

You will find something far greater in the woods than you will find in books. Stones and trees will teach you that which; you will never learn from masters.

Of all the motions and affections of the soul, love is the only one by means of which the creature, though not on equal terms, is able to treat with the Creator and to give back something resembling what has been given to it.

Slander is a poison which extinguishes charity, both in the slanderer and in the person who listens to it; so that a single calumny may prove fatal to an infinite number of souls; since it kills not only those who circulate it, but also all those who do not reject it.

Love seeks no cause beyond itself and no fruit; it is its own fruit, its own enjoyment.

Many men are wise about many things, and ignorant about themselves.

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First Name
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Birth Date
1091
Death Date
1153
Bio

French Ecclesiastic Abbot and primary builder of the Cistercian Order