Saint Thomas Aquinas, aka Thomas of Aquin or Aquino, Doctor Angelicus, Doctor Communis or Doctor Universalis

Saint Thomas
Aquinas, aka Thomas of Aquin or Aquino, Doctor Angelicus, Doctor Communis or Doctor Universalis
c. 1225
1274

Italian Dominican Priest of the Roman Church, Philosopher and Theologian in the tradition of scholasticism

Author Quotes

If man were by nature a solitary animal the passions of the soul by which he was conformed to things so as to have knowledge of them would be sufficient for him; but since he is by nature a political and social animal it was necessary that his conceptions be made known to others. This he does through vocal sound. Therefore there had to be significant vocal sounds in order that men might live together. Whence those who speak different languages find it difficult to live together in social unity.

Justice is in subjects as well as in rulers.

Because we cannot know what God is, but only what He is not, we cannot consider how He is but only how He is not.

Faith is God's work within us.

Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will.

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.

Knowledge is in inverse ratio to materiality... Moreover, among the senses, sight has the most perfect knowledge because it is the least material... while among intellects the more perfect is the more immaterial.

Better to illuminate than merely to shine to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.

Far graver is it to corrupt the faith that is the life of the soul than to counterfeit the money that sustains temporal life.

He who considers absolutely the highest cause of the whole universe, namely God, is most of all called wise.

If there were some solitary or feral man, the passions of the soul would be sufficient for him; by them he would be conformed to things in order that he might have knowledge of them. But because man is naturally political and social, there is need for one man to make his conceptions known to others, which is done with speech. So significant speech was needed if men were to live together. Which is why those of different tongues do not easily live together.

Knowledge is loved not that any good may come to it but that it may be possessed.

Beware the man of one book.

Fear is such a powerful emotion for humans that when we allow it to take us over, it drives compassion right out of our hearts.

He who is dying of hunger must be fed rather than taught.

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.

Law is nothing other than a certain ordinance of reason for the common good, promulgated by the person who has the care of the community.

But man is freer than all the animals, on account of his free-will, with which he is endowed above all other animals

Final and perfect happiness can consist in nothing else than the vision of the Divine Essence.

Hence, every human law has the quality of the very nature of the law, in so far as is derived from the law of nature. If, however, disagree in any way from the natural law, shall be the law no longer, but the corruption of law.

In time there is something indivisible - namely, the instant; and there is something else which endures - namely, time. But in eternity the indivisible now stands always still.

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

But that predestination and election have no cause in any human merits may be shown, not only by the fact that the grace of God, an effect of predestination, is not preceded by any merits, but precedes all merit, but also by this further fact, that the divine will and providence is the first cause of all things that are made. Nothing can be cause of the will and providence of God; although of the effects of providence, and of the effects of predestination, one effect may be cause of another.* For who hath first given to him, and recompense shall be made him? For if him and by him and in him are all things: to him be glory forever, Amen.

For it is necessary in every practical science to proceed in a composite (i.e. deductive) manner. On the contrary in speculative science, it is necessary to proceed in an analytical manner by breaking down the complex into elementary principles.

Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.

Author Picture
First Name
Saint Thomas
Last Name
Aquinas, aka Thomas of Aquin or Aquino, Doctor Angelicus, Doctor Communis or Doctor Universalis
Birth Date
c. 1225
Death Date
1274
Bio

Italian Dominican Priest of the Roman Church, Philosopher and Theologian in the tradition of scholasticism