Thomas Kempis, aka Thomas à Kempis, Thomas von Kempen, Thomas Haemerkken or Hammerlein or Hemerken or Hämerken

Thomas
Kempis, aka Thomas à Kempis, Thomas von Kempen, Thomas Haemerkken or Hammerlein or Hemerken or Hämerken
1380
1471

German Scholar, Ecclesiastic, Copiest and Probable Author of "The Imitation of Christ"

Author Quotes

Love is a great thing, yea, a great and thorough good.
By itself it makes that which is heavy light;
and it bears evenly all that is uneven.
It carries a burden which is no burden;
it will not be kept back by anything low and mean;
It desires to be free from all worldly affections,
and not to be entangled by any outward prosperity,
or by any adversity subdued.
Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble,
attempts what is above its strength,
pleads no excuse of impossibility.
It is therefore able to undertake all things,
and it completes many things and warrants them to take effect,
where he who does not love would faint and lie down.
Though weary, it is not tired;
though pressed it is not straightened;
though alarmed, it is not confounded;
but as a living flame it forces itself upwards and securely passes through all.
Love is active and sincere, courageous, patient, faithful, prudent, and manly

Why art thou troubled, that all things come not to thee as thou desirest? Who is he that hath all things at his own will?... There is no man in this world without some manner of tribulation or anguish, though he be king or pope.

The acknowledgment of our weakness is the first step in repairing our loss.

Times of trouble best discover the truth worth of a man.

There are many persons who desire the contemplative life, but they will not practice the things which lead to it.

The more meek that a man is and the more subject to God the more wise shall he be in all things, and the more patient.

The joy of a good man is the witness of a good conscience; have a good conscience and thou shalt ever have gladness.

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

One habit overcomes another.

The glory of a good man is the witness of a good conscience.

God walks with the humble; he reveals himself to the lowly; he gives understanding to the little ones; he discloses his meaning to pure minds, but hides his grace from the curious and proud.

Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing stronger or higher or wider, nothing is more pleasant, nothing fuller, and nothing better in heaven or on earth, for love is born of God and cannot rest except in God, Who is created above all things.

Delay not the health of thy soul through trust in friends or in neighbors; for men will forget sooner than thou thinkest; it is better to make provision betimes and send before thee some good than to trust in other men’s help.

God hath thus ordered it, that we may learn to bear one another’s burdens; for no man is without fault, no man without his burden, no man sufficient of himself, no man wise enough of himself; but we ought to bear with one another, comfort one another, help, instruct, and admonish one another.

At the day of judgment it shall not be asked of us what we have read, but what we have done; not how well we have said, but how religiously we have lived.

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

All men desire peace but few indeed desire those things which make for peace.

For a small reward a man will hurry away on a long journey, while for eternal happiness man will hardly take a single step.

A good deed done without love is nothing, but if anything is done from love, however small and inconsiderable it may be, every bit of it is counted. God considers what lies behind the deed, and not what is actually done.

Verily, when the day of judgment comes, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done.

We are often moved with passion, and we think it to be zeal.

The humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God, than the deepest search after science.

There are many things, the knowledge of which is of little or no profit to the soul.

Man sees your actions, but God your motives.

No man safely commands but he who has learned to obey.

Author Picture
First Name
Thomas
Last Name
Kempis, aka Thomas à Kempis, Thomas von Kempen, Thomas Haemerkken or Hammerlein or Hemerken or Hämerken
Birth Date
1380
Death Date
1471
Bio

German Scholar, Ecclesiastic, Copiest and Probable Author of "The Imitation of Christ"