Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Ignatius Loyola, aka Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Spanish Knight from a Basque noble family, Hermit, Priest and Theologian, Founded the Society of Jesus

"Let each one remember that he will make progress in all spiritual things only insofar as he rids himself of self-love, self-will and self-interest."

"O my God, teach me to be generous, teach me to serve you as I should, to give without counting the cost, to fight without fear of being wounded, to work without seeking rest, to labour without expecting any reward, but the knowledge that I am doing your most holy will."

"Lord, teach me to be generous; Teach me to serve you as you deserve; To give and not to count the cost; To fight and not to heed the wounds; To toil, and not to seek for rest; To labor, and not to ask for reward - except to know that I am doing your will."

"Laugh and grow strong."

"To give, and not to count the cost to fight, and not to heed the wounds, to toil, and not to seek for rest, to labor, and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do thy will."

"Love is shown more in deeds than words."

"God freely created us so that we might know, love, and serve him in this life and be happy with him forever. God's purpose in creating us is to draw forth from us a response of love and service here on earth, so that we may attain our goal of everlasting happiness with him in heaven. All the things in this world are gifts of God, created for us, to be the means by which we can come to know him better, love him more surely, and serve him more faithfully. As a result, we ought to appreciate and use these gifts of God insofar as they help us toward our goal of loving service and union with God. But insofar as any created things hinder our progress toward our goal, we ought to let them go.”"

"O my God, teach me to be generous to serve you as you deserve to be served to give without counting the cost to fight without fear of being wounded to work without seeking rest and to spend myself without expecting any reward but the knowledge that I am doing your holy will. Amen."

"Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God."

"All the things in this world are gifts of God, created for us, to be the means by which we can come to know him better, love him more surely, and serve him more faithfully."

"A precious crown is reserved in heaven for those who perform all their actions with all the diligence of which they are capable; for it is not sufficient to do our part well; it must be done more than well."

"Among the gifts of grace which the soul receives in holy communion there is one that must be numbered among the highest. It is, that holy communion does not permit the soul to remain long in sin, nor to obstinately persevere in it."

"Be careful and do not lightly condemn the actions of others. We must consider the intention of our neighbor, which is often good and pure, although the act itself seems blameworthy."

"As the devil showed great skill in tempting men to perdition., equal skill ought to be shown in saving them. The devil studied the nature of each man, seized upon the traits of his soul, adjusted himself to them and insinuated himself gradually into his victims's confidence -- suggesting splendors to the ambitious, gain to the covetous, delight to the sensuous, and a false appearance of piety to the pious -- and a winner of souls ought to act in the same cautious and skillful way."

"As a result, we ought to appreciate and use these gifts of God insofar as they help us toward our goal of loving service and union with God. But insofar as any created things hinder our progress toward our goal, we ought to let them go."

"Discretion is necessary in spiritual life. It is its part to restrain the exercises in the way of perfection, so as to keep us between the two extremes."

"Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly."

"Considering that the blessed life we so long for consists in an intimate and true love of God Our Creator and Lord, which binds and obliges us all to a sincere love."

"Do nothing, say nothing before considering if that which you are about to say or do is pleasing to God, profitable to yourself, and edifying to your neighbor."

"Go forth and set the world on fire."

"Give me only your love and your grace. With this I am rich enough, and I have no more to ask."

"God freely created us so that we might know, love, and serve him in this life and be happy with him forever. God's purpose in creating us is to draw forth from us a response of love and service here on earth, so that we may attain our goal of everlasting happiness with him in heaven."

"God's way in dealing with those whom He intends to admit soonest after this life into the possession of His everlasting glory, is to purify them in this world by the greatest afflictions and trials."

"God gives each one of us sufficient grace ever to know His holy will, and to do it fully."

"He who carries God in his heart bears heaven with him wherever he goes."

"He who forgets himself in the service of God may be assured that God will not forget Him."

"I will carefully consider how, on the day of judgment, I would wish to have discharged my office or my duty; and the way I would wish to have done it then I shall do now."

"Idleness begets a discontented life. It develops self-love, which is the cause of all our misery, and renders us unworthy to receive the favors of divine love."

"How few there are who avail themselves of the precious blood of Jesus to purchase their salvation."

"If the devil tempts me by the though of divine justice, I think of God's mercy; if he tries to fill me with presumption by the thought of His mercy, I think of His justice."

"Idleness is hell's fishhook for catching souls."

"If the love of God is in your heart, you will understand that to suffer for God is a joy to which all earthly pleasures are not be to compared."

"Imagine that leader of all the enemy, in that great plain of Babylon, sitting on a sort of throne of smoking flame, a horrible and terrifying sight. Watch him calling together countless devils, to despatch them into different cities till the whole world is covered, forgetting no province or locality, no class or single individual."

"It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey."

"It is an act as rare as it is precious, to transact business with many people, without ever forgetting God or oneself."

"It is not enough that I should serve God by myself: I must help the hearts of all to love him and the tongues of all to praise him."

"Labor to conquer yourself. This victory will assure you a brighter crown in heaven than they gain whose disposition is more amiable."

"Let me look at the foulness and ugliness of my body. Let me see myself as an ulcerous sore running with every horrible and disgusting poison."

"Love ought to consist in deeds more than in words."

"Love ought to manifest itself in deeds rather than in words.... love consists in a mutual sharing of goods, for example, the lover gives and shares with the beloved what he possesses, or something of that which he has or is able to give; and vice versa, the beloved shares with the lover. Hence, if one has knowledge, he shares it with the one who does not possess it; and so also if one has honors, or riches. Thus, one always gives to the other."

"Love is shown more in deeds than in words."

"One of the most admirable effects of holy communion is to preserve the soul from sin, and to help those who fall through weakness to rise again. It is much more profitable, then, to approach this divine Sacrament with love, respect, and confidence, than to remain away through an excess of fear and scrupulosity."

"Place before your eyes as models for imitation, not the weak and cowardly, but the fervent and courageous."

"Put not off till to-morrow what you can do today."

"O my God, teach me to be generous, teach me to serve you as I should, to give without counting the cost, to fight without fear of being wounded, to work without seeking rest, to labor without expecting any reward, but the knowledge that I am doing your most holy will."

"So with that will prompt and prepared to serve all those whom I perceive to be servants of my Lord, I will speak of three things with simplicity and love as if I were speaking to my own soul."

"Receive, Lord, all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will."

"Take care that the worldling does not pursue with greater zeal and anxiety the perishable goods of this world than you do the eternal."

"Teach us to give and not to count the cost"

"That which would have easily been remedied at first, becomes incurable by time and habit."