Thomas Aquinas

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Tommaso d'Aquino, OP (Latin: Thomas de Aquino; 1225 – 7 March 1274), also known as Saint Thomas Aquinas (/əˈkwaɪnəs/), is a Doctor of the Church. He was an Italian Dominican friar and Roman Catholic priest, who was an immensely influential philosopher, theologian and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism, within which he is also known as the "Doctor Angelicus" and "Doctor Communis". The Latin name "Aquinas" identifies his ancestral origins in the county of Aquino (in the present-day Lazio region), an area where his family held land until 1137. He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology and the father of Thomism. His influence on Western thought is considerable, and much of modern philosophy developed or opposed his ideas, particularly in the areas of ethics, natural law, metaphysics, and political theory. Unlike many currents in the Church of the time, Thomas embra... More

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Thomas Aquinas #Courage

Photo of Thomas Aquinas The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them.
Thomas Aquinas #Faith

Photo of Thomas Aquinas To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
Thomas Aquinas #Faith #Hope

Photo of Thomas Aquinas Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.
Thomas Aquinas #Faith

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

Photo of Thomas Aquinas There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
Thomas Aquinas #Friendship

Photo of Thomas Aquinas Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.
Thomas Aquinas #Friendship #Science

Photo of Thomas Aquinas Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.
Thomas Aquinas #God

Photo of Thomas Aquinas How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God.
Thomas Aquinas #Good #Sympathy

Photo of Thomas Aquinas Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.
Thomas Aquinas #Happiness

Photo of Thomas Aquinas Happiness is secured through virtue it is a good attained by man's own will.
Thomas Aquinas #Knowledge #Love

Photo of Thomas Aquinas Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.
Thomas Aquinas #Knowledge

Photo of Thomas Aquinas We can't have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves.
Thomas Aquinas #Knowledge

Photo of Thomas Aquinas Wonder is the desire for knowledge.
Thomas Aquinas #Nature

Photo of Thomas Aquinas By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.
Thomas Aquinas #Patience

Photo of Thomas Aquinas To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin.
Thomas Aquinas #Religion

Photo of Thomas Aquinas If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way.
Thomas Aquinas #War

Photo of Thomas Aquinas 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.
Thomas Aquinas #Work

Photo of Thomas Aquinas To live well is to work well, to show a good activity.
Thomas Aquinas #God

Photo of Thomas Aquinas That the saints may enjoy their beatitude and the grace of God more abundantly they are permitted to see the punishment of the damned in hell.
Thomas Aquinas #Work

Photo of Thomas Aquinas The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces.
Thomas Aquinas #Work

Photo of Thomas Aquinas Pray thee, spare, thyself at times: for it becomes a wise man sometimes to relax the high pressure of his attention to work.
Thomas Aquinas #Men #War

Photo of Thomas Aquinas How is it they live in such harmony the billions of stars - when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds about someone they know.
Thomas Aquinas #Nature #Power

Photo of Thomas Aquinas As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power.
Thomas Aquinas #Nature

Photo of Thomas Aquinas Whatever is received is received according to the nature of the recipient.
Thomas Aquinas #Art #Knowledge

Photo of Thomas Aquinas The knowledge of God is the cause of things. For the knowledge of God is to all creatures what the knowledge of the artificer is to things made by his art.