It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.
Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.
The sufficiency of my merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.
Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.
What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.
The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.
Is it any merit to abstain from wine if one is intoxicated with anger?
God chooses us, not because we believe, but that we may believe.
Thou didst seek us when we sought Thee not; didst seek us indeed that we might seek Thee.
The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
To be assured of our salvation is no arrogant stoutness. It is faith. It is devotion. It is not presumption. It is God’s promise.
Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man’s wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act.
Lord, make me chaste – but not yet. Give me chastity and continence, but not yet. O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.
We want to reach the kingdom of God, but we don’t want to travel by way of death. And yet there stands Necessity saying: ‘This way, please.’ Do not hesitate, man, to go this way, when this is the way that God came to you.
Drunkenness is a flattering devil, a sweet poison, a pleasant sin; whosoever has it, has not himself.
Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.
He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.
No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.
Should you ask me what is the first thing in religion; I should reply that the first, second, and third thing therein is humility.
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.
God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them.
How sweet all at once it was for me to be rid of those fruitless joys which I had once feared to lose!… You drove them from me, You who are the true, the sovereign joy. You drove them from me and took their place, You who are sweeter than all pleasure.
Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
O Lord, grant that I may do Thy will as if it were my will, so that Thou mayest do my will as if it were Thy will.
Do what you can and pray for what you cannot yet do.
I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.