God chooses us, not because we believe, but that we may believe.
Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.
There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
Is it any merit to abstain from wine if one is intoxicated with anger?
He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.
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 thou mayest believe, but believe that thou mayest understand.
Few are they who by faith touch Him; multitudes are they who throng about Him.
The Bible is shallow enough for a child not to drown, yet deep enough for an elephant to swim.
The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.
Love God, and do what you like.
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.
No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.
They, then, who are destined to die, need not be careful to inquire what death they are to die, but into what place death will usher them.
The sufficiency of my merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.
Should you ask me what is the first thing in religion; I should reply that the first, second, and third thing therein is humility.
God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.
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.
Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.
God provides the wind, Man must raise the sail.
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.
Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
Sin is believing the lie that you are self-created, self-dependent and self-sustained.
The Jews looked upon a serpent to be freed from serpents; and we look upon the death of Christ to be delivered from death.
Resentment is like taking poison and hoping the other person dies.