If we did not have rational souls, we would not be able to believe.
Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.
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.
By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity.
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend.
To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
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.
Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.
The soul, which is spirit, can not dwell in dust; it is carried along to dwell in the blood.
The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted.
The same thing which is now called Christian religion existed among the ancients. They have begun to call 'Christian' the true religion which existed before.
We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
What I needed most was to love and to be loved, eager to be caught. Happily I wrapped those painful bonds around me; and sure enough, I would be lashed with the red-hot pokers or jealousy, by suspicions and fear, by burst of anger and quarrels.
We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain.