Bad company is like a nail driven into a post, which, after the first and second blow, may be drawn out with little difficulty; but being once driven up to the head, the pincers cannot take hold to draw it out, but which can only be done by the destruction of the wood.
We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain.
Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.
My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed... And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is.
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.
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.
Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty.
Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.
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.
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.
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.
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.
The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted.
The soul, which is spirit, can not dwell in dust; it is carried along to dwell in the blood.
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.
To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity.
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.
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.
If we did not have rational souls, we would not be able to believe.