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'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.'


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'The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them.'


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'If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy.'


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'To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.'


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'Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.'


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'The truth of our faith becomes a matter of ridicule among the infidels if any Catholic, not gifted with the necessary scientific learning, presents as dogma what scientific scrutiny shows to be false.'


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'Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.'


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'There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.'


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'Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.'


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'Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.'


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'How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God.'


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'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.'


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'Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.'


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'Happiness is secured through virtue it is a good attained by man's own will.'


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'Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.'


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'Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.'


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'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.'


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'Wonder is the desire for knowledge.'


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'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.'


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'The truth of our faith becomes a matter of ridicule among the infidels if any Catholic, not gifted with the necessary scientific learning, presents as dogma what scientific scrutiny shows to be false.'


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'Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.'


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'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.'


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'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.'


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'Whatever is received is received according to the nature of the recipient.'


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'By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.'


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'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.'


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'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.'


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'If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy.'


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'If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way.'


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'Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.'


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'Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.'


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'The truth of our faith becomes a matter of ridicule among the infidels if any Catholic, not gifted with the necessary scientific learning, presents as dogma what scientific scrutiny shows to be false.'


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'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.'


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'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.'


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'To live well is to work well, to show a good activity.'


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'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.'


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'It is possible to demonstrate God's existence, although not a priori, yet a posteriori from some work of His more surely known to us.'


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'Pray thee, spare, thyself at times: for it becomes a wise man sometimes to relax the high pressure of his attention to work.'


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'Now this relaxation of the mind from work consists on playful words or deeds. Therefore it becomes a wise and virtuous man to have recourse to such things at times.'

 

 

 

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