By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.
It is clear that he does not pray, who, far from uplifting himself to God, requires that God shall lower Himself to him, and who resorts to prayer not to stir the man in us to will what God wills, but only to persuade God to will what the man in us wills.
Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches.
It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.
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.
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.
Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.
Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.
Faith is God's work within us.
Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.
Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.
Beware of the person of one book.
God should not be called an individual substance, since the principal of individuation is matter.
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.
All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly.
Love must precede hatred, and nothing is hated save through being contrary to a suitable thing which is loved. And hence it is that every hatred is caused by love.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
The theologian considers sin mainly as an offence against God; the moral philosopher as contrary to reasonableness.
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.
To live well is to work well, to show a good activity.
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.