Thomas Aquinas was an Italian Dominican friar, Catholic priest, philosopher, and Doctor of the Church.

He is also known as the Doctor Angelicus, the Doctor Communis, and the Doctor Universalis within the scholasticism tradition, where he was a hugely important philosopher, theologian, and jurist.

We have compiled some of the top quotes from Thomas Aquinas for you.


Best Thomas Aquinas Quotes

1. “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

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2. “Wonder is the desire of knowledge.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

3. “If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

4. “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

5. “He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

6. “Christ was either liar, lunatic, or Lord!” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

7. “Humility is the mark of a genuine disciple.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

8. “The greatest kindness one can render to any man consists in leading him from error to truth.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

9. “Beware the man of a single book.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

10. “To love God is something greater than to know Him.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

11. “There must be must be a first mover existing above all – and this we call God.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

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12. “There is within every soul a thirst for happiness and meaning.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

13. “Mercy without justice is the mother of dissolution; justice without mercy is cruelty.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

Top Thomas Aquinas Quotes

14. “No man truly has joy unless he lives in love.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

15. “The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

16. “The light of faith makes us see what we believe.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

17. “Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man’s own will.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

18. “One cannot use an evil action with reference to a good intention.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

19. “The truth of the Christian faith surpasses the capacity of reason.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

20. “To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

21. “We must love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject, for both have labored in the search for truth, and both have helped us in finding it.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

22. “The splendor of a soul in grace is so seductive that it surpasses the beauty of all created things.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

23. “Fear is such a powerful emotion for humans that when we allow it to take us over, it drives compassion right out of our hearts.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

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24. “Baptism is the door of the spiritual life and the gateway to the sacraments.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

25. “The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Love; It signifies Love, It produces love. The Eucharist is the consummation of the whole spiritual life.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

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26. “Better to illuminate than merely to shine to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

27. “If you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

28. “Faith is God’s work within us.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

29. “Theology is taught by God, teaches God, and leads to God.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

30. “Faith will tell us Christ is present, When our human senses fail.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

31. “The soul is known by it’s acts.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

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32. “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.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

33. “He who does not embrace the teaching of the Church does not have the habit of faith.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

34. “God has need for our worship. It is we who need to show our gratitude for what we have received.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

35. “The soul, which is the first principle of life, is not a body, but the act of a body; just as heat, which is the principle of calefaction, is not a body, but an act of a body.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

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36. “Better to illuminate, than merely to shine.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

37. “Characteristics which define beauty are wholeness, harmony and radiance.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

38. “To love is to will the good of the other.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

39. “Grace does not destroy nature, it perfects it.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

40. “Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstances confronting him.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

Inspiring Thomas Aquinas Quotes

41. “Rarely affirm, seldom deny, always distinguish.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

42. “By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

43. “Believing is an act of the intellect assenting to the divine truth by command of the will moved by God through grace.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

44. “The soul is like an uninhabited world that comes to life only when God lays His head against us.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

45. “I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it. I would hope to act with compassion without thinking of personal gain.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

46. “Obedience unites us so closely to God that it in a way transforms us into Him, so that we have no other will but His. If obedience is lacking, even prayer cannot be pleasing to God.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

47. “True peace consists in not separating ourselves from the will of God.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

48. “Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of good wine.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

49. “Give, expecting nothing thereof.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).

50. “The end of every maker is himself.” ~ (Thomas Aquinas).


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