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The Book of Catholic Quotations
John Chapin, Editor

1 "Catholicism admits the presence of God in creation, which is a continual act….God is maintaining the creation in its existence; He is concurring with every act of movement…. The whole earth is full of his glory." M. C. D'Arcy 'The Idea of God' (20th century),

2 "The future belongs to those who love, not to those who hate." Pope Pius XII, address to the College of Cardinals, June 2, 1947

3 "Faith opens the door to understanding." St. Augustine, Letter 137, 15 (5th century)

4 "The greatness of the soul is her capacity for God." Archbishop Ullathorne, 'Humility and Patience' (19th century)

5 "Love and faith are as much realities as artistic faculties, and need similar cultivation." R. H. Benson, 'Lord of the World' (20th century)

6 "We believe that God is present everywhere." St. Benedict, 'The Rules of St. Benedict', Rule 19 (6th century)

7 "One God! One Majesty! There is no God but Thee! Unbounded, an extended Unity!" F. Faber, 'The Unity of God' (19th century)

8 "The goodness of God knows how to use our disordered wishes and actions, often lovingly turning them to our advantage while always preserving the beauty of His order." St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 'Letters', 90,6 (12th century)

9 "Humanity is the one name belonging to every nation on earth; there is one soul and many tongues, one spirit and many sounds; every country has its own speech, but the subjects of speech are common to all." Tertullian, 'The Testimony of the Christian Soul' (3rd century)

10 "The perfect ideal is the synoptic vision of all reality as included within the divine Love, and therefore most lovable in itself. And it is this ideal which is at the back of progress and civilization." M. C. D'Arcy, 'The Idea of God' (20th century)

11 "Love is the movement, effusion and advancement of the heart toward the good." St. Francis deSales, 'Treatise on the Love of God' (17th century)

12 "Nature is the art of God eternal." Dante, 'De monarchia' (14th century)

13 "To love is to wish the other's highest good." R. H. Benson, 'Come Rack! Come Rope!' (20th century)

14 "All human beings, without any exception whatever, were specially made, were shaped and pointed like shining arrows, for the end of hitting the mark of beatitude." G. K. Chesterton, 'The Thing' (20th century)

15 "There is but one point in the universe where God communicates with us, and that is the center of our own soul." Archbishop Ullathorne, 'Humility and Patience' (19th century)

16 "'One loving soul,' says St. Augustine, 'sets another on fire.'" Arnold Lunn, 'Now I See' (20th century)

17 "There is naturally ingrafted in men's minds an earnest desire of that which is truly good." Boethius, 'De Consolatione Philosophiae' (6th century),

18 "There is one Being Which is supremely good, and supremely great." St. Anselm, 'Monologium' (11th century)

19 "The life of virtue [is] a climb from the many to the One." St. Thomas Aquinas, 'Summa Theologica' 1-2, 71, 1 (13th century)

20 "One of the greatest paradoxes of the mystical life is this: that a man cannot enter into the deepest center of himself and pass through that center into God, unless he is able to pass entirely out of himself and empty himself and give himself to other people in the purity of a selfless love." Thomas Merton, 'Seeds of Contemplation' (20th century)

21 "To discover God is not to discover an idea but to discover oneself." Bede Griffiths, 'The Golden String' (20th century)

22 "This, then is the full satisfaction of souls, this the happy life: to recognize piously and completely the One through Whom you are led into the truth, the nature of the truth you enjoy, and the bond that connects you with the supreme measure." St. Augustine, 'De Vita Beata' (4th century)

23 "The law of nature is the same as the eternal law implanted in rational creatures, and inclining them to their right action and end; and can be nothing else but the eternal reason of God, the Creator and Ruler of all the world." Pope Leo XIII, 'Libertas Praestantissimum', June 20, 1888

24 "Immortality is a nature-given, inalienable property of the human soul." Jacques Maritain, 'The Range of Reason' (20th century)

25 "Natural law is a certain quality planted in humanity by nature, which leads them to do what is good." Rufinus, 'Summa Decretorum' (12th century)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite