Many / One

A database of 11,000+ illuminated guiding quotations in 40 categories from 600+ inspired books by our most brilliant and influential authors.
Compiled by JoAnn Kite

SHOW detailed search and navigation | Quotes | References | JoAnn

One | Circle | Center | Opposites | Archetypes | Good | Ethics | Living Wholeness | Random

The Book of Catholic Quotations
John Chapin, Editor

1 "Every little spark of beauty's burning is but a fragment of the central fire." Sister M. Angelita, 'Lesser Fires' (20th century)

2 "God Who made things is more nigh to us than are those many things which He has made." St. Augustine (5th century)

3 "As the Catholic Church declares in the strongest terms the simplicity, spirituality, and immortality of the soul, so with constancy she ever asserts its freedom also." Pope Leo XIII, 'Libertas Praestantissimum', June 20, 1888

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

5 "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

6 "There are no galley slaves in the royal vessel of divine love – every one works his oar voluntarily." Jean Pierre Camus, 'The Spirit of St. Francis deSales' (17th century),

7 "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)

8 "We are not constrained by servile necessity, but act with freewill." St. Ambrose, 'Concerning Jacob', (4th century)

9 "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)

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

11 "Charity is both the means and the end, the one and only way by which we can attain that perfection which in truth is charity itself." J. P. Camus, 'The Spirit of St. Francis deSales' (17th century)

12 "Charity is the bond of brotherhood, the foundation of peace, the mainstay and security of unity." St. Cyprian, 'On Patience' (3rd century)

13 "Charity brings to life again those who are spiritually dead." St. Thomas Aquinas, 'Disputations Concerning Charity', (13th century)

14 "All is love's, and in love, for love." St. Francis deSales, 'Treatise on the Love of God'

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

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

17 "Virtue is a gift from God implanted in our nature." St. John of Damascus, 'Exposition of the Orthodox Faith' (8th century)

18 "Human nature is in all ages and in all countries the same." Cardinal Newman, 'Idea of a University' (19th century)

19 "There is no place in the world but contains some trace of God; He has left His secret marks everywhere and they only need to be found." Jacques Maritain, 'The Things That Are Not Caesar's' (20th century)

20 "Regard the providence of God in the contraditions which are offered to you, for God permits them in order to unite you to Himself." St. Francis deSales, 'Letters to Persons in Religion', (17th century)

21 "God clothes himself actually and literally with His whole creation." Coventry Patmore, 'The Rod, the Root and the Flower' (19th century)

22 "The universe..is a masterpiece of divine Providence." St. Thomas Aquinas, 'Contra Gentiles', 3, 77 (13th century)

23 "The only true joy on earth is to…enter by love into union with the Life Who dwells and sings within the essence of every creature and in the core of our own souls." Thomas Merton, 'Seeds of Contemplation' (20th century)

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

25 "Every being is good, since He who is the Creator of all being whatever is supremely good." St. Augustine, 'Enchiridion'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite