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The Book of Catholic Quotations
John Chapin, Editor

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

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

3 "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)

4 "Man was by God constituted free, master of his own will and power; indicating the presence of God's image and likeness in him by nothing so well as by this constitution of his nature." Tertullian, 'Tertullian Against Marcion' (3rd century)

5 "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)

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

7 "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)

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

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

10 "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

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

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

13 "The Deity is one." St. John of Damascus, 'Exposition of the Orthodox Faith', (8th century)

14 "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)

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

16 "Man is a noble being, created to the image and likeness of God." St. Augustine, 'De Doctrina Christiana' (4th century)

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

18 "Prophets and apostles, evangelists and saints, speak to us with voices that never die." Cardinal Manning, 'The Eternal Priesthood' (19th 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 "Every being is good, since He who is the Creator of all being whatever is supremely good." St. Augustine, 'Enchiridion'

21 "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)

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

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

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

25 "Faith is the beginning and the end is love, and God is the two of them brought into unity." St. Ignatius of Antioch, 'Letter to the Ephesians', (2nd century)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite