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The Book of Catholic Quotations
John Chapin, Editor

1 "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)

2 "Make many acts of love, for they set the soul on fire and make it gentle." St. Teresa of Jesus, 'Maxims' (16th century)

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

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

5 "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)

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

7 "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)

8 "It is for this we are created: that we may give a new and individual expression of the absolute in our own peculiar character….Ever the mystery is revealed in each new birth; so must it be to eternity. The Eternal-Absolute is ever creating new forms of expressing Itself." Isaac T. Hecker, 19th century

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

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

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

12 "No one is so rich that he does not need another's help; and no one so poor as not to be useful in some way to his fellow man; and the disposition to ask assistance from others with confidence, and to grant it with kindness, is part of our very nature." Pope Leo XIII 'Graves de communi', January 18, 1901

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

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

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

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

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

18 "Do not think of the faults of others, but of what is good in them." St. Teresa of Jesus, 'Maxims' (16th century),

19 "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),

20 "God is the cause of everything, He is one and wise." St. Thomas Aquinas, 'Commentary on 2nd Corinthians' (13th century)

21 "That our will is free is self-evident." Rene Descartes, 'Principles of Philosophy' (17th century)

22 "In the most noble part of the soul, the domain of our spiritual powers, we are constituted in the form of a living and eternal mirror of God; we bear in it the imprint of His eternal image and no other image can enter there." John Ruysbroeck, 'The Mirror of Eternal Salvation' (14th century)

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

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite