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The Book of Catholic Quotations
John Chapin, Editor

1 "Prophets and apostles, evangelists and saints, speak to us with voices that never die." Cardinal Manning, 'The Eternal Priesthood' (19th century)

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

3 "Man is an epitome of the world; he is a little world in himself, in which all that is to be found in the great world of the universe is to be found." St. Francis deSales, 'Spiritual Conferences' (17th century)

4 "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)

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

6 "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

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

8 "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

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

10 "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)

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 "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)

13 "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)

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

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

16 "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),

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

18 "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)

19 "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)

20 "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)

21 "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)

22 "Humility, obedience, simplicity – these are the virtues on which the divine friendship, as well as human friendships, alone can thrive." R. H. Benson, 'Christ in the Church' (20th century)

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

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite