Many / One

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

3 "That Being through Which all exist must be one….There is, then, some one Being Which alone exists in the greatest and highest degree of all." St. Anselm, 'Monologium', (11th century)

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

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

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

7 "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)

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

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

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

11 "Charity is the bond of brotherhood, the foundation of peace, the mainstay and security of unity." St. Cyprian, 'On Patience' (3rd 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 "That our will is free is self-evident." Rene Descartes, 'Principles of Philosophy' (17th century)

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

15 "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)

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

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

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

20 "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)

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

22 "In order that you may know that God is one, ask What God is, and you will find Him to be not otherwise than one." Tertullian, 'Against Marcion' (3rd century)

23 "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)

24 "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)

25 "Nature reveals its Author, the work suggests the Artist, and the world manifests its Designer." St. Irenaeus, 'Against the Heresies' (2nd century)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite