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The Book of Catholic Quotations
John Chapin, Editor

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

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

3 "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)

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 "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),

6 "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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

13 "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)

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

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

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

19 "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)

20 "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)

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

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

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

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite