Thomas a Kempis

1380 - 1471

A Quote by Thomas á Kempis on books, complaints, giving, god, heart, life, and meaning

A disciple once complained, "You tell us stories, but you never reveal their meaning to us." The master replied, "How would you like it if someone offered you fruit and then chewed it up for you before giving it to you?" If your heart is straight with God, then every creature will be to you a mirror of life and a book of holy doctrine.

Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471)

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A Quote by Thomas á Kempis on good, learning, and peace

A man of peace does more good than a very learned man.

Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471)

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A Quote by Thomas á Kempis on angels, garden, god, heaven, and virtue

You are a man, not God; you are human, not an angel. How can you expect to remain always in a constant state of virtue, when this was not possible even for an angel of heaven, nor for the first man in the Garden?

Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471)

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A Quote by Thomas á Kempis on grace and obedience

Whoever strives to withdraw from obedience, withdraws from grace.

Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471)

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A Quote by Thomas á Kempis on peace

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First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.

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A Quote by Thomas á Kempis on desires, grief, and peace

Count not thyself to have found true peace, if thou hast felt no grief; nor that then all is well if thou hast no adversary; nor that this is perfect, if all things fall out according to thy desire.

Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471)

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A Quote by Thomas á Kempis on desires, justice, and preparation

O Lord, Thou knowest that which is best for us; let this or that be done, as Thou shalt please. Give what Thou wilt, how much Thou wilt, and when Thou wilt. Deal with me as thou thinkest best. Place me where Thou wilt, and deal with me in all things just as Thou wilt. Behold, I am Thy servant, prepared for all things: I desire not to live unto myself, but unto Thee; and oh, that I could do it worthily and perfectly!

Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471)

Source: Imitatio Christi

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A Quote by Thomas á Kempis on god, humility, knowledge, and learning

An humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than a deep search after learning.

Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471)

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A Quote by Thomas á Kempis on evil

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Of two evils, the lesser must always be chosen De duobus malis, minus est semper eligendum

Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471)

Source: Imitatio Christi

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A Quote by Thomas á Kempis on caring, heart, praise, and tranquility

Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor blame.

Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471)

Source: Imitatio Christi

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