Thomas a Kempis

1380 - 1471

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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A Quote by Thomas á Kempis on companions, complaints, desires, jesus, love, lovers, mind, miracles, passion, praise, and shame

Jesus hath many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of His Cross. He hath many seekers of comfort, but few of tribulation. He findeth many companions of His table, but few of His fasting. All desire to rejoice with Him, few are willing to undergo anything for His sake. Many follow Jesus that they may eat of His loaves, but few that they may drink of the cup of His passion. Many are astonished at His miracles, few follow after the shame of His Cross. Many love Jesus so long as no adversities happen to them. Many praise Him and bless Him, so long as they receive any comforts from Him. But if Jesus hide Himself and withdraw a little while, they fall either into complaining or into too great dejection of mind.

Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471)

Source: Of the Imitation of Christ

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A Quote by Thomas á Kempis

The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.

Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471)

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A Quote by Thomas á Kempis on good, idleness, reading, and writing

Never be entirely idle: but either be reading, or writing, or praying, or meditating, or endeavouring something for the public good.

Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471)

Source: Imitatio Christi

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A Quote by Thomas á Kempis

It is much safer to obey, than to govern.

Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471)

Source: Imitatio Christi

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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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