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Quotations From ANSELM OF CANTERBURY

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  • 1.
    Spare me through your mercy, do not punish me through your justice.
    Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), British philosopher, theologian. Proslogion, ch. 7 (c. 1077-1078). Anselm begs God for mercy.

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  • 2.
    For I do not seek to understand in order to believe, but I believe in order to understand. For I believe this: unless I believe, I will not understand.
    Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), British philosopher, theologian. Proslogion, ch. 1 (c. 1077-1078).

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  • 3.
    But a problem occurs about nothing. For that from which something is made is a cause of the thing made from it; and, necessarily, every cause contributes some assistance to the effect's existence.
    Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), British philosopher, theologian. Monologion, ch. 8 (c. 1070).
  • 4.
    Thus you are just not because you give what is owed, but because you do what is appropriate to you as the highest good.
    Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), British philosopher, theologian. Proslogion, ch. 10 (c. 1077-1078).
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