Quotations From THOMAS AQUINAS


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  • Distinctions drawn by the mind are not necessarily equivalent to distinctions in reality.
    Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274), Italian philosopher, theologian. trans. by Thomas Gilby, St. Thomas Aquinas: Philosophical Texts, Oxford University Press, p. 13 (1951). Summa Theologica, I, q. 50 (c. 1267-1273). 2.
  • Love is a binding force, by which another is joined to me and cherished by myself.
    Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274), Italian philosopher, theologian. trans. by Thomas Gilby, St. Thomas Aquinas: Philosophical Texts, Oxford University Press, p. 325 (1951). Summa Theologiae, I, q. 20, art. 1, ad 3 (c. 1077-1078).

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  • Love works in a circle, for the beloved moves the lover by stamping a likeness, and the lover then goes out to hold the beloved in reality. Who first was the beginning now becomes the end of motion.
    Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274), Italian philosopher, theologian. trans. by Thomas Gilby, St. Thomas Aquinas: Philosophical Texts, Oxford University Press, p. 325 (1951). Summa Theologiae, I-II, q. 26, art. 2 (c. 1077-1078).

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  • Law is nothing other than a certain ordinance of reason for the common good, promulgated by the person who has the care of the community.
    Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274), Italian philosopher, theologian. Summa Theologiae, I-II, q. 90, art. 4 (c. 1077-1078).
  • To disparage the dictate of reason is equivalent to contemning the command of God.
    Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274), Italian philosopher, theologian. trans. by Thomas Gilby, St. Thomas Aquinas: Philosophical Texts, p. 284, Oxford University Press (1951).

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  • Mistakes are made on two counts: an argument is either based on error or incorrectly developed.
    Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274), Italian philosopher, theologian. trans. by Thomas Gilby, St. Thomas Aquinas: Philosophical Texts, p. 12, Oxford University Press (1951). Disputed Questions: On Truth 2.
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