I found thee not, O Lord, without, because I erred in seeking thee without that wert within.
Hear the other side.
The greatest evil is physical pain.
He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.
The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.
Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man's wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act.
Oh Lord, give me chastity, but do not give it yet.
O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.
My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed... And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is.
Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.
We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot.
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain.
If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.
To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend.
Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee.
I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.'
Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.
He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.
The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer.
Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.
Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.