Happy Feast of Thomas Aquinas!

By Jon|January 28, 2015|Catholicism, Philosophy|

A few of my favorite short quotes before you post yours:

  1. Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.
  2. Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.
  3. Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church. (The people in the present aren’t the only one who get a vote if we’re talking about atemporal realities)
  4. Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious. (Even counting toothpicks can be fun!)
  5. How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God. (Whether you know his identity or not.)
  6. Beware of the person of one book. (Including those Summa Theologica lovers!)
  7. We can’t have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves. (Are you crazy?!?! If I knew what I know now when I was four, I never would have accepted on faith from my teacher that learning my alphabet was a worthwhile exercise!)
  8. The theologian considers sin mainly as an offence against God; the moral philosopher as contrary to reasonableness.
  9. For a wise man in any branch of knowledge is one who knows the highest cause of that kind of knowledge, and is able to judge of all matters by that cause. II-II q. 9 a. 2 (Wisdom is science and more.)
  10. Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate. (Teaching what you know is better than just sitting on it.)
  11. A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational. (You aren’t free if you don’t know your options…nor are you free if you can’t tell which options are reasonable.)
  12. All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly. (Humanistic wonder 1.0)
  13. The things that we love tell us what we are. (You are what you eat 1.0)

Ok, too many, and we become desensitized to their profundity. Happy Feast.

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Jon connects leaders and organizations to Catholic philosophical resources to battle for the soul of the western world.