Quotes by Thomas Aquinas

Pray thee, spare, thyself at times: for it becomes a wise man sometimes to relax the high pressure of his attention to work.

Now this relaxation of the mind from work consists on playful words or deeds. Therefore it becomes a wise and virtuous man to have recourse to such things at times.

The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces.

It is possible to demonstrate God’s existence, although not a priori, yet a posteriori from some work of His more surely known to us.

To live well is to work well, to show a good activity.

In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign. Secondly, a just cause. Thirdly, a rightful intention.

How is it they live in such harmony the billions of stars – when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds about someone they know.

The truth of our faith becomes a matter of ridicule among the infidels if any Catholic, not gifted with the necessary scientific learning, presents as dogma what scientific scrutiny shows to be false.

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.

Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.