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Thomas a Kempis (1380 – 1471)


Dutch medieval Christian monk and author of Imitation of Christ, one of the most well-known Christian books on devotion.
Thomas a Kempis
First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.
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No man ruleth safely but that he is willingly ruled.
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Without the Way,
there is no going,
Without the Truth,
there is no knowing,
Without the Life,
there is no living.




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For they truly know their Lord in the breaking of bread, whose heart within them so vehemently burneth, whilst Thou, O blessed Jesus, dost walk and converse with them.
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Simplicity and purity are the two wings by which a man is lifted above all earthly things. Simplicity is in the intention purity in the affection. Simplicity tends to God, purity apprehends and tastes Him.
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Dispose thyself to patience rather than to comfort, and to the bearing of the cross rather than to gladness.
Thomas a Kempis
A pure, sincere, and stable spirit is not distracted though it be employed in many works; for that it works all to the honor of God, and inwardly being still and quiet, seeks not itself in any thing it doth.
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Love is swift, sincere, pious, pleasant, gentle, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering, manly and never seeking her own; for whosoever a man seeketh his own, there he falleth from love.
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There is no creature so small and abject, that it representeth not the goodness of God.
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Occasions of adversity best discover how great virtue or strength each one hath. For occasions do not make a man frail, but they show what he is.
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Homo proponit, sed Deus disponit.




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It is easier not to speak a word at all than to speak more words than we should.
Thomas a Kempis
O quam cito transit gloria mundi.
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A humble knowledge of oneself is a surer road to God than a deep searching of the sciences. Yet learning itself is not to be blamed, or is the simple knowledge of anything whatsoever to be despised, for true learning is good in itself and ordained by God; but a good conscience and a holy life are always to be preferred. But because many are more eager to acquire much learning than to live well, they often go astray, and bear little or no fruit. If only such people were as diligent in the uprooting of vices and the panting of virtues as they are in the debating of problems, there would not be so many evils and scandals among the people, nor such laxity in communities. At the Day of Judgement, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done; not how eloquently we have spoken, but how holily we have lived. Tell me, where are now all those Masters and Doctors whom you knew so well in their lifetime in the full flower of their learning? Other men now sit in their seats, and they are hardly ever called to mind. In their lifetime they seemed of great account, but now no one speaks of them
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He is truly great that is great in charity. He is truly great that is little in himself, and maketh no account of any height of honor. And he is truly learned that doeth the will of God, and forsaketh his own will.
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Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen.
Thomas a Kempis
What canst thou see elsewhere which thou canst not see here? Behold the heaven and the earth and all the elements; for of these are all things created.
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If thou knewest the whole Bible by heart, and the sayings of all the philosophers, what would it profit thee without the love of God and without grace?
Thomas a Kempis
And when he is out of sight, quickly also is he out of mind.
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O Lord, self-renunciation is not the work of one day, nor children's sport; yea, rather in this word is included all perfection.


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