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       Francis de Sales
       1567-1622
      
       Francis de Sales was Bishop of Geneva, and was an accomplished preacher. He is known also for his writings on the topic of spiritual direction and spiritual formation, particularly Introduction to the Devout Life.
      
       Francis came to the conclusion that whatever God had in store for him was good, because God is Love, as Scripture attests. This faithful devotion to the God of love not only expelled his doubts, but also influenced the rest of his life and his teachings.


    Francis de Sales on:    

While I am busy with little things, I am not required to do greater things.

    Topics: Achievement

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.

    Topics: Adversity, Gentleness

Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs.

    Topics: Angels, Helping

There was never an angry man that thought his anger unjust.

    Topics: Anger

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

    Topics: Character, Gentleness, Strength

Nothing is more like a wise man than a fool who holds his tongue.

    Topics: Character, Foolishness, The Tongue

We must never undervalue any person. The workman loves not that his work should be despised in his presence. Now God is present everywhere, and every person is His work.

    Topics: Encouragement, Work

Faith fills a man with love for the beauty of its truth, with faith in the truth of its beauty.

    Topics: Faith, Beauty

A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship. Be who you are and be that well.

    Topics: Friendship, Forgiveness, Quarreling

Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off.

    Topics: Friendship

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.

    Topics: Humility

You learn to love by loving.

    Topics: Love

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