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Francis de Sales Quotes

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We cannot help conforming ourselves to what we love.

    Topics: Love

Those who love to be feared, fear to be loved.

    Topics: Love

There are no galley-slaves in the royal vessel of divine love - every man works his oar voluntarily!

    Topics: Love

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.

    Topics: Patience, Perseverance

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.

    Topics: Perseverance

True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.

    Topics: Perseverance

The test of a preacher is that his congregation goes away saying, not What a lovely sermon, but, I will do something!

    Topics: Preaching, Inspiration

A judicious silence is always better than truth spoken without charity.

    Topics: Truth

Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.

    Topics: Virtue

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