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Thomas a Kempis Quotes

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But because many endeavor to get knowledge rather than to live well, they are often deceived and reap little or no benefit from their labor.

    Topics: Service, Knowledge, Deception

Man sees your actions, but God your motives.

    Topics: Service

Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars.

    Topics: Service, Knowledge

He that avoideth not small faults, by little and little falleth into greater.

    Topics: Sin

It is better to be affected with a true penitent sorrow for sin than to be able to resolve the most difficult cases about it.

    Topics: Sin, Repentance

Carry the cross patiently, and with perfect submission; and in the end it shall carry you.

    Topics: Submission, The Cross

If you bear the cross unwillingly, you make it a burden, and load yourself more heavily; but you must bear it.

    Topics: Suffering, Perseverance, The Cross

We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are.

    Topics: Temptation

There is no man in this world without some manner of tribulation or anguish, though he be king or pope.

    Topics: Tribulation

A lover of Jesus and of the truth can lift himself above himself in spirit.

    Topics: Truth

Influence never dies; every act, emotion, look and word makes influence tell for good or evil, happiness or woe, through the long future of eternity.

    Topics: Virtue, Eternity

The highest and most profitable learning is the knowledge of ourselves. To have a low opinion of our own merits, and to think highly of others, is an evidence of wisdom.

    Topics: Wisdom, Learning

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