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It is no little wisdom for you to keep yourself in silence and in good peace when evil words are spoken to you, and to turn your heart to God and not to be troubled with the judgment of others.


Thomas a Kempis

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THOMAS à KEMPIS
All that is in the world is vanity except to love God and serve him only.
THOMAS à KEMPIS
Fight like a man. Habit is overcome by habit.
THOMAS à KEMPIS
Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as y...
THOMAS à KEMPIS
Do not let your peace depend on the words of men. Their thinking well or badly of you does not make ...
THOMAS à KEMPIS
If you desire to know or learn anything to your advantage, then take delight in being unknown and un...
THOMAS à KEMPIS
The cross, therefore, is always ready; it awaits you everywhere. No matter where you may go, you can...
THOMAS à KEMPIS
It is vanity, too, to covet honours, and to lift up ourselves on high...It is vanity, to love that w...
THOMAS à KEMPIS
He is not truly patient who will only suffer as far as seems right to him and from whom he pleases. ...
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Look at our fathers in the old days, living masterpieces as they are and shining examples of true re...
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5. Be ofttimes mindful of the saying,(3) The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear with hear...
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Jesus has now many lovers of the heavenly kingdom but few bearers of His cross.
THOMAS à KEMPIS
A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver.
THOMAS à KEMPIS
Feast of Mary Sumner, Founder of the Mothers' Union, 1921 Thou knowest well how to excuse and col...
THOMAS À KEMPIS
Grant to us, O Lord, to know that which is worth knowing, to love that which is worth loving, to pra...
THOMAS À KEMPIS
If thou art willing to suffer no adversity, how wilt thou be the friend of Christ?
THOMAS À KEMPIS
Feast of Leo the Great, Bishop of Rome, 461 If we would put some slight stress on ourselves at th...
THOMAS À KEMPIS
It is Truth which we must look for in Holy Writ, not cunning of words. All Scripture ought to be rea...
THOMAS À KEMPIS
Feast of Richard of Chichester, Bishop, 1253 Commemoration of Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham, Moral...
THOMAS À KEMPIS
Commemoration of Charles de Foucauld, Hermit, Servant of the Poor, 1916 Whoever loves much, does ...
THOMAS À KEMPIS
For a small reward, a man will hurry away on a long journey; while for eternal life, many will hardl...
THOMAS À KEMPIS
Whoever strives to withdraw from obedience, withdraws from grace.
THOMAS À KEMPIS
Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of its trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no ...
THOMAS à KEMPIS
We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are.
THOMAS Ã KEMPIS
The acknowledgment of our weakness is the first step in repairing our loss.
THOMAS Ã KEMPIS
Feast of the Holy Cross When you hear someone saying unworthy and hard words of you, then it is g...
THOMAS À KEMPIS
Commemoration of Thomas à Kempis, priest, spiritual writer, 1471 It is no great matter to...
THOMAS À KEMPIS
Continuing a series on the person of Jesus: When Christ was in the world, He was despised by men; ...
THOMAS À KEMPIS
No man safely goeth abroad who loveth not to rest at home. No man safely talketh but he who loveth t...
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Commemoration of Scholastica, Abbess of Plombariola, c.543 True it is that every man willingly f...
THOMAS À KEMPIS
You are a man, not God; you are human, not an angel. How can you expect to remain always in a consta...
THOMAS À KEMPIS
If you wish to draw profit, read with humility, simplicity, and faith, and never with the design of ...
THOMAS à KEMPIS
A lowly knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than the deep searching of a man’s learnings. N...
THOMAS à KEMPIS
Love is a mighty power, a great and complete good; Love alone lightens every burden, and makes the r...
THOMAS à KEMPIS
In omnibus requiem quaesivi, et nusquam inveni nisi in angulo cum libro.

(Everywhere I...
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Hence we must support one another, console one another, mutually help, counsel, and advise, for the ...
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It is not really a small thing when in small things we resist self.
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Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing stronger or higher or wider, nothing is more pleasant, nothing...
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By two wings is man lifted above earthly things, even by
simplicity and purity. Simplicity ough...
THOMAS à KEMPIS
A sure way of retaining the grace of heaven is to disregard outward appearances, and diligently to c...
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