Among all human pursuits, the pursuit of wisdom is more perfect, more noble, more useful, and more full of joy.
Those who are more adapted to the active life can prepare themselves for contemplation in the practice of the active life, while those who are more adapted to the contemplative life can take upon themselves the works of the active life so as to become yet more apt for contemplation.
Religious worship is not directed to images in themselves, considered as mere things, but under their distinctive aspect as images leading us on to God incarnate. The movement toward the image does not terminate in it as image, but tends toward that whose image it is.
He who is dying of hunger must be fed rather than taught.
Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstances confronting him.
Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.
Faith has to do with things that are not seen, and hope with things that are not in hand.
Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man’s own will.
- Bonaventure Italian Christian Scholar
- Saint Francis of Assisi Italian Monk
- Henri Nouwen Dutch Catholic Priest
- Catherine of Siena Italian Philosopher
- Blaise Pascal French Philosopher, Scientist
- Pope John XXIII Italian Catholic Religious Leader
- John Vianney French Catholic Priest
- Jerome Greek Priest
- Desiderius Erasmus Dutch Humanist, Scholar
- Bernard of Clairvaux French Catholic Religious Leader