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Thomas Kempis Quotes


A medieval Christian monk and author of 'Imitation of Christ', one of the most well-known Christian books on devotion.
(1380 - 1471)

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A humble knowledge of oneself is a surer road to God than a deep searching of the sciences.
[God]
 

A man is hindered and distracted in proportion as he draws outward things to himself.
 

A wise and good man will turn examples of all sorts to his own advantage. The good he will make his patterns, and strive to equal or excel them. The bad he will by all means avoid.
[Example]
 

Activate yourself to duty by remembering your position, who you are, and what you have obliged yourself to be.
 

All His glory and beauty come from within, and there He delights to dwell, His visits there are frequent, His conversation sweet, His comforts refreshing; and His peace passing all understanding.
 

All men commend patience, although few are willing to practice it.
 

An humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than a deep search after learning.
 

And when he is out of sight, quickly also he is out of mind.
[Forgetfulness]
 

As thou wilt; what thou wilt; when thou wilt.
 

At the Day of Judgment we shall not be asked what we have read but what we have done; not how well we have spoken, but how holy we have lived.
 

Be assured that if you knew all, you would pardon all.
 

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
 

Bear the Cross cheerfully and it will bear you.
 

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.
 

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

Caution is crediting, and reserve in speaking, and in revealing one's self to but very few, are the best securities both of a good understanding with the world, and of the inward peace of our own minds.
[Caution]
 

Choose rather to want less, than to have more.
 

Constantly choose rather to want less, than to have more.
[Want]
 

Do not let your peace depend on the hearts of men; whatever they say about you, good or bad, you are not because of it another man, for as you are, you are.
[Self Acceptance]
 

Endeavor to be always patient of the faults and imperfections of others; for thou hast many faults and imperfections of thine own that require forbearance. If thou art not able to make thyself that which thou wishest, how canst thou expect to mold another in conformity to thy will?
[Faults]
 


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