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Thomas Kempis Quotes

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

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

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.

At the Day of Judgment, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done.

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.

First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.

Gladly we desire to make other men perfect, but we will not amend our own fault.

Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise not blame.

He who loves with purity considers not the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver.

He will easily be content and at peace, whose conscience is pure.

How quickly passes away the glory of this world.

How seldom we weigh our neighbor in the same balance with ourselves.

I would far rather feel remorse than know how to define it.

If you cannot mould yourself entirely as you would wish, how can you expect other people to be entirely to your liking?

Intelligence must follow faith, never precede it, and never destroy it.

It is much safer to obey than to rule.