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SAINT BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX
French ecclesiastic, Abbot of Clairvaux
(1091 - 1153)

Hell is full of good wishes or desires.
  [Fr., L'enfer est plein de bonnes volontes ou desirs.]
      - Archbishop Trench called it the "queen of all proverbs"
        [Hell]

I know by myself how incomprehensible God is, seeing I cannot comprehend the parts of my own being.
      - [God]

"My burden is light," said the blessed Redeemer, a light burden indeed, which carries him that bears it. I have looked through all nature for a resemblance of this, and seem to find a shadow of it in the wings of a bird, which are indeed borne by the creature, and yet support her flight towards heaven.
      - [Christ (Saviour)]

Nothing can work me damage except myself. The harm that I sustain I carry about with me, and never am a real sufferer but by my own fault.
      - [Evil]

Prayer is a virtue that prevaileth against all temptations.
      - [Prayer]

Religion brought forth riches, and the daughter devoured the mother.
  [Lat., Religio peperit divitias et filia devoravit matrem.]
      - saying of [Religion]

Slander is a poison which extinguishes charity, both in the slanderer and in the persons who listen to it.
      - [Evil]

The peacemakers shall be called the sons of God, who came to make peace between God and man. What then shall the sowers of discord be called, but the children of the devil? And what must they look for but their father's portion?
      - [Discord]

The tears of penitents are the wine of angels.
      - [Tears]

We find rest in those we love, and we provide a resting place for those who love us.
      - [Love]

You will find something far greater in the woods than you will find in books. Stones and trees will teach you that which you will never learn from masters.
      - [Nature]

It is a misery to be born, a pain to live, a trouble to die.
  [Lat., Nasci miserum, vivere poena, angustia mori.]
      - ch. III [Life]

He who prays and labours lifts his heart to God with his hands.
  [Lat., Qui orat laborat, cor levat ad Deum cum manibus.]
      - Ad sororem [Labor]

A pretext is never lacking to him who would break with a friend.
      - Letters [Friendship]

Hail, O bleeding Head and wounded,
  With a crown of thorns surrounded,
    Buffeted, and bruised and battered,
      Smote with reed by striking shattered,
        Face with spittle vilely smeared!
          Hail, whose visage sweet and comely,
            Marred by fouling stains and homely,
              Changed as to its blooming color,
                All now turned to deathly pallor,
                  Making heavenly hosts affeared!
      - Passion Hymn, (Abraham Coles' translation)
        [Christ]

Who loves me will love my dog also.
  [Fr., Que me amat, amet et canem meum.]
      - Sermo Primus [Dogs]


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