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THOMAS A KEMPIS
German ascetic and writer, author of De Imitatione Christi
(1380 - 1471)
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Our dependence upon God ought to be so entire and absolute that we should never think it necessary, in any kind of distress, to have recourse to human consolations.
      - [Adversity]

Our own opinion of ourselves should be lower than that formed by others, for we have a better chance at our imperfections.
      - [Self-reliance]

Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature. Simplicity is in the intention, purity in the affection; simplicity turns to God; purity unites with and enjoys him.
      - [Simplicity]

Set not thyself to attain much rest, but much patience.
      - [Patience]

So fixed are our spirits in slothfulness and cold indifference that we seldom overcome so much as one evil habit.
      - [Sloth]

That learning which thou gettest by thy own observation and experience, is far beyond that which thou gettest by precept; as the knowledge of a traveler exceeds that which is got by reading.
      - [Knowledge]

There is no creature so small and abject, that it representeth not the goodness of God.
      - [God]

Those who love with purity consider not the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver.
      - [Sincerity]

Thou wilt enjoy tranquillity if thy heart condemn thee not.
      - [Tranquility]

Thy peace shall be in much patience.
      - [Peace]

Truly at the day of judgment we shall not be examined as to what we have read, but as to what we have done; not as to how well we have spoken, but as to how religiously we have lived.
      - [Judgment Day]

We should have much more peace if we would not busy ourselves with the sayings and doings of others.
      - [Peace]

Whoever would fully and feelingly understand the words of Christ, must endeavor to conform his life wholly to the life of Christ.
      - [Christ]

Without the way, there is no going; without the truth, there is no knowing; without the life, there is no living.
      - [Christianity]

Habit is overcome by habit.
  [Lat., Consuetudo consuetudine vincitur.]
      - bk. I, 21 [Habit]

Remember always your end, and that lost time does not return.
  [Lat., Memento semper finis, et quia perditum non redit tempus.]
      - bk. I, ch. XXV, 11 [Time]

Everywhere I have sought rest and found it not except sitting apart in a nook with a little book.
  [Lat., In omnibus requiem quaesivi
    Et non inveni
      Nisi seorsim sedans
        In angulo cum libello.]
      - De Imitatione Christi,
        written in an autographed copy according to Cornelius A. Lapide
        [Books]

Salvation by the cross.
  [Lat., In cruce salus.]
      - De Imitatione Christi (bk. II, 2),
        adapted from "A cruce salus"
        [Redemption]

Why seekest thou rest, since thou art born to labor?
  [Lat., Cur quaeris quietem, quam natus sis ad laborem?]
      - De Imitatione Christi (II, 10, 1) [Labor]

For these attacks do not contribute to make us frail but rather show us to be what we are.
      - Imitation of Christ,
        (Dibdin's translation) [Circumstance]

Know all and you will pardon all.
      - Imitation of Christ [Forgiveness : Proverbs]

He is truly great that is little in himself, and that maketh no account of any height of honors.
      - Imitation of Christ (bk. I, ch. III)
        [Character]

He is truly great who hath a great charity.
      - Imitation of Christ (bk. I, ch. III),
        (Dibdin's translation) [Charity]

O how quickly passes away the glory of the earth.
  [Lat., O quam cito transit gloria mundi.]
      - Imitation of Christ (bk. I, ch. III, 6)
        [Glory]

Man proposes, but God disposes.
  [Lat., Nam homo proponit, sed Deus disponit.]
      - Imitation of Christ (bk. I, ch. XIX),
        (Thomas Dibdin's translation) [God]


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