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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.
Our own opinion of ourselves should be lower than that formed by others, for we have a better chance at our imperfections.
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.
Set not thyself to attain much rest, but much patience.
So fixed are our spirits in slothfulness and cold indifference that we seldom overcome so much as one evil habit.
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.
There is no creature so small and abject, that it representeth not the goodness of God.
Those who love with purity consider not the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver.
Thou wilt enjoy tranquillity if thy heart condemn thee not.
Thy peace shall be in much patience.
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.
Whoever would fully and feelingly understand the words of Christ, must endeavor to conform his life wholly to the life of Christ.
Without the way, there is no going; without the truth, there is no knowing; without the life, there is no living.
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
Salvation by the cross.
[Lat., In cruce salus.]
- De Imitatione Christi (bk. II, 2),
adapted from "A cruce salus"
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)
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)
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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