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Thomas Kempis quotes (37)

A man is hindered and distracted in proportion as he draws outward things to himself.
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Activate yourself to duty by remembering your position, who you are, and what you have obliged yourself to be.
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All men commend patience, although few are willing to practice it.
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An humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than a deep search after learning.
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At the Day of Judgment, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done.
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Be assured that if you knew all, you would pardon all.
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Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
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Bear the Cross cheerfully and it will bear you.
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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.
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First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.
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Gladly we desire to make other men perfect, but we will not amend our own fault.
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Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise not blame.
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He who loves with purity considers not the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver.
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He will easily be content and at peace, whose conscience is pure.
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How quickly passes away the glory of this world.
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How seldom we weigh our neighbor in the same balance with ourselves.
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I would far rather feel remorse than know how to define it.
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If you cannot mould yourself entirely as you would wish, how can you expect other people to be entirely to your liking?
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Intelligence must follow faith, never precede it, and never destroy it.
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It is much safer to obey than to rule.
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Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility; for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible.
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Man proposes, but God disposes.
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No man ruleth safely but he that is willingly ruled.
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Occasions do not make a man either strong or weak but they show what he is.
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Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen.
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Oh, how great peace and quietness would he possess who should cut off all vain anxiety and place all his confidence in God.
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Out of sight, out of mind. The absent are always in the wrong.
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Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.
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The acknowledgment of our weakness is the first step in repairing our loss.
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The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.
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The only safe ruler is he who has learned to obey willingly.
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Wait for the Lord. Behave yourself manfully, and be of good courage. Do not be faithless, but stay in your place and do not turn back.
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We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are.
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What else does anxiety about the future bring you but sorrow upon sorrow?
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What most of all hinders heavenly consolation is that you are too slow in turning yourself to prayer.
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Who has a harder fight than he who is striving to overcome himself.
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Without the way, there is no going; without the truth, there is no knowing; without the life, there is no living.
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