Thomas a Kempis Quotes

By two wings is man lifted above earthly things, even by simplicity and purity.

The desires of the senses call you to roam abroad, but when their hour is spent, what do you bring back but a burdened conscience and a distracted heart? A cheerful going out often brings a sad home-coming, and a merry evening brings a sorry morning. For every bodily pleasure brings joy at first, but […]

All men commend patience, although few are willing to practice it.

The only safe ruler is he who has learned to obey willingly.

Thou shalt ever joy at eventide if thou spend the day fruitfully.

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

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

Do not be influenced by the importance of the writer, and whether his learning be great or small, but let the love of pure truth draw you to read. Do not inquire, “Who said this?” but pay attention to what is said.

It is good, too, that we sometimes suffer opposition, and that men think ill of us and misjudge us, even when we do and mean well. Such things are an aid to humility, and preserve us from pride and vainglory. For we more readily turn to God as our inward witness, when men despise us […]

For such is the weakness of human nature, alas, that evil is often more readily believed and spoken of another than good. But perfect men do not easily believe every tale that is told them, for they know that man’s nature is prone to evil, and his words to deception.