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Thomas Kempis Quotes and Sayings

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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.
- Thomas Kempis

Related topics: Anger

The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.
- Thomas Kempis

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

No man ruleth safely but he that is willingly ruled.
- Thomas Kempis

 

A man is hindered and distracted in proportion as he
draws outward things to himself.
- Thomas Kempis

Bear the Cross cheerfully and it will bear you.
- Thomas Kempis

He will easily be content and at peace,
whose conscience is pure.
- Thomas Kempis

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Who has a harder fight than he who is striving to overcome himself.
- Thomas Kempis

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

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.
- Thomas Kempis

Intelligence must follow faith, never precede it,
and never destroy it.
- Thomas Kempis

Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise not blame.
- Thomas Kempis

Be assured that if you knew all, you would pardon all.
- Thomas Kempis

Occasions do not make a man either strong or weak but they show what he is.
- Thomas Kempis

What most of all hinders heavenly consolation is that
you are too slow in turning yourself to prayer.
- Thomas Kempis

An humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God
than a deep search after learning.
- Thomas Kempis

Activate yourself to duty by remembering your position,
who you are, and what you have obliged yourself to be.
- Thomas Kempis

If you cannot mould yourself entirely as you would wish,
how can you expect other people to be entirely to your liking?
- Thomas Kempis

First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.
- Thomas Kempis

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.
- Thomas Kempis

He who loves with purity considers not the gift of the lover,
but the love of the giver.
- Thomas Kempis

Gladly we desire to make other men perfect,
but we will not amend our own fault.
- Thomas Kempis

It is much safer to obey than to rule.
- Thomas Kempis

The acknowledgment of our weakness is the first step in repairing our loss.
- Thomas Kempis

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

At the Day of Judgment, we shall not be asked what we have read,
but what we have done.
- Thomas Kempis

Oh, how great peace and quietness would he possess
who should cut off all vain anxiety and place all his confidence in God.
- Thomas Kempis

I would far rather feel remorse than know how to define it.
- Thomas Kempis

What else does anxiety about the future bring you but sorrow upon sorrow?
- Thomas Kempis

We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are.
- Thomas Kempis

Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen.
- Thomas Kempis

Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which
man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.
- Thomas Kempis

How quickly passes away the glory of this world.
- Thomas Kempis

Without the way, there is no going; without the truth,
there is no knowing; without the life,
there is no living.
- Thomas Kempis

Out of sight, out of mind.
The absent are always in the wrong.
- Thomas Kempis

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.
- Thomas Kempis

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

Do or do not, there is no try.
- Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Life is not supposed to be fair.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

If things are not as you wish,
wish them as they are.
- Yiddish Proverb

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)


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