Latin quotes by Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274 AD), Italian theologian and philosopher.

Sanctus Thomas Aquinas

He is regarded as the greatest thinker of the Middle Ages. He created the Aristotelian-Thomistic school of philosophy. His most important works are: Summa theologiae, Summa contra Gentiles and De Ente et Essentia.

  1. Adorote devote latens deitas - Thee we adore, O hidden God thee (Ecclesiastical term - One of Hymns of Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  2. Altiora te ne quaesieris - Do not seek what is beyond your reach (St. Thomas Aquinas)
  3. Bonum commune praeminet bono singulari unius personae - The common good is more important than the particular good (Legal and Ethical term - Saint Thomas Aquinas - It is, or should be, one of the most important social principles for the state, and foundation of Administrative Law)
  4. Bonum ex integra causa, malum ex quocunque defectu - An action is good only if each element in it is good; It is bad if any one of those elements is bad (Legal and Ethical term - Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  5. Contra impugnantes Dei cultum et religionem - Against Those Who Assail the Worship of God and Religion (Book by Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  6. Ergo conclusus contra manichaeus - And this ends the Manichaean! (Philosophical Term - Thomas Aquinas said this at a banquet hosted by St. Louis IX of France, after expressing a conclusive argument against Manichaeism, which then spread through Europe)
  7. Et hoc expressius patet in stellis et orbibus qui semper illuminantur a sole - And this appears most clearly in the stars and the worlds that are always illuminated by the Sun. (Saint Thomas Aquinas De Eternitate Mundi)
  8. Ex nihilo nihil fit - Nothing comes from nothing (Philosophical term - Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  9. Gratia non tollit naturam sed perficit - Grace does not take away nature but perfects it. (Saint Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologiae I)
  10. Hoc aliquid - This thing (Refers to the "individual" using the general doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas)
  11. In esse - In being (Philosophical term - Saint Thomas Aquinas - In existence - Before we are born we are in In posse. After we are born, we are In esse)
  12. In posse - In potential (Philosophical term - Saint Thomas Aquinas - In possible existence before we are born - Before we are born we are in In posse. After we are born, we are In esse)
  13. Interior autem influxus gratiae non est ab aliquo nisi a solo Christo, cuius humanitas ex hoc quod est divinitati coniuncta habet virtutem iustificandi - The outpouring of grace in us all, belongs only to Christ and this sanctifying causality results in the intimate union in Christ and between divinity and humanity (Aquinas, III, Q. 8, a.6)
  14. Ipsum esse subsistens - Subsistent Being itself (Saint Thomas Aquinas - Philosophical term - Essential definition of God given by the scholastics)
  15. Lex mala, lex nulla - Bad law, no law (Saint Thomas Aquinas, Italian theologian 1225-1274)
  16. Lex Naturalis est Scripta in Cordubus Ominum - Eternal Law is written in the hearts of men (Recall that there are 4 types of laws: Eternal, Natural, Divine, and Human Law, as the division of these laws according to Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  17. Melior est im via, amor Dei quam Dei cognitio - In this live it is better to love God, than to know him (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  18. Non est hoc propter hoc sed propter est hoc - It is said this, because of that, but not because of this, it is said that (St. Thomas Aquinas - In Summa. It refers to the confusion of causes)
  19. Omne quod movetur ab alio movetur - Everything that moves is moved by something else (Philosophical term - Principle of the theory of motion and causation, of St. Thomas Aquinas)
  20. Omne verum, a quocumque dicatur, a Spiritu Sancto est - All truth, regardless who says it, comes from the Holy Spirit (Saint Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologiae)
  21. Panis angelicus - Bread of Angels (Ecclesiastical term - Part of one of Hymns of Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  22. Pro patria ad deum - For the country to God (Motto of the Fraternity of Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  23. Propter libidinem - Because of lust (Ecclesiastical term - Thomas Aquinas used this argument to explain that if the priest was a woman, the faithful (men) would get sexually excited)
  24. Qui sunt in gratia, quanto plus accedunt ad finem, plus crescere debent - Those who have grace, the closer they get to the end, the more they need to grow spiritually (St. Thomas Aquinas In Epistola ad Haebreum)
  25. Quilibet homo secundum quod suum est, debet se cuilibet proximo subjicere quantum ad id quod est Dei in ipso - Everyone should recognize as being less of himself, as compared to what others have from God (St. Thomas Aquinas)
  26. Quod visum placet - That which pleases merely by being seen (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  27. Sacramentum caritatis - The sacrament of charity (Ecclesiastical term - Definition of the Mass by St. Thomas Aquinas)
  28. Secundum modum suae perfectionis - According to the measure its perfection (St. Thomas Aquinas)
  29. Sicut bonum creatum est quaedam similitudo et participatio boni increati, ita adeptio boni creati est quaedam similitudinaria beatitudo - As well created has a certain similarity to the well uncreated, so the achievement of the well created is a certain happiness of this likeness (St. Thomas Aquinas)
  30. Sicut enim maius est illuminare quam lucere solum, ita maius est contemplata aliis tradere quam solum contemplari - The same way that it is better to illuminate something, than just reflect it, so it is better convey to others what you have seen, than just contemplate it (St. Thomas Aquinas)
  31. Signum rei sacrae in quantum est sanctificans homines - The sign of something sacred in that it sanctifies man (Definition of "sacrament" by St. Thomas Aquinas)
  32. Substantia individuatur per seipsam - Primordial substance, individualized by being what it is (Definition of "individual", according to the general doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas)
  33. Sustinere est difficilius quam aggredi - To endure is harder than to attack (St. Thomas Aquinas)
  34. Tantum ergo sacramentum veneremus cernui - So great sacrament, lets worship it in truth (St. Thomas Aquinas - Part of the hymn "Pange Lingua")
  35. Timeo hominem unius libri - I fear the man of one only book (St. Thomas Aquinas)
  36. Ubi amor, ibi oculus - Where there is love, there is sight (St. Thomas Aquinas - Commentary on the Sentences 3 d. 35, I, 21. - True love is not blind)
  37. Ultima hominis felicitas est in contemplatione veritatis - The greatest happiness of man is found in the contemplation of truth (St. Thomas Aquinas)
  38. Unde per caritatem homo in Deo ponitur et cum eo unum efficitur - Wherefore by charity man abides in God and becomes one with him (Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica)
  39. Utrum amor sit idem quod dilectio - If love is the same as dilection (Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica)
  40. Utrum amor sit passio - If love is a passion (Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica)
  41. Utrum beatitudo Deo competat - Happiness lies with God? (Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica)
  42. Utrum Deus dicatur beatus secundum intellectum - Is the beatitude of God his understanding? (Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica)
  43. Utrum Deus possit facere quae non facit - Can God do what he does? (Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica)
  44. Utrum Deus possit facere quod praeterita non fuerint - Can God make things past not to have existed? (Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica)
  45. Utrum Deus possit meliora facere ea quae facit - Can God make better the things he does? (Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica)
  46. Utrum Deus sit beatitudo cuiuslibet beati - Is God himself the happiness of each of the blessed? (Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica)
  47. Utrum Deus sit omnipotens - Is God Almighty? (Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica)
  48. Utrum in Dei beatitudine omnis beatitudo includatur - Does all bliss fall from God? (Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica)
  49. Utrum in Deo sit potentia - Is there power in God? (Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica)
  50. Utrum ordo caritatis remaneat in patria - Does this order of charity remain in the country? (Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica)
  51. Utrum potentia Dei sit infinita - Is the power of God infinite (Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica)
  52. Virtus divina non est alligata sacramentis - The power of God is not bound to the sacraments (St. Thomas Aquinas)
  53. Volo ut rivulos, non statim, in mare eligas entroire - I want you to decide to go to the sea by the streams not directly (St. Thomas Aquinas)

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