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)

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