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Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.
 

How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God.
 

How is it they live in such harmony the billions of stars - when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds about someone they know.
 

Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason.
 

If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy.
 

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.
 

If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way.
 

In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign. Secondly, a just cause. Thirdly, a rightful intention.
 

It is clear that he does not pray, who, far from uplifting himself to God, requires that God shall lower Himself to him, and who resorts to prayer not to stir the man in us to will what God wills, but only to persuade God to will what the man in us wills.
 

It is necessary to posit something which is necessary of itself, and has no cause of its necessity outside of itself but is the cause of necessity in other things. And all people call this thing God.
 

It is possible to demonstrate God's existence, although not a priori, yet a posteriori from some work of His more surely known to us.
 

It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.
[Jokes]
 

Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstances confronting him.
 

Law is nothing other than a certain ordinance of reason for the common good, promulgated by the person who has the care of the community.
 

Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community.
 

Love is a binding force, by which another is joined to me and cherished by myself.
[Love]
 

Love must precede hatred, and nothing is hated save through being contrary to a suitable thing which is loved. And hence it is that every hatred is caused by love.
 

Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.
[Love]
 

Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures.
 

Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need.
 


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