Thomas A Kempis Quotes

Thomas A Kempis Quotes: The more the flesh is wasted by affliction, so much more is the Spirit strengthened by inward grace.
No confict is so severe as his who labors to subdue himself.
Peace and happiness are what you covet, but these are only to be obtained by labor.
Caution is crediting, and reserve in speaking, and in revealing one's self to but very few, are the best securities both of a good understanding with the world, and of the inward peace of our own minds.
If you bear the cross unwillingly, you make it a burden, and load yourself more heavily; but you must bear it.
The intention which is fixed on God as its only end will keep people steady in their purposes, and deliver them from being the joke and scorn of fortune.
If thou be not busy for thyself now, who shall be busy for thee in time to come?
Confidence is the illusion born of accidental success.
He is truly great that is great in charity. He is truly great that is little in himself, and maketh no account of any height of honor. And he is truly learned that doeth the will of God, and forsaketh his own will.
No one is so good that he is immune from temptation. We will never be entirely free from it. . . . There is no order so holy, no place so secret where there will be no temptation.
Why seekest thou rest, since thou art born to labor?[Lat., Cur quaeris quietem, quam natus sis ad laborem?]
Always be ready; always live in such a way that death can never find you unprepared.
Trust not to friends and kindred, neither do thou put off the care of thy soul's welfare til hereafter; for men will sooner forget thee than thou art aware of.
A sure way of retaining the grace of heaven is to disregard outward appearances, and diligently to cultivate such things as foster amendment of life and fervour of soul, rather than to cultivate those qualities that seem most popular.
A pure, sincere, and stable spirit is not distracted though it be employed in many works; for that it works all to the honor of God, and inwardly being still and quiet, seeks not itself in any thing it doth.
It is better to have but little knowledge with humility and understanding, than great learning which might make you proud. For a person's merits are not to be estimated by having many visions, or by knowledge of the bible, or by being placed in a higher position; but by being grounded in true humility, and by seeking always, purely, and entirely, the honor of God.
Seek not to know who said this or that, but take note of what has been said.
Without labor there is no rest, nor without fighting can the victory be won.
Whatsoever is done in charity, however small and of no reputation it be, bringeth forth good fruit.
Whoever puts his confidence in men or in any creature is very foolish.