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Thomas Kempis
1380 - 1471
Nationality: German
Category: Writer
Subcategory: German Writer

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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


It is much safer to obey than to rule.


Intelligence must follow faith, never precede it, and never destroy it.


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


Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.


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


No man ruleth safely but he that is willingly ruled.


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


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


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


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


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