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

    Thomas à Kempis
  • If God were our one and only desire we would not be so easily upset when our opinions do not find outside acceptance

    Thomas à Kempis
  • The more humble and obedient to God a man is, the more wise and at peace he will be in all that he does

    Thomas à Kempis
  • A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver

    Thomas à Kempis
  • Love is a mighty power, a great and complete good; Love alone lightens every burden, and makes the rough places smooth. It bears every hardship as though it were nothing, and renders all bitterness sweet and acceptable. The love of Jesus is noble, and inspires us to great deeds; it moves us always to desire perfection. Love aspires to high things, and is held back by nothing base. Love longs to be free, a stranger to every worldly desire, lest its inner vision become dimmed, and lest worldly self-interest hinder it or ill-fortune cast it down. Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing stronger, nothing higher, nothing wider, nothing more pleasant, nothing fuller or better in heaven or earth; for love is born of God, and can rest only in God above all created things.Love flies, runs, leaps for joy; it is free and unrestrained. Love gives all for all, resting in One who is highest above all things, from whom every good flows and proceeds. Love does not regard the gifts, but turns to the Giver of all good gifts. Love knows no limits, but ardently transcends all bounds. Love feels no burden, takes no account of toil, attempts things beyond its strength; love sees nothing as impossible, for it feels able to achieve all things. Love therefore does great things; it is strange and effective; while he who lacks love faints and fails

    Thomas à Kempis
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