Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church
Thomas Aquinas, OP was an Italian Dominican friar and priest, who was an immensely influential philosopher, theologian, and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism; he is known within the scholastic tradition as the Doctor Angelicus, the Doctor Communis, and the Doctor Universalis. The name Aquinas identifies his ancestral origins in the county of Aquino in present-day Lazio, Italy. Among other things, he was a prominent proponent of natural theology and the father of a school of thought known as Thomism. He argued that God is the source of both the light of natural reason and the light of faith. He has been described as "the most influential thinker of the medieval period" and "the greatest of the medieval philosopher-theologians." His influence on Western thought is considerable, and much of modern philosophy is derived from his ideas, particularly in the areas of ethics, natural law, metaphysics, and political theory.
Thomas Aquinas Quotes
The knowledge of God is the cause of things. For the knowledge of God is to all creatures what the knowledge of the artificer is to things made by his art.
The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them.
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.
The truth of our faith becomes a matter of ridicule among the infidels if any Catholic, not gifted with the necessary scientific learning, presents as dogma what scientific scrutiny shows to be false.
Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.
There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.
Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.
How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God.