Thomas à Kempis

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471) was a late Medieval Catholic monk and author of The Imitation of Christ, one of the best known Christian books on devotion. Following are a few insightful things that he said:

First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.

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

Blessed are the ears that hear the pulse of the divine whisperer, and give no heed to the many whisperings of the world.

Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.

Occasions do not make a man either strong or weak but they show what he is

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

The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.

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

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


  1. Every Christian should read that book. The language can be a little lofty, but the organization in little sections helps you get through it. I finally bought my own copy a few months ago, and just pulled it back on top of the pile of books-I-should-spend-more-time-with.

    Nice choices of quotes.

  2. Thanks for the tip on the book, I will check it out...

    Been gone a couple of days and missed several of your posts..

    Will be back later to catch up.

    Have a good week, Bob.

  3. Going to get me a copy, whenever you do a thing, act if all the world were watching.

    Great stuff!!!

    M R


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