The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis

Quotes from The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis:

“When a man beginneth to grow lukewarm, then he is afraid of a little labor, and willingly receiveth external comfort. But when he once beginneth to overcome himself perfectly, and to walk manfully in the way of God, then he esteemeth those things to be light, which before seemed grievous unto him.”

“For occasions do not make a man frail, but they reveal what he is.”

“In silence and stillness a religious soul advances herself, and learneth the mysteries of Holy Scripture. There she findeth rivers of tears, wherein she may every night wash and cleanse herself, that she may be so much the familiar with her Creator, by how much the farther off she liveth from all worldly disquiet.”

“There is no true liberty, nor right joy but in the fear of God, accompanied with a good conscience.”

“As iron put into the fire loseth its rust and becometh clearly red hot, so he that wholly turneth himself unto God, puts off all slothfulness, and is transformed into a new man.”

“Do thou also learn to part with even a near and dear friend for the love of God. Nor take it hard when thou art deserted by a friend, as knowing that we all at last must be separated from another.”

“But they who love Jesus for the sake of Jesus, and not for some special comfort of their own, bless him in all tribulation and anguish of heart, as well as in the state of highest comfort.”

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