The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.
Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.
If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept, because you will gain one friend.
Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey the laws; trust in Providence.
What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not.
If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.
Do what you can and pray for what you cannot yet do.
Love, and do what you like.
Faith is to believe what we do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.
Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.
Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity.
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.
Blessedness consists in the accomplishment of our desires, and in our having only regular desires.
Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man's wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act.
The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted.