Words of the Dumb Ox
+ All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly.
+ Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.
+ Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church
+ How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God.
+ It is clear that he does not pray, who, far from uplifting himself to God, requires that God shall lower Himself to him, and who resorts to prayer not to stir the man in us to will what God wills, but only to persuade God to will what the man in us wills.
+ It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.
+ The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them.
+ The things that we love tell us what we are.
+ To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
We can't have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves.
Happy Name Day, William Thomas and all other Thomases out there!