Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) was a Catholic theologian and philosopher belonging to the Order of Preachers. Although he was a philosopher and theologian, Aquino had a great impact on the ideas of the psychology because of its emphasis on the importance of free will. According to him, every human being has an immortal soul, which does not belong to the natural world: it travels through the world of matter, but is not part of it, and consequently is not subject to natural law or subject to causes and effects . If this is so, it is well founded our certainty that we can govern our behavior, that we can make real choices as human beings. Find here the best phrases of Thomas Aquinas.
Famous quotes Santo Tomás de Aquino
A man has free choice to the extent that it is rational.
Good can exist without evil, while evil cannot exist without good.
Fear the man of a single book.
The beings endowed with intelligence always want to exist and a natural desire cannot exist in vain.
If a captain's highest goal was to preserve his ship, he would keep it in the harbor forever.
Faith refers to things that are not seen, and hope to things that are not at hand.
The right is fair or adjusted to another according to a certain kind of equality.
The law is the prescription of reason, ordered to the common good, given by the person in charge of caring for the community.
The scholar is the one who leads others to what he has understood: the truth.
There are particular assets that do not have a necessary relationship with happiness, since without them one can be happy. The goods do not necessarily adhere to such goods.
To be an act voluntary, it must proceed from an intrinsic principle with some knowledge of the end.
For someone who has faith, no explanation is necessary. For the one without faith, there is no possible explanation.
The being of things, not its truth, is the cause of truth in understanding.
Believing is an act of understanding that nods to divine truth by rule of will moved by God through grace.
Justice without mercy is cruelty.
All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly.
It is necessary that the diversity of nature in the powers be established by reason of the diversity of the acts, which in turn is established by reason of the diversity of the objectives.
A human being has freedom of choice insofar as it is rational.
Inconstancy is a special sin of prudence.
It is evident that the truth exists. Because he who denies that the truth exists, knows that the truth exists. If, then, there is no truth, it is true that truth does not exist.
Sin offends God that harms man.
Everything that is true, whoever said it, has its origin in the spirit.
Every man has to invent his way.
Love is not a passion, because no virtue is passion and all love is "certain virtue."
Every movement of the will needs to be preceded by knowledge. But not the other way around: not to all knowledge precedes a voluntary notion.
Treat others as you wish others to treat you.
Living is more perfect than being, and knowing is more perfect than living.
In the same way that it is better to illuminate than just to shine, it is also greater to give others the contemplated things than just to contemplate them.
What is received is received in the manner of the recipient.
Justice is the firm and constant will to give each his own.
The soul is known for its actions.
The action of understanding is that the formality or concept of the known thing is found in the cognitive; instead, the act of the will is perfected by the movement towards the thing as it is in itself.