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John Chrysostom Quotes

Quotes by John Chrysostom

"A comprehended god is no god."

"Slander is worse than cannibalism."

"If Christ is with me, whom shall I fear?"

"God draws, but He draws the willing one."

"Riches are not forbidden, but the pride of them is."

"What else would lust ask but the death of chastity?"

"No one can harm the man who does himself no wrong."

"As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man."

"Humility is the root, mother, nurse, foundation, and bond of all virtue."

"The rich man is not one who is in possession of much, but one who gives much."

"Nothing is more fallacious than wealth. It is a hostile comrade, a domestic enemy."

"The highest point of philosophy is to be both wise and simple; this is the angelic life."

"No matter how just your words may be, you ruin everything when you speak with anger."

"Prayer is the light of the soul, true knowledge of God, a mediator between God and men."

"If there were no tribulation, there would be no rest; if there were no winter, there would be no summer."

"The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others."

"Poor human reason, when it trusts in itself, substitutes the strangest absurdities for the highest divine concepts."

"As the Father useth this expression I AM, so also doth Christ, for it signifieth continuous being, irrespective of all time."

"A first path of repentance is the condemnation of your own sins: Be the first to admit your sins and you will be justified."

"The highest good is prayer and conversation with God, because it means that we are in Godís company and in union with him."

"Do you seek any further reward beyond that of having pleased God? In truth, you know not how great a good it is to please Him."

"God, having placed good and evil in our power, has given us full freedom of choice; He does not keep back the unwilling, but embraces the willing."

"Depart from the highway, and transplant thyself in some enclosed ground, for it is hard for a tree that stands by the wayside to keep its fruit until it be ripe."

"Prayer should be the means by which I, at all times, receive all that I need, and, for this reason, be my daily refuge, my daily consolation, my daily joy, my source of rich and inexhaustible joy in life."

"I know my own soul, how feeble and puny it is: I know the magnitude of this ministry, and the great difficulty of the work; for more stormy billows vex the soul of the priest than the gales which disturb the sea."

"The Judge will pass sentence, not according to what any other person has said concerning you, but according to what you have yourself spoken. They that are accused, then, have no fear, but they that accuse."

"Prayer is an all-efficient panoply, a treasure undiminished, a mine which is never exhausted, a sky unobscured by clouds, a heaven unruffled by the storm. It is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings."

"A dreadful thing is the love of money! It disables both eyes and ears, and makes men worse to deal with than a wild beast, allowing a man to consider neither conscience nor friendship nor fellowship nor salvation."

"Do you understand, then, how Christ has united his bride to himself and what food he gives us all to eat? By one and the same food we are both brought into being and nourished. As a woman nourishes her child with her own blood and milk, so does Christ unceasingly nourish with his own blood those to whom he himself has given life."

"Though housed in a narrow prison, Paul dwelt in heaven. He accepted beatings and wounds more readily than others reach out for rewards. Sufferings he loved as much as prizes; indeed he regarded them as his prizes, and therefore called them a grace or gift. Reflect on what this means. To depart and be with Christ was certainly a reward, while remaining in the flesh meant struggle. Yet such was his longing for Christ that he wanted to defer his reward and remain amid the fight; those were his priorities."

"Paul, more than anyone else, has shown us what man really is, and in what our nobility consists, and of what virtue this particular animal is capable. Each day he aimed ever higher; each day he rose up with greater ardor and faced with new eagerness the dangers that threatened him. He summed up his attitude in the words: "I forget what is behind me and push on to what lies ahead." When he saw death imminent, he bade others share his joy: "Rejoice and be glad with me!" And when danger, injustice and abuse threatened, he said: "I am content with weakness, mistreatment and persecution." These he called the weapons of righteousness, thus telling us that he derived immense profit from them."












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