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The 70 best sentences of Anselmo de Canterbury

The 70 best sentences of Anselmo de Canterbury

September 24, 2022

Anselmo of Canterbury (1033 - 1109), also known as Anselmo de Aosta, was a famous Benedictine monk who served as archbishop of Canterbury.

He stood out as one of the most brilliant theologians and philosophers of scholasticism.

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Famous Quotes and Phrases by Anselm de Canterbury

In today's article let's know more in depth the ideas and thoughts of this monk through the most famous phrases of Anselmo de Canterbury.

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1. I do not seek, in effect, to understand to believe, but I believe to understand. Well, I believe this, because if I did not believe, I would not understand.

The basis of his thinking was based on a belief.


2. In reexamining work often, I have not been able to find anything of what I have said in it, that does not agree with the writings of the Catholic Fathers and especially with those of the blessed Augustine.

A veneration to their intellectual referents within the Church.

3. Although I do not want to believe in you, I can not help but understand that you exist.

Phrase Anselm of Canterbury that invites us to reflect.

4. Come on, little man! Flee for a while from your tasks, hide for a small space of the agitation of your thoughts.

A channel to return to be yourself.

5. Come, put aside your painful care and put aside your work.

In the line of the previous famous quote.


6. For a moment, dedicate your time to God and rest a moment in Him.

Mystic reflection heals all evils, according to St. Anselm of Canterbury.

7. Enter the inner chamber of your mind, close all things, except God and everything that can help you seek God; and having locked the door of your camera, look for it.

Only when we are alone can we come into contact with God.

8. Speak now, O my heart, O my whole heart, speak now and say to your God: My face sought you: Your face, O Lord, I will seek.

An ode to the Supreme Being.

9. Teach me to seek you and reveal yourself to you when I seek you, because I can not seek you unless you teach me, nor find you, unless you reveal yourself.

Only one is able to find his way.

10. Let me look for you in longing, let me long to look for you; let me find you in love and love you in finding.

A great poetic phrase of the Archbishop of Canterbury.


11. Lord, I thank you and I thank you because you have created me in this image, so that I can be aware of you, conceive and love you.

An explicit thanks to God.

12. But that image has been consumed by vices, and obscured by the smoke of evil that can not achieve that for which it was created, except that You renew it and create it again.

About the necessary atonement every Sunday.

13. I do not strive, Lord, to penetrate Your heights, because in no way do I compare my understanding with You; but I long to understand to a certain degree Your truth that my heart believes and loves.

An ode to knowledge and to the figure of God.

14. I long, O God, to know you, to love you, so that I can rejoice in You.

Another praise to the figure of Almighty God.

15. And if I can not attain total joy in this life, at least I can advance from day to day until that joy comes to me completely.

On the final redemption, in a mythical phrase of Saint Anselm of Canterbury.

16. Wherever the true celestial joys are, there must always be the desires of our heart.

Nothing of the mundane should make us lose our heads.

17. Do, I pray, Lord, that I feel with my heart what I touch with intelligence.

The link between emotions and reason, summarized in this sentence by Anselm de Canterbury.

18. God was conceived as a very pure Virgin ... it was appropriate that the virgin should be radiant with a purity so great that a greater purity can not be conceived.

About the purity of the son of God, Jesus Christ.

19. God often works more for the lives of the illiterate who seek the things that are of God, than for the ability of the scholars who seek the things that are theirs.

The goodness of God, according to Anselm, knows no limits.

20. Take away the grace, and you have nothing to be saved for. Eliminate free will and you have nothing that can be saved.

Reflection in metaphysical tone.

21. Because vengeance belongs to no one but Him who is the Lord of all; because when the powers of the world achieved this end, God himself did it to design it.

The only owner of the ability to take revenge is God.

22. Therefore, Lord, it is not only you who can not think of a greater, but you are also something greater than you can think.

Inconceivably immense.

23. In you I move, and in you I have my being; and I can not go to you. You are inside me and me, and I do not feel you.

On the omnipresence of the Supreme Being.

24God does not delay in hearing our prayers because he has no courage to give; but that, by increasing our desires, can give us more broadly.

A beautiful reflection on divine compassion.

25. God is that, the greatest of what can not be conceived.

Unimaginable and exaggeratedly kind.

26. Do not let worldly prosperity deviate you, nor let any worldly adversity impede your praise.

A reflection to apply to our day to day.

27. A single mass offered by oneself during life can be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same intention after death.

About his work and the importance of being a perfectionist.

28. And if I can not do it completely in this life, let me continue until the day I reach that fullness.

After death, it is assumed.

29. Let me receive what you promised through your truth, so that my joy may be full.

An appeal to God.

30. Oh supreme and inaccessible light! Oh, full and blessed truth, how far you are from me, that I am so close to you! How far you are from my vision, although I am so close to you! Everywhere you are completely present, and I do not see you.

Another phrase in relation to the majesty of God.

31. Idleness is the enemy of the soul.

The more fun less purity, according to Anselm of Canterbury.

32. God has promised forgiveness to the one who repents, but has not promised repentance to the one who sins.

This is the moral code of the Supreme Being.

33. Deliver me for your mercy, do not punish me with your justice.

A supplication to God, in reference to his kindness.

34. Disasters teach us humility.

When we lose everything we have the opportunity to return to feel mere mortals.

35. It is impossible to save the soul without devotion to Mary and without her protection.

About the virgin.

36. There is no inconsistency in which God commands us not to take upon ourselves what belongs to him alone.

God's thing is of Him and nothing else.

37. Because that of which something is done is a cause of what is done of it; and, necessarily, each cause contributes some help to the existence of the effect.

Phrase philosophical cut.

38. Lust does not want procreation, but pleasure only.

About the sexual act and its ultimate motive.

39. I have written the little work that follows ... in the role of someone who strives to elevate his mind to the contemplation of God and someone who seeks to understand what he believes.

Another sentence about the virtues of believers.

40. Therefore, Lord God, you are more truly omnipotent, because you have no power through impotence and nothing can be against you.

A reflection on the omnipotence of the Supreme Being.

41. Therefore, it is not appropriate for God to overlook sin without punishment.

All conduct must have its divine punishment if it is not morally acceptable.

42. Because I do not seek to understand to believe, but I believe to be able to understand. Because I believe this: unless I believe, I will not understand.

Faith entails knowledge.

43. This pamphlet wants to expose in usual language what there is about the divine essence and other points related to this meditation.

To reflect.

44. Eminent Nature is the first and only cause. She alone produced everything by herself and nothing.

The way God speaks: through the natural environment.

45. To know oneself will then be to ascend to the knowledge of the eminent essence.

On self-discovery and the divine.

46. ​​Know that there is always a similarity-dissimilarity.

Incoherencies, in the eyes of God.

47. How does the finite relate to the infinite, the One to the multiple?

A philosophical question on the air, of great interest.

48. It is evident that eminent Nature gives life, gives vigor. She creates and maintains with her presence. This means that she is everywhere: through things and within them.

The vitality of nature is practically incomparable.

49. To express God we have to take all possible attributes and the best and at the best level.

In a superlative degree, always.

50. The artist "says" the things he thinks about himself before executing them. In the same way God has a talk.

A metaphor to understand the function of thought.

51. The Word is the image and likeness of the thing in the mind.

Do you know what the difference between meaning and signifier is?

52. The eminent Essence is defined because it lives, feels and reasons. Then all nature will come closer to her in that she lives, feels and reasons because all good is similar to the greater good.

Everything is tailored to the divine essence.

53. God is the reality: it is important to understand it even when we know that this science surpasses our intelligence.

A disquisition about what exists.

54. Our language is weak, even inefficient: God is greater than all that can be thought.

Another elucubración about the limitations of human thought.

55. God has created us in his image: let us look for this image and we will see God.

Only if we find it will we be close to its essence.

56. The more the reasonable spirit tries to know himself with great care, the more effectively he will know the eminent Essence.

In the line of the previous sentence.

57The most admirable thing he has received is the printed image of the Creator: he can remember, understand and love. Memory is the image of the Father, the image intelligence of the Son and the image of the Holy Spirit.

One of those deep-seated religious phrases.

58. Tender means to believe.

Reflecting on faith.

59. Certainly This is not only God (noetic level), but the one God ineffably triune and one.

The characteristics of the Christian God, according to Anselmo.

60. Faith makes us reach God in his reality, in his real essence: we know that he is the only one that really is. that we can not understand, we can only rationally understand that it is incomprehensible; that we tend towards him to reach him and enjoy his presence.

On the importance of having faith.

61. The analogy is important if we do not forget to start from the real thing and not from our language.

A language trap can be relying too much on metaphors and similes.

62. The human mind must rationally understand what is incomprehensible.

Unimaginable does not mean unknowable.

63. We can understand with the saints what is the width and the length, the height and the depth, also know the over-eminent love of the science of Christ so that we may be filled in all the fullness of God.

To reflect on the love of Christ.

64. Creation was nothing and at the same time it was something.

Interesting thought of Anselm of Canterbury.

65. Believing means being in contact with something or having experience of something, and this experience is essential to know.

Apprehension that results in divine knowledge.

66. This does not lead to the recognition that God is not simple, but composed. It is composed in terms of its attributes, but at the same time it is simple in that each attribute is in the others.

God and its defining characteristics.

67. The other natures are not, they receive the being of God and therefore they must glorify Him.

Every natural being emanates from the wisdom of God.

68. Only God is real because he is the only one who is simple, perfect and absolute; other natures - human nature too - are not real because they are not simply, perfect and absolute, they are just.

On the concept of reality.

69. Man in accepting that he "can not know anything or almost nothing" unites the two levels, noetic and ontic, the level of thought and the level of reality.

A metaphysical reflection to take into account.

70. God is my defense.

It never fails.


10 Frases celebres de Henry David Thoreau (September 2022).


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