Quotes by Bernard of Clairvaux

Bernard of Clairvaux

Burgundian abbot

Alive from: 1090-1153

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    Do what Jesus says,... what he commands through his ministers who are in the Church. Be subject to his vicars, your leaders, not only those who are gentle and kind, but even those who are overbearing.
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    I believe though I do not comprehend, and I hold by faith what I cannot grasp with the mind.
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    It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare attainment.
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    Let no one believe that he has received the divine kiss, if he knows the truth without loving it or loves it without understanding it. But blessed is that kiss whereby not only is God recognized but also the Father is loved; for there is never full knowledge without perfect love.
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    Love seeks no cause beyond itself and no fruit; it is its own fruit, its own enjoyment. I love because I love; I love in order that I may love.
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    My burden is light, said the blessed Redeemer, a light burden indeed, which carries him that bears it. I have looked through all nature for a resemblance of this, and seem to find a shadow of it in the wings of a bird, which are indeed borne by the creature, and yet support her flight towards heaven.
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    Nothing can work me damage except myself. The harm that I sustain I carry about with me, and never am a real sufferer but by my own fault.
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    Our King is accused of treachery; it is said of him that he is not God, but that he falsely pretended to be something he was not.
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    Prostrate, see Thy cross I grasp,
    And Thy pierced feet I clasp;
    Gracious Jesus, spurn me not;
    On me, with compassion fraught,
    Let Thy glances fall.
    Thy cross of agony,
    My Beloved, look on me;
    Turn me wholly unto Thee;
    Be thou whole, say openly:
    I forgive thee all.
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    Slander is a poison which extinguishes charity, both in the slanderer and in the persons who listen to it.
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    Slander is a poison which kills charity, both in the slanderer and the one who listens.
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    The peacemakers shall be called the sons of God, who came to make peace between God and man. What then shall the sowers of discord be called, but the children of the devil? And what must they look for but their father's portion?
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    The tears of those repenting are the wine of angels.
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    We find rest in those we love, and we provide a resting place for those who love us.
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    You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.
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