In the Words of St Francis de Sales
Some of the Best-Known Quotes from Saint Francis De Sales
The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.
Have Jesus always for your patron, his Cross for a mast on which you must spread your resolutions as a sail. Your anchor shall be a profound confidence in him, and you shall sail prosperously.
Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.
Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them every day begin the task anew.
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
The bee collects honey from flowers in such a way as to do the least damage or destruction to them, and he leaves them whole, undamaged and fresh, just as he found them.
Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.
To live according to the spirit is to love according to the spirit.
The measure of love is to love without measure.
There was never an angry man that thought his anger unjust.
It is a fact that people are always well aware of what is due them. Unfortunately, they remain oblivious of what they owe to others.
Those who love to be feared fear to be loved.
We must never undervalue any person. The workman loves not that his work should be despised in his presence. Now God is present everywhere, and every person is his work.
Examine your heart often to see if it is such towards your neighbour as you would like his to be towards you were you in his place. This is the touchstone of true reason.
God does not measure our perfection by the many things we do for him, but by how we do them.
We correct ourselves better by a calm and lasting repentance than by one that is bitter and angry.
Retire at various times into the solitude of your own heart, even while outwardly engaged in discussions or transactions with others, and talk to God.
The many troubles in your household will tend to your edification, if you strive to bear them all in gentleness, patience, and kindness. Keep this ever before you, and remember constantly that God’s loving eyes are upon you amid all these little worries and vexations, watching whether you take them as he would desire.
Offer up all such occasions to Him, and if sometimes you are put out, and give way to impatience, do not be discouraged, but make haste to regain your lost composure.