Conscience and reputation are two things. Conscience is due to yourself, reputation to your neighbour.
This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfection.
O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.
The argument is at an end.
To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal.
If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing.
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
Unless you believe, you will not understand.
Men go abroad to wonder the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.
You (God) have not only commanded continence, that is, from what things we are to restrain our love, but also justice, that is, on what we are to bestow our love.
Hear the other side.(Audi Partem Alteram)
...Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it repose in Thee.
Total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
The world is a great book; he who never stirs from home reads only a page.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
My love for you, Lord, is not an uncertain feeling, but a matter of concious certainty. With your word you pierced my heart, and I loved you. But heaven and earth and everything in them on all sides tell me to love you.