Ambrose quotes

  • Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies.
    -- Ambrose

    #Faith #Inspiration #Evil

  • The rich man who gives to the poor does not bestow alms but pays a debt.
    -- Ambrose

    #Men #Giving #Doe

  • No one heals himself by wounding another.
    -- Ambrose

    #Heal

  • Prayer is the wing wherewith the soul flies to heaven, and meditation the eye wherewith we see God.
    -- Ambrose

    #Prayer #Eye #Wings

  • If it is "daily bread," why do you take it once a year? . . . Take daily what is to profit you daily. Live in such a way that you may deserve to receive it daily. He who does not deserve to receive it daily, does not deserve to receive it once a year.
    -- Ambrose

    #Years #Doe #May

  • Let your door stand open to receive Him, unlock your soul to Him, offer Him a welcome in your mind, and then you will see the riches of simplicity, the treasures of peace, the joy of grace. Throw wide the gate of your heart, stand before the sun of the everlasting light...
    -- Ambrose

    #Faith #Inspiration #Heart

  • The Lord was Baptized, not to be cleansed Himself, but to cleanse the waters, so that those waters, cleansed by the flesh of Christ which knew no sin, might have the power of Baptism.
    -- Ambrose

    #Water #Baptism #Flesh

  • Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. No one is excepted, not [even] the infant.
    -- Ambrose

    #Men #Water #Baptism

  • It is a better thing to save souls for the Lord than to save treasures. He who sent forth his apostles without gold had not need of gold to form his Church. The Church possesses gold, not to hoard, but to scatter abroad and come to the aid of the unfortunate.
    -- Ambrose

    #Soul #Church #Gold

  • We should pray to the angels, for they are given to us as guardians.
    -- Ambrose

    #Angel #Praying #Guardian

  • On consideration.. .of the reason wherefore men have so far gone astray, or that many - alas! - should follow diverse ways of belief concerning the Son of God, the marvel seems to be, not at all that human knowledge has been baffled in dealing with superhuman things, but that it has not submitted to the authority of the Scriptures
    -- Ambrose

    #Son #Men #Way

  • Blessed, plainly, is that life which is not valued at the estimation of outsiders, but is known, as judge of itself, by its own inner feelings. It needs no popular opinions as its reward in any way; nor has it any fear of punishments. Thus the less it strives for glory, the more it rises above it. For to those who seek for glory, that reward in the shape of present things is but a shadow of future ones, and is a hindrance to eternal life, as it is written in the Scriptures: 'Truly I say to you, they have received their reward'
    -- Ambrose

    #Christian #Blessed #Punishment

  • Your soul must hold fast to Him, you must follow after Him in your thoughts, you must tread His ways by faith, not in outward show.
    -- Ambrose

    #Faith #Inspiration #Soul

  • Except a man fear the Lord, he is unable to renounce sin.
    -- Ambrose

    #Men #Sin #Lord

  • Reverence: the spiritual attitude of a man to a god and a dog to a man.
    -- Ambrose

    #Spiritual #Dog #Attitude

  • Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum (I think that I think, therefore I think that I am.)
    -- Ambrose

    #Thinking

  • True repentance is to cease from sin.
    -- Ambrose

    #Sin #Repentance

  • When we speak about wisdom, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about virtue, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about justice, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about peace, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about truth and life and redemption, we are speaking about Christ.
    -- Ambrose

    #Jesus #Justice #Redemption

  • As in paradise, God walks in the Holy Scriptures, seeking man.
    -- Ambrose

    #Men #Paradise #Scripture

  • If you have two shirts in your closet, one belongs to you and the other to the man with no shirt.
    -- Ambrose

    #Men #Two #Shirts

  • It is not enough just to wish well; we must also do well.
    -- Ambrose

    #Moving On #Wish #Enough

  • In some causes silence is dangerous.
    -- Ambrose

    #Silence #Causes #Dangerous

  • He who reads much and understands much, receives his fill. He who is full, refreshes others.
    -- Ambrose

    #Catholic

  • There is nothing evil save that which perverts the mind and shackles the conscience.
    -- Ambrose

    #Evil #Mind #Shackles

  • The world has been created for everyone's use, but you few rich are trying to keep it up for yourselves. For not merely the possession of the earth, but the very sky, the air, and the sea are claimed for the use of the rich few... The earth belongs to all, not just to the rich.
    -- Ambrose

    #Air #Sea #Sky

  • When we find ouselves in some grave danger we must not lose courage but firmly trust in God, for where there is the greatest danger, there is also the greatest help from Him who wants to be called our 'Help' in times of peace and in times of tribulation.
    -- Ambrose

    #Temptation #Want #Helping

  • ... these three witnesses are one, as John said: 'The water, the blood, and the Spirit' (I Jn. 5:8). One in the mystery, not in nature. The water, then, is a witness of burial, the blood is a witness of death, the Spirit is a witness of life. If, then, there be any grace in the water, it is not from the nature of water, but from the presence of the Holy Spirit.
    -- Ambrose

    #Christian #Blood #Water

  • The likeness of Your Church, O Lord, is that woman who went behind and touched the hem of Your garment, saying within herself: 'If I do but touch His garment I shall be whole' (Mt. 9:21). So the Church confesses her wounds, but desires to be healed.
    -- Ambrose

    #Christian #Church #Desire

  • The emperor is in the Church, not about the Church.
    -- Ambrose

    #Government #Church #Emperor

  • ... the Apostle Peter declared that the Church was built by the Holy Spirit. For you read that he said: 'God, Who knows the hearts of men, bore witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as was given to us; and He made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith' (Acts 15:8-9). In which is to be considered, that as Christ is the Cornerstone, Who joined together both peoples into one, so, too, the Holy Spirit made no distinction between the hearts of each people, but united them.
    -- Ambrose

    #Christian #Heart #Men

  • ... the Lord Jesus said, 'To those who are in bonds, Come out, and to those who are in prison, Go forth' (Isa. 49:9); so your sins are forgiven. All, then, are forgiven, nor is there any one whom He has not loosed. For thus it is written, that He has forgiven 'all transgressions, doing away with the handwriting of the ordinance that was against us' (Col. 2:13-14). Why, then, do we hold the bonds of others, while we enjoy our own remission? He, who forgave all, required of all that what every one remembers to have been forgiven to himself, he also should forgive others.
    -- Ambrose

    #Christian #Jesus #Forgiving

  • ... the Apostle Paul says that we are sealed in the Spirit (cf. Eph. 1:13); since we have in the Son the image of the Father, and in the Spirit the seal of the Son. Let us, then, sealed by this Trinity, take more diligent heed, lest either levity of character or the deceit of any unfaithfulness unseal the pledge which we have received in our hearts.
    -- Ambrose

    #Christian #Father #Heart

  • Neither angel, nor archangel, nor yet even the Lord Himself (who alone can say "I am with you"), can, when we have sinned, release us, unless we bring repentance with us.
    -- Ambrose

    #Angel #Lord #Repentance

  • The body should be bedecked naturally and without affectation, with simplicity, with neglect rather than nicety, not with costly and dazzling apparel, but with ordinary clothes, so that nothing be lacking to honesty and necessity, yet nothing be added to increase its beauty.
    -- Ambrose

    #Honesty #Clothes #Simplicity

  • As the print of the seal on the wax is the express image of the seal itself, so Christ is the express image - the perfect representation of God.
    -- Ambrose

    #Jesus #Perfect #Christ

  • What will you do if your product still further increases next year? You should then destroy again the warehouses which you are now preparing to build, and build bigger. For the reason why God has given you fruitful harvests is that He might either overcome your avarice or condemn it; wherefore you can have no excuse. But you keep for yourself what He wished to be produced through you for the benefit of many - nay, rather, you rob even yourself of it, since you would better preserve it for yourself if you distributed it to others.
    -- Ambrose

    #Years #Overcoming #Benefits

  • Nature has poured forth all things for the common use of all men. And God has ordained that all things should be produced that there might be food in common for all, and that the earth should be in the common possession of all. Nature created common rights, but usurpation has transformed them into private rights.
    -- Ambrose

    #Men #Rights #Use

  • When I am at Rome I fast as the Romans do; when I am at Milan I do not fast. So likewise you, whatever church you come to, observe the custom of the place, if you would neither give offence to others, nor take offence from them.
    -- Ambrose

    #Rome #Giving #Church

  • If you are at Rome live in the Roman style; if you are elsewhere live as they live elsewhere.
    -- Ambrose

    #Rome #Style #Elsewhere

  • How far, O rich, do you extend your senseless avarice? Do you intend to be the sole inhabitants of the earth? Why do you drive out the fellow sharers of nature, and claim it all for yourselves? The earth was made for all, rich and poor, in common. Why do you rich claim it as your exclusive right?
    -- Ambrose

    #Earth #Common #Rich

  • Let us take refuge from this world. You can do this in spirit, even if you are kept here in the body. You can at the same time be here and present to the Lord. Your soul must hold fast to him, you must follow after him in your thoughts, you must tread his ways by faith, not in outward show.
    -- Ambrose

    #Soul #World #Body

  • When I go to Rome, I fast on Saturday, but in Milan I do not. Do you also follow the custom of whatever church you attend, if you do not want to give or receive scandal.
    -- Ambrose

    #Rome #Giving #Church

  • It was not by dialectic that it pleased God to save His people.
    -- Ambrose

    #People

  • Do not desert a friend in time of need, nor forsake him nor fail him, for friendship is the support of life. Let us then bear our burdens as the Apostle has taught (cf. Gal. 6:2): for he spoke to those whom the charity of the same one body had embraced together. If friends in prosperity help friends, why do they not also in times of adversity offer their support? Let us aid by giving counsel, let us offer our best endeavors, let us sympathize with them with all our heart.
    -- Ambrose

    #Christian #Adversity #Heart

  • We must follow the ways of the Lord, and take heed to our own ways, lest they lead us into sin. One can take heed if one is not hasty in speaking. The law says: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord your God' (Dt. 6:4). It said not: 'Speak,' but 'Hear.' Eve fell because she said to the man what she had not heard from the Lord her God. The first word from God says to you: Hear!
    -- Ambrose

    #Christian #Men #Israel

  • We ask for what reason our Lord was unwilling to state the time of His coming (cf. Mk. 13:31-32). If we ask it, we shall not find it is owing to ignorance, but to wisdom. For it was not to our advantage to know; in order that we being ignorant of the actual moments of judgment to come, might ever be as it were on guard, and set on the watch-tower of virtue, and so avoid the habits of sin; lest the day of the Lord should come upon us in the midst of our wickedness.
    -- Ambrose

    #Christian #Ignorance #Order

  • The Church was redeemed at the price of Christ's blood. Jew or Greek, it makes no difference; but if he has believed, he must circumcise himself from his sins [in baptism (Col. 2:11-12)] so that he can be saved . . . for no one ascends into the kingdom of heaven except through the sacrament of baptism . . . "Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God"
    -- Ambrose

    #Men #Blood #Differences

  • To be content, to find true love, is what essentially drives us all, but if found, would it be recognized?
    -- Ambrose

    #Love #Life #Relationship

  • Love is like a shadow, one can only catch it by falling into it.
    -- Ambrose

    #Love #Life #Relationship

  • The Lord Jesus himself proclaims, 'This is My Body.' Before the blessing of the heavenly words something of another character is spoken of; after consecration it is designated 'body'. He himself speaks of his blood. Before the consecration it is spoken of as something else; after the consecration it is spoken of as 'blood'. And you say, 'Amen', that is, 'It is true.' What the mouth speaks, let the mind within confess; what the tongue utters, let the heart feel.
    -- Ambrose

    #Jesus #Heart #Character

  • The prime objective of all Initiatory music in the Temples of Antiquity was to bring about physical purification and renewal, mental stimulation and alertness, spiritual exhilaration and Illumination.
    -- Ambrose

    #Spiritual #Inspiration #Illumination

  • Stephen prayed for his persecutors, who had not been able even to listen to the Name of Christ, when he said of those very men by whom he was being stoned: "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge" And we see the result of this prayer in the case of the Apostle, for Paul, who kept the garments of those who were stoning Stephen, not long after became an apostle by the grace of God, having before been a persecutor.
    -- Ambrose

    #Prayer #Men #Names

  • The Church's foundation is unshakable and firm against the assaults of the raging sea. Waves lash at the Church but do not shatter it. Although the elements of this world constantly batter and crash against her, she offers the safest harbor of salvation for all in distress.
    -- Ambrose

    #Sea #Church #Foundation

  • The rich women, to avoid dividing the inheritance among many, kill their own fetus in the womb and with murderous juices extinguish in the genital chamber their children.
    -- Ambrose

    #Children #Abortion #Juice

  • If someone offends you, don't tell anyone about it except your elder, and you will be peaceful. Bow to everyone, paying no attention whether they respond to your bow or not. You must humble yourself before everyone and consider yourself the worst of all. If we have not committed the sins that others have, perhaps this is because we did not have the opportunity - the situation and circumstances were different. In each person there is something good and something bad; we usually see only the vices in people and we see nothing that is good.
    -- Ambrose

    #Humble #Humility #Opportunity

  • Redemption, n. Deliverance of sinners from the penalty of their sin through their murder of the deity against whom they sinned. The doctrine of Redemption is the fundamental mystery of our holy religions, and whoso believeth in it shall not perish, but have everlasting life in which to try to understand it.
    -- Ambrose

    #Trying #Doctrine #Fundamentals

  • Prelate, n. A church officer having a superior degree of holiness and a fat preferment. One of Heaven's aristocracy. A gentleman of God.
    -- Ambrose

    #Heaven #Gentleman #Church

  • If you offer fasting with humility and with mercy, your bones, as Isaiah said, shall be fat, and you shall be like a well-watered garden (cf. Isa. 58:11). So, then, your soul shall grow fat and its virtues also by the spiritual richness of fasting, and your fruits shall be multiplied by the fertility of your mind, so that there may be in you the inebriation of soberness, like that cup of which the Prophet says: 'Your cup which inebriates, how excellent it is' (Ps. 23:5 LXX)!
    -- Ambrose

    #Christian #Spiritual #Humility

  • It is easier to look wise than to talk wisely.
    -- Ambrose

    #Wise #Wisdom #Looks

  • Dice have their laws, which the courts of justice cannot undo.
    -- Ambrose

    #Gambling #Law #Justice

  • If you do not give the tenth part to God, he will take the nine parts.
    -- Ambrose

    #Giving #Nine #Stewardship

  • We do not innovate anything ... How is it that novelties are introduced which were never even thought of by our predecessors?
    -- Ambrose

    #Catholic #Novelty

  • When in Rome, live as the Romans do. When elsewhere, live as they live elsewhere.
    -- Ambrose

    #Travel #Rome #Elsewhere

  • The devil's snare does not catch you, unless you are first caught by the devil's bait.
    -- Ambrose

    #Devil #Bait #Doe

  • But if these beings guard you, they do so because they have been summoned by your prayers.
    -- Ambrose

    #Prayer #Angel #Our Prayers

  • What is impossible to God? Not that which is difficult to His power, but that which is contrary to His nature.
    -- Ambrose

    #Saint #Impossible #Difficult

  • Accordingly, death is a harbor of peace for the just, but is believed a shipwreck for the wicked.
    -- Ambrose

    #Sympathy #Wicked #Harbors