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#1. Let sleep itself be an exercise in piety, for such as our life and conduct have been, so also of necessity will be our dreams. - Author: Saint Basil
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#2. Any one who chooses will set up for a literary critic, though he cannot tell us where he went to school, or how much time was spent in his education, and knows nothing about letters at all. - Author: Saint Basil
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#3. The steam of meat darkens the light of the spirit ... One hardly can have virtue when one enjoys meat meals and feasts ... - Author: Saint Basil
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#4. To lovers of the truth, nothing can be put before God and hope in Him. - Author: Saint Basil
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#5. If you begin to guard wealth it will not be yours. But if you begin to distribute it, you will not lose it. - Author: Saint Basil
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#6. Who is the covetous man? One for whom plenty is not enough. - Author: Saint Basil
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#7. If every man took only what was sufficient for his needs, leaving the rest to those in want, there would be no rich and no poor. - Author: Saint Basil
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#8. Men whose sense of taste is destroyed by sickness, sometimes think honey sour. A diseased eye does not see many things which do exist, and notes many things which do not exist. The same thing frequently takes place with regard to the force of words, when the critic is inferior to the writer. - Author: Saint Basil
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#9. Therefore, let God inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the Word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth - Author: Saint Basil
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#10. We should not think that we achieve success in preaching through our own devices, but we should rely entirely on God. - Author: Saint Basil
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#11. Do not measure your loss by itself; if you do, it will seem intolerable; but if you will take all human affairs into account you will find that some comfort is to be derived from them. - Author: Saint Basil
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#12. If you see your neighbor in sin, don't look only at this, but also think about what he has done or does that is good, and infrequently trying this in general, while not partialy judging, you will find that he is better than you. - Author: Saint Basil
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#13. If, to me, to live is Christ (Phil. 1:21), truly my words ought to be about Christ, my every thought and deed ought to depend upon His commandments, and my soul to be fashioned after His. - Author: Saint Basil
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#14. He who is guilty of unseemliness with males will be under discipline for the same time as adulterers. - Author: Saint Basil
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#15. The human being is an animal who has received the vocation to become God. - Author: Saint Basil
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#16. Strive to attain to the greater virtues, but do not neglect the lesser ones. Do not make light of a fall even if it be the most venial of faults; rather, be quick to repair it by repentance, although many others may commit a large number of faults, slight and grievous, and remain unrepentant. - Author: Saint Basil
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#17. Truly unexpected tidings make both ears tingle. - Author: Saint Basil
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#18. Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger. - Author: Saint Basil
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#19. All of us who desire the kingdom of God are, by the Lord's decree, under an equal and rigorous necessity of seeking after the grace of Baptism. - Author: Saint Basil
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#20. No Christian ought to think of himself as his own master, but each should rather so think and act as though given by God to be slave to his like minded brethren (cf. I Cor. 9:19)? - Author: Saint Basil
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#21. When you have become God's in the measure he desires, then he himself will bestow you upon others; unless, to your greater glory, he chooses to keep you all to himself. - Author: Saint Basil
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#22. We should not accept in silence the benefactions of God, but return thanks for them. - Author: Saint Basil
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#23. Just as a very little fresh water is blown away by a storm of wind and dust, in like manner the good deeds, that we think we do in this life, are overwhelmed by the multitude of evils. - Author: Saint Basil
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#24. Beside each believer stands an Angel as protector and shepherd, leading him to life. - Author: Saint Basil
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#25. If, therefore, there is any grace in the water, it is not from the nature of water but from the Spirit's presence there. - Author: Saint Basil
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#26. What is the mark of love for your neighbor? Not to seek what is for your own benefit, but what is for the benefit of the one loved, both in body and in soul. - Author: Saint Basil
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#27. In truth, to know oneself seems to be the hardest of all things. Not only our eye, which observes external objects, does not use the sense of sight upon itself, but even our mind, which contemplates intently another's sin, is slow in the recognition of its own defects. - Author: Saint Basil
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#28. I reckon silence more profitable than speech, for? in the words of the Preacher, 'The words of wise men are heard in quiet' (Eccles. 9:17). - Author: Saint Basil
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#29. Good masters teach good doctrine, but that taught by evil masters is wholly evil. - Author: Saint Basil
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#30. He who confesses magic or sorcery shall do penance for the time of murder, and shall be treated in the same manner as he who convicts himself of this sin. - Author: Saint Basil
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#31. Everyone looks for the good, therefore everyone looks for God. - Author: Saint Basil
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#32. Every evil is a sickness of soul, but virtue offers the cause of its health. - Author: Saint Basil
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#33. If men are in a state in which they find it hard to be weaned from their own ways and choose rather to serve the pleasures of the flesh than to serve the Lord, and refuse to accept the Gospel life, there is no common ground between me and them. - Author: Saint Basil
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#34. We need not only read Sacred Scripture, but learn it as well and grow up in it. Realize that nothing is written in Scripture unnecessarily. Not to read Sacred Scripture is a great evil. - Author: Saint Basil
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#35. We should even go beyond doing what is required in order to avoid scandal. - Author: Saint Basil
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#36. The hairsplitting difference between formed and unformed makes no difference to us. Whoever deliberately commits abortion is subject to the penalty for homicide. - Author: Saint Basil
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#37. They who sow courtesy reap friendship, and they who plant kindness gather love. - Author: Saint Basil
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#38. Whatever requires an undue amount of thought or trouble or involves a large expenditure of effort and causes our whole life to revolve, as it were, around solicitude for the flesh must be avoided by Christians. - Author: Saint Basil
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#39. The more have been your trials, look for a more perfect reward from your just Judge. Do not take your present troubles ill. Do not lose hope. Yet a little while and your Helper will come to you and will not tarry (cf. Hab. 2:3). - Author: Saint Basil
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#40. Indulging in unrestrained and immoderate laughter is a sign of intemperance, of a want of control over one's emotions, and of failure to repress the soul's frivolity by a stern use of reason. - Author: Saint Basil
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#41. He who sows courtesy reaps friendship. - Author: Saint Basil
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#42. The Christian ought not to say anything behind his brother's back with the object of calumniating him, for this is slander, even if what is said is true. He ought to turn away from the brother who speaks evil against him? - Author: Saint Basil
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#43. As it is impossible to verbally describe the sweetness of honey to one who has never tasted honey, so the goodness of God cannot be clearly communicated by way of teaching if we ourselves are not able to penetrate into the goodness of the Lord by our own experience. - Author: Saint Basil
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#44. If someone has repented once of a sin, and again does the same sin, this is a sign that he has not been cleansed of the causes of the sin, wherefrom, as from a root, the shoots spring forth again. - Author: Saint Basil
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#45. All who call the Holy Ghost a creature we pity, on the ground that, by this utterance, they are falling into the unpardonable sin of blasphemy against Him. - Author: Saint Basil
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#46. There is nothing unpremeditated, nothing neglected by God. His unsleeping eye beholds all things. - Author: Saint Basil
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#47. When someone steals a person's clothes, we call him a thief. Should we not also give the same name to the one who could clothe the naked but does not? - Author: Saint Basil
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#48. Do not, as is usually the case, thrust the care of the common weal upon your neighbor; then, as each one in his own thoughts makes light of the matter, all find to their surprise that they have drawn upon themselves by their neglect a personal misfortune. - Author: Saint Basil
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#49. Does not the gratitude of the dog put to shame any man who is ungrateful to his benefactors? - Author: Saint Basil
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#50. Drunkenness, the ruin of reason, the destruction of strength, premature old age, momentary death. - Author: Saint Basil
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#51. If everyone would take only according to his needs and would leave the surplus to the needy, no one would be rich, no one poor, no one in misery. - Author: Saint Basil
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#52. I cannot persuade myself that without love to others, and without, as far as rests with me, peaceableness toward all, I can be called a worthy servant of Jesus Christ. - Author: Saint Basil
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#53. What is there astonishing in the death of a mortal? But we are grieved at his dying before his time. Are we sure that this was not his time? We do not know how to pick and choose what is good for our souls, or how to fix the limits of the life of man. - Author: Saint Basil
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#54. Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that smooth the road to a good man's fortune. - Author: Saint Basil
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#55. The woman who purposely destroys her unborn child is guilty of murder. With us there is no nice enquiry as to its being formed or unformed. - Author: Saint Basil
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#56. We do not accost a physician as we do any mere nobody; nor a magistrate as we do a private individual. We try to get some advantage from the skill of the one and the position of the other. Walk in the sun, and your shadow will follow you, whether you will or not. - Author: Saint Basil
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#57. We glorify the Holy Ghost together with the Father and the Son, from the conviction that He is not separated from the Divine Nature; for that which is foreign by nature does not share in the same honors. - Author: Saint Basil
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#58. First and foremost, the monk should own nothing in this world, but he should have as his possessions solitude of the body, modesty of bearing, a modulated tone of voice, and a well-ordered manner of speech. He should be without anxiety as to his food and drink, and should eat in silence. - Author: Saint Basil
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#59. We often find comfort in telling what is painful in actual experience. - Author: Saint Basil
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#60. O sinner, be not discouraged, but have recourse to Mary in all you necessities. Call her to your assistance, for such is the divine Will that she should help in every kind of necessity. - Author: Saint Basil
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#61. Just as we would have no need of the farmer's labor and toil if we were living amid the delights of paradise, so also we would not require the medical art for relief if we were immune to disease, as was the case, by God's gift, at the time of Creation before the Fall. - Author: Saint Basil
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#62. As the pilot of a vessel is tried in the storm; as the wrestler is tried in the ring, the soldier in the battle, and the hero in adversity: so is the Christian tried in temptation. - Author: Saint Basil
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#63. The bread you store up belongs to the hungry; the cloak that lies in your chest belongs to the naked; the gold you have hidden in the ground belongs to the poor. - Author: Saint Basil
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#64. If one had taken what is necessary to cover one's needs and had left the rest to those who are in need, no one would be rich, no one would be poor, no one would be in need. - Author: Saint Basil
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#65. No one who is in this world will deny that evils exist. What, then, do we say? That evil is not a living and animated substance, but a condition of the soul which is opposed to virtue and which springs up In the slothful because of their falling away from good. - Author: Saint Basil
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#66. We men are easily prone to sins of thought. Therefore, He who has formed each heart individually, knowing that the impulse received from the intention constitutes the major element in sin, has ordained that purity in the ruling part of our soul be our primary concern. - Author: Saint Basil
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#67. annunciations are frequent. incarnations are rare. - Author: Saint Basil
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#68. You can see that a city is prosperous by the wealth of goods for sale in the market. Land too we call prosperous if it bears rich fruit. And so also the soul may be counted prosperous if it is full of good works of every kind. - Author: Saint Basil
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#69. It is right to submit to a higher authority whenever a command of God would be violated. - Author: Saint Basil
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#70. By nature, men desire the beautiful. - Author: Saint Basil
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#71. The sun penetrates crystal and makes it more dazzling. In the same way, the sanctifying Spirit indwells in souls and makes them more radiant. They become like so many powerhouses beaming grace and love around them. - Author: Saint Basil
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#72. Wherever you may go, the least plant may bring you clear remembrance of the Creator. - Author: Saint Basil
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#73. It is not he who begins well who is perfect. It is he who ends well who is approved in God's sight. - Author: Saint Basil
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#74. I heard many discourses which were good for the soul, but I could not discover in the case of any one of the teachers that his life was worthy of his words. - Author: Saint Basil
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#75. We must always be on guard lest, under the pretext of keeping one commandment, we be found breaking another. - Author: Saint Basil
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#76. Every divine action begins from the Father, proceeds through the Son, and is completed in the Holy Spirit. - Author: Saint Basil
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#77. Among irrational animals the love of the offspring and of the parents for each other is extraordinary because God, who created them, compensated for the deficiency of reason by the superiority of their senses. - Author: Saint Basil
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#78. Science which is acquired unwillingly, soon disappears; that which is instilled into the mind in a pleasant and agreeable manner, is more lasting. - Author: Saint Basil
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#79. Resolve to treat the things in your possession as belonging to others. - Author: Saint Basil
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#80. There is still time for endurance, time for patience, time for healing, time for change. Have you slipped? Rise up. Have you sinned? Cease. Do not stand among sinners, but leap aside. - Author: Saint Basil
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