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Catherine of Siena

"... avarice breeds envy, a worm that is always gnawing, letting the avaricious enjoy neither their own nor anyone else's good."

Catherine of Siena, in Suzanne Noffke, trans., Dialogue (1378)

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"How many are the pains of those who hunger for revenge! They gnaw away at themselves constantly, and they have killed themselves even before they kill their enemies ..."

Catherine of Siena, in Suzanne Noffke, trans., Dialogue (1378)

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"... all the vices are seasoned with pride just as the virtues are seasoned and enlivened by charity."

Catherine of Siena, in Suzanne Noffke, trans., Dialogue (1378)

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"There is no sin nor wrong that gives a man such a foretaste of hell in this life as anger and impatience."

Catherine of Siena, 1374, in Vida D. Scudder, ed., St. Catherine of Siena As Seen in Her Letters (1905)

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"... too great pity is the greatest cruelty."

Catherine of Siena, 1372, in Vida D. Scudder, ed., St. Catherine of Siena As Seen in Her Letters (1905)

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"... the devil never sleeps ..."

Catherine of Siena, c. 1375, in Vida D. Scudder, ed., St. Catherine of Siena As Seen in Her Letters (1905)

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"You will do very well to refuse offices; for a man seldom fails to give offense in them. It ought to weary you simply to hear them mentioned."

Catherine of Siena, 1376, in Vida D. Scudder, ed., St. Catherine of Siena As Seen in Her Letters (1905)

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"... to the true servant of God every place is the right place and every time is the right time."

Catherine of Siena, 1378, in Vida D. Scudder, ed., St. Catherine of Siena As Seen in Her Letters (1905)

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"It is a human thing to sin, but perseverance in sin is a thing of the devil. "

Catherine of Siena, 1378, in Vida D. Scudder, ed., St. Catherine of Siena As Seen in Her Letters (1905)

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"The path to heaven lies through heaven, and all the way to heaven is heaven."

Catherine of Siena, 1375, in Dorothy Day, On Pilgrimage (1948)

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"Whoever loves himself or the world inordinately becomes incompatible with himself."

Catherine of Siena, 1376, in Robert Coogan, trans., Babylon on the Rhone (1983)

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"... people become like what they love."

Catherine of Siena, 1374, in Suzanne Noffke, trans., The Letters of St. Catherine of Siena (1988)

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"... I know well that neither the devil nor anyone else can ever kill me except with my own sword ..."

Catherine of Siena, 1375, in Suzanne Noffke, trans., The Letters of St. Catherine of Siena (1988)

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"Don't make it necessary for me to complain about you to Christ crucified. (There is no one else I can complain to, since there is no one greater than you on earth.)"

Catherine of Siena, letter to Pope Gregory XI (1376), in Suzanne Noffke, trans., The Letters of St. Catherine of Siena (1988)

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"Nothing great was ever done without much enduring."

Catherine of Siena

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"To a brave man, good and bad luck are like his right and left hand."

Catherine of Siena

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"Obedience and her sister patience show whether the soul is in truth clothed in the wedding garment of charity."

Catherine of Siena, 1378, in Suzanne Noffke, trans., The Dialogue, (1980)

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Catherine of Siena, Italian mystic
(1347 - 1380)

Full name: Caterina di Giacomo di Benincasa. She is most often referred to as Saint Catherine of Siena.