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Catherine of Siena (17 items)

  • ... 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 ()
  • 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 ()
  • ... 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 ()
  • 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 ()
  • ... 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 ()
  • ... the devil never sleeps ...

    • Catherine of Siena,
    • c. 1375, in Vida D. Scudder, ed., St. Catherine of Siena As Seen in Her Letters ()
  • 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 ()
  • ... 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 ()
  • 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 ()
  • The path to heaven lies through heaven, and all the way to heaven is heaven.

    • Catherine of Siena,
    • 1375, in Dorothy Day, On Pilgrimage ()
  • Whoever loves himself or the world inordinately becomes incompatible with himself.

    • Catherine of Siena,
    • 1376, in Robert Coogan, trans., Babylon on the Rhone ()
  • ... people become like what they love.

    • Catherine of Siena,
    • 1374, in Suzanne Noffke, trans., The Letters of St. Catherine of Siena ()
  • ... 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 ()
  • 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 ()
  • Nothing great was ever done without much enduring.

    • Catherine of Siena
  • To a brave man, good and bad luck are like his right and left hand.

    • Catherine of Siena
  • 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, ()

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.