Quotes & Themes – Death


We must leisurely say good-by to the world, and little by little withdraw our affections from creatures. (Letters to Persons in the World, IV, 14)

We must live a dying life, and we must die a living death in the life of our Lord. (The Spirit of St. Fran├žois de Sales, XV, 6 )

In what measure God draws to Himself, one by one, the treasures which our heart has here below, He draws with them our heart itself. (Letters to Persons in Religion, IV, 18)

Go, dear friend, go into that eternal existence, at the time fixed by the King of eternity; we shall go thither after you. (Letters to Persons in the World, II, 32)

Happy are they who, being always on their guard against death, find themselves always ready to die. (Letters to Persons in the World, III, 4)

Unhappy is death without the love of Christ; unhappy is love without the death of Christ! (Treatise on the Love of God, Book 12, Chapter 13)

We are dying little by little; so we are to make our imperfections die with us day by day. (Letters to Persons in the World, I, 5)

You will not be separated or divided, for all will go away, and all will stay. (Spiritual Conferences, 6)

Our age is not so delightsome that those who quit it should be much lamented. (Letters to Persons in the World, IV, 9)

How can he will to die for God who will not live according to God? (Treatise on the Love of God, Book 10, Chapter 8)

The consolations of this life appear in a moment, and another moment carries them off. (Letters to Persons in the World, III, 1)

If purgatory is a species of hell as regards suffering, it is even more a species of paradise as regards heavenly love and sweetness. (The Spirit of St. Fran├žois de Sales, VI, 6)

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