Quotes & Themes – Self Love

Self Love

Nothing troubles us except self-love. (Letters to Persons in Religion, I, 8)

We carry self about with us everywhere and frailty is deeply imbedded in our soul. (The Spirit of St. François de Sales, XXII, 6)

Self-love is cunning, it pushes and in­sinuates itself into everything, while mak­ing us believe it is not there at all. (Letters to Persons in Religion, I, 1)

The mine and thine reigns so much the more powerfully in spiritual things be­cause they seem to be a spiritual mine and thine. (Letters to Persons in Religion, III, 25)

Self-love often deceives us and leads us away, gratifying its own passions under the name of zeal. (Treatise on the Love of God, Book 10, Chapter 15)

The soul that only loves God for love of herself, loves herself as she ought to love God and God as she ought to love herself. (Treatise on the Love of God, Book 2, Chapter 17)

The Holy Ghost cries everywhere that our ruin is from ourselves. (T IV 5)

That peace which is not willing to be broken is an object of self-love. (Letters to Persons in Religion, V, 5)

Let yourself be governed by God, think not so much of yourself. (Letters to Persons in Religion, I, 2)

We are more troublesome to ourselves than anyone else is to us. (Letters to Persons in the World, VI, 52)

What are all these things which we quit for God but brief moments of a liberty which is a thousand times worse slavery than slavery itself? (Letters to Persons in Religion, IV, 21)

Not only can the soul which knows her misery have great confidence in God, but that, unless she has such knowledge, she cannot have true confidence in Him. (Spiritual Conferences, 2)

It is no honor to be handsome when a man prizes himself for it. (Introduction to the Devout Life, Part III, Chapter 4)

We must in no wise live according to human prudence, but according to the faith of the Gospel. (Letters to Persons in Religion, III, 37)

May we be no longer those old selves that we were formerly, but be other selvesl (Letters to Persons in Religion, VI, 9)

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