Quotes & Themes – World


We must make use of this world as though we were making no use of it at all. (The Spirit of St. François de Sales, XVI, 4)

We should enjoy spiritual things but only use corporal things. (Introduction to the Devout Life, Part III, Chapter 39)

All the world together is not worth one soul. (Introduction to the Devout Life, Part V, Chapter 14)

Never look at what the world offers without considering what it hides. (Letters to Persons in the World, I, 9)

Let us consider that all we have makes us nothing more than the rest of the world, and that all this is nothing before God. (Letters to Persons in the World, I, 2)

In this world there is no wealth without anxiety, no repose without labor, no con­solation without affliction, no health without sickness. (Spiritual Conferences, 3)

In this perishable life, good is never to be found without evil following in its train. (Spiritual Conferences, 3)

This life presents a continuous variety of diverse accidents. (Spiritual Conferences, 3)

We cannot stand well with the world unless we become one with it. (Introduction to the Devout Life, Part IV, Chapter 1)

The world holds us to be fools; let us hold it to be mad. (Introduction to the Devout Life, Part V, Chapter 1)

One cannot perfectly love God unless one forsake affections for perishable things. Treatise on the Love of God, Book 12, Chapter 10)

The little affections of thine and mine are remnants of the world, in which there is nothing so precious. (Spiritual Conferences, 8)

How often the world calls good what is evil, and still oftener evil what is good! (Letters to Persons in the World, II, 30)

Who does not see that the world is an unjust judge; gracious and favorable toward its own children but harsh and rigorous toward the children of God? (Introduction to the Devout Life, Part IV, Chapter 1)

We may weep a little over this world which is dying, yea, which is dead for us, and to which we mean forever to die. (Letters to Persons in Religion, IV, 35)

Trouble yourself little about what the world thinks, and let it say what it likes, good or ill. (Letters to Persons in the World, VI, 52)

The children of the world are all separated one from another because their hearts are in different places. (Letters to Persons in the World, II, 11)

Leave to the worldly their world. (Letters to Persons in the World, I, 10)

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