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20 Inspirational Quotes From The Saints

Updated on December 31, 2012

Cover of Matthew Kelly's "Rediscover Catholicism"

Why the Saints?

I have always been a word person, a quotes person. I collect quotes that inspire me, or that make me think, or which I believe will lead others to think.

Why are saint quotes part of my collection? Well, they inspire me. Specifically, they inspire me in my faith. In his book Rediscover Catholicism, Matthew Kelly says, " The saints are living and practical proof that Christ's philosophy works. The saints show us that it is possible for a human to be fully transformed in Christ" (83).

As a Christian my goal is to be, as Kelly put it, "transformed in Christ." The saints words inspire me to pray more, to think more, to treat others better.

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Finding quotes which you love, or which really speak to you can be a difficult challenge. Here I have shared 20 of my favorite quotes from the Saints. Of course choosing favorite quotes is a bit like choosing a favorite flower, or a favorite fish from amongst the many in the sea. There are simply so many options! I have tried here to include a wide variety of Saints, speaking about a wide variety of topics - you'll find quotes on love, faith, hope, belief and more. I hope you will find a new favorite quote! And if I missed one of your favorite quotes, or favorite saints please share it with me. I always love to find new quotes to read and cherish.

In Their Words - 20 Quotes from the Saints

"Faith is to believe what you do not see. The reward of this faith is to see what you believe." - St. Augustine of Hippo

"I believe though I do not comprehend, and I hold by faith what I cannot grasp with the mind." - St. Bernard

"If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes." - St. Clement of Alexandria

"A joyful heart is more easily made perfect than one that is cast down." - St. Philip Neri

"Preach the Gospel at all times, when necessary, use words." - St. Francis of Assissi

"It is love alone that gives worth to all things." - St. Teresa of Avila

"Love is best shown in deeds, rather than words." - St. Ignatius of Loyola

"Love the sinner, hate the sin." - St. Augustine of Hippo

"Without love, deeds, even the most brillliant, count as nothing." - St. Therese of Lisieux

"The most deadly poison of our times is indifference. And this happens, although the praise of God shall know no limits. Let us strive, therefore, to praise Him to the greatest extent of our powers." - St. Maximillian Kolbe

"The nation...doesn't simply need what we have. It needs what we are." - Edith Stein (St. Teresia Benedicta)

"If Paul exhorts us to pray for one another, and we gladly think it right to ask every poor man to pray for us, should we think it evil to ask the holy Saints in Heaven to do the same?" - St. Thomas More

"Go forth, and set the world on fire." - St. Ignatius of Loyola

"If you are what you should be you will set the whole world ablaze." - St. Catherine of Siena

"If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark." - St. John of the Cross

"What a great favor God does, to those he puts in the company of good people." - St. Teresa of Avila

"Pray, hope and don't worry." - St. Pio of Pietrelcino

"Love God, serve God; everything is in that." - St. Clare of Assissi

"My longing for truth was a single prayer." - Edith Stein (St. Teresia Benedicta of the Cross)

"Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger." - St. Patrick


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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great quotes.

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      Benedict Rivichibatu 

      4 years ago

      wow..l like these quotes, it helps me in my spiritual growth when l read them.

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      4 years ago

      Very nice, I like that version John. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      John MacNab 

      4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      'Faith is to believe what you cannot see.' My clan logo was made up by cautious Scots, and it doesn't read 'We believe in God.' It reads 'We Hope in God.' Nice Hub ElleBee.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks Heather Says -- that was a new quote for me, which I found in writing this article, but it reminded me a lot of the Ignatius quote right above it, which is one of my all time favorites!

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      Heather Rode 

      5 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      "If you are what you should be you will set the whole world ablaze." Love this! After many years in the corporate and retail world, I feel like I'm finally living my life the way I was meant to. This definitely spoke to me and at such a perfect time. Peace be with you :)

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      5 years ago

      Connorj and Rose-the-planner glad you enjoyed. Sorry it took me so long to approve your comment, rose, it wasn't showing up in my comments for some reason so I overlooked it. I like those quotes as well rose, especially Kolbe's - he is one of my favorite saints, and I think he has such strong relevance for us today in the 21st century. I like that one a lot as well connor - I attended a school sponsored by the Assumptionists, their patron is St. Augustine and so I started to become familiar with him. I think I would appreciate his writing a lot more now, so I'm planning to reread one of his works soon.

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      rose-the planner 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Wow.........this was simply beautiful! My favourites are the quotes from St. Maximillian Kolbe and St. Patrick. Very inspirational! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      John Connor 

      6 years ago from Altamonte Springs

      Once again excellent work, ElleBee! The words of some of our Saints live on in your writings; what a significant blessing... They are all excellent; however, I am drawn significantly by this:

      "Faith is to believe what you do not see. The reward of this faith is to see what you believe."

      - St. Augustine of Hippo

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      6 years ago

      Hi unknown spy! I am glad you found these quotes inspiring. The lives and words of the saints have been a great inspiration for me.

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      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      wow thanks for sharing this! inspiring messages.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks Lady E glad you enjoyed! I will have to follow your twitter feed to check out more of those quotes.

      2besure - That's a great point. Sometimes we rely on word instead of action, and worse sometimes our actions don't reflect our words. St. Francis is a great reminder to live a life that reflects God's will.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Great quotes! I really like, "Preach the Gospel at all times, when necessary, use words." Too often Christians use too many words, rather than allowing their lives to be a witness go the character and goodness of God. Voted up, and tweeted!

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      6 years ago from London, UK

      Very inspiring - I read lots of quote and tweet them. It's nice to read quotes from saints. I don't see them often. Thanks.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks teaches. I agree those are both positive quotes. I'm happy you enjoyed, I love finding quotes and sharing them with others :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      "Love God, serve God; everything is in that." - St. Clare of Assissi

      "Faith is to believe what you do not see. The reward of this faith is to see what you believe." - St. Augustine of Hippo

      These are my favorites for the positive inspiration they portray to us. Thank you for sharing these with us.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks cogerson, and I agree they are definitely a smart group. Teresa of Avila definitely had some wisdom in her writings.

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      6 years ago from Virginia

      A very nice collection of quotes.....I like all of the 20 you listed but I think the one I liked the best was by St. Teresa of Avila

      "It is love alone that gives worth to all things." ......awesome words by some very smart people....voted up and interesting and beautiful

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      6 years ago

      Thanks itakins, glad you enjoyed and thanks for the voteup.

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      6 years ago from Irl

      I like this-some great quotes.Voted up+

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      6 years ago

      Thanks Nell and SusieQ! I am a big fan of quotes in general, and these are a few of my favorites. I am glad you enjoyed them.

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      6 years ago

      I've heard of a few of them and yes, they are truly wonderful! I've got to back up and vote this hub beautiful. Thanks for sharing. (I'm going to "like" it on FB!)

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      This is lovely, I love all these quotes and I wish I could remember them all, they would look great on a picture on the wall, I may just do that, wonderful!


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