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Josef Pieper Sayings: Wonder is defined by Thomas [Aquinas] in the Summa Theologiae [I-II, Q. 32, a. 8], Wonder is defined by Thomas [Aquinas] in the Summa Theologiae [I-II, Q. 32, a. 8], as the desiderium sciendi, the desire for knowledge, active longing to know.
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Josef Pieper Sayings: Only those are called liberal or free which are concerned with knowledge; those which are Only those are called liberal or free which are concerned with knowledge; those which are concerned with utilitarian ends ... are called servile ...
The question is ... can man develop to the full as a functionary and a "worker" and nothing else; can a full human existence be contained within an exclusively workaday existence? Stated differently and translated back into our terms: is there such a thing as a liberal art?
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Josef Pieper Sayings: Modern religious teaching have little or nothing to say about the place of prudence in Modern religious teaching have little or nothing to say about the place of prudence in life or in the hierarchy of virtues.
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Josef Pieper Sayings: No one can obtain felicity by pursuit. This explains why one of the elements of No one can obtain felicity by pursuit. This explains why one of the elements of being happy is the feeling that a debt of gratitude is owed, a debt impossible to pay. Now, we do not owe gratitude to ourselves. To be conscious of gratitude is to acknowledge a gift.
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Josef Pieper Sayings: [T]o know means to reach the reality of existing things[.] [T]o know means to reach the reality of existing things[.]
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Josef Pieper Sayings: The greatest menace to our capacity for contemplation is the incessant fabrication of tawdry empty The greatest menace to our capacity for contemplation is the incessant fabrication of tawdry empty stimuli which kill the receptivity of the soul.
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Josef Pieper Sayings: The really human thing is to see the stars above the roof, to preserve our The really human thing is to see the stars above the roof, to preserve our apprehension of the universality of things in the midst of the habits of daily life, and to see "the world" above and beyond our immediate environment.
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Josef Pieper Sayings: The happy life does not mean loving what we possess, but possessing what we love. The happy life does not mean loving what we possess, but possessing what we love. Possession of the beloved, St. Thomas holds, takes place in an act of cognition, in seeing, in intuition, in contemplation.
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Josef Pieper Sayings: The delight we take in our senses is an implicit desire to know the ultimate The delight we take in our senses is an implicit desire to know the ultimate reason for things, the highest cause. The desire for wisdom that philosophy etymologically is is a desire for the highest or divine causes. Philosophy culminates in theology. All other knowledge contains the seeds of contemplation of the divine.
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Josef Pieper Sayings: Being precedes Truth, and ... Truth precedes the Good. Being precedes Truth, and ... Truth precedes the Good.
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Josef Pieper Sayings: The contemplation of revealed truth is a disturbing element in Christian philosophy though a very The contemplation of revealed truth is a disturbing element in Christian philosophy though a very beautiful one, for it means that the framework of philosophy is widened, and, above all, it can never rest satisfied with the flat, one-dimensional "harmonies" of rationalism. That is the moment when a Christian philosophy, striking upon the rock of divine truth, foams and boils; and that is its unique privilege.
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Josef Pieper Sayings: Happiness, ... even the smallest happiness, is like a step out of Time, and the Happiness, ... even the smallest happiness, is like a step out of Time, and the greatest happiness is sharing in Eternity.
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Josef Pieper Sayings: Only the silent hear and those who do not remain silent do not hear. Only the silent hear and those who do not remain silent do not hear.
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Josef Pieper Sayings: He who knows does not feel wonder. It could not be said that God experiences He who knows does not feel wonder. It could not be said that God experiences wonder, for God knows in the most absolute and perfect way.
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Josef Pieper Sayings: If to know is to work, then knowledge is the fruit of our own unaided If to know is to work, then knowledge is the fruit of our own unaided effort and activity; then knowledge includes nothing which is not due to the effort of man, and there is nothing gratuitous about it, nothing "inspired", nothing "given" about it.
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Josef Pieper Sayings: Patience is not the indiscriminate acceptance of any sort of evil: "It is not the Patience is not the indiscriminate acceptance of any sort of evil: "It is not the one who does not flee from evil who is patient but rather the one who does not let himself thereby be drawn into disordered sadness." To be patient means not to allow the serenity and discernmet of one's soul to be taken away. Patience, then, is not the tear-streaked mirror of a "broken" life (as one might almost think, to judge from what is frequently shown and praised under this term) but rather is the radiant essence of final freedom from harm. Patience is, as Hildegard of Bingen states, "the pillar that is weakened by nothing.
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Josef Pieper Sayings: The ultimate meaning of the active life is to make possible the happiness of contemplation. The ultimate meaning of the active life is to make possible the happiness of contemplation.
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Josef Pieper Sayings: Leisure is only possible when we are at one with ourselves. We tend to overwork Leisure is only possible when we are at one with ourselves. We tend to overwork as a means of self-escape, as a way of trying to justify our existence.
Josef Pieper Sayings: Perhaps when all the consequences of a false presupposition suddenly becomes a direct threat mean Perhaps when all the consequences of a false presupposition suddenly becomes a direct threat mean in their great terror will become aware that it is no longer possible to call back to true and effective life a truth they have allowed to become remote
just for the sake of their bare survival.
Josef Pieper Sayings: The restoration of man's inner eyes can hardly be expected in this day and age The restoration of man's inner eyes can hardly be expected in this day and age - unless, first of all, one were willing and determined simply to exclude from one's realm of life all those inane and contrived but titillating illusions incessantly generated by the entertainment industry.
Josef Pieper Sayings: If God really became incarnate, and if His Incarnation can with justice compel man to If God really became incarnate, and if His Incarnation can with justice compel man to change his life,then we have no alternative but to conceive of this Incarnation as something which is still present and which will remain present for all future time ... What happens in the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist is something for which all religions of mankind have exressed longing, dimly sensed was coming, and as a rule even prefigured- the physical presence of the divine Logos made man, and the presence of his sacrificial death, in the midst of the congregation celebrating the mysteries.
Josef Pieper Sayings: The brave man uses wrath for his own act, above all in attack, 'for it The brave man uses wrath for his own act, above all in attack, 'for it is peculiar to wrath to pounce upon evil. Thus fortitude and wrath work directly upon each other.
Josef Pieper Sayings: It is possible to pray in such a way that one does not transcend the It is possible to pray in such a way that one does not transcend the world, in such a way that the divine is degraded to a functional part of the workaday world ... then it is no longer devotion to the divine, but an attempt to master it.
Josef Pieper Sayings: The eye of perfected friendship with God is aware of deeper dimensions of reality, to The eye of perfected friendship with God is aware of deeper dimensions of reality, to which the eyes of the average man and the average Christian are not yet opened.
Josef Pieper Sayings: Of course the world of work begins to become - threatens to become - our Of course the world of work begins to become - threatens to become - our only world, to the exclusion of all else. The demands of the working world grow ever more total, grasping ever more completely the whole of human existence.
Josef Pieper Sayings: If in this supreme test, in face of which the braggart falls silent and every If in this supreme test, in face of which the braggart falls silent and every heroic gesture is paralyzed, a man walks straight up to the cause of his fear and is not deterred from doing that which is good
which ultimately means for the sake of God, and therefore not from ambition or from fear of being taken for a coward
this man, and he alone, is truly brave.
Josef Pieper Sayings: Happiness and joy are not the same. For what does the fervent craving for joy Happiness and joy are not the same. For what does the fervent craving for joy mean? It does not mean that we wish at any cost to experience the psychic state of being joyful. We want to have reason for joy, for an unceasing joy that fills us utterly, sweeps all before it, exceeds all measure.
Josef Pieper Sayings: Since we nowadays think that all a man needs for acquisition of truth is to Since we nowadays think that all a man needs for acquisition of truth is to exert his brain more or less vigorously, and since we consider an ascetic approach to knowledge hardly sensible, we have lost the awareness of the close bond that links the knowing of truth to the condition of purity. Thomas says that unchastity's first-born daughter is blindness of the spirit. Only he who wants nothing for himself, who not subjectively 'interested,' can know the truth. On the other hand, an impure, selfishly corrupted will-to-pleasure destroys both resoluteness of spirit and the ability of the psyche to listen in silent attention to the language of reality.
Josef Pieper Sayings: Surrender to sensuality paralyzes the powers of the moral person. Surrender to sensuality paralyzes the powers of the moral person.
Josef Pieper Sayings: The intemperately wrathful man is less obnoxious than the intemperately lustful one, while the immoderate The intemperately wrathful man is less obnoxious than the intemperately lustful one, while the immoderate pleasure-seeker, intent on dissimulation and camouflage, is unable to give or take a straight look in the eye.
Josef Pieper Sayings: To celebrate a festival means: to live out, for some special occasion and in an To celebrate a festival means: to live out, for some special occasion and in an uncommon manner, the universal assent to the world as a whole.
Josef Pieper Sayings: The inmost significance of the exaggerated value which is set upon hard work appears to The inmost significance of the exaggerated value which is set upon hard work appears to be this: man seems to mistrust everything that is effortless; he can only enjoy, with a good conscience, what he has acquired with toil and trouble; he refused to have anything as a gift.
Josef Pieper Sayings: The "supreme good" and its attainment that is happiness. And joy is: response to happiness. The "supreme good" and its attainment
that is happiness. And joy is: response to happiness.
Josef Pieper Sayings: Divine worship means the same thing where time is concerned, as the temple where space Divine worship means the same thing where time is concerned, as the temple where space is concerned. "Temple" means ... that a particular piece of ground is specially reserved, and marked off from the remainder of the land which is used either for agriculture or habitation ... Similarly in divine worship a certain definite space of time is set aside from working hours and days ... and like the space allotted to the temple, is not used, is withdrawn from all merely utilitarian ends.
Josef Pieper Sayings: Enduring comprises a strong activity of the soul, namely, a vigorous grasping of and clinging Enduring comprises a strong activity of the soul, namely, a vigorous grasping of and clinging to the good; and only from this stout-hearted activity can the strength to support the physical and spiritual suffering of injury and death be nourished.
Josef Pieper Sayings: The common element in all the special forms of contemplation is the loving, yearning, affirming The common element in all the special forms of contemplation is the loving, yearning, affirming bent toward that happiness which is the same as God Himself, and which is the aim and purpose of all that happens in the world.
Josef Pieper Sayings: The happy man needs nothing and no one. Not that he holds himself aloof, for The happy man needs nothing and no one. Not that he holds himself aloof, for indeed he is in harmony with everything and everyone; everything is "in him"; nothing can happen to him. The same may also be said for the contemplative person; he needs himself alone; he lacks nothing.
Josef Pieper Sayings: Happiness is essentially a gift; we are not the forgers of our own felicity. Happiness is essentially a gift; we are not the forgers of our own felicity.
Josef Pieper Sayings: Wonder does not make one industrious, for to feel astonished is to be disturbed. Wonder does not make one industrious, for to feel astonished is to be disturbed.
Josef Pieper Sayings: What distinguishes - in both senses of that word - contemplation is rather this: it What distinguishes - in both senses of that word - contemplation is rather this: it is a knowing which is inspired by love. "Without love there would be no contemplation." Contemplation is a loving attainment of awareness. It is intuition of the beloved object.
Josef Pieper Sayings: Beauty, however, must here be understood in its original meaning: as the glow of the Beauty, however, must here be understood in its original meaning: as the glow of the true and the good irradiating from every ordered state of being, and not in the patent significance of immediate sensual appeal.
Josef Pieper Sayings: Each gratification points to the ultimate one, and that all happiness has some connection with Each gratification points to the ultimate one, and that all happiness has some connection with eternal beatitude. Some connection, if only this: that every fulfillment this side of Heaven instantly reveals its inadequacy. It is immediately evident that such satisfactions are not enough; they are not what we have really sought; they cannot really satisfy us at all.
Josef Pieper Sayings: All just order in the world is based on this, that man give man what All just order in the world is based on this, that man give man what is his due.
Josef Pieper Sayings: Earthly contemplation means to the Christian, we have said, this above all: that behind all Earthly contemplation means to the Christian, we have said, this above all: that behind all that we directly encounter the Face of the incarnate Logos becomes visible ... Contemplation does not ignore the "historical Gethsemane," does not ignore the mystery of evil, guilt and its bloody atonement. The happiness of contemplation is a true happiness, indeed the supreme happiness; but it is founded upon sorrow.
Josef Pieper Sayings: To be just meaans to recognize the other as other; it means to give acknowledgment To be just meaans to recognize the other as other; it means to give acknowledgment even where one cannot love ... A just man is just, therefore, because he sanctions another person in his very separateness and helps him to receive his due.
Josef Pieper Sayings: Repose, leisure, peace, belong among the elements of happiness. If we have not escaped from Repose, leisure, peace, belong among the elements of happiness. If we have not escaped from harried rush, from mad pursuit, from unrest, from the necessity of care, we are not happy. And what of contemplation? Its very premise is freedom from the fetters of workaday busyness. Moreover, it itself actualizes this freedom by virtue of being intuition.
Josef Pieper Sayings: Finally, it is no longer completely fantastic to think that a day may come when Finally, it is no longer completely fantastic to think that a day may come when not the executioners alone will deny the inalienable rights of men, but when even the victims will not be able to say why it is that they are suffering injustice.
Josef Pieper Sayings: Now the code of life of the High Middle Ages said something entirely opposite to Now the code of life of the High Middle Ages said something entirely opposite to this: that it was precisely lack of leisure, an inability to be at leisure, that went together with idleness; that the restlessness of work-for-work's sake arose from nothing other than idleness. There is a curious connection in the fact that the restlessness of a self-destructive work-fanatacism should take its rise from the absence of a will to accomplish something.
Josef Pieper Sayings: A man who needs the unusual to make him "wonder" shows that he has lost A man who needs the unusual to make him "wonder" shows that he has lost the capacity to find the true answer to the wonder of being. The itch for sensation, even though disguised in the mask of Boheme, is a sure indication of a bourgeois mind and a deadened sense of wonder.
Josef Pieper Sayings: Material things have closed boundaries; they are not accessible, cannot be penetrated, by things outside Material things have closed boundaries; they are not accessible, cannot be penetrated, by things outside themselves. But one's existence as a spiritual being involves being and remaining oneself and at the same time admitting and transforming into oneself the reality of the world. No other material thing can be present in the space occupied by a house, a tree, or a fountain pen. But where there is mind, the totality of things has room; it is possible that in a single being the comprehensiveness of the whole universe may dwell.
Josef Pieper Sayings: The "whole good" cannot be had, it would seem, without mustering all the strength of The "whole good" cannot be had, it would seem, without mustering all the strength of our inner life. Even in the sphere of external possessions there are goods which inherently demand, if they are to be truly ours, far more of us than mere acquisition. "'My garden,' the rich man said; his gardener smiled.
Josef Pieper Sayings: Justice is a habit (habitus), whereby a man renders to each one his due with Justice is a habit (habitus), whereby a man renders to each one his due with constant and perpetual will.
Josef Pieper Sayings: The essence of leisure is not to assure that we may function smoothly but rather The essence of leisure is not to assure that we may function smoothly but rather to assure that we, embedded in our social function, are enabled to remain fully human.
Josef Pieper Sayings: The vacancy left by absence of worship is filled by mere killing of time and The vacancy left by absence of worship is filled by mere killing of time and by boredom, which is directly related to inability to enjoy leisure; for one can only be bored if the spiritual power to be leisurely has been lost. There is an entry in Baudelaire ... One must work, if not from taste then at least from despair. For, to reduce everything to a single truth: work is less boring than pleasure.