We do not easily suspect evil of those whom we love most.
c.1132 Historia Calamitatum, ch.6.
Prima sapientiae clavis definitur, assidua scilicet seu frequens interrogatio … Dubitando enim ad inquisitionem venimus; inquirendo veritatem percipimus.Peter AbelardConstant and frequent questioning is the first key to wisdom … For through doubting we are led to inquire, and by inquiry we perceive the truth.
Bonam quippe intentionem, hoc est, rectam in se dicimus, operationem vero non quod boni aliquid in se suscipiat, sed quod ex bona intentione procedat. Unde et ab eodem homine cum in diversis temporibus idem fiat, pro diversitate tamen intentione eius operatio modo bono modo mala dicitur.Peter AbelardIn fact we say that an intention is good, that is, right in itself, but that an action does not bear any good in itself but proceeds from a good intention. Whence when the same thing is done by the same man at different times, by the diversity of his intention, however, his action is now said to be good, now bad.
O quanta qualiasunt illa sabbata,quae semper celebratsuperna curia.Peter AbelardHow mighty are the Sabbaths,How mighty and how deep,That the high courts of heavenTo everlasting keep.
The purpose and cause of the incarnation was that He might illuminate the world by His wisdom and excite it to the love of Himself.Peter AbelardAs quoted in "The Abelardian Doctrine Of The Atonement" (1892), published in Doctrine and Development : University Sermons (1898) by Hastings Rashdall, p. 138
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