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By Anonym 14 Sep

Clement

Our whole life can go on in observation of the laws of nature, if we gain dominion over our desires from the beginning and if we do not kill, by various means of a perverse art, the human offspring, born according to the designs of divine providence; for these women who, in order to hide their immorality, use abortive drugs which expel the child completely dead, abort at the same time their own human feelings.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clement

But those who are ready to toil in the most excellent pursuits, will not desist from the search after truth, till they get the demonstration from the Scriptures themselves.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clement

If in this life there are so many ways for purification and repentance, how much more should there be after death! The purification of souls, when separated from the body, will be easier. We can set no limits to the agency of the Redeemer; to redeem, to rescue, to discipline, is his work, and so will he continue to operate after this life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clement

Amasser sans cesse, et ne faire part à personne de ce que l'on possède, c'est mettre le grain dans un tonneau percé, c'est se causer mille maux, c'est se ruiner et se perdre. Rien n'est plus digne surtout de ridicule et de mépris que de satisfaire les nécessités honteuses de la nature dans des vases d'or et d'argent, comme ces femmes riches et fières que leur sot orgueil accompagne jusque sur leur chaise percée.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clement

But by no manner of means are women to be allotted to uncover and exhibit any part of their person, lest both fall,-the men by being excited to look, they by drawing on themselves the eyes of the men.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clement

It is absolutely impossible at the same time to be a man of understanding and not to be ashamed to gratify the body.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clement

All our life is like a day of celebration for us; we are convinced, in fact, that God is always everywhere. We work while singing, we sail while reciting hymns, we accomplish all other occupations of life while praying.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clement

Therefore let us repent and pass from ignorance to knowledge, from foolishness to wisdom, from licentiousness to self-control, from injustice to righteousness, from godlessness to God.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clement

When lies have been accepted for some time, the truth always astounds with an air of novelty.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clement

The Word of God became man, that thou mayest learn from man how man may become God.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Clement

Since the fact that pleasure is not a good thing is admitted from the fact that certain pleasures are evil, by this reason good appears evil, and evil good. And then, if we choose some pleasures and shun others, it is not every pleasure that is a good thing. Similarly, also, the same rule holds with pains, some of which we endure, and others we shun. But choice and avoidance are exercised according to knowledge; so that it is not pleasure that is the good thing, but knowledge by which we shall choose a pleasure at a certain time, and of a certain kind. Now the martyr chooses the pleasure that exists in prospect through the present pain. If pain is conceived as existing in thirst, and pleasure in drinking, the pain that has preceded becomes the efficient cause of pleasure. But evil cannot be the efficient cause of good. Neither, then, is the one thing nor the other evil.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Clement

For self-control is common to all human beings who have made choice of it. And we admit that the same nature exists in every race, and the same virtue. As far as respects human nature, the woman does not possess one nature, and the man exhibit another, but the same: so also with virtue. If, consequently, a self-restraint and righteousness, and whatever qualities are regarded as following them, is the virtue of the male, it belongs to the male alone to be virtuous, and to the woman to be licentious and unjust. But it is offensive even to say this. Accordingly woman is to practise self-restraint and righteousness, and every other virtue, as well as man, both bond and free; since it is a fit consequence that the same nature possesses one and the same virtue. We do not say that woman's nature is the same as man's, as she is woman. For undoubtedly it stands to reason that some difference should exist between each of them, in virtue of which one is male and the other female. Pregnancy and parturition, accordingly, we say belong to woman, as she is woman, and not as she is a human being. But if there were no difference between man and woman, both would do and suffer the same things. As then there is sameness, as far as respects the soul, she will attain to the same virtue; but as there is difference as respects the peculiar construction of the body, she is destined for child-bearing and housekeeping.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clement

Those who glory in their looks - not in their hearts - dress to please others.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clement

It is not your outward appearance that you should beautify, but your soul, adorning it with good works.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clement

The law itself exhibits justice and teaches wisdom by abstinence from sensible images and by calling out to the Maker and Father of the universe.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clement

But God has no natural relation to us, as the authors of the heresies will have it; neither on the supposition of His having made us of nothing, nor on that of having formed us from matter; since the former did not exist at all, and the latter is totally distinct from God, unless we shall dare to say that we are a part of Him, and of the same essence as God. And I know not how one, who knows God, can bear to hear this when he looks to our life, and sees in what evils we are involved. For thus it would turn out, which it were impiety to utter, that God sinned in [certain] portions, if the portions are parts of the whole and complementary of the whole; and if not complementary, neither can they be parts. But God being by nature rich in pity, in consequence of His own goodness, cares for us, though neither portions of Himself, nor by nature His children. And this is the greatest proof of the goodness of God: that such being our relation to Him, and being by nature wholly estranged, He nevertheless cares for us. For the affection in animals to their progeny is natural, and the friendship of kindred minds is the result of intimacy. But the mercy of God is rich toward us, who are in no respect related to Him; I say either in our essence or nature, or in the peculiar energy of our essence, but only in our being the work of His will.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Clement

The first step to salvation is the instruction accompanied with fear, in consequence of which we abstain from what is wrong; and the second is hope, by reason of which we desire the best things; but love, as is fitting, perfects, by training now according to knowledge.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clement

When you see your brother, you see God.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clement

It is far better to be happy than to have our bodies act as graveyards to animals.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clement

Prayer that runs its course till the last day of life needs a strong and tranquil soul.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Clement

Une fois qu'il a reçu la rémission de ses péchés, l'homme ne doit donc plus faillir, parce que la première pénitence, celle d*s fautes qui souillèrent la vie de paganisme, c'est-à-dire la vie d'ignorance, est la meilleure. Elle est proposée à ceux qui ont été appelés comme purification de l'âme pour y établir la foi. Mais le Seigneur qui lit dans le secret des cœurs et connait l'avenir, a prévu d'en haut et dès le commencement l'inconstance de l'homme, son penchant aux rechutes, elles artifices du démon. Il n'ignore pas que l'ange du mal, jaloux de ce que l'homme jouit du privilège de la rémission des péchés, suggérera des occasions de faillir aux serviteurs de Dieu, et que sa malice leur tendra habilement des pièges pour 152 les entrainer dans sa ruine. Dieu l'a prédit, et dans l'abondance de sa miséricorde, il a fait don d'une seconde pénitence aux enfants de la foi qui viendraient à tomber ; afin que si la faiblesse, cédant à la force ou à la séduction, se laissait tenter, elle reçût une seconde pénitence, celle après laquelle il n'y a plus de pénitence. « Car, si nous péchons volontairement après avoir reçu la connaissance de la vérité, il n'y a plus désormais de victime pour les péchés, mais il ne nous reste qu'une attente terrible du jugement, et le feu vengeur qui dévorera les ennemis de Dieu. » Ceux dont les pénitences et les fautes se succèdent continuellement ne diffèrent en rien de ceux qui n'ont pas encore la foi, sinon qu'ils ont péché avec connaissance de cause. Et je ne sais ce qu'il y a de plus funeste, ou de pécher sciemment, ou de se repentir de ses péchés et d'y retomber de nouveau ; des deux côtés la faute est évidente. Ici, pendant l'acte même, l'iniquité est condamnée par l'ouvrier de l'iniquité ; là, l'auteur du péché le connait avant de le commettre, et pourtant il s'y livre avec la conviction que c'est un mal. L'un se fait l'esclave de la colère et du plaisir, n'ignorant pas à quels penchants il s'abandonne ; l'autre qui, après s'être repenti de ses vices, se replonge de nouveau dans la volupté, touche de près à celui qui, dès le principe, pèche volontairement; faire succéder au repentir d'un péché. l'acte de ce même pèche, tout en le condamnant, n'est-ce pas le commettre avec connaissance de cause ? Celui donc d'entre les gentils qui, de sa vie antérieure et profane, a pris son vol vers la foi, a obtenu d'un seul coup la rémission de tous ses péchés. Mais celui qui, pécheur relapse, s'est ensuite repenti, lors même qu'il obtient son pardon, doit rougir de honte, comme n'étant plus lavé par les eaux baptismales pour la rémission des péchés. Car il faut qu'il renonce, non-seulement aux idoles dont il se faisait auparavant des dieux, mais encore aux œuvres de sa vie antérieure, l'homme qui est né à la foi, non du sang ni de la volonté de la chair, mais qui a été régénéré dans l'esprit; ce qui arrivera si, fidèle à ne pas retomber dans le même péché, il se repent avec sincérité.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clement

For, in truth, an image is only dead matter shaped by the craftsman's hand. But we have no sensible image of sensible matter, but an image that is perceived by the mind alone: God, who alone is truly God.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Clement

Our superintendence in instruction and discipline is the office of the Word, from whom we learn frugality and humility, and all that pertains to love of truth, love of humanity, and love of excellence. And so, in a word, being assimilated to God by participation in moral excellence, we must not retrograde into carelessness and sloth. But labor, and faint not.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clement

If God rewarded the righteous immediately, we would soon be engaged in business, not godliness...we would be pursuing not piety,but profit.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Clement

Nous donc, selon les paroles de l'illustre apôtre, c'est en vertu de la foi que nous espérons recevoir la justice; car, eu Jésus-Christ, ni la circoncision ni l'incirconcision ne servent, mais la foi qui agit par la charité.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clement

We are not to throw away those things which can benefit our neighbor. Goods are called good because they can be used for good: they are instruments for good, in the hands of those who use them properly.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clement

But true philosophic demonstration will contribute to the profit not of the listeners' tongues, but of their minds. And, in my opinion, he who is solicitous about truth ought not to frame his language with artfulness and care, but only to try to express his meaning as he best can.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clement

Now the images and temples constructed by mechanics are made of inert matter, so that they too are inert, material, and profane. Even if you perfect the art, it partakes of mechanical coarseness. Works of art cannot then be sacred and divine.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clement

The Lord has turned all our sunsets into sunrise.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clement

And Numenius, the Pythagorean philosopher, expressly writes: 'For what is Plato, but Moses speaking in Attic Greek.'

By Anonym 17 Sep

Clement

Of the gnostic so much has been cursorily, as it were, written. We proceed now to the sequel, and must again contemplate faith; for there are some that draw the distinction, that faith has reference to the Son, and knowledge to the Spirit. But it has escaped their notice that, in order to believe truly in the Son, we must believe that He is the Son, and that He came, and how, and for what, and respecting His passion ; and we must know who is the Son of God. Now neither is knowledge without faith, nor faith without knowledge. Nor is the Father without the Son ; for the Son is with the Father. And the Son is the true teacher respecting the Father; and that we may believe in the Son, we must know the Father, with whom also is the Son. Again, in order that we may know the Father, we must believe in the Son, that it is the Son of God who teaches ; for from faith to knowledge by the Son is the Father. And the knowledge of the Son and Father, which is according to the gnostic rule—that which in reality is gnostic—is the attainment and comprehension of the truth by the truth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clement

He changed sunset into sunrise.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clement

But it is with a different kind of spell that art deludes you ... it leads you to pay religious honor and worship to images and pictures.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Clement

Il est encore écrit dans le même évangile : « Quand Jésus se présenta pour être baptisé, il entrait dans sa trentième année. » Et quant à sa prédication qui ne devait durer qu'un an, le même évangile nous l'apprend aussi en ces termes: « Il m'a envoyé pour prêcher durant l'année de grâce du Seigneur. »

By Anonym 16 Sep

Clement

For self-control is common to all human beings who have made choice of it. And we admit that the same nature exists in every race, and the same virtue. As far as respects human nature, the woman does not possess one nature, and the man exhibit another, but the same: so also with virtue. If, consequently, a self-restraint and righteousness, and whatever qualities are regarded as following them, is the virtue of the male, it belongs to the male alone to be virtuous, and to the woman to be licentious and unjust. But it is offensive even to say this. Accordingly woman is to practise self-restraint and righteousness, and every other virtue, as well as man, both bond and free; since it is a fit consequence that the same nature possesses one and the same virtue. We do not say that woman's nature is the same as man's, as she is woman. For undoubtedly it stands to reason that some difference should exist between each of them, in virtue of which one is male and the other female. Preg- nancy and parturition, accordingly, we say belong to woman, |as she is woman, and not as she is a human being. But if there were no difference between man and woman, both would do and suffer the same things. As then there is sameness, as far as respects the soul, she will attain to the same virtue ; but as there is difference as respects the peculiar construction of the body, she is destined for child-bearing and housekeeping.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clement

When the two shall be one, the outside as the inside, and the male and the female neither male nor female.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Clement

What reason is there in the law's prohibiting a man from "wearing woman's clothing?" Is it not that it would have us to be manly, and to be effeminate neither in person and actions, nor in thought and word ? For it would have the man, that devotes himself to the truth, to be masculine both in acts of endurance and patience, in life, conduct, word, and discipline by night and by day; even if the necessity were to occur, of witnessing by the shedding of his blood.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clement

And Pythagoras is reported to have been a disciple of Sonches the Egyptian arch-prophet; and Plato, of Sechnuphis of Heliopolis; and Eudoxus, of Cnidius of Konuphis, who was also an Egyptian. [Stromata, 1.15]

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clement

For the Divine Being cannot be declared as it exists: but as we who are fettered in the flesh were able to listen, so the prophets spake to us; the Lord savingly accommodating Himself to the weakness of men.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clement

And this is being just and holy with wisdom; for the Divinity needs nothing and suffers nothing; whence it is not, strictly speaking, capable of self-restraint, for it is never subjected to perturbation, over which to exercise control; while our nature, being capable of perturbation, needs self-constraint, by which disciplining itself to the need of little, it endeavours to approximate in character to the divine nature.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Clement

We shall understand the mode of purification by confession, and that of contemplation by analysis, advancing by analysis to the first notion, beginning with the properties underlying it; abstracting from the body its physical properties, taking away the dimension of depth, then that of breadth, and then that of length. For the point which remains is a unit, so to speak, having position; from which if we abstract position, there is the conception of unity.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Clement

Il n'est pas hors de propos, je crois, pour bien établir l'époque où le Sauveur est né, d'exposer maintenant l'histoire chronologique des empereurs romains. Auguste régna quarante-trois ans, Tibère vingt-deux ans, Caïus quatre ans, Claude quatorze ans, Néron quatorze ans, Galba un an, Vespasien dix ans, Titus trois ans, Domitien quinze ans, Nerva un an, Trajan dix-neuf ans, Adrien vingt et un ans, et Antonin vingt et un ans. Puis le régne de Marc-Aurèle, surnommé Antonin, et celui de Commode, donnent ensemble trente-deux ans. Depuis Auguste jusqu'à Commode il s'est donc écoulé deux cent vingt-deux ans, et depuis Adam jusqu'à la mort de Commode, cinq mille sept cent quatre-vingt-quatre ans deux mois douze jours.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clement

The purified righteous man has become a coin of the Lord, and has the impress of his King stamped upon him.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clement

Cette nouvelle alliance est une suite de l'ancienne. Ne lui reprochez donc pas sa nouveauté.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clement

His Son Jesus, the Word of God, is our Instructor.... He is God and Creator.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clement

It is far better to be happy than to have your bodies act as graveyards for animals. Accordingly, the apostle [St.] Matthew partook of seeds, nuts and vegetables, without meat.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clement

We say that knowledge is not mere talk, but a certain divine knowledge, that light which is kindled in the soul as a result of obedience to the commandments, and which reveals all that is in a state of becoming, enables man to know himself and teaches him to become possessed of God.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Clement

For pre-eminently a divine image, resembling God, is the soul of a righteous man; in which, through obedience to the commands, as in a consecrated spot, is enclosed and enshrined the Leader of mortals and of immortals, King and Parent of what is good, who is truly law, and right, and eternal Word, being the one Saviour individually to each, and in common to all.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clement

Every woman should be filled with shame by the thought that she is a woman.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Clement

So I think it is demonstrated that the God being good, and the Lord powerful, they save with a righteousness and equality which extend to all that turn to Him, whether here or elsewhere. For it is not here alone that the active power of God is beforehand, but it is everywhere and is always at work.