86 "Peter Kreeft" Quotes And Sayings

Peter Kreeft is an author and professor of philosophy at Boston College. He teaches classes at Boston College, Georgetown University, and the Weston School of Theology and Philosophy. He has published over forty books and is a frequent speaker on college campuses across the country.

We sinned for no reason but an incomprehensible lack of...
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We sinned for no reason but an incomprehensible lack of love, and He saved us for no reason but an incomprehensible excess of love. Peter Kreeft
This is the secret of life: the self lives only...
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This is the secret of life: the self lives only by dying, finds its identity (and its happiness) only by self-forgetfulness, self-giving, self-sacrifice, and agape love. Peter Kreeft
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If your life is Christ, then your death will be only more of Christ, forever. If your life is only Christlessness, then your death will be only more Christlessness, forever. That's not fundamentalism, that's the law of non-contradiction. Peter Kreeft
The heart is like a woman, and the head is...
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The heart is like a woman, and the head is like a man, and although man is the head of woman, woman is the heart of man, and she turns man's head because she turns his heart. Peter Kreeft
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Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces "nice" people, not heroes. Peter Kreeft
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The rich fop Francis of Assisi was bored all his life―until he fell in love with Christ and gave all his stuff away and became the troubadour of Lady Poverty. Peter Kreeft
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Saint Thomas Aquinas says, wisely, that the only way to drive out a bad passion is by a stronger good passion. The same is true of thoughts as of passions. When your mind wanders, like a child, your will must bring it back, like a mother. [. .] The will-parent must discipline the mind-child, avoiding both the opposite extremes commonly made in disciplining either children or thoughts: tyranny or permissiveness. Peter Kreeft
By the way, if you get mad at your Mac...
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By the way, if you get mad at your Mac laptop and wonder who designed this demonic device, notice the manufacturer's icon on top: an apple with a bite out of it. Peter Kreeft
Like apes, we breed, sleep, and die. Yet like God...
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Like apes, we breed, sleep, and die. Yet like God we say, "I am." We are ontological oxymorons. Peter Kreeft
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Those who meet Jesus always experience either joy or its opposites, either foretastes of Heaven or foretastes of Hell. Not everyone who meets Jesus is pleased, and not everyone is happy, but everyone is shocked. Peter Kreeft
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It is closer to the truth to say that God is crazy than that God is reasonable. I suspect God merely smiles when someone calls him crazy, but shakes His head and frowns when someone calls Him reasonable. Peter Kreeft
The most total opposite of pleasure is not pain but...
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The most total opposite of pleasure is not pain but boredom, for we are willing to risk pain to make a boring life interesting. Peter Kreeft
Everything smaller than Heaven bores us because only Heaven is...
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Everything smaller than Heaven bores us because only Heaven is bigger than our hearts. Peter Kreeft
Only God may be adored, because only God is unlimited...
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Only God may be adored, because only God is unlimited goodness, truth, and beauty, and thus only God deserves unlimited love. Peter Kreeft
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When I say "The good man gave his good dog a good meal, " I use "good" analogically, for there is at the same time a similarity and a difference between a good man, a good dog, and a good meal. All three are desirable, but a good man is wise and moral, a good dog is tame and affectionate, and a good meal is tasty and nourishing. But a good man is not tasty and nourishing, except to a cannibal; a good dog is not wise and moral, except in cartoons, and a good meal is not tame and affectionate, unless it's alive as you eat it. Peter Kreeft
Love gives you eyes.
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Love gives you eyes. Peter Kreeft
It is reasonable to love the Absolute absolutely for the...
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It is reasonable to love the Absolute absolutely for the same reason it is reasonable to love the relative relatively. Peter Kreeft
Violence is spiritual junk food, and boredom is spiritual anorexia.
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Violence is spiritual junk food, and boredom is spiritual anorexia. Peter Kreeft
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Stand in the divine rain, and seeds of wisdom will grow in your soul. Peter Kreeft
The connection between art and Christ is like the connection...
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The connection between art and Christ is like the connection between sunlight and the sun. It is, in fact, the connection between Sonlight and the Son. Peter Kreeft