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67 Inspiring Quotes by Francis of Assisi

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Wikipedia Summary for Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi (born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone; Italian: Francesco d'Assisi; Latin: Franciscus Assisiensis; 1181 or 1182 – 3 October 1226), venerated as Saint Francis of Assisi, also known in his ministry as Francesco, was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon, mystic, and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women's Order of St. Clare, the Third Order of St. Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land. Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in Christianity.

Pope Gregory IX canonized Francis on 16 July 1228. Along with Catherine of Siena, he was designated patron saint of Italy. He later became associated with patronage of animals and the natural environment, and it became customary for churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on or near his feast day of 4 October. In 1219, he went to Egypt in an attempt to convert the Sultan to put an end to the conflict of the Crusades. By this point, the Franciscan Order had grown to such an extent that its primitive organizational structure was no longer sufficient. He returned to Italy to organize the order. Once his community was authorized by the Pope, he withdrew increasingly from external affairs.

Francis is known for his love of the Eucharist. In 1223, Francis arranged for the first Christmas live nativity scene. According to Christian tradition, in 1224 he received the stigmata during the apparition of a Seraphic angel in a religious ecstasy, which would make him the first person in Christian tradition to bear the wounds of Christ's Passion. He died during the evening hours of 3 October 1226, while listening to a reading he had requested of Psalm 142 (141).

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God requires that we assist the animals, when they need our help. Each being (human or creature) has the same right of protection.

--Francis of Assisi

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He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.

--Francis of Assisi

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Be praised, O my Lord by Brother Wind, By air and cloud and every clime To whom Thou givest sustenance unto their kind.

--Francis of Assisi

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I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.

--Francis of Assisi


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If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.

--Francis of Assisi


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Holy poverty confounds cupidity and avarice and the cares of this world.

--Francis of Assisi

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And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

--Francis of Assisi

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Alms are an inheritance and a justice which is due to the poor and which Jesus has levied upon us.

--Francis of Assisi


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Man should tremble, the world should vibrate, all heaven should be deeply moved when the Son of God appears on the altar in the hands of the priest.

--Francis of Assisi

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You damned spirits! You can only do what the hand of God allows you to do.

--Francis of Assisi

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Spiritual joy arises from purity of the heart and perseverance in prayer.

--Francis of Assisi

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In this world I cannot see the Most High Son of God with my own eyes, except for His Most Holy Body and Blood.

--Francis of Assisi

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A promise is a child of the understanding and the will; the understanding begets it, the will brings it forth.

--Francis of Assisi

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The brave unfortunate are our best acquaintance.

--Francis of Assisi

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If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.

--Francis of Assisi

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Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.

--Francis of Assisi

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He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.

--Francis of Assisi


Longer Version:

Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he is sick and useless as when he is well and an be of service to him. And blessed is he who loves his brother as well when he is afar off as when he is by his side, and who would say nothing behind his back he might not, in love, say before his face. St.


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Go into all the world and preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words.

--Francis of Assisi

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A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.

--Francis of Assisi

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What does the poor man do at the rich man's door, the sick man in the presence of his physician, the thirsty man at a limpid stream? What they do, I do before the Eucharistic God. I pray. I adore. I love.

--Francis of Assisi


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Do all you can to preach the gospel and if necessary use words!

--Francis of Assisi

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The tree of love its roots hath spread Deep in my heart, and rears its head; Rich are its fruits: they joy dispense; Transport the heart, and ravish sense. In love's sweet swoon to thee I cleave, Bless'd source of love.

--Francis of Assisi

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The journey is essential to the dream.

--Francis of Assisi

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St. Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden when someone asked what he would do if he were suddenly to learn that he would die before sunset that very day. "I would finish hoeing my garden," he replied.

--Francis of Assisi

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Everything in man should halt in awe...Let all the world quake and let Heaven exult when Christ the Son of the living God is there on the altar.

--Francis of Assisi



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Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom You light the night, and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

--Francis of Assisi

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Here is one of the best means to acquire humility; fix well in mind this maxim: One is as much as he is in the sight of God, and no more.

--Francis of Assisi

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Make me an instrument of thy peace.

--Francis of Assisi

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Don't canonize me too soon. I'm perfectly capable of fathering a child.

--Francis of Assisi

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Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.

--Francis of Assisi

Longer Version:

Where there is Love and Wisdom, there is neither Fear nor Ignorance.

Where there is Patience and Humility, there is neither Anger nor Annoyance.

Where there is Poverty and Joy, there is neither Cupidity nor Avarice.

Where there is Peace and Contemplation, there is neither Care nor Restlessness.

Where there is the Fear of God to guard the dwelling, there no enemy can enter.

Where there is Mercy and Prudence, there is neither Excess nor Harshness.



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All things of creation are children of the Father and thus brothers of man. ... God wants us to help animals, if they need help. Every creature in distress has the same right to be protected.

--Francis of Assisi





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Be Thou praised, my Lord, of our Sister Mother Earth, which sustains and hath us in rule, and produces divers fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.

--Francis of Assisi

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Water is the mirror of nature.

--Francis of Assisi


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Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received -- only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.

--Francis of Assisi

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Pure, holy simplicity confounds all the wisdom of this world and the wisdom of the flesh.

--Francis of Assisi

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Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission -- to be of service to them whenever they require it.

--Francis of Assisi

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Do few things but do them well, simple joys are holy.

--Francis of Assisi

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If we endure all things patiently and with gladness, thinking on the sufferings of our Blessed Lord, and bearing all for the love of Him: herein is perfect joy.

--Francis of Assisi

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It is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

--Francis of Assisi


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Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.

--Francis of Assisi

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If a superior give any order to one who is under him which is against that man's conscience, although he do not obey it yet he shall not be dismissed.

--Francis of Assisi


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It would be considered a theft on our part if we didn't give to someone in greater need than we are.

--Francis of Assisi


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We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen away, and to bring home those who have lost their way. Many who seem to us to be children of the Devil will still become Christ's disciples.

--Francis of Assisi

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We adore Thee most holy Lord Jesus Christ, here in all Thy Churches, which are in the whole world, because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

--Francis of Assisi

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By the anxieties and worries of this life Satan tries to dull man's heart and make a dwelling for himself there.

--Francis of Assisi

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No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.

--Francis of Assisi

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It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.

--Francis of Assisi

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Where there is injury let me sow pardon.

--Francis of Assisi

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When we pray to God we must be seeking nothing -- nothing.

--Francis of Assisi

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Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.

--Francis of Assisi

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