John of Salisbury Quotes


Just as the soul animates the body so in a way meaning breathes life into a word.

Accurate reading on a wide range of subjects makes the scholar; careful selection of the better makes the saint.

Between a tyrant and a prince there is this single or chief difference that the latter obeys the law and rules the people by its dictates accounting himself as but their servant.

The common people say that physicians are the class of people who kill other men in the most polite and courteous manner.

Let him who is not come to logic be plagued with continuous and everlasting filth

A man is free in proportion to the measure of his virtues and the extent to which he is free determines what his virtues can accomplish.

Seeking is a necessary preliminary to finding and one who cannot endure the hardship of inquiry cannot expect to harvest the fruit of knowledge.

Verily if with mine own eyes I had seen a priest of God or any of those who wear the monastic garb sinning I would spread my cloak and hide him that he might not be seen of any.