Tertullian Quotes


Now then you dogs whom the apostle puts outside and who yelp at the God of truth let us come to your various questions.

Truth engenders hatred of truth. As soon as it appears it is the enemy.

There are still preserved among Christians traces of that Holy Spirit that appeared in the form of a dove. They expel evil spirits perform many cures and foresee certain events.

Two kinds of blindness are easily combined so that those who do not see really appear to see what is not.

The Son of God died; it is by all means to be believed because it is absurd. And he was buried and rose again; the fact is certain because it is impossible.

See how these Christians love one another.

Those who fled will fight another time.

I believe because it is absurd.

It is to believed because it is absurd.

It is a fundamental human right a privilege of nature that every man should worship according to his own convictions.

I believe BECAUSE it's impossible.

What has Athens to do with Jerusalem.

He who flees will fight again.

Arguments about Scripture achieve nothing but a stomachache and a headache.

The entire fruit is already present in the seed.

It is absolutely forbidden to repay evil with evil.

You cannot parcel out freedom in pieces because freedom is all or nothing.

Prevention of birth is a precipitation of murder.

To forbid birth is only quicker murder.

The flesh feeds on the Body and Blood of Christ that the soul may be fattened on God

The blood of Christians is seed.

The blood of the Christians is seed

The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.

Woman is a temple built over a sewer.

Can we not live without pleasure who cannot but with pleasure die?

The soul whose bosom lust did never touch Is God's fair bride; and maiden's souls are such.

Christians are made not born.

It is our care for the helpless our practice of loving kindness that brands us in the eyes of those who oppose us.

Daily every moment prayer is necessary to men.

The first reaction to truth is hatred.

He who lives only to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.

It is certain because it is impossible.

It is certain because it is possible.

The fact is certain because it is impossible.

God the Father's a deep root; the Son's the shoot that breaks into the world; the Spirit spreads the beauty & fragrance

A man becomes a Christian he is not born one.

You can judge the quality of their faith from the way they behave. Discipline is an index to doctrine.

Shall we carry a flag? It is a rival to Christ.

It is certain because it is impossible. -Certum est quia impossibile

It is certainly no part of religion to compel religion.

Let women paint their eyes with tints of chastity.

Christ in disarming Peter disarmed every soldier.

The Christian does not hurt even his enemy.

The more you mow us down the more numerous we grow; the blood of Christians is seed.

If the Tiber rises too high or the Nile too low the remedy is always feeding Christians to the lions.

Now we allow that life begins with conception because we contend that the soul also begins from conception; life taking its commencement at the same moment and place that the soul does.

The usual complaint is 'I have no other way of earning a living.' The harsh reply can be 'Do you have to live?'

Indeed it is better to postpone lest either we complete too little by hurrying or wander too long in completing it.

Prayer is the one thing that can conquer God

Custom without truth is error grown old.

Divorce these days is a religious vow as if the proper offspring of marriage.

Discipline is an index to doctrine.

All the Scriptures give clear proof of the Trinity and it is from these that our principle is deduced...the distinction of the Trinity is quite clearly displayed.

See how many men of rank have been delivered from devils and healed of diseases!

Nature soaks every evil with either fear or shame.

I revere the fullness of His Scripture in which He manifests to me both the Creator and creation. In the gospel moreover I discover a Minister and Witness of the Creator even His Word.

He is a man who is to be a man; the fruit is always present in the seed.

The pleasure of those who injure you lies in your pain. Therefore they will suffer if you take away their pleasure by not feeling pain

If the sky stands still if the earth quakes if there is famine if there is pestilence at once the cry is raised: Throw the Christians to the lions! So many to one?

Fear is the foundation of safety.

Out of the frying pan into the fire.

Patience is God's nature.

Nature is schoolmistress the soul the pupil; and whatever one has taught or the other has learned has come from God - the Teacher of the teacher.

Hope is patience with the lamp lit.

Indeed heresies are themselves instigated by philosophy

Learn about the incorruptible King and know his heroes who never inflict slaughter on the peoples.

A holy woman may be beautiful by the gift of nature but she must not give occasion to lust. If beauty be hers so far from setting it off she ought rather to obscure it.

The state of faith allows no mention of impossibility.

The nature of rumor is known to all.

Where our work is there let our joy be.

Where our joy is there should our work be.

Nothing that is God's is obtainable by money

And when will there be an end of marrying? I suppose when there is an end of living.

Patience ornaments the woman and proves the man.

Prevention of birth is premature murder and it makes no difference whether it is a life already born that one snatches away or a life that is coming to birth.

Truth persuades by teaching but does not teach by persuading.

There is strife between God s ways and human ways; damned by you we are absolved by God.

You say we worship the sun; so do you.

You can't undo anything you've already done but you can face up to it. You can tell the truth. You can seek forgiveness. And then let God do the rest.

Men remain in ignorance as long as they hate and they hate unjustly as long as they remain in ignorance.