aquinas quotes

The ultimate felicity of man lies in the contemplation of truth.

Indeed, this is the only operation of man which is proper to him, and in it he shares nothing in common with the other animals.

So, too, this is ordered to nothing else as an end, for the contemplation of truth is sought for its own sake.

—  St. Thomas Aquinas, “Summa Contra Gentiles”


[mer-i-tawr-ee-uh s, -tohr-] 

1. deserving praise, reward, esteem, etc.; praiseworthy:
    to receive a gift for meritorious service.

Meritorious is a good example of semantic amelioration. The Latin adjective meritōrius means “earning money, bringing in money, for hire.” Meritōrium is a noun use of this adjective and means “a room or place rented for a short time.” The plural of this noun meritōria means “house of prostitution, brothel.” Meritorious acquired a positive meaning in Middle English “entitling a person to a reward, especially a reward from God.” The word entered English in the first half of the 15th century.

“Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious
- St. Thomas Aquinas