Saint Dominic Quotations

Quotes attributed to the austere-living saint

Meeting of Saint Francis and Saint Dominic (Scenes from the life of Saint Francis of Assisi), ca 142 Artist: Angelico, Fra Giovanni, da Fiesole (ca
Saint Dominic, center right, meets Saint Francis.

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Born in 1170 and founder of the Order of Friars Preachers, Domingo de Guzmán lived an austere life, traveling and spreading the Gospel. He was also good friends with Saint Francis of Assisi. Here are some quotations attributed to Saint Dominic.

On Austerity and Charity

"Arm yourself with prayer instead of a sword; be clothed with humility instead of fine raiment."

"These, my much loved ones, are the bequests which I leave to you as my sons; have charity among yourselves; hold fast to humility; keep a willing poverty."

"We must sow the seed, not hoard it."

I could not bear to prize dead skins, when living skins were starving and in need.
After selling books inscribed on parchment (sheepskin) and giving the money to the poor.

Other Saint Dominic Quotes

"I would tell them to kill me slowly and painfully, a little at a time, so that I might have a more glorious crown in Heaven."
After being asked what he would do if caught by his enemies.

"A man who governs his passions is master of the world. We must either rule ​them, or be ruled by them. It is better to be the hammer than the anvil."

"You are my companion and must walk with me. For if we hold together no earthly power can withstand us."
Upon meeting Francis of Assisi.

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