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166. Studiousness

1. Studiousness is the virtue which disposes a person toapply his mind for the purpose of acquiring and extendingknowledge.

2. The virtue of studiousness is a part of thevirtue of temperance. For it is the function of temperance tomoderate appetite, to prevent excess, in the use of material goods.In reference to the spiritual appetite for knowledge, studiousnesshas this temperance-function of moderating desire and preventingexcess. The tie-up of studiousness with temperance is effectedthrough the virtue of modesty (See above, q. 160).

"Let no one wear a mask, otherwise he will do ill; and if he has one, let him burn it."
St Philip Neri

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"Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars."
Thomas á Kempis

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"God looks neither at long nor beautiful prayers, but at those that come from the heart."
The Cure D'Ars

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