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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).

"It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not to look ahead where eternal joy abides. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life eases the mind and a clean conscience inspires great trust in God."
Thomas á Kempis

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"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."
St Philip Neri

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