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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).

"Try to turn your heart from the love of things visible and bring yourself to things invisible. For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciences and lose the grace of God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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"We must not be behind time in doing good; for death will not be behind his time. "
St Phillip Neri

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