103+ Best St. Francis of Assisi Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Saint Francis of Assisi, born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, informally named as Francesco, was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon and preacher. He founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land. Profoundly inspirational Francis of Assisi quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Francis of Assisi Quotes

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love, Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved, as to love. – Francis of Assisi

Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received – only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage. – Francis of Assisi

Do all you can to preach the gospel and if necessary use words! – Francis of Assisi

Be patient in trials, watchful in prayer, and never cease working. – Francis of Assisi

Here is one of the best means to acquire humility; fix well in mind this maxim: One is as much as he is in the sight of God, and no more. – Francis of Assisi

The tree of love its roots hath spread Deep in my heart and rears its head; Rich are its fruits: they joy dispense; Transport the heart, and ravish sense. In love’s sweet swoon to thee I cleave, Bless’d source of love. – Francis of Assisi

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. – Francis of Assisi

I believe that You, O Jesus, are in the most holy Sacrament. I love You and desire You. Come into my heart. I embrace You. Oh, never leave me. May the burning and most sweet power of Your love, O Lord Jesus Christ, I beseech You, absorb my mind that I may die through love of Your love, Who were graciously pleased to die through love of my love. – Francis of Assisi

No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves. – Francis of Assisi

If we endure all things patiently and with gladness, thinking on the sufferings of our Blessed Lord, and bearing all for the love of Him: herein is perfect joy. – Francis of Assisi

Let us also love our neighbors as ourselves. Let us have charity and humility. Let us give alms because these cleanse our souls from the stains of sin. Men lose all the material things they leave behind them in this world, but they carry with them the reward of their charity and the alms they give. For these they will receive from the Lord the reward and recompense they deserve. – Francis of Assisi

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. – Francis of Assisi

All getting separates you from others; all giving unites to others. – Francis of Assisi

Hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves so that He who gives Himself totally to you may receive you totally. – Francis of Assisi

Our hands imbibe like roots, so i place them on what is beautiful in this world. And I fold them in prayer, and they draw from the heavens light – Francis of Assisi

Nor did demons crucify Him; it is you who have crucified Him and crucify Him still, when you delight in your vices and sins. – Francis of Assisi

Where there is darkness, let there be light. – Francis of Assisi

Do not put off any longer confessing all your sins, for death will soon come. Give and it will be given you; forgive and you will be forgiven. . . Blessed are they who die repentant, for they shall go to the Kingdom of Heaven! – Francis of Assisi

We should all realize that no matter where or how a man dies, if he is in the state of mortal sin and does not repent, when he could have done so and did not, the Devil tears his soul from his body with such anguish and distress that only a person who has experienced it can appreciate it. – Francis of Assisi

Preach always. Use words if necessary. – Francis of Assisi

You should never praise anyone until you see how he turns out in the end! – Francis of Assisi

Don’t canonize me too soon. I’m perfectly capable of fathering a child. – Francis of Assisi

Don’t change the world, change worlds. – Francis of Assisi

I have sinned against my brother the ass. – Francis of Assisi

A man has only so much knowledge as he puts to work. – Francis of Assisi

Jesus is happy to come with us, as truth is happy to be spoken, as life to be lived, as light to be lit, as love is to be loved, as joy to be given, as peace to be spread. – Francis of Assisi

What does the poor man do at the rich man’s door, the sick man in the presence of his physician, the thirsty man at a limpid stream? What they do, I do before the Eucharistic God. I pray. I adore. I love. – Francis of Assisi

The one you are looking for is the one who is looking. – Francis of Assisi

I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone. – Francis of Assisi

You cannot all abandon your possessions, but at least you can change your attitude about them. All getting separates you from others; all giving unites to others. – Francis of Assisi

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. – Francis of Assisi

For it is in giving that we receive. – Francis of Assisi

It would be considered a theft on our part if we didn’t give to someone in greater need than we are. – Francis of Assisi

When I think of the happiness that is in store for me, every sorrow, every pain becomes dear to me. – Francis of Assisi

When we pray to God, we must be seeking nothing – nothing. – Francis of Assisi

You can show your love to others by not wishing that they should be better Christians. – Francis of Assisi

It was easy to love God in all that was beautiful. The lessons of deeper knowledge, though, instructed me to embrace God in all things. – Francis of Assisi

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. – Francis of Assisi

Be patient, because the weaknesses of the body are given to us in this world by God for the salvation of the soul. So, they are of great merit when they are borne patiently. – Francis of Assisi

We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen away, and to bring home those who have lost their way. Many who seem to us to be children of the Devil will still become Christ’s disciples. – Francis of Assisi

What could you do to a man who owns nothing? You can’t starve a fasting man, you can’t steal from someone who has no money, you can’t ruin someone who hates prestige. – Francis of Assisi

It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look. – Francis of Assisi

Dear God, please reveal to us your sublime beauty, that is everywhere, everywhere, everywhere, so that we will never again feel frightened. – Francis of Assisi

The greatest security we can have in this world that we are in the grace of God, does not consist in the feelings that we have of love to Him, but rather in an irrevocable abandonment of our whole being into His hands, and in a firm resolution never to consent to any sin great or small. – Francis of Assisi

Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society. – Francis of Assisi

Where there is discord may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. Where there is despair, may we bring hope. – Francis of Assisi

We should seek not so much to pray but to become prayer. – Francis of Assisi

The world is a great stage on which God displays his many wonders. – Francis of Assisi

Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self. – Francis of Assisi

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – Francis of Assisi

Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily. To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully. To wait for the unfolding of Thy will, patiently, serenely. To meet others, peacefully, joyously. To face tomorrow, confidently, courageously. – Francis of Assisi

God requires that we assist the animals, when they need our help. Each being (human or creature) has the same right of protection. – Francis of Assisi

Ask the beasts and they will teach you the beauty of this earth. – Francis of Assisi

The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today. – Francis of Assisi

All things of creation are children of the Father and thus brothers of man. … God wants us to help animals, if they need help. Every creature in distress has the same right to be protected. – Francis of Assisi

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. – Francis of Assisi

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. – Francis of Assisi

What is it that stands higher than words? Action. What is it that stands higher than action? Silence. – Francis of Assisi

The only thing ever achieved in life without effort is failure. – Francis of Assisi

He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist – Francis of Assisi

What do you have to fear? Nothing. Whom do you have to fear? No one. Why? Because whoever has joined forces with God obtains three great privileges: omnipotence without power, intoxication without wine, and life without death. – Francis of Assisi

Do few things but do them well, simple joys are holy. – Francis of Assisi

Where there is Love and Wisdom, there is neither Fear nor Ignorance. Where there is Patience and Humility, there is neither Anger nor Annoyance. Where there is Poverty and Joy, there is neither Cupidity nor Avarice. Where there is Peace and Contemplation, there is neither Care nor Restlessness. Where there is the Fear of God to guard the dwelling, there no enemy can enter. Where there is Mercy and Prudence, there is neither Excess nor Harshness. – Francis of Assisi

God could not have chosen anyone less qualified, or more of a sinner, than myself. And so, for this wonderful work He intends to perform through us, He selected me- for God always chooses the weak and the absurd, and those who count for nothing. – Francis of Assisi

Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission – to be of service to them whenever they require it. – Francis of Assisi

The journey is essential to the dream. – Francis of Assisi

Spiritual joy arises from purity of the heart and perseverance in prayer. – Francis of Assisi

divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. – Francis of Assisi

By the anxieties and worries of this life Satan tries to dull man’s heart and make a dwelling for himself there. – Francis of Assisi

A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. – Francis of Assisi

Go out and preach the gospel and if you must, use words. – Francis of Assisi

Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty: permit the distinctive sign of our order to be that it does not possess anything of its own beneath the sun, for the glory of your name, and that it have no other patrimony than begging. – Francis of Assisi

If a superior give any order to one who is under him which is against that man’s conscience, although he do not obey it yet he shall not be dismissed. – Francis of Assisi

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words. – Francis of Assisi

Where there is injury let me sow pardon. – Francis of Assisi

We should have no more use or regard for money in any of its forms than we have for dust. Those who think it is worth more, or who are greedy for it, expose themselves to the danger of being deceived by the Devil. – Francis of Assisi

A promise is a child of the understanding and the will; the understanding begets it, the will brings it forth. – Francis of Assisi

You damned spirits! You can only do what the hand of God allows you to do. – Francis of Assisi

Pleased be you, my Lord, with all your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, who is the day and through whom you give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendours and bears likeness of you, Most High One. – Francis of Assisi

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. – Francis of Assisi

Be praised, my Lord, through those who forgive for love of you; through those who endure sickness and trial. – Francis of Assisi

Everything in man should halt in awe…Let all the world quake and let Heaven exult when Christ the Son of the living God is there on the altar. – Francis of Assisi

I therefore command all my Brothers, those living now and those to come in the future, to venerate the Holy Mother of God, whom we always implore to be our Protectress, to praise her at all times, in all circumstances of life, with all the means in their power and with the greatest devotion and submission. – Francis of Assisi

As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence, we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come. – Francis of Assisi

The Lord called me by the way of simplicity and humility, and this way He hath shown me in truth for me and those who will believe and imitate me. And therefore, I would that ye name not to me any rule, neither of St. Augustine, nor St. Benedict, nor of Bernard, nor any way or form of living, but that which was mercifully shown and given me by the Lord. – Francis of Assisi

I beg you to show the greatest possible reverence and honor for the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom all things, whether on earth or in heaven, have been brought to peace and reconciled with Almighty God – Francis of Assisi

Blessed is the servant who esteems himself no more highly when he is praised and exalted by people than when he is considered worthless, foolish, and to be despised; since what a man is before God, that he is and nothing more. – Francis of Assisi

Water is the mirror of nature. – Francis of Assisi

Our actions are our own; their consequences belong to Heaven. – Francis of Assisi

Holy obedience confounds all bodily and fleshly desires and keeps the body mortified to the obedience of the spirit and to the obedience of one’s brother and makes a man subject to all the men of this world and not to men alone, but also to all beasts and wild animals, so that they may do with him whatsoever they will, in so far as it may be granted to them from above by the Lord. – Francis of Assisi

And in any preaching you do, admonish the people concerning repentance, and that nobody can be saved except he who receives the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord. And when It is sacrificed on the altar by the priest or borne anywhere, let all the people on bended knees render praise, glory and honor to the True and Living Lord God. – Francis of Assisi

It is good to read the testimonies of Scripture; it is good to seek the Lord our God in them. As for me, however, I have already made so much of Scripture my own that I have more than enough to meditate on and turn over in my mind. I need no more . .. I know Christ, the poor crucified One. – Francis of Assisi

May the power of your love, Lord Christ, fiery and sweet as honey, so absorb our hearts as to withdraw them from all that is under heaven. Grant that we may be ready to die for love of your love, as you died for love of our love. – Francis of Assisi

Who we are looking for is who is looking. – Francis of Assisi

Gold hath no lustre of its own. It shines by temperate use alone. – Francis of Assisi

We adore Thee most holy Lord Jesus Christ, here in all Thy Churches, which are in the whole world, because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world – Francis of Assisi

Alms are an inheritance and a justice which is due to the poor and which Jesus has levied upon us. – Francis of Assisi

Man should tremble, the world should vibrate, all heaven should be deeply moved when the Son of God appears on the altar in the hands of the priest. – Francis of Assisi

Study always to have Joy, for it befits not the servant of God to show before his brother or another sadness or a troubled face. – Francis of Assisi

Nothing can tend so much to humble us before the mercy and justice of God as the consideration of His benefits and our own sins. Let us, then, consider what He has done for us, and what we have done against Him; let us call to mind our sins in detail, and His gracious benefits in like manner, remembering that whatever there is of good in us is not ours, but His, and then we need not be afraid of vainglory or of taking complacency in ourselves… – Francis of Assisi

The brave unfortunate are our best acquaintance. – Francis of Assisi

There is absolutely no man in the whole world who can possess one among you unless he first die. – Francis of Assisi

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