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Quotes from the Middle Ages

Medieval quotes are a great way to draw closer to the people of the time period, evoking a sense of medieval culture and thought. And voices from the Middle Ages can have just as profound an impact as words from today. Find quotations according to the author or speaker in the list below.

Quotes from the Middle Ages - About the Quotes
Where the quotes come from, and what your Guide does -- and doesn't -- know about them.

Voices from the Past
A selection of quotations from medieval people, arranged by century, chosen by your Guide.

Peter Abelard Quotes
Quotations written by philosopher, teacher, and monk Peter Abelard.

Albertus Magnus Quotes
Words of wisdom from one of the most learned and prolific scholars of the Middle Ages.

Saint Ambrose Quotes
This fourth-century bishop would be widely quoted by Reformers.

Abu Bakr Quotes
Abu Bakr, or El Siddik or Al-Siddiq, was the closest friend and companion of Muhammad. These quotes attributed to him have become proverbial in their use.

Alcuin of York Quotations
Alcuin was a private tutor to Charlemagne and a significant figure in the Carolingian Renaissance.

Alfred the Great Quotes
Quotations Written by or Attributed to King Alfred the Great of England

Saint Anselm of Canterbury Quotes
Saint Anselm is considered the founder of the philosophy of Scholasticism. These quotations reveal his thoughts on God and reason.

Charlemagne Quotes
Words of wisdom attributed to the great Frankish king.

Justinian Quotes
Excerpts from the Code of Justinian and quotations that have been attributed to the Byzantine emperor.

Saint Augustine Quotes
St. Augustine of Hippo was one of the most influential philosophers in medieval thought.

Saint Dominic Quotations
Quotes attributed to the austere-living saint.

Giotto Quotations
Thoughts of art and life attributed to the Father of the Renaissance.

Quotations by Saint Jerome
From the prolific writings of Saint Jerome come insights into spirituality and everyday life.

Leon Battista Alberti Quotes
Quotations written by philosopher, writer, Renaissance architect and artistic theorist, Leon Battista Alberti.

King Louis IX Quotes
Many of Louis' words have come down to us through his friend and biographer, Jean de Joinville.

Hildegard of Bingen Quotes
Quotations written by German abbess, composer and mystic Hildegard of Bingen.

Christine de Pizan Quotes
Words of wisdom from the first woman known to make a living from her writing.

Nicholas of Cusa Quotations
Words of wisdom from cardinal, scientist and philosopher Nicholas of Cusa

Meister Eckhart Quotes
Quotations Written by or Attributed to Meister Johannes Eckhart.

Paracelsus Quotes
Paracelsus was a physician and alchemist who made groundbreaking advances in the field of medicine.

Rabanus Maurus Quotations
These quotations show Rabanus' engagement in the Carolingian milieu, his support of women, and his spirituality.

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