Talk:Anthony the Great

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I categorized him as "religious leader" because he organized monks in the desert and seemed their abbot. But I feel "Category:Saints" suitable too, and doubt if "religious people" applys only to high hierarchies. And also I wonder why we have no category for Saints or Christian saints (I think however the latter is redundant - Catholic saints or Category:Orthodox saints would be meaningful though), which Wikipedia have already. I would like to know if there is any reason we don't have them yet. --Aphaia 00:23, 6 May 2005 (UTC)


  • A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, "You are mad; you are not like us."

Source: Sayings of the Desert Fathers, trans. Benedicta Ward. #25 of Anthony's "38 sayings."

  • Our life and our death are with our neighbour. If we gain our brother we have gained God; but if we scandalise our brother, we have sinned against Christ.
  • I no longer fear God, I love him.
  • Do not be afraid to hear about virtue and do not be a stranger to the term. For it is not distant from us nor is it external to us; its realisation lies within us and the work is easy if only we want it. The Greeks leave home and cross the seas in order to gain an education, but there is no need for us to go away on account of the Kingdom of God nor need we cross the sea in search of virtue. For the Lord has told us, "The Kingdom of God is within you." All that is needed for goodness is that which is within, the human heart.
  • I saw all the snares that the enemy spreads over the whole world and I said, groaning, "What can get through such snares?" Then I heard a voice saying to me, "Humility."