If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you
don't like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.
There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.
Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what
we know about nature.
You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones.
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that
will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this
faith is to see what you believe.
He who sings prays twice.
What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I
wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility
that makes men as angels.
Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and
courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that
they do not remain the way they are.
Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even
if everyone is doing it.
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things
eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things
The world is a great book, of which they that never stir from
home read only a page.
The truth is like a lion; you donít have to defend it. Let it
loose; it will defend itself.
Hear the other side.
People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge
waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast
compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and
they pass by themselves without wondering.
Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is
a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above
you! Look below you! Read it. God, whom you want to discover,
never wrote that book with ink. Instead, He set before your eyes
the things that He had made. Can you ask for a louder voice than
There can only be two basic loves... the love of God unto the
forgetfulness of self, or the love of self unto the
forgetfulness and denial of God.
Love, and do what you like.
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It
has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see
misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows
of men. That is what love looks like.
The measure of love is to love without measure.
In order to discover the character of people we have only to
observe what they love.
He that is jealous is not in love.
Love the sinner and hate the sin.
Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a
Beauty grows in you to the extent that
love grows, because
charity itself is the soulís beauty.
Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient and ever new! Late
have I loved you! And, behold, you were within me, and I out of
myself, and there I searched for you.
He who is filled with love is filled with God himself.
To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him
the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.
God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails.
God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands
are too full to receive them.
God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not
promised tomorrow to your procrastination.
Christ is not valued at all, unless he is valued above all.
A Christian should be an Alleluia from head to foot.
The Bible was composed in such a way that as beginners mature,
its meaning grows with them.
If you understood him, it would not be God.
Pray as though everything depends on God. And work as if
everything depends on you.
Our hearts have been made for you, O God, and they shall never
rest until they rest in you.
Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure: where your
treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your
Humility must accompany all our actions, must be with us
everywhere; for as soon as we glory in our good works they are
of no further value to our advancement in virtue.
Give me chastity and continence, but not just yet.
Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special
attention to those who, by accidents of time, or place, or
circumstance, are brought into closer connection with you.
This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own
Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.
The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the
For if a thing is not diminished by being shared with others, it
is not rightly owned if it is only owned and not shared.
Anger is a weed; hate is the tree.
As the soul is the life of the body, so God is the life of the
soul. As therefore the body perishes when the soul leaves it, so
the soul dies when God departs from it.
Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore, seek not to
understand that you may believe, but believe that you may
The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light, ó although it
passes among the impure, it is not polluted.
It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.
Wisdom and folly both are like meats that are wholesome and
unwholesome, and courtly or simple words are like town-made or
rustic vessels ó both kinds of food may be served in either kind
The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder.
The mind commands the body and is instantly obeyed. The mind
commands itself and meets resistance.