Josemaría Escrivá

Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, more commonly known as Josemaría Escrivá (9 January 190226 June 1975), was a Spanish priest and founder of Opus Dei.


  • I am every day more convinced that happiness in Heaven is for those who know how to be happy on earth.
    • (The Forge, no. 1005 [1])
  • With God's grace, you have to tackle and carry out the impossible, because anybody can do what is possible.
    • (The Forge, no. 216 [2])
  • Even in our times, despite those who deny God, earth is very close to Heaven.
    • (The Forge, no. 992 [3])
  • The pedant interprets the simplicity and the humility of the wise man as ignorance.
    • (Furrow, no. 434 [4])
  • People who are stupid, unscrupulous, or hypocritical, think that others are just the same. And — this is the real pity — they treat them as if they were.
    • (Furrow, no. 551 [5])
  • The understanding that so many people demand of others is that everyone should join their party.
    • (Furrow, no. 576 [6])
  • It is easier to bustle about than to study, but it is also less effective.
    • (Furrow, no. 524 [7])
  • The higher a statue is raised, the harder and more dangerous the impact when it falls.
    • (Furrow, no. 269 [8])
  • For everyone, whatever his state — single, married, widowed or priest — chastity is a triumphant affirmation of love.
    • (Furrow, no. 831 [9])
  • Never say of anybody under you: he is no good. It is you who are no good, for you cannot find a place where he will be of use.
    • (Furrow, no. 975 [10])
  • Those in love do not know how to say good-bye: they are with one another all the time.
  • The strength of a chain is the strength of its weakest link.
    • (Furrow, no. 974 [11])
  • Work is man's original vocation. It is a blessing from God, and those who consider it a punishment are sadly mistaken.
    • (Furrow, no. 482 [12])
  • You are ready to give your life for your honour ... Be ready to give up your honour for your soul.
    • (Furrow, no. 614 [13])
  • Gold, silver, jewels: dust, heaps of manure. Gratification, sensual pleasures, satisfaction of the appetites: like a beast, like a mule, like a cock, like a pig, like a bull. Honours, distinctions, titles: things of air, puffs of pride, lies, nothingness.
    • (The Way, no. 677 [14])
  • All the things of this world are no more than earth. Place them in a heap under your feet and you will be so much the nearer to heaven.
    • (The Way, no. 676 [15])
  • You are too calculating. Don't tell me you are young. Youth gives all it can: it gives itself without reserve.
    • (The Way, no. 30 [16])
  • First, prayer; then, atonement; in the third place, very much 'in the third place', action.
    • (The Way, no. 82 [17])
  • True virtue is not sad or disagreeable, but pleasantly cheerful.
    • (The Way, no. 657 [18])

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