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
) With God's grace, you have to tackle and carry out the impossible, because anybody can do what is possible.
Even in our times, despite those who deny God, earth is very close to Heaven.
The pedant interprets the simplicity and the humility of the wise man as ignorance.
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.
The understanding that so many people demand of others is that everyone should join their party.
It is easier to bustle about than to study, but it is also less effective.
The higher a statue is raised, the harder and more dangerous the impact when it falls.
For everyone, whatever his state — single, married, widowed or priest — chastity is a triumphant affirmation of love.
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.
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.
Work is man's original vocation. It is a blessing from God, and those who consider it a punishment are sadly mistaken.
You are ready to give your life for your honour ... Be ready to give up your honour for your soul.
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.
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.
You are too calculating. Don't tell me you are young. Youth gives all it can: it gives itself without reserve.
First, prayer; then, atonement; in the third place, very much 'in the third place', action.
True virtue is not sad or disagreeable, but pleasantly cheerful.
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