Strong hope is a much greater stimulant of life than any single realized joy could be.
Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world
It is quite useless knocking at the door of heaven for earthly comfort. It's not the sort of comfort they supply there.
Religion as a science, as a study, is the greatest and healthiest exercise that the human mind can have.
We tend to think of prayer, in spite of ourselves, in terms of profit and loss.
I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief.
One of the greatest tragedies in mankind's entire history may be that morality was hijacked by religion.
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.
A man's greatness is to be measured by his capacity for communion with others.
Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
Everyone has the same God; only people differ.
Fearlessness is a result of faith in oneself and faith in God.
There is a justifiable reaction against a type of religion which imposed rigid restrictions on any kind of rational enjoyment, while it left men free to exploit one another and to make life hideous in the race for wealth.
Give us this day our daily faith, but deliver us, dear God, from belief.
If you're really spiritual, then you should be totally independent of the good and the bad opinions of the world... you should have faith in yourself.
The lust of the flesh directs these desires [of personal union], however, to satisfaction of the body, often at the cost of a real and full communion of persons.
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Those who earn an honest living are the beloved of God.
The modern dilemma is essentially a spiritual one, and every one of its main aspects, moral, political and scientific, brings us back to the need of a religious solution.
The Catholic ideal is to order the whole of life towards unity, not by the denial and destruction of the natural human values, but by bringing them into living relation with spiritual truth and spiritual reality.