You are a Universe of Universes And your Soul a source of Songs.

We turn outward, attracted by the beauty we see in created things without realizing that they are only a reflection of the real beauty. And the real beauty is within us.

The true cause of hatred and violence is faith versus faith, an outward expression of the ancient instinct of tribalism.

My son lives in Nicaragua. My daughters live in the United States.

The tree is happy because it is scarcely sentient;

the hard rock is happier still, it feels nothing: there is no pain as great as being alive, no burden heavier than that of conscious life.

Peace is the respect for the rights of the other person.

I seek a form that my style cannot discover,a bud of thought that wants to be a rose.

The treacheries of ambition never cease.

Pity for him who one day looks uponhis inward sphinx and questions it. He is lost.

We are close to God when we are close to people.

If we think of God as something in favor of the betterment of human beings, and if we act in a way that brings about that betterment-if we do not cling to riches, selfishness, or greed-then I believe we are getting closer to God.

We all share in the same cosmic rhythm.

.. For all natural laws are like the rhythm of the strings of the harp.

One has to bear in mind that during my childhood and adolescence, I suffered the repression of the Somoza dictatorship in every way: economically, socially, as well as at the hands of the police -- because if we went out on the street to play baseball, for example, the police would come and beat us up and put us in prison.

What Marxism calls atheism is basically the negation of an idol, which sometimes bears the name of God.

I speak of the current civilization and I consider her not as a symbol but as victim-victim, really, of the commercialization, of the falsification of this real world. That is my theme.

Without the United States, there simply would not have been an armed uprising in our country.

Dare to change the world. There is nothing quixotic or romantic in wanting to change the world. It is possible. It is the age-old vocation of all humanity. I can't think of a better life than one dedicated to passion, to dreams, to the stubbornness that defies chaos and disillusionment.

The revolution in Nicaragua was the first of its kind to be accomplished with the mass support of Christians, a fact that cannot fail to influence the further development of revolutionary movements in the whole of Latin America, whose inhabitants are predominantly Christian.

All human eyes have longing in them.

Let us be clear: censorship is cowardice.

... It masks corruption. It is a school of torture: it teaches, and accustoms one to the use of force against an idea, to submit thought to an alien "other." But worst still, censorship destroys criticism, which is the essential ingredient of culture.

According to some liberation theologians atheism is not the cause of the conflict between Christianity and Marxism, but is rather the link between them.

Before consulting the hotheads who present various military options such as a military invasion: remember, President Reagan, Rambo only exists in the movies.

Sweet as sweetest Grecian honey will my song be when I sing, O Beloved, in the season of the Spring!

I will knock out Vernon Forrest in two rounds whether I have a cigarette or not.

I know a lot of people want to see me fight more rounds. So, if HBO wants, they can pick two sparring partners for me to fight after I knock out Forrest. That way, the audience can see me fight 12 rounds.

All my fans, especially my Latino fans and Nicaraguan fans, I promise you I will become world champion. After I become world champion Piccirillo can go back to Italy and make pizza or pasta or whatever it is he does over there.

I began to write poetry when I was about four years old.

In other words, I've always been writing poetry.

The world has always gone forward when people have dared to have crazy ideas.

I'm a street fighter. I'm ready for any kind of mixed martial arts that comes at me.

Any revolution which denies the right to criticize is bound to wallow in stagnation and backwardness.

Once I win, everyone will know who my instructor is in mixed martial arts.

In the natural world, beautiful usually means deadly.

Beautiful with a casual demeanor always means deadly.

I think every great champion has a bad night.

My poetry is not lyric. The epigrams are lyric because they come from my youthful period of lyricism, but my other poetry is not lyric.

The people of Nicaragua were suffering oppression.

This made us develop an awareness which eventually led us to commit ourselves to the struggle against the domination of the capitalists of our country in collusion with the U.S. government, i.e. imperialism.

Conditions are ripe for triumph. We will win. And we will wield great power here.

The America of Moctezuma and Atahualpa,the aromatic America of Columbus,Catholic America, Spanish America,the America where noble Cuauhtémoc said: "I am not on a bed of roses"-our America trembling with hurricanes, trembling with Love: O men with Saxon eyes and barbarous souls, our America lives. And dreams. And loves. And it is the daughter of the Sun. Be careful.

I'm going to give Vargas the chance to cash his last paycheck.

I would like to say publicly that Fatty Vargas has always feared me. I conceded to take this fight at 162 pounds because fatty couldn't lose any more weight. I will do Vargas a favor by retiring him in this fight so his family doesn't have to suffer every time he steps in the ring. I'm going to do his wife a favor and not let her cry anymore.

Legalisation doesn't make sense.

If we do not cling to riches, selfishness or greed - then I believe we are getting closer to God.

I am convinced that the reason why my kids have become very fulfilled and achieving human beings is because I wasn't raising them alone.

Rambo only exists in the movies.

The human condition ... is defined by the aspiration to always supersede oneself, which in turn requires nonconformity.

Hypocrisy, false labels, can create slogans but no poems;

propaganda but not life: there are no roots, there are no realities to nurture creative work.

My idol was Sandino, and also Christ.

I was brought up a Christian, but I regarded Christ as a rebel, a revolutionary.

I am not interested in an economic liberation of man without the liberation of the whole man.

I myself have never called what I write anti-poetry.

I also think that my poetry should not be only known as the poetry of Ernesto Cardenal but rather as Nicaraguan poetry.

Slogan-making is not poetry.

I am not interested in poetry for poetry's sake.

There is however difference between the theology of liberation and traditional theology, the latter being based primarily On the Word of God made incarnate in the Holy Scripture Liberation theology is of course also inspired by the Word, but its representatives are convinced that God also speaks to us in everyday events and that, for example, information obtained through the mass media can be a special way in which God speaks to us.

I think that the proclamation of the Gospel is sometimes nearer to an atheistic point of view than to traditional religious attitudes.

The race is now on between the technoscientific and scientific forces that are destroying the living environment and those that can be harnessed to save it. . . . If the race is won, humanity can emerge in far better condition than when it entered, and with most of the diversity of life still intact.