Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
First principle: never to let one's self be beaten down by persons or by events.
To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.
...morally speaking, there is no limit to the concern one must feel for the suffering of human beings, that indifference to evil is worse than evil itself, that in a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.
Let us remember the past with gratitude, live the present with enthusiasm, and look forward to the future with confidence.
It's better to cry than to be angry; because anger hurts others, while tears flow silently through the soul and cleanses the heart.
The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being.
I plead with you--never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.
A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals.
When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendors of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion, its message becomes meaningless.
I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
For many of us the march from Selma to Montgomery was about protest and prayer.
Legs are not lips and walking is not kneeling. And yet our legs uttered songs. Even without words, our march was worship. I felt my legs were praying.
Each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity.
We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.
Do not forget that true love sets no conditions;
it does not calculate or complain, but simply loves.
The way Jesus shows you is not easy. Rather, it is like a path winding up a mountain. Do not lose heart! The steeper the road, the faster it rises towards ever wider horizons.
We are closer to God when we are asking questions than when we think we have the answers.
It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes I suppose.
Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.
Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism, falsehoods. The liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement seeking to overthrow the forces that continue to destroy the promise, the hope, the vision.
The older one gets, the more one feels that the present must be enjoyed;
it is a precious gift, comparable to a state of grace
Prayer cannot bring water to parched fields, or mend a broken bridge, or rebuild a ruined city; but prayer can water an arid soul, mend a broken heart, and rebuild a weakened will.
Dear Lord, grant me the grace of wonder.
Surprise me, amaze me, awe me in every crevice of your universe. Each day enrapture me with your marvelous things without number. ...I do not ask to see the reason for it all: I ask only to share the wonder of it all.
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.
Money changes all the iron rules into rubber bands.
Allow the light and the healing presence of Christ to shine brightly through your lives. In that way, all those who come in contact with you will discover the loving kindness of God.
A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old.
It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.
I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness.
In any free society where terrible wrongs exist, some are guilty - all are responsible.
All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.
To know the mighty works of God, to comprehend His wisdom and majesty and power;
to appreciate, in degree, the wonderful workings of His laws, surely all this must be a pleasing and acceptable mode of worship to the Most High, to whom ignorance cannot be more grateful than knowledge.
It is the duty of every man to uphold the dignity of every woman.
Now is the time to understand more, so we fear less.
When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
There is no evil to be faced that Christ does not face with us.
There is no enemy that Christ has not already conquered. There is no cross to bear that Christ has not already borne for us, and does not now bear with us.
I am among those who think that science has great beauty.
A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale. We should not allow it to be believed that all scientific progress can be reduced to mechanisms, machines, gearings, even though such machinery has its own beauty.
I am among those who think that science has great beauty.
Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, except, possibly two.
I tell my piano the things I used to tell you.
Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.
Faith is not the clinging to a shrine but an endless pilgrimage of the heart.
Audacious longing, burning songs, daring thoughts, an impulse overwhelming the heart, usurping the mind--these are all a drive towards serving Him who rings our hearts like a bell. It is as if He were waiting to enter our empty, perishing lives.
Every light has its shadow, and every shadow hath a succeeding morning.
Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.
For I am not so enamoured of my own opinions that I disregard what others may think of them.
Bach is like an astronomer who, with the help of ciphers, finds the most wonderful stars . . . Beethoven embraced the universe with the power of his spirit . . . I do not climb so high. A long time ago I decided that my universe will be the soul and heart of man.
Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.
From Mary we learn to surrender to God's Will in all things.
From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God!
I tell my piano the things I used to tell you
It's better to cry than be angry, because anger hurts others while tears flow silently through the soul and cleans the heart.
Even in winter it shall be green in my heart.
Indifference to evil is more insidious than evil itself.
It is a silent justification affording evil acceptability in society.
Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement.
....get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.
We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.
Solidarity is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all