Moral principles do not depend on a majority vote. Wrong is wrong, even if everybody is wrong. Right is right, even if nobody is right.

— Fulton J. Sheen

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There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.

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Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is "timing" it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.

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If you do not worship God, you worship something, and nine times out of ten it will be yourself. You have a duty to worship God, not because He will be imperfect and unhappy if you do not, but because you will be imperfect and unhappy.

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Prayer begins by talking to God, but it ends by listening to Him.

In the face of Absolute Truth, silence is the soul's language.

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God does not love us because we are valuable. We are valuable because God loves us.

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The greatest love story of all time is contained in a tiny white Host.

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A Catholic may sin and sin as badly as anyone else, but no genuine Catholic ever denies he is a sinner. A Catholic wants his sins forgiven - not excused or sublimated.

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Sometimes the only way the good Lord can get into some hearts is to break them.

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There is no word more "dangerous" than liberalism, because to oppose it is the new "unforgivable sin."

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All badness is spoiled goodness. A bad apple is a good apple that became rotten. Because evil has no capital of its own, it is a parasite that feeds on goodness.

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Our happiest times are those in which we forget ourselves, usually in being kind to someone else. That tiny moment of self-abdication is an act of true humility: the man who loses himself finds himself and finds his happiness.

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Ever since the days of Adam, man has been hiding from God and saying, 'God is hard to find.

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About Fulton J. Sheen

Quotes 258 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Clergyman
Birthday October 16

Live each day as you would climb a mountain.

An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. So climb slowly, enjoying each passing moment; and then the view from the summit will serve a more rewarding climax for your journey.

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The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision.

It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The Tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction.

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When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her.

The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.

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Believe the incredible and you can do the impossible.

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Help someone in distress and you lighten your own burden;

the very joy of alleviating the sorrow of another is the lessening of one's own.

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There are ultimately only two possible adjustments to life;

one is to suit our lives to principles; the other is to suit principles to our lives. If we do not live as we think, we soon begin to think as we live. The method of adjusting moral principles to the way men live is just a perversion of the order of things.

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There is no other subject on which the average mind is so much confused as the subject of tolerance and intolerance... Tolerance applies only to persons, but never to principles. Intolerance applies only to principles, but never to persons.

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Criticism of others is thus an oblique form of self-commendation.

We think we make the picture hang straight on our wall by telling our neighbors that all his pictures are crooked.

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Most commit the same mistake with God that they do with their friends: they do all the talking.

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In every friendship hearts grow and entwine themselves together, so that the two hearts seem to make only one heart with only a common thought. That is why separation is so painful; it is not so much two hearts separating, but one being torn asunder.

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The Rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men.

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Humility is dependence on God as pride is independence of Him.

The humble soul is always the thankful soul.

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Hearing nuns' confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn.

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Modern man has so long preached a doctrine of false tolerance;

he has so long believed that right and wrong were only differences in a point of view, that now when evil works itself out in practice he is paralyzed to do anything against it.

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There are two ways of waking up in the morning.

One is to say, 'Good morning, God,' and the other is to say, 'Good God, morning'!

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Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness.

It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall.

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The old liberal rebelled against taxation without responsibility, the new liberal wants the taxation as a handout without responsibility.

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Advertising tries to stimulate our sensuous desires, converting luxuries into necessities, but it only intensifies man's inner misery. The business world is bent on creating hungers which its wares never satisfy, and thus it adds to the frustrations and broken minds of our times.

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Before the sin, Satan assures us that it is of no consequence;

after the sin, he persuades us that it is unforgivable.

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Pride is an admission of weakness; it secretly fears all competition and dreads all rivals.

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Love is a mutual self-giving which ends in self-recovery.

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Never forget that there are only two philosophies to rule your life: the one of the cross, which starts with the fast and ends with the feast. The other of Satan, which starts with the feast and ends with the headache.

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If the bringing of children into the world is today an economic burden, it is because the social system is inadequate; and not because God’s law is wrong. Therefore the State should remove the causes of that burden. The human must not be limited and controlled to fit the economic, but the economic must be expanded to fit the human.

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I feel it is time that I also pay tribute to my four writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

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Love is the key to the mystery. Love by its very nature is not selfish, but generous. It seeks not its own, but the good of others. The measure of love is not the pleasure it gives-that is the way the world judges it-but the joy and peace it can purchase for others.

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There are angels near you to guide you and protect you, if you would but invoke them. It is not later than we think, it is a bigger world than we think.

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Books are the most wonderful friends in the world.

When you meet them and pick them up, they are always ready to give you a few ideas. When you put them down, they never get mad; when you take them up again, they seem to enrich you all the more.

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God has given different gifts to different people.

There is no basis for feeling inferior to another who has a different gift. Once it is realized that we shall be judged by the gift we have received, rather than the gift we have not, one is completely delivered from a false sense of inferiority.

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The mark of man is initiative, but the mark of woman is cooperation.

Man talks about freedom; woman about sympathy, love, sacrifice. Man cooperates with nature; woman cooperates with God. Man was called to till the earth, to "rule over the earth"; woman to be the bearer of a life that comes from God.

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Truth must be sought at all costs, but separate isolated truths will not do.

Truth is like life; it has to be taken on its entirety or not at all. . . . We must welcome truth even if it reproaches and inconveniences us -- even if it appears in the place where we thought it could not be found.

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It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God.

Without God people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another. Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else. Without a central loyalty life is unfinished.

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If you do not worship God, you worship something, and nine times out of ten it will be yourself.

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Let those who think that the Church pays too much attention to Mary give heed to the fact that Our Blessed Lord Himself gave ten times as much of His life to her as He gave to His Apostles.

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Communism is the final logic of the dehumanization of man.

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Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love?

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When we try to make everything clear, we make everything confused.

If, however, we admit one mysterious thing in the universe, then everything else becomes clear in the light of that. The sun is so bright, so mysterious, that one cannot look at it, and yet in the light of the sun everything else is seen.

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Every moment comes to you pregnant with divine purpose .

. . . Once it leaves your hands and your power to do with it as you please, it plunges into eternity, to remain forever what you made it.

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