What we need is a cup of understanding, a barrel of love, and an ocean of patience.

— Saint Francis de Sales

The most wonderful Saint Francis de Sales quotes that will activate your desire to change

Half an hour's meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy.

Then a full hour is needed.


Great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us daily.


Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul, except sin.

God commands you to pray, but He forbids you to worry.


I have made a pact with my tongue, not to speak when my heart is disturbed.


God takes pleasure to see you take your little steps;

and like a good father who holds his child by the hand, He will accommodate His steps to yours and will be content to go no faster than you. Why do you worry?


Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself.


We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God. If at times we are somewhat stunned by the tempest, never fear. Let us take breath, and go on afresh.


It is not those who commit the least faults who are the most holy, but those who have the greatest courage, the greatest generosity, the greatest love, who make the boldest efforts to overcome themselves, and are not immediately apprehensive about tripping.


Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.


Never be hurried in anything. Do all things calmly and in a spirit of repose. Do not lose your inward peace even if everything seems to be going wrong. What is anything in life compared to peace of soul?


Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.


Don't get upset with your imperfections.

It's a great mistake because it leads nowhere - to get angry because you are angry, upset at being upset, depressed at being depressed, disappointed because you are disappointed. So don't fool yourself. Simply surrender to the Power of God's Love, which is always greater than our weakness.


About Saint Francis de Sales

Quotes 188 sayings
Nationality Swiss
Profession Clergyman
Birthday October 16

Have patience with all things - but first with yourself.

Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You are perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And no amount of triumphs or tribulations can ever change that.


Doing little things with a strong desire to please God makes them really great.


Be who you are and be that well.


It is right that you should begin again every day.

There is no better way to complete the spiritual life than to be ever beginning it over again.


It is to those who have the most need of us that we ought to show our love more especially.


The highest degree of meekness consists in seeing, serving, honoring, and treating amiably, on occasion, those who are not to our taste, and who show themselves unfriendly, ungrateful, and troublesome to us.


When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.


You can attract more bees with a spoonful of sugar than a cupful of vinegar.


Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections.


We must never undervalue any person. The workman loves not that his work should be despised in his presence. Now God is present everywhere, and every person is His work.


To lose ourselves in God is simply to give up our own will to Him.

When a soul can truly say Lord I have no other will than Thine it is truly lost in God and united to Him.


Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.


Every Christian needs a half-hour of prayer each day, except when he is busy, then he needs an hour.


God is present everywhere, and every person is His work.


A judicious silence is always better than truth spoken without charity.


Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.

Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them -- every day begin the task anew.


Friendship requires great communication.


Whatever happens, abide steadfast in a determination to cling simply to God.


It is better to remain silent than to speak the truth ill-humoredly, and spoil an excellent dish by covering it with bad sauce.


Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.


We do not very often come across opportunities for exercising strength, magnanimity, or magnificence; but gentleness, temperance, modesty, and humility, are graces which ought to colour everything we do. There may be virtues of a more exalted mould, but... these are the most continually called for in daily life.


The merit of the cross does not consist in its heaviness, but in the manner in which we carry it. I would even say that it is sometimes more virtuous to carry a cross of straw than a heavy cross because we have to be more attentive for fear of losing it.


We may be excused for not always being bright, but we are not excused for not being gracious, yielding and considerate.


Be not miserable about what may happen tomorrow.

The same everlasting Father, who cares for you today, will care for you tomorrow.


Let the enemy rage at the gate; let him knock, pound, scream, howl; let him do his worst. We know for certain that he cannot enter our soul except by the door of our consent.


All of us can attain to Christian virtue and holiness, no matter in what condition of life we live and no matter what our life work may be.


One single day of devotion is worth more than a thousand years of worldly life.


We must fear God out of love, not love Him out of fear.


Have patience to walk with short steps until you have wings to fly.


The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.


You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.


When you have received Him, stir up your heart to do Him homage;

speak to Him about your spiritual life, gazing upon Him in your soul where He is present for your happiness; welcome Him as warmly as possible, and behave outwardly in such a way that your actions may give proof to all of His Presence.


There is no better means of attainment to the spiritual life Than by continually beginning again.


The declared enemies of God and His Church, heretics and schismatics, must be criticized as much as possible, as long as truth is not denied. It is a work of charity to shout: 'Here is the wolf!' when it enters the flock or anywhere else.


It is the mark of a mean, vulgar and ignoble spirit to dwell on the thought of food before meal times or worse to dwell on it afterwards, to discuss it and wallow in the remembered pleasures of every mouthful. Those whose minds dwell before dinner on the spit, and after on the dishes, are fit only to be scullions.


Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself.

I mean, do not be disturbed because of your imperfections, and always rise up bravely from a fall. I am glad that you make a daily new beginning; there is no better means of progress in the spiritual life than to be continually beginning afresh, and never to think that we have done enough.


Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.