We should strive to keep our hearts open to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people, and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the spirit of God.

— Vincent de Paul

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We should spend as much time in thanking God for his benefits as we do in asking him for them.


The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility.

For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.


We must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love.


Make it a practice to judge persons and things in the most favorable light at all times and under all circumstances.


Let us do our duty well; let us go straight to God; let us work to become very humble, very patient, very mortified, and very charitable.


Let us allow God to act; He brings things to completion when we least expect it.


With God's help, you will continue to succeed in your leadership and in your duties, because Our Lord's work is accomplished not so much by the multitude of workers as by the fidelity of the small number whom He calls.


Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying.


We cannot better assure our eternal happiness than by living and dying in the service of the poor, in the arms of Providence, and with genuine renouncement of ourselves in order to follow Jesus Christ.


All beginnings are somewhat strange; but we must have patience, and little by little, we shall find things, which at first were obscure, becoming clearer.


One beautiful diamond is worth more than a mountain of stones, and one virtuous act of acquiescence and submission is better than an abundance of good works done for others.


We must be full reservoirs in order to let our water spill out without becoming empty, and we must possess the spirit with which we want them to be animated, for no one can give what he does not have.


About Vincent de Paul

Quotes 208 sayings
Profession Priest
Birthday April 24, 1581

I will always welcome joyfully any opportunity that comes my way to be of service to you


There is no act of charity that is not accompanied by justice or that permits us to do more than we reasonably can.


A doctor who keeps a person from becoming ill deserves more merit than one who cures him.


To this end, we should help and support one another and strive for peace and union among ourselves. This is the wine that cheers and strengthens travelers along the narrow path of Jesus Christ.


Put your trust in Him and following His example, always act humbly, graciously, and in good faith.


Oh! how happy the man of means who uses his wealth and his life for the greater glory of God, from whom he has received them!


God always gives a great blessing to humble beginnings than to those that start with the chiming of bells.


All comes at the proper time to him who knows how to wait.


Fear not; calm will follow the storm, and perhaps soon.


. . . Our Lord humbles in order to raise up, and allows the suffering of interior and exterior afflictions in order to bring about peace. He often desires some things more than we do, but wants us to merit the grace of accomplishing them by several practices of virtue and to beg for this with many prayers.


Noise makes no good, good makes no noise.


Always be quite simple and sincere and ask God to grant me those two virtues.


Practice humility and patience.


Let us be submissive to Providence, He will see to our affairs in His own time and in His own way


Naturally, everyone is disheartened by sharp reprimands, and by the most amiable corrections as well, if they are frequent, immoderate, or given inappropriately.


Peace is worth more than all worldly possessions; in addition, God rewards it even in this life.


[M]ost people offend God by passing judgment on the things others do, especially important people, not knowing the reasons why they are doing what they do; for when one does not know the primary cause of some matter, what conclusions can he draw from it?


It is a maxim of ours to work in the service of the people, with the good pleasure of the pastors, and never to act contrary to their wishes. And, at the opening and closing of each mission, we get their blessing in a spirit of dependence.


Naturally, everyone loves his freedom, but we must beware of this as of a broad road that leads to perdition.


There is nothing good that does not meet with opposition, and it should not be valued any less because it encounters objections.


Remember, Monsieur, that the downfall of most Communities comes from the cowardice of Superiors in not holding firm and in not purging them of the troublesome and incorrigible.


Nature makes trees put down deep roots before having them bear fruit, and even this is done gradually.


. . . [R]estlessness usually stems from pride and from being discontented with one's lot in life.


Without [firmness] I see the majority of Communities that are lax reach that state because of the excessive leniency of Superiors. So, be firm, Monsieur.


So, our vocation is to go, not just to one parish, not just to one diocese, but all over the world; and do what? To set people's hearts on fire, to do what the Son of God did. He came to set the world on fire in order to inflame it with His love.


It is not easy to find perfect men in whom there is nothing to criticize.


. . . [A]s a rule, the most learned persons do not produce the greatest results. We see that only too often.


Divine Providence is never wanting in things undertaken at Its command.

Even though the whole world should rise up and destroy us, nothing could happen but what is pleasing to God. The less there is of man in affairs, the more there is of God.


Far from rejecting such a good man as you, He never even abandons a wicked man who hopes for His mercy.


He also always blesses humble beginnings much more than those accompanied by a lot of show.


[A] truly humble spirit humbles itself as much amid honors as amid insults, acting like the honeybee which makes its honey equally as well from the dew that falls on the wormwood as from that which falls on the rose.


It is not light they need but strength, and strength permeates through the external balm of words and good example.


Remember, Monsieur, that Saint Augustine says that a person who does not obey the doctors is doing his best to kill himself.


An honorable man would never abandon his friend in time of need, especially if they were in a foreign country. Why? For fear of acting like a coward or of being boorish. I repeat, I admire the fact that, those persons have, through human respect, more courage than Christians and priests have, through charity or through their good intentions.


If you must be in a hurry, then let it be according to the old adage, and hasten slowly.


. . . [T]hose persons who console you today may humiliate you tomorrow.


[I]t is His good pleasure that we remain always in the holy joy of His love.