quote by Saint Francis de Sales

Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul, except sin. God commands you to pray, but He forbids you to worry.

— Saint Francis de Sales

Most Powerful Befalls quotations

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

The happiness of this life depends less on what befalls you than the way in which you take it.

It is better to be an outcast, a stranger in one’s own country, than an outcast from one’s self. It is better to see what is about to befall us and to resist than to retreat into the fantasies embraced by a nation of the blind.

We are what we imagine. Our very existence consists in our imagination of ourselves. Our best destiny is to imagine, at least, completely, who and what, and that we are. The greatest tragedy that can befall us is to go unimagined.

Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.

I regard monotheism as the greatest disaster ever to befall the human race.

I see no good in Judaism, Christianity, or Islam - good people, yes, but any religion based on a single, well, frenzied and virulent god, is not as useful to the human race as, say, Confucianism, which is not a religion but an ethical and educational system.

Man is born to live, to suffer, and to die, and what befalls him is a tragic lot. There is no denying this in the final end. But we must deny it all along the way.

As for myself, I always willingly acknowledge my own self as the principal cause of every good and of every evil which may befall me; therefore, I have always found myself capable of being my own pupil, and ready to love my teacher.

Have no fear of moving into the unknown.

Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.

This debt crisis coming to our country.

The wall and tidal wave of debt that is befalling our nation. Medicare and Social Security go bankrupt within ten years, we have a debt that is looming so high that in the last year of President Obama's budget just the interest payments on our debt is $916 billion dollars.

A healthy human environment is one in which we try to make sense of our limits, of the accidents that can always befall us and the passage of time which inexorably changes us.

Humore is an affirmation of man's dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him.

Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him.

Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him.

All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the children of the Earth.

Who among us has any conception of the dimensions of shame that will befall us and our children when one day the veil has fallen from our eyes and the most horrible of crimes...reach the light of day?

Our mission is to speak the truth to power.

We send home that first rough draft of history. We can and do make a difference in exposing the horrors of war and especially the atrocities that befall civilians.

If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.

We infrequently contemplate the harms that await any new-born child—pain, disappointment, anxiety, grief, and death. For any given child we cannot predict what form these harms will take or how severe they will be, but we can be sure that at least some of them will occur. None of this befalls the nonexistent. Only existers suffer harm.

Be of good hope in the face of death.

Believe in this one truth for certain, that no evil can befall a good man either in life or death, and that his fate is not a matter of indifference to the gods.

I can scarcely contemplate a greater calamity that could befall this country, than be loaded with a debt exceeding their ability ever to discharge. If this be a just remark, it is unwise and improvident to vest in the general government a power to borrow at discretion, without any limitation or restriction.

I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I'm an optimist. We will reach out to the stars.

The greatest evil that can befall man is that he should come to think ill of himself.

Consider that nothing in human life is stable;

for then you will not exult overmuch in prosperity, nor grieve overmuch in adversity. Rejoice over the good things which come to you, but grieve in moderation over the evils which befall you.

The greatest calamity which could befall us would be submission to a government of unlimited powers.

Liberty is one of the most precious gifts which heaven has bestowed on man;

with it we cannot compare the treasures which the earth contains or the sea conceals; for liberty, as for honor, we can and ought to risk our lives; and, on for the other hand, captivity is the greatest evil that can befall man.

Captivity is the greatest of all evils that can befall one.

No worse fate can befall a young man or woman than becoming prematurely entrenched in prudence and negation.

Fishermen, no matter what supreme good fortune befalls them, cannot ever be absolutely satisfied. It is a fundamental weakness of intellect.

Life is beautiful. He who reads that As in the window of some distant, speeding train Knows what he wants, and what will befall.

Whoever be the instruments of any good to us, of whatever sort, we must look above them, and eye the hand and counsel of God in it, which is the first spring, and be duly thankful to God for it. And whatever evil of crosses or afflictions befalls us, we must look above the instruments of it to God.

Whatever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves.

.. how we can turn it into good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers.

The greatest tragedy that can befall a person is the atrophy of his mind.

Go quietly alone, no harm will befall you.