Though wrong gratifies in the moment, good yields its gifts over a lifetime.
Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.
Devotion is a social force.
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
Once you have surrendered yourself, you make yourself receptive. In receiving from God, you are perfected and completed.
I'm a believer. I don't go to church. I don't belong to any particular religion, but I do believe in God. I couldn't write what I write about and be creative without a certain form of belief.
If you're really spiritual, then you should be totally independent of the good and the bad opinions of the world... you should have faith in yourself.
The body of man is a limitation. Only the spirit opens onto the infinite.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.
The Catholic ideal is to order the whole of life towards unity, not by the denial and destruction of the natural human values, but by bringing them into living relation with spiritual truth and spiritual reality.
On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.
By God, when you see your beauty you will be the idol of yourself.
Faith is a commitment to belief contrary to evidence and reason.
Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.
Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain.
The lust of the flesh directs these desires [of personal union], however, to satisfaction of the body, often at the cost of a real and full communion of persons.
If man attempts to suppress the animal side of his nature by a sheer effort of conscious will, nature finds a hundred unexpected and unpleasant ways to take its revenge.
God sleeps in the rock, dreams in the plant, stirs in the animal, and awakens in man.
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
Imagination is the true magic carpet.
Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who sets the planets in motion.