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" All sins are attempts to fill voids. "
" To write the lives of the great in separating them from their works necessarily ends by above all stressing their pettiness, because it is in their work that they have put the best of themselves. "
" The mysteries of faith are degraded if they are made into an object of affirmation and negation, when in reality they should be an object of contemplation. "
" A doctrine serves no purpose in itself, but it is indispensable to have one if only to avoid being deceived by false doctrines. "
" In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention. "
" Beauty always promises, but never gives anything. "
" Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible does not give rise to revolt but to submission. "
" To be a hero or a heroine, one must give an order to oneself. "
" Evil, when we are in its power, is not felt as evil, but as a necessity, even a duty. "
" The poison of skepticism becomes, like alcoholism, tuberculosis, and some other diseases, much more virulent in a hitherto virgin soil. "
" I am not a Catholic; but I consider the Christian idea, which has its roots in Greek thought and in the course of the centuries has nourished all of our European civilization, as something that one cannot renounce without becoming degraded. "
" To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul. "
" In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs. "
" Petroleum is a more likely cause of international conflict than wheat. "
" The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry. "
" A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs to dreams. "
" There is no detachment where there is no pain. And there is no pain endured without hatred or lying unless detachment is present too. "
" When a contradiction is impossible to resolve except by a lie, then we know that it is really a door. "
" The only hope of socialism resides in those who have already brought about in themselves, as far as is possible in the society of today, that union between manual and intellectual labor which characterizes the society we are aiming at. "
" The only way into truth is through one's own annihilation; through dwelling a long time in a state of extreme and total humiliation. "
" In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity; the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish. "
" Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached. "
" The future is made of the same stuff as the present. "
" Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ, I commit the sin of envy. "
" Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but is also their means of communication. It is the same with us and God. Every separation is a link. "
" It is not the cause for which men took up arms that makes a victory more just or less, it is the order that is established when arms have been laid down. "
" A science which does not bring us nearer to God is worthless. "
" What a country calls its vital... interests are not things that help its people live, but things that help it make war. "
" The contemporary form of true greatness lies in a civilization founded on the spirituality of work. "
" I suffer more from the humiliations inflicted by my country than from those inflicted on her. "
" A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves. "