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" By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity. "
" O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet. "
" It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. "
" He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king. "
" Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. "
" If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend. "
" To seek the highest good is to live well. "
" He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent. "
" Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again. "
" Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you. "
" In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery? "
" I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him. "
" Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. "
" Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. "
" There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart. "
" Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature. "
" Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering. "
" The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences. "
" This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections. "
" Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider. "
" He that is jealous is not in love. "
" Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. "
" It seems to me that an unjust law is no law at all. "
" Bad company is like a nail driven into a post, which, after the first and second blow, may be drawn out with little difficulty; but being once driven up to the head, the pincers cannot take hold to draw it out, but which can only be done by the destruction of the wood. "
" A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently. "
" O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams. "
" Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked. "
" Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty. "
" Love is the beauty of the soul. "
" The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer. "
" Blessedness consists in the accomplishment of our desires, and in our having only regular desires. "