As we moved along in a little procession, I was delighted with the illumination of the streets. So many lamps, and they burned until morning, my father said, and so people did not need to carry lanterns.
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.
It is only the impossible that is possible for God. He has given over the possible to the mechanics of matter and the autonomy of his creatures.
Nothing can have as its destination anything other than its origin. The contrary idea, the idea of progress, is poison.
To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.
People cannot be free unless they are willing to sacrifice some of their interests to guarantee the freedom of others. The price of democracy is the ongoing pursuit of the common good by all of the people.
The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.
The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art or life.
All sins are attempts to fill voids.