We are like horses who hurt themselves as soon as they pull on their bits – and we bow our heads. We even lose consciousness of the situation, we just submit. Any re-awakening of thought is then painful.
What a country calls its vital… interests are not things that help its people live, but things that help it make war.
A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves.
To get power over is to defile. To possess is to defile.
The future is made of the same stuff as the present.
To be a hero or a heroine, one must give an order to oneself.
A doctrine serves no purpose in itself, but it is indispensable to have one if only to avoid being deceived by false doctrines.
I think that the U.S. does have this very much more open attitude, and I admire it very much and I think it’s very important to the world. But the information and the discussion sometimes come too late, after the effective decision has been made.
One cannot imagine St. Francis of Assisi talking about rights.
Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers, who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers.