The Church is like a great tree whose roots must be energetically anchored in the earth while its leaves are serenely exposed to the bright sunlight. In this way, she sums up a whole gamut of beats in a single living and all-embracing act, each one of which corresponds to a particular degree or a possible form of spiritualisation.
I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.
He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.
If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.
Surely the wake left behind by mankind’s forward march reveals its movement just as clearly as the spray thrown up elsewhere by the prow.
There is only one thing that can form a bond between men, and that is gratitude… we cannot give someone else greater power over us than we have ourselves.
One time, I was given an essay topic: to describe a perfect horse, whom the mere sight of the rider’s whip would make obedient. I depicted this perfect horse throwing his rider at the sight of the whip.
Practice has a logic which is not that of the logician.
Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare – and precious as a pearl.
In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well.