I know, to banish anger altogether from one’s breast is a difficult task. It cannot be achieved through pure personal effort. It can be done only by God’s grace.
Acceptance of the power of God in one’s life lays the groundwork for personal commitment to both science and Christianity, which so often have been in conflict.
I don’t think we have to have a personal relation to a life lost to understand that something terrible has taken place, especially in the context of war.
There is no private domain of a person’s life that is not political, and there is no political issue that is not ultimately personal.
I don’t believe I have a mission. Sometimes I really have a spiritual need to say something more general about the world, and sometimes something personal.
There are vivid memories from my childhood – what we had to go through because of low wages and the conditions, basically because there was no union. I suppose, if I wanted to be fair, I could say that I’m trying to settle a personal score. I could dramatize it by saying that I want to bring social justice to farm workers.
I would say that American poetry has always been a poetry of personal testimony.
Even the acceptance of personal responsibility may not overcome the temptation to believe that now is not the time to repent. ‘Now’ can seem so difficult, and ‘later’ appear so much easier. The truth is that today is always a better day to repent than any tomorrow.
Behind all their personal vanity, women themselves always have an impersonal contempt for woman.