Category Archives: Quotes

Selected quotes on tradition, politics, religion and culture.

Interference

A religion that does not interfere with the secular order will soon discover that the secular order will not refrain from interfering with it.

— Archbishop Fulton Sheen, 1948

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Consolation

popeb16Bernard of Clairvaux coined the marvellous expression: Impassibilis est Deus, sed non incompassibilis—God cannot suffer, but he can suffer with. Man is worth so much to God that he himself became man in order to suffer with man in an utterly real way—in flesh and blood—as is revealed to us in the account of Jesus’s Passion.

Hence in all human suffering we are joined by one who experiences and carries that suffering with us; hence con-solatio is present in all suffering, the consolation of God’s compassionate love—and so the star of hope rises.

— Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi, para. 39.

Peace?

Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to make add my voice to the cry which rises up with increasing anguish from every part of the world, from every people, from the heart of each person, from the one great family which is humanity: it is the cry for peace! It is a cry which declares with force: we want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace, and we want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out! War never again! Never again war!

 

— Pope Francis. See here about his call for September 7.

 

Success?

People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.

Thomas Merton

Insanity

I doubt if a single individual could be found from the whole of mankind free from some form of insanity. The only difference is one of degree.

Erasmus

Experience

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Teilhard_de_Chardin

Questions?

Free thought has exhausted its own freedom. It is weary of its own success.  If any eager freethinker now hails philosophic freedom as the dawn, he is only like the man in Mark Twain who came out wrapped in blankets to see the sun rise and was just in time to see it set. . . . We have no more questions left to ask. We have looked for questions in the darkest corners and on the wildest peaks. We have found all the questions that can be found. It is time we gave up looking for questions and began looking for answers.

G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Things Lost?

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
 

— T.S. Eliot
Who?

Love

God loves us. I know he does. He’s just got a funny way of showing it sometimes.

 

— Christopher Walken in Seven Psychopaths
Who?

A Few Words From St. Augustine

For Your Word, the Eternal Truth, pre-eminent above the higher parts of Your creation, raises up those who are subject to it; but in this lower world, our humble habitation of clay, He came intending to . . . bring us over unto Himself, allaying our swelling, and fostering our love; such that we might go no further in self-confidence, but rather should become weak, seeing before our feet the Divinity, itself weak by taking on our coat of skin, and wearied, we might cast ourselves down upon it, and the Word rising, might then lift us up.

 

— St. Augustine of Hippo

 

Confessions, Augustine, 398 A.D.

See Book 7, Chapter 18 at New Advent.

 

Defined Terms: Humility

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.
 
— Jesus Christ, Matthew 14:11.
 
 
What the world needs is more geniuses with humility–there are so few of us left.
 
— Oscar Levant
 
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The Ancient

Modern formulations are necessary even in defense of very ancient truths.

 

— William F. Buckley
Who?

Heresy

I did try to found a little heresy of my own; and when I had put the last touches to it, I discovered that it was orthodoxy.

 

— G.K. Chesterton
Who?

Wisdom

Wisdom is the view from the hilltop.
 
— St. Thomas Aquinas
 

Who?
 

Terms Defined: Worry


Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.

— Jesus Christ, Matthew 6:34
 


I have known a great many worries, but most of them have never happened.

— Mark Twain
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