Jesus had led me to research on primitive Christianity. The problem of the Last Supper belongs, of course, to both of these subjects.
There are only three ways to teach a child. The first is by example, the second is by example, the third is by example.
Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.
For animals that are overworked, underfed, and cruelly treated; for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars; for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to death...and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words.
The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness.
If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.
To me, good health is more than just exercise and diet. Its really a point of view and a mental attitude you have about yourself.
We are gripped by God's will of love, and must help carry out that will in this world, in small things as in great things, in saving as in pardoning. To be glad instruments of God's love in this imperfect world is the service to which we are called.
We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
I wanted to be a doctor that I might be able to work without having to talk because for years I had been giving myself out in words.
The thinking (person) must oppose all cruel customs, no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another.
No ray of sunshine is ever lost but the green that it awakens takes time to sprout, and it is not always given the sower to see the harvest.
Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always.
Man has the lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end up destroying the earth.
The the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hope are optimistic.
As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible but more mysterious.
The only thing of importance, when we depart, will be the traces of love we have left behind.
Whatever you have received more than others in health, in talents, in ability, in success, in a pleasant childhood, in harmonious conditions of home life, all this you must not take to yourself as a matter of course. You must pay a price for it. You must render in return an unusually great sacrifice of your life for other life.
The true worth of a man is not to be found in man himself, but in the colours and textures that come alive in others.
The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
Only those who respect the personality of others can be of real use to them.
Whoever is spared personal pain must feel himself called to help in diminishing the pain of others. We must all carry our share of the misery which lies upon the world.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
What really matters is that we should all of us realize that we are guilty of inhumanity. The horror of this realization should shakes us out of our lethargy so that we can direct our hopes and our intentions to the coming of an era in which war will have no place.
Do not let Sunday be taken from you. If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
Think with great gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.
Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing a human being to a purpose.
The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.
The path of awakening is not about becoming who you are. Rather it is about unbecoming who you are not.
In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.
The Full Measure of a man is not to be found in the man himself, but in the colors and textures that come alive in others because of him.
The interior joy we feel when we have done a good deed is the nourishment the soul requires.
Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.
The African is my brother-but he is my younger brother by several centuries.
One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
In the past we have tried to make a distinction between animals which we acknowledge have some value and other which, having none, can be liquidated when we wish. This standard must be abandoned. Everything that lives has value simply as a living thing, as one of the manifestations of the mystery that is life.
Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don't live in a world all of your own.
If you love something so much let it go. If it comes back it was meant to be; if it doesn't it never was.