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.

Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings.

What a country calls its vital... interests are not things that help its people live, but things that help it make war.

I would suggest that barbarism be considered as a permanent and universal human characteristic which becomes more or less pronounced according to the play of circumstances.

The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know.

There is one, and only one, thing in modern society more hideous than crime namely, repressive justice.

Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it.

Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.

More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic.

Humility is attentive patience.

One cannot imagine St. Francis of Assisi talking about rights.

The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.

The future is made of the same stuff as the present.

Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ, I commit the sin of envy.

Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose.

The poison of skepticism becomes, like alcoholism, tuberculosis, and some other diseases, much more virulent in a hitherto virgin soil.

To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.

Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.

If you want to know what a man is really like, take notice of how he acts when he loses money.

The highest ecstasy is the attention at its fullest.

Petroleum is a more likely cause of international conflict than wheat.

The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes.

Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication.

For when two beings who are not friends are near each other there is no meeting, and when friends are far apart there is no separation.

Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.

Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.

The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say, ‘What are you going through?

Nothing is less instructive than a machine.

It is only the impossible that is possible for God. He has given over the possible to the mechanics of matter and the autonomy of his creatures.

Love is not consolation. It is light.

Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand.

We must prefer real hell to an imaginary paradise.

It is not the cause for which men took up arms that makes a victory more just or less, it is the order that is established when arms have been laid down.

I am not a Catholic; but I consider the Christian idea, which has its roots in Greek thought and in the course of the centuries has nourished all of our European civilization, as something that one cannot renounce without becoming degraded.

Life does not need to mutilate itself in order to be pure.

The role of the intelligence - that part of us which affirms and denies and formulates opinions is merely to submit.

Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity or even a duty.

To get power over is to defile. To possess is to defile.

There is no detachment where there is no pain. And there is no pain endured without hatred or lying unless detachment is present too.

There can be a true grandeur in any degree of submissiveness, because it springs from loyalty to the laws and to an oath, and not from baseness of soul.

Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.

The contemporary form of true greatness lies in a civilization founded on the spirituality of work.

Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers, who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers.

To be a hero or a heroine, one must give an order to oneself.

Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him.

To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art or life.

In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.

It is an eternal obligation toward the human being not to let him suffer from hunger when one has a chance of coming to his assistance.

The only way into truth is through one's own annihilation; through dwelling a long time in a state of extreme and total humiliation.