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The worst prison would be a closed heart. ...
by Pope John Paul II

The worst prison would be a closed heart.
- Pope John Paul II

Related topics: Love

Stupidity is also a gift of God,
but one mustn't misuse it.
- Pope John Paul II

Radical changes in world politics leave America with
a heightened responsibility to be,
for the world, an example of a genuinely free,
democratic, just and humane society.
- Pope John Paul II

Science can purify religion from error and superstition.
Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.
- Pope John Paul II

 

You are our dearly beloved brothers,
and in a certain way,
it could be said that you are our elder brothers.
- Pope John Paul II

The United Nations organization has proclaimed 1979
as the Year of the Child.
Are the children to receive the arms race from us as a necessary inheritance?
- Pope John Paul II

I hope to have communion with the people,
that is the most important thing.
- Pope John Paul II

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War is a defeat for humanity.
- Pope John Paul II

The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our
century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery,
that of the unborn.
- Pope John Paul II

To maintain a joyful family requires much from both
the parents and the children.
Each member of the family has to become,
in a special way, the servant of the others.
- Pope John Paul II

Freedom consists not in doing what we like,
but in having the right to do what we ought.
- Pope John Paul II

As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes
the whole world in which we live.
- Pope John Paul II

There are people and nations, Mother,
that I would like to say to you by name.
I entrust them to you in silence, I entrust them to
you in the way that you know best.
- Pope John Paul II

Do not abandon yourselves to despair.
We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.
- Pope John Paul II

The future starts today, not tomorrow.
- Pope John Paul II

I kiss the soil as if I placed a kiss on the hands of a mother,
for the homeland is our earthly mother.
I consider it my duty to be with my compatriots in
this sublime and difficult moment.
- Pope John Paul II

Love is never defeated, and I could add,
the history of Ireland proves it.
- Pope John Paul II

What we talked about will have to remain a secret between him and me.
I spoke to him as a brother whom I have pardoned and
who has my complete trust.
- Pope John Paul II

Social justice cannot be attained by violence.
Violence kills what it intends to create.
- Pope John Paul II

From now on it is only through a conscious choice and
through a deliberate policy that humanity can survive.
- Pope John Paul II

Wars generally do not resolve the problems for which
they are fought and therefore...
prove ultimately futile.
- Pope John Paul II

The vow of celibacy is a matter of keeping one's word
to Christ and the Church.
a duty and a proof of the priest's inner maturity;
it is the expression of his personal dignity.
- Pope John Paul II

An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie,
for an excuse is a lie guarded.
- Pope John Paul II

Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of men.
- Pope John Paul II

I have a sweet tooth for song and music.
This is my Polish sin.
- Pope John Paul II

Today, for the first time in history,
a Bishop of Rome sets foot on English soil.
This fair land, once a distant outpost of the pagan world,
has become, through the preaching of the Gospel,
a beloved and gifted portion of Christ's vineyard.
- Pope John Paul II

The question confronting the Church today is not any
longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message,
but how to employ the communications media so as to
let him have the full impact of the Gospel message.
- Pope John Paul II

When freedom does not have a purpose,
when it does not wish to know anything about the rule
of law engraved in the hearts of men and women,
when it does not listen to the voice of conscience,
it turns against humanity and society.
- Pope John Paul II

You will reciprocally promise love, loyalty and matrimonial honesty.
We only want for you this day that these words constitute
the principle of your entire life and that with the
help of divine grace you will observe these solemn vows that today,
before God, you formulate.
- Pope John Paul II

You are priests, not social or political leaders.
Let us not be under the illusion that we are serving
the Gospel through an exaggerated interest in the wide
field of temporal problems.
- Pope John Paul II

Have no fear of moving into the unknown.
Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you,
therefore no harm can befall you; all is very,
very well.
Do this in complete faith and confidence.
- Pope John Paul II

The great danger for family life, in the midst of any
society whose idols are pleasure,
comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people
close their hearts and become selfish.
- Pope John Paul II

Humanity should question itself, once more,
about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war,
on whose stage of death and pain only remain standing
the negotiating table that could and should have prevented it.
- Pope John Paul II

The unworthy successor of Peter who desires to benefit
from the immeasurable wealth of Christ feels the great need of your assistance,
your prayers, your sacrifice, and he most humbly asks this of you.
- Pope John Paul II

Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion on man today
in many different forms and with an aggressiveness that spares no one.
The challenge that is already with us is the temptation
to accept as true freedom what in reality is only a new form of slavery.
- Pope John Paul II

Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift,
which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls,
with whom they make up a sole family -
a domestic church.
- Pope John Paul II

The historical experience of socialist countries has
sadly demonstrated that collectivism does not do away
with alienation but rather increases it,
adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic inefficiency.
- Pope John Paul II

Young people are threatened...
by the evil use of advertising techniques that stimulate
the natural inclination to avoid hard work by promising
the immediate satisfaction of every desire.
- Pope John Paul II

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition,
is not only a waste of energy
but the worst habit you could possibly have.
- Dale Carnegie

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

An optimist is one who makes the best
of what he gets the worst of.
- Anonymous

We fear both the best and the worst in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We may have found a cure for most evils;
but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all,
the apathy of human beings.
- Helen Keller

Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as
your own unguarded thoughts.
- The Buddha

Improve what you can
and accept all the rest of life
just as it comes.
Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is some good in the worst of us
and some evil in the best of us.
When we discover this,
we are less prone to hate our enemies.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A true friend sees the good in everything,
and brings out the best in the worst of things.
- Sasha Azevedo

If you were a warrior,
you would know that the worst thing
one can do is confront human beings directly.
- Carlos Castaneda

Poverty is the worst form of violence.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A leader is best when people barely know he exists,
not so good when people obey and acclaim him,
worst when they despise him.
But of a good leader, who talks little,
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say, "We did this ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive
is devoid of the power to love.
There is some good in the worst of us
and some evil in the best of us.
When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend,
one human soul whom we can trust utterly,
who knows the best and worst of us,
and who loves us in spite of all our faults.
- Charles Kingsley

Your worst days are never so bad
that you are beyond the reach of God's grace.
And your best days are never so good
that you are beyond the need of God's grace.
- Anonymous

Self-pity is our worst enemy
and if we yield to it,
we can never do anything wise in this world.
- Helen Keller

The freedom we are looking for
is the freedom to be ourselves,
to express ourselves. But if we look at our lives
we will see that most of the time
we do things just to please others ...
The worst part is that most of us
are not even aware that we are not free.
-Don Miguel Ruiz

Oh no, I can't do anything to the death.
Doctor's orders. You see, I have this ulcer condition,
and death is the worst thing for it.
- the movie Love and Death

I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure.
I make mistakes, I am out of control
and at times hard to handle.
But if you can't handle me at my worst,
then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.
- Marilyn Monroe

Remote villages and communities have lost their identity,
and their peace and charm have been sacrificed to that worst of abominations,
the automobile.
- James Norman Hall

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.
- William Penn

Power is always dangerous.
Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.
- Edward Abbey

Science may have found a cure for most evils;
but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -
the apathy of human beings.
- Helen Keller

The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness
that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home.
- Edgar Watson Howe

Shareware tends to combine the worst of commercial
software with the worst of free software.
- Linus Torvalds

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil;
in its worst state,
an intolerable one.
- Thomas Paine

The worst government is often the most moral.
One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane.
But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.
- H. L. Mencken

Defeat is not the worst of failures.
Not to have tried is the true failure.
- George Edward Woodberry

The very idea of true patriotism is lost,
and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes.
A patriot, sir!
Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms!
- Robert Walpole

The worst vice of the solitary is the worship of his food.
- Cyril Connolly


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