The notion of looking on at life has always been hateful to me. What am I if I am not a participant? In order to be, I must participate.
How could there be any question of acquiring or possessing, when the one thing needful for a man is to become – to be at last, and to die in the fullness of his being.
The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.
A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says ‘I was beaten’, he does not say ‘My men were beaten.’
One can be a brother only in something. Where there is no tie that binds men, men are not united but merely lined up.
Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made.
Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded.
A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance.
Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man’s self-respect is a sin.
For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.