Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
The true and solid peace of nations consists not in equality of arms, but in mutual trust alone.
Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.
It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.
It often happens that I wake up at night and begin to think about a serious problem and decide I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope.
I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart.
It is now for the Catholic Church to bend herself to her work with calmness and generosity. It is for you to observe her with renewed and friendly attention.
The family is the first essential cell of human society.
See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little.
The feelings of my smallness and my nothingness always kept me good company.
A peaceful man does more good than a learned one.
Anybody can be Pope; the proof of this is that I have become one.
Every man has the right to life, to bodily integrity.
The council now beginning rises in the Church like the daybreak, a forerunner of most splendid light.
Born poor, but of honored and humble people, I am particularly proud to die poor.
Italians come to ruin most generally in three ways, women, gambling, and farming. My family chose the slowest one.
Here I am at the end of the road and at the top of the heap.
I am able to follow my own death step by step. Now I move softly towards the end.
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