Catholic theology believes that God gave man free will, and you can't give somebody free will and then send in a play from the sidelines.
Similarly, many a young man, hearing for the first time of the refraction of stellar light, has thought that doubt was cast on the whole of astronomy, whereas nothing is required but an easily effected and unimportant correction to put everything right again.
To act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the tides. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other.
Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.
First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time.
I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me one, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterwards to go to the laboratory.
In imitating the exemplary acts of a God or of a mythic hero, or simply by recounting their adventures, the man of an archaic societydetaches himself from profane time and magically re-enters the Great Time, the sacred time.
Many believe - and I believe - that I have been designated for this work by God. In spite of my old age, I do not want to give it up; I work out of love for God and I put all my hope in Him.
My mother used to tell me man gives the award, God gives the reward. I don't need another plaque.
At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance with such amarvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.
Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man's?
I believe that a man is converted when first he hears the low, vast murmur of life, of human life, troubling his hitherto unconscious self.
What I'm saying is that I tried very hard to give them my reality and my reality is kind of interesting.
Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand.
A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape.
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
We need God, not in order to understand the why, but in order to feel and sustain the ultimate wherefore, to give a meaning to the universe.
Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.
What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.
By recollecting the pleasures I have had formerly, I renew them, I enjoy them a second time, while I laugh at the remembrance of troubles now past, and which I no longer feel.
No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.
I don't know what organically grown chickens are; I've never seen one.
When man decides he can control nature, he's in deep trouble.
It took me a long time to realize that you have to have a bit of an interlanguage with actors. You have to give them something that they can act with.
God made man in his own image, and man returned the favour.