"Youth gives all it can""You are too calculating. Don't tell me you are young. Youth gives all it can: it gives itself without reserve." (The Way, 30).
"Give us hearts to measure up to Yours!""I give you thanks, my Jesus, for your decision to become perfect Man, with a Heart which loved and is most loveable; which loved unto death and suffered; which was filled with joy and sorrow; which delighted in the things of men and showed us the way to Heaven; which subjected itself heroically to duty and acted with mercy; which watched over the poor and the rich and cared for sinners and the just. I give you thanks, my Jesus. Give us hearts to measure up to Yours!" (Furrow, 813).
"Fill the world with peace and love""When I speak to you of good example, I mean to tell you, too, that you have to understand and excuse, that you have to fill the world with peace and love." (The Forge, 560).
"Perseverance in little things for Love is heroism""Do everything for Love. Thus there will be no little things: everything will be big. Perseverance in little things for Love is heroism." (The Way, 813).
"A continual miracle""God's ordinary providence is a continual miracle; but He will use extraordinary means when they are required." (The Forge 658).
"The essential equality between men and women""The essential equality between men and women demands an understanding of the complementary roles which they play in the Church's growth and in the progress of society." (Conversations, 14).
"To arrive at interior peace""Humility is another good way to arrive at interior peace. He has said so: 'Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart: and you will find rest for your souls.'" (The Way, 607).
"The adventure of freedom""I like to speak of the adventure of freedom, because that is how your lives and mine unfold. I insist that it is freely, as children and not as slaves, that we follow the path which Our Lord has marked out for each one of us. We relish our freedom of action as a gift from God. I opt for God because I want to, freely, without compulsion of any kind. And I undertake to serve, to convert my whole life into a means of serving others, out of love for my Lord Jesus. It is this freedom which moves me to cry out that nothing on earth can separate me from the love of Christ (cf. Rom 8:39)." (Friends of God, 35).
“Be ‘savagely sincere’ in spiritual direction”If that dumb devil mentioned in the Gospel gets into your soul, he will spoil everything. On the other hand, if you get rid of him immediately, everything will turn out well; you will carry on merrily, and all will be well. Resolve firmly to be ``savagely sincere'' in spiritual direction (always keeping your good manners) and to be sincere immediately. (The Forge, 127).
“God resists the proud”A sure way to be humble is to contemplate how, even without talents, fame or fortune, we can be effective instruments if we go to the Holy Spirit so that He may grant us his gifts. The apostles, though they had been taught by Jesus for three years, fled in terror from the enemies of Christ. But after Pentecost they let themselves be flogged and imprisoned, and ended up giving their lives in witness to their faith. (Furrow, 283).