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“Patience is power.
Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is "timing"
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way.”
Fulton J. Sheen
“It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God. Without God people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another. Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else. Without a central loyalty life is unfinished.”
Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary
“Sometimes the only way the good Lord can get into some hearts is to break them.”
Fulton J. Sheen
“Criticism of others is thus an oblique form of self-commendation. We think we make the picture hang straight on our wall by telling our neighbors that all his pictures are crooked.”
Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary
“If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.”
Fulton J. Sheen
“When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.”
Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living
“Hearing nuns' confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn.”
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“Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter Sunday.”
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“There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.”
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“Books are the most wonderful friends in the world. When you meet them and pick them up, they are always ready to give you a few ideas. When you put them down, they never get mad; when you take them up again, they seem to enrich you all the more.”
Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living
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“The difference between the love of a man and the love of a woman is that a man will always give reasons for loving, but a woman gives no reasons for loving.”
Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living
“Far better it is for you to say: "I am a sinner," than to say: "I have no need of religion." The empty can be filled, but the self-intoxicated have no room for God.”
Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary
“You must remember to love people and use things, rather than to love things and use people.”
Fulton J. Sheen
“To tell a woman who is forty, "You look like sixteen," is boloney. The blarney way of saying it is "Tell me how old you are, I should like to know at what age women are the most beautiful.”
Fulton J. Sheen
“Too many people get credit for being good, when they are only being passive. They are too often praised for being broadminded when they are so broadminded they can never make up their minds about anything.”
Fulton J. Sheen
“In every friendship hearts grow and entwine themselves together, so that the two hearts seem to make only one heart with only a common thought. That is why separation is so painful; it is not so much two hearts separating, but one being torn asunder.”
Fulton J. Sheen
“Never forget that there are only two philosophies to rule your life: the one of the cross, which starts with the fast and ends with the feast. The other of Satan, which starts with the feast and ends with the headache.”
Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary
“A teacher who cannot explain any abstract subject to a child does not himself thoroughly understand his subject; if he does not attempt to break down his knowledge to fit the child's mind, he does not understand teaching.”
Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living
“A woman gets angry when a man denies his faults, because she knew them all along. His lying mocks her affection; it is the deceit that angers her more than the faults.”
Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living
“Love is a mutual self-giving which ends in self-recovery.”
Fulton J. Sheen
“Once you have surrendered yourself, you make yourself receptive. In receiving from God, you are perfected and completed.”
Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary
“When a child is given to his parents, a crown is made for that child in Heaven, and woe to the parents who raise a child without consciousness of that eternal crown!”
Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living
“Why are those who are notoriously undisciplined and unmoral also most contemptuous of religion and morality? They are trying to solace their own unhappy lives by pulling the happy down to their own abysmal depths.”
Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary
“A man may stand for the justice of God, but a woman stands for His Mercy.”
Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living
“America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance — it is not. It is suffering from tolerance. Tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broadminded.”
Fulton J. Sheen
“for a woman, love is its own reason. "I love you because I love you.”
Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living
“Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love?”
Fulton J. Sheen
“The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The Tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction.”
Fulton J. Sheen
“We become like that which we love. If we love what is base, we become base; but if we love what is noble, we become noble.”
Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living

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