"If flowers want to grow right out of concrete sidewalk cracks I'm going to bend down and smell them."
"One can fall in love as often as a tree grows leaves. It is perfectly natural but not free of guilt and complications, unless one takes oneself to be a leaf."
"It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal."
"A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members; and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying."
"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song."
"Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes."
"Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom."
"Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark."
"Carry a candle in the dark, be a candle in the dark, know that you're a flame in the dark."
"It takes more time and effort and delicacy to learn the silence of a people than to learn its sounds. Some people have a special gift for this. Perhaps this explains why some missionaries, notwithstanding their efforts, never come to speak properly, to communicate delicately through silences. Although they ''speak with the accent of natives'' they remain forever thousands of miles away. The learning of the grammar of silence is an art much more difficult to learn than the grammar of sounds."
"After the bones mended, my left eye was smaller than my right, and my eyebrow never grew back. But you know what? Big deal. I think I became beautiful after the accident. I became kinder, more aware. I gained respect for other people."
"I have no intention of ever writing beauty tips on how to make an African-American nose look slimmer or Asian eyes look bigger. That's degrading. Asian eyes are what's beautiful about you and what makes you different."