Our age knows nothing but reaction, and leaps from one extreme to another.
Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
If we survive danger it steels our courage more than anything else.
Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith.
Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it.
Forgiveness is the final form of love.
Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in a lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.
Democracies are indeed slow to make war, but once embarked upon a martial venture are equally slow to make peace and reluctant to make a tolerable, rather than a vindictive, peace.
The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.
There is no cure for the pride of a virtuous nation but pure religion.
There are historic situations in which refusal to defend the inheritance of a civilization, however imperfect, against tyranny and aggression may result in consequences even worse than war.
The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it.