"If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself you should say, “He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned."
— Epictetus (via fathershane)
"From time to time you have to deal with souls as you would with a fire in the hearth, giving it a good poke to get rid of the embers, which are what shine the most but are causing the fire of the love of God to die down."
— The Forge, Josemaría Escrivá
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
— Maya Angelou
"The Christian vocation consists in making heroic verse out of the prose of each day."
— St. Josemaria Escriva