To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.
Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but is also their means of communication. It is the same with us and God. Every separation is a link.
Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.
For when two beings who are not friends are near each other there is no meeting, and when friends are far apart there is no separation.
Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it.
Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand.
A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves.
Humility is attentive patience.
The poison of skepticism becomes, like alcoholism, tuberculosis, and some other diseases, much more virulent in a hitherto virgin soil.
Every perfect life is a parable invented by God.
Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.
The only way into truth is through one's own annihilation; through dwelling a long time in a state of extreme and total humiliation.
It is only the impossible that is possible for God. He has given over the possible to the mechanics of matter and the autonomy of his creatures.
More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic.
Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates. The truth is, nobody really possesses it.
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