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Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Be who you are and be that well.”

Be who you are and be that well.

— Saint Francis de Sales



Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.”

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “What we need is a cup of understanding, a barrel of love, and an ocean of patience.”

What we need is a cup of understanding, a barrel of love, and an ocean of patience.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Have patience with all things – but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You are perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And no amount of triumphs or tribulations can ever change that.”

Have patience with all things – but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You are perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And no amount of triumphs or tribulations can ever change that.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Every Christian needs a half-hour of prayer each day, except when he is busy, then he needs an hour.”

Every Christian needs a half-hour of prayer each day, except when he is busy, then he needs an hour.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “In everything, love simplicity.”

In everything, love simplicity.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.”

True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Have patience to walk with short steps until you have wings to fly.”

Have patience to walk with short steps until you have wings to fly.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us daily.”

Great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us daily.

— Saint Francis de Sales



Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “We must fear God out of love, not love Him out of fear.”

We must fear God out of love, not love Him out of fear.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.”

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.”

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.”

Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God. If at times we are somewhat stunned by the tempest, never fear. Let us take breath, and go on afresh.”

We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God. If at times we are somewhat stunned by the tempest, never fear. Let us take breath, and go on afresh.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.”

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “A spoon full of honey gets more flies than a barrel full of vinegar.”

A spoon full of honey gets more flies than a barrel full of vinegar.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul, except sin. God commands you to pray, but He forbids you to worry.”

Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul, except sin. God commands you to pray, but He forbids you to worry.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Take care of your health, that it may serve you to serve God.”

Take care of your health, that it may serve you to serve God.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “We have freedom to do good or evil; yet to make choice of evil, is not to use, but to abuse our freedom.”

We have freedom to do good or evil; yet to make choice of evil, is not to use, but to abuse our freedom.

— Saint Francis de Sales



Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “The Lord delights in every little step you take.”

The Lord delights in every little step you take.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Every morning prepare your soul for a tranquil day.”

Every morning prepare your soul for a tranquil day.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Is it not a great temptation to be so valiant in imagination and so cowardly in execution?”

Is it not a great temptation to be so valiant in imagination and so cowardly in execution?

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself.”

Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.”

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “God is present everywhere, and every person is His work.”

God is present everywhere, and every person is His work.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Truly it is a blessed thing to love on earth as we hope to love in Heaven, and to begin that friendship here which is to endure for ever there.”

Truly it is a blessed thing to love on earth as we hope to love in Heaven, and to begin that friendship here which is to endure for ever there.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Never be hurried in anything. Do all things calmly and in a spirit of repose. Do not lose your inward peace even if everything seems to be going wrong. What is anything in life compared to peace of soul?”

Never be hurried in anything. Do all things calmly and in a spirit of repose. Do not lose your inward peace even if everything seems to be going wrong. What is anything in life compared to peace of soul?

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Obedience is a consecration of the heart, chastity of the body, and poverty of all worldly goods to the Love and Service of God. Blessed indeed are the obedient, for God will never permit them to go astray.”

Obedience is a consecration of the heart, chastity of the body, and poverty of all worldly goods to the Love and Service of God. Blessed indeed are the obedient, for God will never permit them to go astray.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “There is nothing small in the service of God.”

There is nothing small in the service of God.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “God takes pleasure to see you take your little steps; and like a good father who holds his child by the hand, He will accommodate His steps to yours and will be content to go no faster than you. Why do you worry?”

God takes pleasure to see you take your little steps; and like a good father who holds his child by the hand, He will accommodate His steps to yours and will be content to go no faster than you. Why do you worry?

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Humility consists in not esteeming ourselves above other men, and in not seeking to be esteemed above them.”

Humility consists in not esteeming ourselves above other men, and in not seeking to be esteemed above them.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “The state of marriage is one that requires more virtue and constancy than any other; it is a perpetual exercise in mortification.”

The state of marriage is one that requires more virtue and constancy than any other; it is a perpetual exercise in mortification.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “It is not those who commit the least faults who are the most holy, but those who have the greatest courage, the greatest generosity, the greatest love, who make the boldest efforts to overcome themselves, and are not immediately apprehensive about tripping.”

It is not those who commit the least faults who are the most holy, but those who have the greatest courage, the greatest generosity, the greatest love, who make the boldest efforts to overcome themselves, and are not immediately apprehensive about tripping.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Make sickness itself a prayer.”

Make sickness itself a prayer.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Friendship requires great communication.”

Friendship requires great communication.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Mount Calvary is the academy of love.”

Mount Calvary is the academy of love.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “To love our neighbor in charity is to love God in man.”

To love our neighbor in charity is to love God in man.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Faith is like a bright ray of sun light. It enables us to see God in all things as well as all things in God.”

Faith is like a bright ray of sun light. It enables us to see God in all things as well as all things in God.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Pride dies 20 minutes after death.”

Pride dies 20 minutes after death.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “I have made a pact with my tongue, not to speak when my heart is disturbed.”

I have made a pact with my tongue, not to speak when my heart is disturbed.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Don’t get upset with your imperfections. Surrender to the Power of God’s Love, which is greater than our weakness.”

Don’t get upset with your imperfections. Surrender to the Power of God’s Love, which is greater than our weakness.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “He who stays not in his littleness, loses his greatness.”

He who stays not in his littleness, loses his greatness.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “If, when stung by slander or ill-nature, we wax proud and swell with anger, it is a proof that our gentleness and humility are unreal, and mere artificial show.”

If, when stung by slander or ill-nature, we wax proud and swell with anger, it is a proof that our gentleness and humility are unreal, and mere artificial show.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Doing little things with a strong desire to please God makes them really great.”

Doing little things with a strong desire to please God makes them really great.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “You learn to love by loving.”

You learn to love by loving.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “The whole world is not worth one soul.”

The whole world is not worth one soul.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “There is no artifice as good and desirable as simplicity.”

There is no artifice as good and desirable as simplicity.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Whatever happens, abide steadfast in a determination to cling simply to God.”

Whatever happens, abide steadfast in a determination to cling simply to God.

— Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales Quote: “Work hard every day at increasing your purity of heart, which consists in appraising things and weighing them in the balance of God’s will.”

Work hard every day at increasing your purity of heart, which consists in appraising things and weighing them in the balance of God’s will.

— Saint Francis de Sales

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