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Saint Francis de Sales
August 21, 1567 - December 28, 1622
Nationality: Swiss
Category: Clergyman
Subcategory: Swiss Clergyman

Be who you are and be that well.


Those who love to be feared fear to be loved.


Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.


There was never an angry man that thought his anger unjust.

    Topics: Anger

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


A good discourse is that from which nothing can be retrenched without cutting into the quick.


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


We must never undervalue any person. The workman loves not that his work should be despised in his presence. Now God is present everywhere, and every person is His work.


Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections.

    Topics: Courage

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.


A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship.

    Topics: Friendship

Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off.


While I am busy with little things, I am not required to do greater things.


There are no galley-slaves in the royal vessel of divine love - every man works his oar voluntarily!


True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.


Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs.


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


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


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