Josemaría Escrivá

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Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, more commonly known as Josemaría Escrivá (1902–1975), was a Spanish priest and founder of Opus Dei.


  • "I am every day more convinced that happiness in Heaven is for those who know how to be happy on earth." (The Forge, no. 1005 [1])
  • "With God's grace, you have to tackle and carry out the impossible, because anybody can do what is possible." (The Forge, no. 216 [2])
  • "Even in our times, despite those who deny God, earth is very close to Heaven." (The Forge, no. 992 [3])
  • "The pedant interprets the simplicity and the humility of the wise man as ignorance." (Furrow, no. 434 [4])
  • "People who are stupid, unscrupulous, or hypocritical, think that others are just the same. And — this is the real pity — they treat them as if they were." (Furrow, no. 551 [5])
  • "The understanding that so many people demand of others is that everyone should join their party." (Furrow, no. 576 [6])
  • "It is easier to bustle about than to study, but it is also less effective." (Furrow, no. 524 [7])
  • "The higher a statue is raised, the harder and more dangerous the impact when it falls." (Furrow, no. 269 [8])
  • "For everyone, whatever his state — single, married, widowed or priest — chastity is a triumphant affirmation of love." (Furrow, no. 831 [9])
  • "Never say of anybody under you: he is no good. It is you who are no good, for you cannot find a place where he will be of use." (Furrow, no. 975 [10])
  • "Those in love do not know how to say good-bye: they are with one another all the time."
  • "The strength of a chain is the strength of its weakest link." (Furrow, no. 974 [11])
  • "Work is man's original vocation. It is a blessing from God, and those who consider it a punishment are sadly mistaken." (Furrow, no. 482 [12])
  • "You are ready to give your life for your honour ... Be ready to give up your honour for your soul." (Furrow, no. 614 [13])
  • "Gold, silver, jewels: dust, heaps of manure. Gratification, sensual pleasures, satisfaction of the appetites: like a beast, like a mule, like a cock, like a pig, like a bull. Honours, distinctions, titles: things of air, puffs of pride, lies, nothingness." (The Way, no. 677 [14])
  • "All the things of this world are no more than earth. Place them in a heap under your feet and you will be so much the nearer to heaven." (The Way, no. 676 [15])
  • "You are too calculating. Don't tell me you are young. Youth gives all it can: it gives itself without reserve." (The Way, no. 30 [16])
  • "True virtue is not sad or disagreeable, but pleasantly cheerful." (The Way, no. 657 [17])

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