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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Fulton J. Sheen on patience, power, timing, God, religion, spirituality, happiness, philosophy and confession.

100 Motivational Quotes By Fulton J. Sheen

Quick Facts

Famous As: Archbishop

Born On: May 8, 1895

Died On: December 9, 1979

Born In: El Paso, Illinois

Died At Age: 84

Fulton J Sheen summarized life and living in his simple quote ‘Life is like a cash register, in that every account, every thought, every deed, like every sale, is registered and recorded.’ An American bishop of the Catholic Church, Sheen claimed limelight for his work in television and radio. Despite taking the religious route, he did not shy away from trying new avenues and new ventures. After making a mark in the world of books, Sheen progressed to radio wherein he started a weekly show, ‘The Catholic Hour’. Impressed by the phenomenal success in radio, Sheen switched to television wherein he came up with the show, ‘Life is Worth Living’. The show had him speaking to the camera and discussing moral issues of the day. He often used blackboard drawings to help understand his topic to the viewers. Through his show, he preached the importance of moral values in life and touched various controversial subjects like communism and socialism. Sheen’s contribution to televised preaching has made him one of the first televangelists. A powerful preacher, Sheen left behind a rich legacy that includes some of the highly meaningful quotes and sayings that are sure to make you ponder. Check Fulton J Sheen’s collection of quotes and thoughts to get a new perspective about life. 

Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is "timing" it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.

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Sometimes the only way the good Lord can get into some hearts is to break them.

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Criticism of others is thus an oblique form of self-commendation. We think we make the picture hang straight on our wall by telling our neighbors that all his pictures are crooked.

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If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.

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Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter Sunday.

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Hearing nuns' confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn.

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There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.

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The difference between the love of a man and the love of a woman is that a man will always give reasons for loving, but a woman gives no reasons for loving.

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Far better it is for you to say: "I am a sinner," than to say: "I have no need of religion." The empty can be filled, but the self-intoxicated have no room for God.

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You must remember to love people and use things, rather than to love things and use people.

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Too many people get credit for being good, when they are only being passive. They are too often praised for being broadminded when they are so broadminded they can never make up their minds about anything.

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Any book which inspires us to lead a better life is a good book.

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To tell a woman who is forty, "You look like sixteen," is boloney. The blarney way of saying it is "Tell me how old you are, I should like to know at what age women are the most beautiful.

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A woman gets angry when a man denies his faults, because she knew them all along. His lying mocks her affection; it is the deceit that angers her more than the faults.

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Once you have surrendered yourself, you make yourself receptive. In receiving from God, you are perfected and completed.

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When a child is given to his parents, a crown is made for that child in Heaven, and woe to the parents who raise a child without consciousness of that eternal crown!

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Love is a mutual self-giving which ends in self-recovery.

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We become like that which we love. If we love what is base, we become base; but if we love what is noble, we become noble.

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Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love?

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A man may stand for the justice of God, but a woman stands for His Mercy.

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For a woman, love is its own reason. "I love you because I love you.

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Broadmindedness, when it means indifference to right and wrong, eventually ends in a hatred of what is right.

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Nothing ever happens in the world that does not happen first inside human hearts.

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The danger today is in believing there are no sick people, there is only a sick society.

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Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.

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Science is not wisdom.

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The principle of democracy is a recognition of the sovereign, inalienable rights of man as a gift from God, the Source of law.

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There are two ways of waking up in the morning. One is to say, 'Good morning, God,' and the other is to say, 'Good God, morning'!

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Whenever man attempts to do what he knows to be the Master's will, a power will be given him equal to the duty.

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Man wants three things; life, knowledge, and love.

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The egocentric is always frustrated, simply because the condition of self-perfection is self-surrender. There must be a willingness to die to the lower part of self, before there can be a birth to the nobler.

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A woman never tells you why she loves; she just tells you how she loves.

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Communism is the final logic of the dehumanization of man.

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Man is incurably curious.

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Knowing belongs to man's intellect or reason; loving belongs to his will. The object of the intellect is truth; the object of the will is goodness or love.

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All love craves unity. As the highest peak of love in the human order is the unity of husband and wife in the flesh, so the highest unity in the Divine order is the unity of the soul and Christ in communion.

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Love burdens itself with the wants and woes and losses and even the wrongs of others.

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We are all born with the power of speech, but we need grammar. Conscience, too, needs Revelation.

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It was to a virgin woman that the birth of the Son of God was announced. It was to a fallen woman that His Resurrection was announced.

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Why is it that any time we speak of temptation we always speak of temptation as something that inclines us to wrong. We have more temptations to become good than we do to become bad.

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Head knowledge is worthless, unless accompanied by submission of the will and right action.

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Each of us makes his own weather, determines the color of the skies in the emotional universe which he inhabits.

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The higher the love, the more demands will be made on us to conform to that ideal.

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...discussion is also a most excellent means to avoid -decision-

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The very freedom which the sinner supposedly exercises in his self-indulgence is only another proof that he is ruled by the tyrant.

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You are infinitely precious because you are loved by God.

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When you think of the condition the world is in now you sometimes wish that Noah had missed the boat.

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When the will loves anything that is below it in dignity, it degrades itself.

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It is easier to write a book with footnotes than the same book written so that children can understand it.

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Wars come from egotism and selfishness. Every macrocosmic or world war has its origin in microcosmic wars going on inside millions and millions of individuals.

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If we use our lives for other purposes than those given by God, not only do we miss happiness, but we actually hurt ourselves and beget in us queer little "kinks".

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Skeptics always want miracles such as stepping down from the Cross, but never the greater miracle of forgiveness.

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Moral principles do not depend on a majority vote. Wrong is wrong, even if everybody is wrong. Right is right, even if nobody is right.

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Charity is to be measured, not by what one has given away, but by what one has left.

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What is discovered may be abused, but that does not mean the discovery was evil.

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Counsel involving right and wrong should never be sought from a man who does not say his prayers.

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We must go out to Pure Life, Pure Truth, Pure Love, and that is the definition of God. He is the ultimate goal of life; from Him we came, and in Him alone do we find our peace.

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Why is anyone lovable - if it be not that God put His love into each of us?

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The old liberal rebelled against taxation without responsibility, the new liberal wants the taxation as a handout without responsibility.

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But there was no room at the inn"; the inn is the gathering place of public opinion; so often public opinion locks its doors to the King.

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The family tree of earthly ancestors was really not important; what was important was the family tree of the children of God He planted on Calvary.

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The man is interested in the sowing of wheat in the field; the woman in making the bread.

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Communism is an aggressive religion of the species.

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Love of self without love of God is selfishness; love of neighbor without love of God embraces only those who are pleasing to us, not those who are hateful.

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The more He loved those for whom He was the ransom, the more His anguish would increase, as it is the faults of friends rather than enemies which most disturb hearts!

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As our Lord said, "Where your treasure is, there is your heart also." Hence the least love of God is worth more than the knowledge of all created things.

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The science of a religious man must be scientific; the religion of a scientific man must be religious.

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The big print giveth and the fine print taketh away.

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The greatest influence in writing was G. K. Chesterton who never used a useless word, who saw the value of a paradox, and avoided what was trite.

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The soul cannot be seen in a biological laboratory, any more than pain can be seen on an operating table.

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To deny the necessity or value of metaphysics is to assert a metaphysical principle, just as to say a religion must be without dogmas is to assert a dogma.

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‎"Eternity is without succession, a simultaneous possession of all joys. To those who live toward Eternity, it really is not something at the end; it is that which influences every moment of the now.

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The proud man counts his newspaper clippings; the humble, his blessings.

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If, in his pride, he considers God as a challenge, he will deny Him; and if God becomes man and therefore makes Himself vulnerable, he will crucify Him.

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Once a man ceases to be of service to his neighbor, he begins to be a burden to him.

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At Cana, [Mary] gave Him as a Savior to sinners; on the Cross He gave her as a refuge to sinners.

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Learning comes from books; penetration of a mystery from suffering.

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F it be a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God,It is a more terrible thing to fall out of them.

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Scepticism is never certain of itself, being less a firm intellectual position than a pose to justify bad behavior.

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If you know where you are, you do not know how fast you are moving, and if you know how fast you are moving, you do not know where you are.

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This is what Aristotle meant when he said that the object of science is the necessary and the universal; man and not this man.

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The deaf who deny they are deaf will never hear; the sinners who deny there is sin deny thereby the remedy of sin, and thus cut themselves off forever from Him Who came to redeem.

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Facts themselves do not give knowledge

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Philosophy, like science, is only a collection of hypotheses, introduced for the usefulness of the ensemble, or for economy of thought.

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To those who rejected Him, righteousness would one day appear as a terrible justice; to the sinful men who accepted Him and allied themselves to His life, righteousness would show itself as mercy.

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Love itself starts with the desire for something good.

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Say to yourself over and over again regardless of what happens: “God loves me!” And then add: “And I will try to love Him!

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One can yearn for another after knowing flesh unity, but it is impossible to yearn for another after soul unity.

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The lover of God never knows the words “too much.” Those who accuse others of loving God or religion too much really do not love God at all, nor do they know the meaning of love.

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From - Your Life is Worth Living: If it be a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God,It is a more terrible thing to fall out of them.

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Since evil is nothing positive, there can be no principle of evil. It has no meaning expect in reference to something good.

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Abstraction is the condition of the science of metaphysics, but in no way is its content.

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Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is timing. It wait on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.

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The term science means something quite different for our generation than it did not so many generations ago.

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Being is the soul of every concept, of every judgment and of every reasoning.

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The physicist takes water, abstracts its quantitatively measurable aspects, reaches results about these aspects, and ignores the rest.

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The 'fullness of reality' in the second sense of the term is perceived by a combination of both intellect and sense, the senses knowing the particular characteristics, the intellect knowing the nature.

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This is a very imperfect analogy, because the nature of a thing is not a core but a principle.

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In a like manner, as soon as we know the meaning of being and the meaning of nonbeing, we know that a thing cannot be and not be at one and the same time, and under the same formal consideration.

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The Angelic Doctor himself is not certain that the astronomical theories of his own time explain the heavens and the movements of the sun and the stars

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