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Saint Francis of Assisi Inspiring Quotes and Sayings

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Excerpt from Wikipedia: St. Francis of Assisi (Italian: San Francesco d’Assisi, born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, but nicknamed Francesco (“the Frenchman”) by his father, 1181/1182 – October 3, 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers followed by the early members of the Order of Friars Minor or the monastic lives of the Poor Clares. Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

Inspiring Quotes and Sayings by Saint Francis of Assisi

1. All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.

2. Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

3. He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.

4. The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today.

5. Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received – only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.

6. For it is in giving that we receive.

7. While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.

8. True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.

9. No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.

10. Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

11. Where there is discord, may we bring harmony.
Where there is error, may we bring truth.
Where there is doubt, may we bring faith.
And where there is despair, may we bring hope.

12. It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.

13. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

14. 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 .

15. Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission – to be of service to them wherever they require it.

16. A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.