"If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine. "
"Once you accept the existence of God - however you define him, however you explain your relationship to him - then you are caught forever with his presence in the centre of all things. "
"I look out this window and think this is a cosmos, this is a huge creation, this is one small corner of it. The trees and the birds and everything else and I am part of it. I didn't ask to be put here. I've been lucky finding myself here. "
"And I've always worked on the principle that if it interests me enough to write about it, then it must interest a lot of other people. "
"One has to accept pain as a condition of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to the total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying. "
"If God be God and man a creature made in image of the divine intelligence, his noblest function is the search for truth. "
"You know one of the causes of modern despair is the fact that we have had proposed to us, from various quarters, an impossible perfection. "
"Man is a creature who walks in two worlds and traces upon the walls of his cave the wonders and the nightmare experiences of his spiritual pilgrimage. "
"The fact is that the learning process goes on, and so long as the voices are not stilled and the singers go on singing some of it gets through"
"None of us is guaranteed against failure or corruption of any kind; witness what's going on in the world in this moment, the follies of human nature and the failures of human nature. "