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Pope John Paul II quotes

You will reciprocally promise love, loyalty and matrimonial honesty. We only want for you this day that these words constitute the principle of your entire life and that with the help of divine grace you will observe these solemn vows that today, before God, you formulate.

You are our dearly beloved brothers, and in a certain way, it could be said that you are our elder brothers.

The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message.

The future starts today, not tomorrow.

The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.

As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.

Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.

Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.

Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it.

An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.

Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.

To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.

Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.

Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.

Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family - a domestic church.

Young people are threatened... by the evil use of advertising techniques that stimulate the natural inclination to avoid hard work by promising the immediate satisfaction of every desire.

When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.

Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.

I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin.

The historical experience of socialist countries has sadly demonstrated that collectivism does not do away with alienation but rather increases it, adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic inefficiency.