"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."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Pope John Paul II on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Pope John Paul II on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Pope John Paul II on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Pope John Paul II on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Pope John Paul II on Mark Twain
"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."
"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."
"There are people and nations, Mother, that I would like to say to you by name. I entrust them to you in silence, I entrust them to you in the way that you know best."
"Humanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war, on whose stage of death and pain only remain standing the negotiating table that could and should have prevented it."
"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."