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Posted April 22, 2004

Book: Catholic Book of Quotations
Author: Leo Knowles
Our Sunday Visitor, Huntington, IN, pp.400

An excerpt from the Jacket:

The last time a Catholic said anything quotable, Harry Truman was in the White House. That’s what other reference books featuring Catholic quotations would have you believe, As if . . .

. . .Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, Archbishop Oscar Romero, and other outstanding contemporary Catholics never spoke or wrote a single word. Never offered counsel, encouragement, or consolation. Never voiced an original prayer or shared a valuable lesson.

The Catholic Book of Quotations is the only reference tool that presents not only the absolute best of the traditional quotes from the first nineteen-and-a-half centuries of the Church, but the choicest “gems” from its most recent decades, too. This is the book that features:

- hundreds of accurate quotations

- all items arranged in alphabetical order by topic

- a complete index of each quoted person, making it easy to focus on an individual

this is the reference work you need if you’re a:

- homilist

- teacher

- writer

- public speaker

- student

An excerpt from the book:


. . .A kindly word is of greater value than a gift, however precious.
St. Benedict

Be kind to all and severe to yourself
St. Teresa of Avila

Kind words are the music of the world
F.W. Faber

Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence or learning.
F. W. Faber

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes can be endless.
Blessed Mother Teresa


True friendship ought never to conceal what it thinks.
St. Jerome

Rightly has a friend been called “the half of my soul.”
St. Augustine

Just as the flattery of a friend can pervert, so the insult of an enemy can sometimes correct.
St. Augustine

Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.
St. Thomas Aquinas

Theirs is nothing worth the wear of winning,
But laughter and the love of friends.
Hilaire Belloc