Do you know what is so awful about these endless battles over rights? There is no room left for poetry.
The Christian’s decision to see the world as ugly and evil has made the world ugly and evil.[quoting Nietzsche]
I have been in the minority all my life, Your Holiness. In fact, I belong to such a small minority that I am the only member.
What do you want to do, Bauer? Assassinate the pope? There would be no point. He would just rise again.
We’re always saying that “We guide people’s hearts.” But what does that mean? The heart, in and of itself, as I know perfectly well, is nothing more than an organ that beats. Sometimes it beats faster, sometimes it beats slower. Sometimes it stops. The heart is a mechanism. It means nothing. What does it mean exactly to guide people’s hearts? It means to rule emotion.
We are not champions of progress. We are champions of faith. We have a duty to be different, which is why we live with privations and sacrifices, while beyond these walls, life is comfort and pleasure. At times, these privations and sacrifices seem incomprehensible, wrong to us. But they are neither. In truth, they are mysterious. And we have a duty to be mysterious as well. This is our strength.