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Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
If a superior give any order to one who is under him which is against that man's conscience, although he do not obey it yet he shall not be dismissed.
No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.
If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty: permit the distinctive sign of our order to be that it does not possess anything of its own beneath the sun, for the glory of your name, and that it have no other patrimony than begging.1