If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him.
People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become, and they pay for it, very simply, by the lives they lead.
It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.
Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.
An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.
Everything in life depends on how that life accepts its limits.
People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.
Words like freedom, justice, democracy are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what these are. It takes enormous and, above all, individual effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply.
Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
I conceive of God, in fact, as a means of liberation and not a means to control others.
The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others.
The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
You know, it's not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself.