“Real love is about loving and letting yourself be loved. It’s harder to let yourself be loved than to love. That is why it is so difficult to come to the perfect love of God. We can love Him but we must let ourselves be loved by Him. Real love is being open to the love that comes to you. The love that surprises us. If you only have information you are not surprised. Love surprises because it opens a dialogue of loving and being loved. God is a God of surprise because He loved us first. God awaits us to surprise us. Let us allow ourselves to be surprised by God. Let us not have a computer psychology that makes us think we know it all. All answers on computers – but no surprises. The challenge of love. God reveals himself through surprises.” – Pope Francis

“So many of you have lost everything. I don’t know what to say to you. But the Lord does know what to say to you. Some of you have lost part of your families. All I can do is keep silent and walk with you all with my silent heart.This is what comes from my heart. Forgive me if I have no other words to express myself. Please know that Jesus never lets you down.” – Pope Francis

“It is important to dream in the family. All mothers and fathers dream of their sons and daughters in the womb for nine months. They dream of how they will be. It isn’t possible to have a family without such dreams. When you lose this capacity to dream you lose the capacity to love, the capacity to love is lost. I recommend that at night when you examine your consciences, ask yourself if you dreamed of the future of your sons and daughters. Did you dream of your husband or wife? Did you dream today of your parents, your grandparents who carried forward the family to me? It is so important to dream and especially to dream in the family. Please don’t lose the ability to dream in this way. How many solutions are found to family problems if we take time to reflect, if we think of a husband or wife, and we dream about the good qualities they have. Don’t ever lose the memory of when you were boyfriend or girlfriend. That is very important.” – Pope Francis

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” – Seneca 

“There is no time like the present and no present like time. Those who take advantage of their advantage get the advantage in this world. Don’t find yourself at the end of your life saying, “What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I had realized and appreciated it sooner.” – John Mason, Let Go of Whatever Holds You Back

“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.” – Thomas Edison

“Realistic people with practical aims are rarely as realistic or practical in the long-run of life as the dreamers who pursue their dreams.” – Hans Selye