Pope John XXIII
I am able to follow my own death step by step. Now I move softly towards the end.
The council now beginning rises in the Church like the daybreak, a forerunner of most splendid light.
Here I am at the end of the road and at the top of the heap.
Italians come to ruin most generally in three ways, women, gambling, and farming. My family chose the slowest one.
Anybody can be Pope; the proof of this is that I have become one.
Born poor, but of honored and humble people, I am particularly proud to die poor.
A peaceful man does more good than a learned one.
It often happens that I wake up at night and begin to think about a serious problem and decide I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope.
It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.
Every man has the right to life, to bodily integrity.
See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little.
The family is the first essential cell of human society.
The true and solid peace of nations consists not in equality of arms, but in mutual trust alone.
It is now for the Catholic Church to bend herself to her work with calmness and generosity. It is for you to observe her with renewed and friendly attention.
The feelings of my smallness and my nothingness always kept me good company.