Top 10 St John Paul II Quotes of All Time

There are hundreds of amazing Saint John Paul II quotes. Here are my all-time top ten favorite quotes from Saint John Paul II:

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  1. “Faith and Reason are like two wings of the human spirit by which is soars to the truth.” (my personal favorite JP2 quote!)
  2. “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and Alleluia is our song.”
  3. “Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
  4. “I plead with you! Never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.”
  5. “The worst prison would be a closed heart.”
  6. “A person’s rightful due is to be treated as an object of love, not as an object for use.”
  7. “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”
  8. “It is the duty of every man to uphold the dignity of every woman.” (this is a great one, gentlemen!)
  9. “If He asks much of you, it is because He knows you can give much.”
  10. “Love between man and woman cannot be built without sacrifices and self-denial.”

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  • RAM

    I’ll stand with “Faith and Reason are like two wings of the human spirit by which is soars to the truth.” as my fav one.

  • # 6 on your list is a beautiful!

    One of my favorites is from his Letter to Priests in 2001: “”The Christian life to be aimed at cannot be reduced to a mediocre commitment to “goodness” as society defines it; it must be a true quest for holiness.”

    Thanks for sharing – looking forward to the Saint John XXIII list as well – I know woefully little about him.

  • 7, 8, and 9 are a tie. Love the simplicity of truth! Hey Dr. Taylor, where are these quotes derived?

  • Shawn M

    With the Eucharist we digest, as it were, the “secret” of the resurrection. (EE. 18)

  • Chris

    # 4 is great! Thanks for the quotes!!

  • MRI

    I think an important quote for the current time is #7. “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”

  • Nicholas Hardesty

    Can you provide the sources for these quotes?

  • Darren

    “Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

  • Mo Tom

    Thank you Dr. Marshall for all you do. Typo in #1 “…by which is soars…”?

  • Mann for sin hatt

    #4 “I plead with you! Never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.”
    The best, and what give courage and comfort, all time, every time!

  • Pilar

    My two favourite quotes by Saint John Paul II are the following:

    -Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.
    -An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.
    God bless
    An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.
    God bless

  • Don M

    # 5 & 7. IF I hadnt opened my heart I would not being joining the Catholic faith. Only with an opem heart can we receive and give love and the holy Spirit.
    Family binds us together. It gives us a sense of belonging. It gives us love and how to care for one another.

  • Janice Belbey

    “Learn to love human love”

  • Robb

    WYD 2002 is so uplifting and sums up much of his message: “We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son.”

  • geekborj

    “by which IT soars to the truth”? Also my favorite. I also like it that you added as the last (though not the least) regarding the virtues in marriage.

  • JMJT

    “Do not be afraid” was something JPii lived, even doing politically provocative things to save Poland from Communism , surely realizing that getting shot was hardly an impossibility.

    • Gaffer7

      Like this one – “Do not be afraid” — also his motto – TOTUS TUUS! — He was in the arms of Mary!

  • Kathleen

    Thank you Taylor, for the quotes of JP11. wHAT ABOUT SOME FROM PIUS X11?

  • elbo43

    “Sooner or later a world without God is built against the human being.”
    I’m not sure where the quote is from but I know that it is from PJPII.

  • Lamont

    “Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth” is the translation of the first sentence of Fides et Ratio as it was published in 1998.

  • DomsAbunda

    You forgot this: An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.
    — Pope Saint John Paul II

  • duhem

    my favorite is #1…”faith and reason”…here’s another quote that i like, as a physicist:

    “Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.” St. John Paul II, Letter to Rev. George Coyne, S.J., Director of the Vatican Observatory.

    Bob Kurland

  • Alistid Laudfas

    “Love between man and woman cannot be built without sacrifices and self-denial’ this is the most touching one

  • Karen

    Number 1

  • Joy Marshall

    Number 2 is my favorite. It comes to mind whenever people question our large family, mass attendance, etc…

  • Victor

    I like them all Doctor Marshall! They are kind of like 10 more Commandments to live by. By the way our priest was at John Paul 11 ordination and brought back some medallions for us and I gave mine to our oldest daughter and she showed me yesterday that she was wearing it to. Don’t tell anyone cause I might be in trouble with the rest of our five daughters but our priest only had so many to go around. 🙁
    God Bless

  • angelic_dr

    “The Church proposes; she imposes nothing” (from Redemptoris Missio).

  • Tina V. Santos

    No. 3, my favorite and which I try hard to follow: “Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

  • Connie

    “We must go to this Child, this Man, the Son of God, at whatever inconvenience, at whatever risk to ourselves, because to know and love him will truly change our lives.”
    –homily at Central Park, 1995

  • Mary McGuire

    If He asks much of you, it is b/c He knows you can give much… I know He will never give me more than I can handle, but it;s scary when asking What is it Lord you want of me to handle?

  • Mary Martha Pazos

    In Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela, an industrial city, Pope John Paul II pointed out that work is made for man, not man for work. He also told us that we had to transform ourselves, that changes in the world begin within each of us. He stressed the value of life from the moment of conception and the importance of the family. I still remember his words: “Hay que transformarse a si mismo”.

  • Maureen

    One of my favorite quotes is “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” I see it as very good advice and perhaps a warning. If we were wise enough to see this as “advice” and act on it with prayers for the families and changes wherever we could in our own lives, wouldn’t this be wonderful!

  • Jodi Phillips

    Does anyone know where #8 was originally said?

  • Joe Berezoski

    It is the duty of every man to uphold the dignity of every woman!!!!!

  • Paul

    #4 is the most famous and influential one, for its historical context. This is the line that initiated freedom movement in Eastern Europe 🙂