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Pope John Paul Quotes


"Pope John Paul didn't die - he pre-boarded." - Christopher Titus

"Pope John Paul would be more popular if he called himself Pope John Paul George and Ringo." - Paul Krassner

"Pope John Paul II's press secretary, who said, See, if only the Pope were Italian, he woulda shot back! Never got a dinner!" - Red Buttons

"In life, as in death, Pope John Paul II was one of the most visible people on Earth." - Chris Matthews

"The last person to be beatified by Pope John Paul II was Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 2003." - Chris Matthews

"Pope John Paul, a man of peace and compassion, was one of the most revered leaders of our time." - Bill Williams

"An ambassador for peace, Pope John Paul II stood steadfast against communism and condemned discrimination against all people." - Shelley Berkley

"[Without Pope John Paul II] there would be no end of Communism or at least much later, and the end would have been bloody." - Lech Walesa

"Pope John Paul II stands like a rock against all opposition in his clear enunciation of the foundational principles of the Christian faith." - Pat Robertson

"George W. Bush, who said to Pope John Paul II, Give us a visit, and bring the missus. Never got a dinner!" - Red Buttons

"Pope John Paul II is the great. Only two other popes had that title. Does that suggest there is going to be a move for canonization?" - Chris Matthews

"The Catholic Church [with Pope John Paul II] has lost its shepherd. The world has lost a champion of human freedom." - Chris Matthews

"Pope John Paul II was unquestionably the most influential voice for morality and peace in the world during the last 100 years." - Billy Graham

"[Pope Francis] did something that both his two predecessors had failed to do - John Paul II and Benedict. Francis met with the Russian patriarch of the Orthodox Church." - Sylvia Poggioli

"Pope John Paul II not only was a powerful spiritual leader for Catholics but also a world leader of extraordinary consequence during the last quarter-century." - Mike Ferguson

"Pope John Paul II not only visited Nigeria twice but stood by the country in its fight against dictatorship and injustice." - Olusegun Obasanjo

"Pope John Paul II brought hope to all corners of the world, to people of all faiths and backgrounds, with his powerful belief in the human spirit." - Jerry Costello

"In the annals of history, few men have left a more positive imprint on the world than Pope John Paul II." - Vito Fossella

"Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me - a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord." - Pope Benedict Xvi

"We have lost a very important religious figure who dedicated his life to peace and justice for all. [on the death of Pope John Paul II" - Mahmoud Abbas

"I found myself immediately attracted to Pope John Paul II when, upon his election to the Papacy, his published speeches invariably called attention to the need for recognizing the dignity of the human being as a child of God." - Robert H Schuller

"Around the globe, millions more are mourning the death and celebrating the life of Pope John Paul II . Could any other world leader have drawn so many people to one place?" - Chris Matthews

"I had the good fortune of living in Rome for seven years, from 1994 to 2001. So, I kind of saw firsthand the impact that Pope John Paul II had on people." - Chris Matthews

"The pope has been called many things, historic figure, spiritual leader, moral force. But a growing chorus of voices has begun to refer to him as John Paul II the Great, in other words, as a saint." - Chris Matthews

"Those who saw Pope John Paul II either in person or through the mass media glimpsed a man who millions of Catholics believe may be one of the greatest popes in the history of the church." - Chris Matthews

"Over the last 2,000 years, 10,000 saints have been named, among them, 78 popes. At the time of his death, Pope John Paul II had the distinction of naming 482 saints, more than all of his predecessors combined." - Chris Matthews

"Public opinion aside, it will be up to the future pope to continue John Paul II's journey to sainthood. Many of the late pope's followers believe he is already there." - Chris Matthews

"Even if you're not a Catholic, even if you're not a Christian, in fact even if you have no religious faith at all, what people could see in Pope John Paul was a man of true and profound spiritual faith." - Chris Matthews

"The death of Pope John Paul II led many of different faiths and of no faith to acknowledge their debt to the Roman Catholic Church for holding on to absolutes that the rest of us can measure ourselves against." - Suzanne Fields

"I'm not Catholic, but I have a great deal of respect for Pope John Paul. I think that he has stood firm on the moral issues, and I admire him greatly." - James Dobson

"Apparently Pope John Paul II and his boys - is that what you call them? - loved one of my songs and thought I was putting spiritual messages in my music. I'm not religious as such. Dogma and I don't get along." - Gloria Estefan

"It is with extreme sadness that we hear of the passing of the leader of the world's Catholics, His Holiness Pope John Paul II, who commanded the three paths of religious learning, philosophical thought and poetical and artistic creativity." - Mohammad Khatami

"For us Catholics, John Paul II will be remembered as a traveling Pope ... and we should also remember he preached world peace. When the United States invaded Iraq, for example, John Paul II said it was an illegal and immoral act." - Hugo Chavez

"Pope John Paul II was a great presence on the stage. Pope Benedict is a much more gentle and refined person, and I think he benefits greatly from the television close-ups because he wants to engage in a dialogue, in conversation. He wants to put forward his views in a measured, eloquent, rational way." - Vincent Nichols

"John Keats / John Keats / John / Please put your scarf on." - J D Salinger

"The hope is that papal calls for a New Pentecost, which go back to St. John XXIII, and papal calls for a New Evangelization, which go back to Vatican II and especially to St. John Paul II, can come together. Pope Francis' vision is to bring together the reality of a New Pentecost with the urgency of a New Evangelization." - Ralph Martin

"John XXI was a very great pope and he's the one who actually corrected the liturgy. He did so because of his friend Jules Isaac, a French Jewish historian who was a friend of John Paul, of John 23rd, and he convinced him and he changed the liturgy, no more Jew, the perfidious Jew and so forth and now, and don't speak any more of the Jews killing Christ. Things have changed." - Elie Wiesel

"I think, internally, we Catholics have known this for a long time. I think we're just thrilled and grateful that the rest of the world now is sharing in the esteem and gratitude that we've had for Pope John Paul II for 26 and a half years." - Chris Matthews

"Pope John Paul II spoke with a lot of clarity and consistency. But he always spoke with immense compassion. He's the one who said the best way to love somebody is to tell them the truth. So, he did that well." - Chris Matthews

"His Holiness Pope John Paul II was a determined and deeply spiritual minded person for whom I had great respect and admiration. His experience in Poland, then a communist country, and my own difficulties with communists, gave us an immediate common ground" - Dalai Lama

"John Paul was the first modern pope to grow up in a secular culture: He attended public schools, danced with girls - indeed, as a teenager he had a crush on a beautiful Jewish girl who fled his hometown just ahead of the arrival of the Germans." - Carl Bernstein

"In the John Paul II days, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had the advantage of staying in his cupboard - the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - exchanging views only with the Pope, and speaking publicly only through carefully written missives on doctrinal issues." - Carl Bernstein

"Confession is something we will never outgrow, even if we become the saints God made us to be. Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta were revered even during their lifetime; but both made frequent use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation." - Donald Wuerl

"Pope Paul III was the greatest thief in the history of the church." - Peter O'Toole

"Pope Paul III was the greatest thief in the history of the church." - Peter Otoole

"What Paul says about Peter tells us more about Paul than about Peter." - Baruch Spinoza

"I can't stand John McCain." - Harry Reid

"I prefer the old masters, by which I mean John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford." - Orson Welles

"Pope John Paul II himself was kind of a rather independent, creative man. I remember being told by somebody who worked very close with him in preparation for his first visit to the United States in 1979, he studied our normative documents, Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, the Constitution. And he was amazed. He called his priests first thing in the morning and he said, he said, I thought America was a pagan country." - Chris Matthews

"Pope John Paul II was fascinated by the United States. And I think he was initially surprised at the vigor of the Catholic Church in the United States. Maybe some of the press that we had gotten he found wasn't true. No, I think he suspected the church in the United States. Did he challenge us to some things? Sure, he did. But, no, I always - I think there was a good alliance. There was a good gel there." - Chris Matthews

"If someone had told me I would be pope one day, I would have studied harder." - Pope John I

"John was closest of all to Paul; their relationship was very complex." - Cynthia Lennon

" a structural value of the social doctrine, as Blessed John Paul II reminded us." - Pope Francis

"Saint John Paul II, pray for us and especially for our youth." - Pope Francis

"John Paul to give me a shot, I'll never forget as long as I live." - Donnie Fritts

"John Paul II was one of the greatest men of the last century. Perhaps the greatest." - Henry A Kissinger

"But I always wound up being the damn John, when I wanted to be the Paul." - Courtney Love

"The fields are still ripe for harvesting (cf. Jn 4:35); God continues to give the growth (cf. 1 Cor 3:6). We can and must believe, with the late Pope John Paul II, that God is preparing a new springtime for Christianity (cf. Redemptoris Missio, 86). What is needed above all, at this time in the history of the Church in America, is a renewal of that apostolic zeal which inspires her shepherds actively to seek out the lost, to bind up those who have been wounded, and to bring strength to those who are languishing (cf. Ez 34:16)." - Pope Benedict Xvi

"I have chosen for my emblem a Star, representing the Virgin Mary, and the Eucharist. Those who know me as a professor of theology will remember my passion for the Eucharist from our classes. Blessed be God for this madness... We must live our commitment to society steeped in the Eucharist. We must take the Eucharist to the streets, both in the heart of the city and on the outskirts, to the poor neighborhoods and to hospitals... In order to obey the Resurrected Christ, I dare say with Pope John Paul II: 'Open wide the doors of your heart to the Holy Spirit.'" - Nicolas Cotugno

"All my sermons are prepared in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. As recreation is most pleasant and profitable in the sun, so homiletic creativity is best nourished before the Eucharist. The most brilliant ideas come from meeting God face to face. The Holy Spirit that presided at the Incarnation is the best atmosphere for illumination. Pope John Paul II keeps a small desk or writing pad near him whenever he is in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament; and I have done this all my life - I am sure for the same reason he does, because a lover always works better when the beloved is with him." - Fulton J Sheen

"Perhaps the dumbest of these story lines is that [Pope] Francis has re-opened conversation and debate in a Church that had been closed and claustrophobic for 35 years under John Paul II and Benedict XVI. I defy anyone who, over the last 35 years, has spent time on the campuses of Notre Dame or Georgetown, or who has read the National Catholic Reporter, or who has gone to a meeting of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, to make that claim without experiencing a twinge of conscience that says, "I should wash my mouth out with soap."" - George Weigel

"I was blessed enough to meet Pope John Paul when I was about 19 or 20 years old in the Vatican; I had that privilege, .. My mother took me to visit him and I remember distinctly his incredible charisma and personal charm and his warmth and compassion. You felt it immediately the minute you met him, and that spirit I came away with, having met the man, is something that I've been constantly working on to infuse the character with, so that we can have his spirit and his love and his compassion, because that's really the essence of the man." - Cary Elwes

"When I first joined SAG, there was another John Reilly. My dad was John Reilly, too, but growing up I was John John. Nobody in life calls me John C. It's more like, 'Hey you, Step Brother!'" - John C Reilly

"I was lucky enough to be down at the studio the day John Paul Jones came down." - Chris Shiflett

"The Beatles, Paul, John, George and Ringo have done more for the fall of Communism than any other western institution." - Artemy Troitsky

"His [John Paul II] humanity, combined with his extraordinary spiritual authority, was unlike anything I've ever met." - Chris Matthews

"It was endlessly amusing to me to try to imitate John Lennon and Paul McCartney's harmonies using the guitar." - M Ward

"Paul McCartney and John Lennon would often write a song a day, so I have the same workmanlike philosophy." - Jason Mraz

"Yoko Ono never deserved any of the hate she got. Paul McCartney and John Lennon weren't getting along." - Patrick Stump

"There weren't a lot of girl singers around. Paul McCartney and John Lennon were the guys I looked up to." - Rick Springfield

"General [John] Pope is impulsive and hasty, but energetic, and, what is of most importance, patriotic and sound-perfectly sound.I look for good results." - Rutherford B Hayes

"Paul Newman's half Jewishand Florence Henderson's half, tooPut them together,What a fine looking Jew!" - Adam Sandler

"He helped John Cusak get his girlfriend back." - Chris Martin

"John you are not being open with me" - Elizabeth Proctor

"If you cut him, (John Bunyan) he'd bleed Scripture!" - Charles Spurgeon

"Little Willie John is the soul singer's soul singer." - Marvin Gaye

"John McDonnell is the Bear Bryant of track and field." - Frank Broyles

"Bill Clinton outshines John Adams in that regard." - Nat Hentoff

"I use Graf Edmonton for boots and John Wilson blades." - Oksana Baiul

"My favorite short-story writer is John Cheever." - Irwin Shaw

"John McCain... looks like a fraud to me." - Young Jeezy

"Poor John Simon - what a nightmare, to wake up in the morning and realize that you are John Simon." - Gore Vidal

"Well, first of all, let me say, Erik Palladino, Paul Schulze, Ian Reed Kesler, even Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Carly Pope, we just had an outstanding cast of a guest cast in [Suits]." - Aaron Korsh

"John Paul II called us Jews the older brothers of Christians. He represented humanity, dialogue and reconciliation, and he laid the foundation for religions to work together." - Moshe Katsav

"On the ordination of women, the church has spoken and said no. John Paul II, in a definitive formulation said that door is closed." - Pope Francis

"I think, like Ronald Reagan, in another way, in a secular way, John Paul II was a great communicator, but he was also a man of deep conviction." - Chris Matthews

"John Paul II spoke to the commoner and to the king, to the tyrant and to the democrat in that same language of freedom." - Chris Matthews

"We've actually bought quite a number of historical pieces. We are doing a piece on the abolitionists, Harper's Ferry and the abolitionist John Brown with Paul Giamatti." - John Landgraf

"The impact remains to be seen; I don't think we can measure the enduring impact of John Paul II, for example, for another hundred, perhaps two hundred, years." - George Weigel

"I met Paul in 1967, Ringo in 1985, and I saw George Harrison in a nightclub somewhere in L. A. I never met John." - Brian Wilson

"I won't apologize for ticket prices. I think we're well worth it. We consider ourselves in the elite touring acts, like the Stones, Elton John, Paul McCartney." - Glenn Frey

"Those who are used to a clergy take very lightly those who do not have a formal divinity degree: like Paul and Peter and James and John." - Dallin H. Oaks

"People say the Beatles were John Lennon. What is Paul McCartney? Chopped liver? But everyone has their own favourite members whose creativity they gravitate to. That's normal." - Mike Love

"Look at Paul McCartney, look at Elton John. They're jealous of Justin Timberlake. I'm sure they were jealous of me when I was in my imperial phase." - Robbie Williams

"John Paul II made it clear that... liberation theology based on the teaching of Jesus Christ was necessary, but liberation theology that used a Marxist analysis was unacceptable." - Claudio Hummes

"The pope dies, you get another pope." - Dino De Laurentiis

"I just saw a girl who said she saw John Lennon walking down the street in New York wearing a button that said, "I love Paul." She asked him: "Why are you wearing an 'I love Paul' button?", and he said: "Because I love Paul." - Harry Nilsson

"I think [Karl] Marx, Pope John XXIII or Rosa Luxemburg [had achieved the mode of existence].But it would be useless to look at a list of illustrious names." - Erich Fromm

"You should read in your own field only when you're young. When I was 8, 10, 12, 16, 25, I read science fiction. But then I went on to Alexander Pope and John Donne and Moliere to mix it up." - Ray Bradbury

"I will read anything by Laura Hillenbrand, Walter Isaacson, Barbara Kingsolver, John le Carre, John Grisham, Hilary Mantel, Toni Morrison, Anna Quindlen and Alice Walker." - Hillary Clinton

"It's always written that my father was a rich, conservative John Bircher. That is untrue. He was not rich. He was not a John Bircher." - Nancy Reagan

"I would love to see any one of those people again [Erik Palladino, Paul Schulze, Ian Reed Kesler, even Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Carly Pope,], and I definitely suspect we will see at least one or more of them again, but other than, obviously, Carly Pope, because we leave off anticipating seeing her again [in Suits], of the other ones, we have to figure out a way to make them come back and we haven't yet." - Aaron Korsh

"Marvin Miller, I suspect, is the most effective union organizer since John L. Lewis." - Studs Terkel

"I know Sir John will go, though he was sure it would rain cats and dogs." - Jonathan Swift

"I am but God's finger, John. If he would condemn Elizabeth, she will be condemned." - Abigail Williams

"For me, [John Wheeler] was the last Titan, the only physics superhero still standing." - Max Tegmark

"John von Neumann was the only student I was ever afraid of." - George Polya

"I fear John Knox's prayers more than an army of ten thousand men." - Mary Queen Of Scots

"When John Murtha, for example, said the Marines are killing innocent civilians in cold blood." - George W Bush

"John Brown's body lies a mould'ring in the grave, His soul goes marching on." - Thomas Brigham Bishop

"John Green is a very handsome, intelligent, and wise man. He smells really weird though." - Hank Green

"Screw you, John." "Sorry, Sylvie. Can't-they frown on that kind of thing between step-siblings." - Rosemary Clement-Moore

"[John Craske] painted like a man giving witness under oath to a wild story." - Sylvia Townsend Warner

"John Wayne was the meanest, nastiest man with the worst attitude that I ever worked with." - Jill Haworth

"Why does it take two days for a polaroid of John Major to appear?" - Barry Cryer

"Beneath this slab John Brown is stowed. He watched the ads, And not the road." - Ogden Nash

"Future is like an asshole. Everybody has one.-John Taylor (Nightside Series)" - Simon R. Green

"There has been only one manager, and his name is John McGraw." - Connie Mack

"I feel like part of me will die when John Goodman dies." - Chrissy Teigen

"I believe Lee Harvey Oswald did not kill John Kennedy. I believe that." - Jesse Ventura

"Dear God, please take care of your servant John Fitzgerald Kennedy." - Jackie Kennedy

"My idols are Richard Dreyfuss, Michael Keaton, John Goodman. Maybe that's what I want for me." - Breckin Meyer

"Why do you judge me as a musician, John? All I'm interested in is making money." - Glenn Miller

"John Kerry, who says he doesn't like outsourcing, wants to outsource our national security." - Zell Miller

"John Brown's effort was peculiar. It was not a slave insurrection." - George Haven Putnam

"I can't hear anything, John. Please, would you put on your headphones?" - Connie Sellecca

"I've always been a massive fan of John Mayer. I think he's very talented." - Ed Sheeran

"But, I've always loved John Mayer and I think T-Pain is brilliant." - Taylor Swift

"John McGovern taught me that it's OK to write repeatedly about the same things." - Colm Toibin

"I like John Carpenter. I like some of his films more than others." - Guillermo Del Toro

"I've always loved the blues, John Lee Hooker, Janis Joplin, Hendrix." - Eddie Money

"My friends call me Keith, but you can call me John." - Keith Moon

"Everyone in football knows what John Terry's like off the field" - Craig Bellamy

"There were always people like the pope. They serve a certain function, of course. They subsidize us. But, they don't create anything and they must never be allowed to stop the artist from creating." - Diane Frolov

"From Paul to Stalin, the popes who have chosen Caesar have prepared the way for Caesars who quickly learn to despise popes." - Albert Camus

"Paul and I, we never thought that we would make much money out of the thing. We just loved writing software." - Bill Gates

"Jean Paul Sartre says in "No Exit" that hell is other people. Well, our task in life is to make it heaven. Or at least earth." - Alan Alda

"The energy and commitment I've experienced from the Paul Mitchell Schools is overwhelming. I love working with them to create the magic it takes to make a difference." - Leeza Gibbons

"I was quite responsible for stirring things up. I conspired to get Ringo in for good; I talked to Paul and John until they came round to the idea." - George Harrison

"I've been blessed. I grew up and played and worked and created with the Freddie Mercury, the Jimi Hendrix, the Keith Richards, the John Paul Jones of my generation" - Steven Adler

"The Beatles is over, but John, Paul, George, and Ringo...God knows what relationship they'll have in the future. I don't know. I still love those guys! Because they'll always be those people who were that part of my life." - John Lennon

"You might learn as much about how to write by reading Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Wallace Stevens, Raymond Chandler, Saul Bellow, Paul Muldoon or a hundred other good novelists or poets than by seeing another round of John Ford revivals." - David Denby

"10 days before the death of St. John Paul II, in that Via Crucis of Holy Friday, Joseph Ratzinger said to the whole Church that it needed to clean up the dirt of the Church." - Pope Francis

"I already knew about this friendship between St. John Paul II and this philosopher [Ana Teresa Tymieniecka] when I was in Buenos Aires. It was known. Also her books are known." - Pope Francis

"The emphasis on the "peripheries" is also a distinctively "Franciscan" way of expressing the pope's respect for untutored popular piety - a respect, I might add, that was shared by St. John Paul II." - George Weigel

"Donald Trump has - he`s endorsed Kelly Ayotte. He endorsed Paul Ryan. He endorsed John McCain. He`s been incredibly gracious. I think he`s done his part to unify the party by becoming president for nominee fairly and squarely." - Kellyanne Conway

"The fact is that Paul Ryan's job is what John Boehner's job was in 2012 when Mitt Romney was running. his job is to make sure the Republicans get re-elected." - Kellyanne Conway

"It was very interesting time to be in England. Even at that point [John] Lennon and [Paul] McCartney influenced my writing. I thought, "maybe there is a huck or two in here I haven't thought of"." - Gordon Lightfoot

"I needed a song and I need a place to kind of get it out. John Paul [White] was there for me as a friend, and I really appreciated that because I just needed a place to go." - Matthew Mayfield

"The insanely gorgeous competition documentary on surfing obsession, Step Into Liquid - directed by Dana Brown and photographed by John-Paul Beeghly in hypnotic gradations of aquamarine - will send you into a dream state." - Elvis Mitchell



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