Top 10 Francis of Assisi Quotes

Saint Francis of Assisi(c. 1181-October 3, 1226), born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, is one of the most famous saints who ever lived. He sacrificed a life of wealth to devote his life to the Catholic Church.

Here are his top ten most inspirational quotes:


Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

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For it is in giving that we receive.

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Preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary use words.

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All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.

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Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith.

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Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.

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It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

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It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.

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Lord, make me a channel of your peace,
Where there is hatred may I bring love,
Where there is wrong, may I bring the spirit of forgiveness,
Where there is discourse, may I bring harmony,
Where there is error, may I bring truth,
Where there is doubt, May I bring faith,
Where there is despair, may I bring hope,
Where there is shadows, may I bring light,
Where there is sadness, may I bring joy.

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Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received- only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.

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Thank you Francis of Assisi!

Interesting Francis of Assisi Facts:

  • He loved animals and the environment, and is remembered as the Patron Saint of Animals and Ecology.
  • Pope Francis took his name.
  • He was declared a saint two years before his passing.

What are some of your favorite quotes?


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