Philip Vera Cruz quotes

  • Like most parents, I've been stumped by homework, the big questions, such as: 'What is the point of geography - the pilot always knows where we are going?'. Answer: 'If you didn't know any geography, people would think you were an American, and you wouldn't be able to put them right because you wouldn't know where they live.'

  • A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business.

  • I think I feel rather differently about sympathy to what seems the normal view. I like just to feel it is there, but not always expressed.

  • Indo-European peoples and Semitic peoples are today still completely different... Jews almost everywhere form a special society... Muslims (the Semitic spirit is today represented mainly by Islam) and the Europeans stand face to face like two beings of different species, having nothing common in the way of thinking and feeling...

  • I know that you should always say yes to adventures or you'll lead a very dull life.

  • How should they answer?

  • The curse should no longer rest upon the world itself, but upon that which is sinful in it, and instead of monastic flight from the world the duty is now emphasized of serving God in the world, in every position in life.

  • Every student deserves to be treated as a potential genius.

  • Food is a gift and should be treated reverentially--romanced and ritualized and seasoned with memory.

  • The appointing power of the Pope is treated as a public trust, and not as a personal perquisite.