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Book Title: Way to Happiness|
The author of the book: Fulton J. Sheen
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Edition: Saint Pauls/Alba House
Date of issue: January 29th 2008
ISBN 13: 9780818907753
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Our exterior world today is in desperate straits, but the inner world of man is far from hopeless. The world of politics and economics lags behind the psychological development of men themselves… [P]eace will come less from political changes than from man himself, who, driven to take refuge within his own soul from the turmoil without, will be lifted above himself to the happiness for which he was made.
[T]he man who lives only for his own impulses keeps very bad company.
A revolution is involved whenever any soul dethrones the ego which has mastered him and submits, instead, to the principle of love. A revolution occurs whenever humility replaces pride in us, and we abandon foolish striving for “success” and notoriety.
There is a profound difference in quality between the possessions that we need, and use, and actually enjoy, and the accumulations of useless things we accumulate out of vanity or greed or the desire to surpass others.
Hatred comes from want of knowledge, as love comes from knowledge; thus bigotry is properly related to ignorance.
We love to see ourselves idealized in the minds of others. That is one of the beautiful joys of love. We become fresh, innocent, brave, strong in the mind of the beloved. Love covers up the corruption of the soul… When the other thinks well of us, we ty to be worthy of that opinion… That is why too, one of the basic principles of life ought to be to assume goodness in others; thus we make them good.
If we break the law of temperance, a headache follows.
The alarming amount of hatred loose in the modern world is largely caused by guilt: the man who hates himself begins to hate his fellowmen. Unconfessed, and sometimes unadmitted sins create a deep unease within the personality… the balance has to be, somehow, restored; the self must somehow be placed in a more favorable light. The right way to do this is to admit, confess and do penance for our sins. The wrong way… which many unhappy people take today… is to make the self seem better, sins and all, by detracting from someone else.
Many people who are very kind in their own homes and offices can become very unkind and selfish once they get behind the steering wheel of an automobile. This is probably due the the fact that in their own home they are known; in the automobile they have the advantage of anonymity and hence can be almost brutal without fear of discovery.
A life of faith and with peace of soul can be cultivated only by periodical isolation from the cares of the world.
Men who are gentle at home and kind to friends, become like raging beasts growling at the stupidity of every other driver once they get behind a wheel where anonymity protects them.
Only on the principle of giving can the inequalities of the human race be adjusted, can the strong help the weak, and social peace reign among them.
Existence implies the right to have sufficient food and clothing and a place to live; it does not, however, imply the right to have a sea-going yacht. Our rights to own property, to have things, decrease as the objects are farther and farther removed from our personal necessities.
Religion must not be a cloak covering the dagger of hate.
No alcoholic is cured until he finds something to value more highly than the attraction of alcohol.
Instead of making the hat of governmental policy fit the head of man, the modern tendency is to cut off the head if it does not fit the hat… to demand that institutions, political schemes and social theories must prevail, no matter if their cost proves to be the destruction of man himself.
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Read information about the authorFulton John Sheen, born Peter John Sheen was an American archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. His cause for canonization for sainthood was officially opened in 2002, and so he is now referred to as a "Servant of God".
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