The spirit of Charles de Foucault

"To receive the grace of God you must go to the desert and stay awhile."

“It is not necessary to teach others, to cure them or to improve them; it is only necessary to live among them, sharing the human condition and being present to them in love.” 

“I no longer want a monastery which is too secure, I want a small monastery, like the house of a poor workman who is not sure if tomorrow he will find work and bread, who with all his being shares the suffering of the world.” 

I've learned
that you can't make someone love you.
All you can do is be someone who can be loved.
The rest is up to them.

 I've learned
that no matter how much I care,
some people just don't care back.

I've learned
that it takes years to build up trust
and only seconds to destroy it.

 I've learned
that it's not what you have in your life
but who you have in your life that counts.

I've learned
that you can get by on charm for fifteen minutes.
After that, you better know something.

 I've learned
that you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best that you can do.

I've learned
that it's not what happens to people,
it's what they do about it.

 I've learned
that no matter how thin you slice it,
there are always two sides.

I`ve learned
that it's taking me a long time
to become the person I want to be.

 I've learned
that you should always leave loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time that you see them.

 I've learned
that just because two people argue
it doesn't mean that they don't love each other.
And just because they don't argue,
it doesn't mean they do.

I've learned
that two people can look at the exact same thing
and see something totally different.

 I've learned
that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I've learned
that just because someone doesn't love you
the way you want them to doesn't mean
they don't love you with all they have.

I've learned
no matter how bad your heart is broken,
the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I've learned
that it's hard to determine where to draw the line
between being nice and not hurting people's feelings and standing up for what you believe.

 I've learned to love and be loved.

I've learned...