Good humour is goodness and wisdom combined. – Owen Meredith

1. (To the boys)

My children, jump, run and play and make all the noise you want but avoid sin like the plague and you will surely gain heaven. – Vol. 4.p.204

2. Let the boys have full liberty to jump run and shout as much as they please. Catechesis, music, declamation, dramatics and outings are most effective means of obtaining discipline and promoting morality and health. But care must be taken that the entertainment and the personals who take part in it and the words used, be beyond reproach. – Vol. 4. p. 382

3. An oratory without music is like a body without a soul. – Vol. 5.p.222

4. I want ot see my boys running and playing to their hearts content, because then I know what they are doing. – Vol. 6.p.3

5. (The need to avoiding games of concentration) The mind needs rest. – Vol. 6.p.224

6. Plays should be amusing and relaxing, but always constructive, moral and short. – Vol. 6.p.647

7. (In the November 1862, issue of Letture Cattoliche) Amusements are not necessarily bad, but it is not easy to choose and use them moderately. Always ask your confessor’s advice and use them sparingly. If you can sometimes do without them to exercise self-control, you will have achieved a victory and a reward. – Vol. 7.p.172

8. (Fatherly talk on February 16, 1865) Let each one who indulges in foul conversation say to himself: I am a minister of satan because I help him ruin souls. – Vol. 8.p.28

9. I am very much pleased with all the noise because I know that when you are playing the devil has no  chance to harm you, no matter how hard he tries. – Vol. 8.p.32

10. Let it never be said of you that you indulge in or listen to foul conversation. If one used such talks in your hearing, do so as St. Aloysius did: Reprove the offender or immediately leave him. – Vol. 8.p.195

11. Relax, have fun, sin laugh, go hiking do anything you like, as long as you do not sin. – Vol. 8.p.196

12. (Goodnight on September 1, 1867) Learn to flee from bad companions and bad books. Instread, look for good ones. – Vol. 8.p.397

13. One can have much fun without offending God. – Vol. 9.p.246

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. – Albert Schweitzer

1. (To the catechists) For goodness sake, never leave the boys to themselves. Keep an eye on them, always and everywhere. – Vol. 4.p.264

2. Preventive system consists in making the rules, and regulations of an institute known, then in being vigilant so that the pupils my always be under the watchful eyes of the director and the assistants, who like loving fathers talk with them, guide them in any difficulty and give them advice and corrections in a kind manner. – Vol. 4.p.384

3. The bad ones would not be able to do any harm to their companions. Neither wold the good boys derive any evil fromt hem. There would be neither time nor place nor opportunity for it, since they are always under friendly supervision and protection. – Vol. 4.p.384

4. (To Assistants) Remember that boys break rules more through thoughtlessness than through malice, more through lack of supervision than through evil intent. Constantly look after them, discretely keep an eye on them, take part in their games and put up with their noise making and the unavoidable inconvenience they cause you. – Vol. 4.p.386

5. (Regulations) The assistant must see to it that the boys keep their bodies and clothes clean. He must also look after the tidiness fo the premises. At least once in a week, he should inspect the boy’s hair to see that it is short  and free from lice. – Vol. 4.p.545

6. (Don Bosco to John Garino) As the sculptor carves beautiful images in marble, you, Garnio should carve salutary maxims, holy resolutions, and good example in those, with whom you come into contact. – Vol. 5.p.307

7. (In the book ‘Key to heaven for practicing Catholic) We, who were fortunate enough to have been born in the true Church, should be most anxious to learn, believe, and practice what this loving mother of ours commands in God’s name. If we do so many others will follow our example, abandon their evil ways and continue on the path to eternal salvation and great will be our recompense in heaven. – Vol. 5.p.392

8. Be examples, genuine examples to all your students. You mush be the path which be the path which all the oratory boys may safely follow. You must so behave as to edify all who see you; you must try to help others not only be advice but mostly by example. – Vol. 6.p.36

9. We are like fruit trees. People come to us in search of good fruits. What a shock if they find none. – Vol. 6.p.36

10. With the ark of our faith, with our Holy religion, with our good advice and example, we must safely lead men from this world into a happy eternity. – Vol. 6.p.37

11. (New year advice of Don Bosco to Clerics) Give good examples as befits those who are the lights of Christ. – Vol. 6.p.37

12. If you have no special duties, make a daily tour of the stairs and corridors during recreation periods, and you will gain merit of having saved a soul. – Vol. 6.p.452

13. (Strenna in 1868) Always strive to practice what you preach. – Vol. 9.p.22

14. (At an annual conference on March 7, 1870 to all Salesians) Let each one of us do his utmost to find new members, drawing them to us by work, words and example. – Vol. 9.p.406

15. (To an assistant) If you wish to be loved, be amiable. A boy’s first impressions are those he receives at school. Do not irritate them by punishment or ill-treatment, lest they curse and brothers. Some are already embittered enough against priests. – Vol. 10.p.430

16. (Don Bosco to an assistant at Lanzo meeting) Keep your eyes wide ope. Although the Lord has sent us good boys, still it is just as well that at times you be circumspect. Look, act, provide still it is just as well that at times you be circumspect. Look, act, provide and take even minor, transgressions seriously for they could lead to grave disorders and an offence against God. Keep a careful eye on the books they read, always show esteem for all and discourage no one. But do not become weary of watching, observing, understanding, helping and being indulgent. Let reason rather than feeling, be always your guide. – Vol 10. p.430

17. (Strenna to Oratory of St. Francis de Sales, 1872) Let them (Assistants) be light-bearers and give good example to the lay members and never allow themselves to be surpassed in piety. – Vol. 10.p.445

18. Spend as much time as you can with your pupils. Try to whisper a kind word to them privately, as you well know, whenever you see the need. This is the great secret of becoming the master of their hearts. – Vol. 10.p.449

19. Never criticize pupils or anybody in front of others. Never tell pupils of confidential decisions made by superiors. Never pry into the state of anyone’s conscience. Assistants should aim not only at maintaining silence in studyhall but especially at safeguarding morality. Much harm can be done in study hall if supervision in lacking. Assistants must be first to observe silence, lest the boys start whispering among themselves, about only God knows what! Let assistants keep the rules lest morality suffer and never leave pupils alone in the dormitory. In walk, never let the boys stray. Without this supervision how many sins might be committed and foul conversations help even with persons of the other sex. Do not let pupils buy alcoholic beverages or smoke. Keep an eye on cliques and find a way to slip in and break it with some excuse or other. Have pupils keep their hand on the desk top. Do not leave them unattended. Assistants are not to punish but simply to report. – Vol. 10.p.428ff

20. There is so much to do for our Salesians and it is to be done with so much dedication: a conferere will teach, assist the boys, supervise them in the dining room and dormitory and take them out for walks without ever having a free moment for himself. – Vol. 11.p.18.

21. (Don Bsoco to the novices on December 13, 1875) The friend, who should accompany you wherever you go and whatever you do, who should be very dear to you at all times is good example. We can practice good example in many ways by receiving often and devoutly the sacraments, by admonishing our companions who balk at rules or are reluctant to follow the inspirations of our Lord or the exhortations of their superiors. We may set a good example by not being afraid of people who might consider us bigots, that is by not being concerned about what people may say, by obeying the rules faithfully, by doing our duty, by being modest in our contact. Treasure this friend and you will be very fortunate. – Vol. 11.p.491

22. Remember that just as our bad deeds may give scandal to others even after our death, so our good actions may be edifying. – Vol. 11.p.40

Start a boy on the right road, and even in old age he will not leave it. -Prov. 22:6

1. Give me as many as you want even 10, I will  look after them. But I must have nothing  to do with the girls. -Vol. 1.p.149

2. To know that you are young is sufficient reason for me to care for your welfare. I care for you, because you have in your hearts the treasure of virtue. -Vol. 3.p.8

3. Remember my boys, that you are the delight of the Lord. Blessed is the lad who begins to observe God’s laws in hi youth. -Vol. 3.p.426

4. Boys behave much in the same way as monkeys. If they see others doing good, they also do it. If they see someone do evil they imitate it even more quickly. -Vol. 4.p.81

5. (Don Bosco to his boys) I feel much more at home with you. This is really where I belong. -Vol. 4.p.455

6. Boys should be kept constantly occupied. After they are through with their school or shop duties, we should entice them to join the choir, the band or the altar boys society. This will keep them busy. If we do not give them something to think about, their minds will turn to unwholesome throughts. -Vol. 5.p.222

7. You are my dear little rascals. I would rather have you than all the comforts of the rich. -Vol. 6.p.2

8. Boys are so made that unless they pray together aloud they don’t pray at all. -Vol. 6.p.94

9. God has sent us, is sending us and will send us many boys. Let us take good care of them. How many others he will direct to us if we carefully correspond to His favours. Let us zealously and unselfishly give ourselves to them for their education and salvation. -Vol. 6.p.210

10. When a boy co-operates with me and does his best to save his soul, he is a crown of roses. If instead he rejects my advice and shows no interest in his spiritual welfare he becomes a very painful crown of thorns. -Vol. 8.p.26

11. Take in as many boys as you can, fill the house, attic and even the space under the stair. If you have no other place put them in my room and under my bed. -Vol. 9.p.148

12. Many boys are just waiting for religious instruction eager to learn of God’s law. Prepare them to receive the sacraments frequently. -Vol. 9.p.334

13. I urge upon you the Christian education of youth. Priestly vocations, foreign missions and above all the care of poor homeless boys. -Vol. 10.p.79

14. Immorality, loss of faith and materialism which strive to worn themselves into the hearts of youth are this world’s plagues. To stem these evils, we must reach out to young people win their friendship and give them a genuinely religious education. -Vol. 10.p.135

15. Didn’t our Lord come into this world to redeem both boys and girls? Then I must take care that his blood be not uselessly shed for either group. -Vol. 10.p.254

He cannot have God for his Father who refuses to have the Church for his mother. -St. Augustine

1. The Messiah had founded a church, the sole hope of salvation for all men. This church   is the Roman Catholic church which alone through the centuries has preserved truths taught and confirmed by Jesus Christ and has never broken the lawful succession of his Vicar from St. Peter to the present supreme Pontiff, all of them endowed with the plenitude of power independent of all human authority. -Vol. 2.p.307-308

2. (Don Bosco to his boys in 1849) If you wish to be good catholic beware of those who speak disrespectfully of religion and its ministers, especially of the Pope, the father of all catholics. You may always be sure that he who speaks badly of his own father is a bad son. -Vol. 3.p.426

3. If you are with Pope you are with Christ himself. Therefore vow fidelity and love to him unto death. -Vol. 4.p.63

4. The popes are the successors of St. Peter and inherit his full authority. Only catholic Church can give us an authentic explanation of the Bible, of tradition, for Christ Jesus gave to her and to no other church, the infallible authority for preservation of the faith.

5. The Popes have always condemned errors against faith and true Christians have always repsected their pronouncement as utterances of Jesus Christ himself. -Vol. 4.p.100

6. All the persecutors of the church are now no more. But the church still lives on. The same fate awaits you modern persecutors. They too will pass on but the church of Jesus Christ will always remain. -Vol. 4.p.156

7. Our pastors especially our Bishops unite us to the pope and he units us with God. -Vol. 4.p.158

8. As long as their commands are not against our conscience let us obey them. But when the case is otherwise let us always uphold the rights of God and the Church. For these are superior to all earthly authority. -Vol. 4.p.341

9. The church’s enemies at all times, since her foundation, have aimed their attacks against her leaders, Popes, Bishops and Priests hoping that once the pillars are gone, the whole edifice would collapse and that by striking the shepherds the flock would disperse and fall prey to ravenous wolves. -Vol. 5.p.34

10. Yes dear fellow catholics, be brave! Let us cling firmly to catholic  church founded by Jesus Christ, and to his Vicar the Pope. Let us hold fast to the church that has been persecuted through the centuries but has always triumphed. -Vol. 5.p.163

11. No one can call himself a catholic and still reject the Pope. -Vol. 5.p.163

12. One who does not have the Church for his mother, cannot have God for his father. -Vol. 5.p.163

13. We must love the Popes, regardless of when or where they lived. Their counsels and even their wishes must be a command for us. -Vol. 5.p.380

14. My sons regard as enemies of our faith those who belittle the Pope’s authority or who try to minimize the obedience and respect due to his teachings and directives. -Vol. 5.p.381

15. Popes are the pivots around which church history should revolve, and the history of church, to be such has to be a history of Popes. -Vol. 5.p.381

16. It is a serious mistake to write a history of the church and record long periods of history with no mention of her ruler. -Vol. 5.p.381

17. Keep in mind that we must stand closely allied to them. Only when we are with the Pope and for the pope are we safe. -Vol. 5.p. 382

18. No effort should be spared when the church and the Pope are at stake. -Vol. 5.p.383

19. Just a son should naturally love to hear of this father’s glorious deeds, so we too, spiritual sons of St. Peter and of his successors, should delight in reading of the glorious deeds of those peerless men who for eighteen centuries have governed the church of Jesus Christ. -Vol. 5.p. 386

20. Through personal experience we can say that one need only approach the pope to find in him a father concerned above all, wit the welfare of his sons, the faithful all over the world. Anyone who hears him speak cannot help saying to himself: “There is something in this man, that one does not find in others.” -Vol. 5.p.563

21. The Pope’s word must be our norm in every thing and at all times. -Vol. 6.p.282

22. In matters of religion I stand with the Pope, and as a good catholic, I intend to stand with him until death. -Vol. 6.p.390

23. When discussing defections of prominent ecclesiastics of other public scandals with his co-workers, Don Bosco would exclaim: “The church has nothing to fear because, even if all were to conspire to overthrow her, the Holy Spirit would still uphold her.  -Vol. p.111

24. My sons, learn to speak respectfully of the Pope, of priests, and of religion. Woe to him who berates them! The Lord Himself has said, “Touch not My annointed and do not do any evil to my prophet.” If you do not want to speak of them, keep silent, but if you do, always speak well of them because God unfailingly punishes the revilers. Experience shows that such people always come to bad end. -Vol. 7.p.502

25. Be more cautious in your speech, especially as regards Bishops for we owe them the greatest reverence. They know their duties better than we do and carry them out conscientiously. -Vol 9.p.44

26. As citizen, I respect all civil authorities, but as a catholic priest I am a servant of the Pope. – Vol. 11.p.104

27. At any rate,I always was and trust that I shall continue to be, a humble son of the Holy Church, obedient, submissive to every command, counsel or admonitions of your Eminence or any other official of the Holy See. -Vol. 11.p.424

Of all created comforts, God is the leader; you are the borrower, not the owner. – Rutherford

1. Why risk eternal salvation because of money. I do not want it. I would rather have heaven than all the riches and money in the world. -Vol. 1.p.162.

2. Shun luxury, luxury is an snare of the evil one. -Vol. 1.p.195

3. What do the pleasures of this world amount to? What is not eternal is worth nothing. Those who allow their passions to rule them, overtaken by death and buried in the eternal flames of hell, will shriek in tears: Fools that we were and how dreadfully wrong. -Vol. 2.p.285

4. When it is a question of serving a such a good father as God, we must be ready to sacrifice our all. -Vol. 2.p.415

5. Good of this life should be held of little account and heavenly goods ardently desired. -Vol. 6.p.22

6. By detachment from the things of the earth, I mean detachment from questionable people, from unlawful pleasure, from too sentimental friendships, and from foods and beverages which can occasion gluttony. I mean even detachment from clothes lest they make you show off and look like vain, silly dandies. -Vol. 7.p.409

7.  One day we shall have to leave this world’s goods. If we give them up now, the Lord will reward us; if not, we shall have to leave them at death and receive nothing in return. -Vol. 8.p.358

8. One must detach one’s heart entirely from earthly things if he wishes to enjoy full spiritual freedom. Detachment from friends and relations draw one nearer to God and His angels. -Vol. 9.p.2

9. As long as the Salesians and the daughters of Mary Help of Christians dedicate themselves to prayer and work and practice temperance and poverty, the two congregations will do much good. But if by some mischance they become lax and shy from work to seek life’s comfort they will have run their course; they will slip into decline and apart. – Vol. 10.p.296

10. Earthly pleasures vanish as swiftly and lightning. -Vol. 10.p.408.

A knife of the keenest steel requires the whet-stone, and the wisest man needs advice. – Zoroaster

1. Many times I spend the whole night in reading. Lack of sleep decreased my health. I advise people to do what they can only. Night is meant for rest. Except for grave necessity one should not do serious study after supper. -Vol.    1.p.239

2. Whenever you happen to see or hear something improper, privately let the superior know of it so that he may prevent any offense against God. -Vol. 3.p.120

3 A correction is always accompanied by a friendly counsel that serves to guide him, appeals to his reason and generally wins over his heart so that he realizes the necessity of the punishment and almost desires it. -Vol. 4.p.381

4. Open your hearts to the spiritual director freely as to loving father who are earnestly concerned about your happiness. -Vol. 4.p.554

5. Receive the correction gratefully and if necessary humbly accept the punishment without any feeling of hatred or spite. -Vol. 4.p.554

6. (Goodnight on November 30, 1859) How much harm could be prevented and how much good done if those who are negligent, dissatisfied, too outspoken, or quarrelsome had a companion at their side to whisper a good word. And let all accept the good advice gracefully. After all good advice is not so plentiful, and we should consider ourselves lucky to get it. I would be delighted and forever grateful if any of you should give me good advice. -Vol. 6.p.170

7. Perhaps someone does not feel well, or has problems in studies or has had a run in with a teacher or assistant, or feels he has been wronged, I am here to remedy all this. Do not be afraid. Whatever you will tell me will remain with me, and I shall use it only for your own good. -Vol. 6.p.172

8. Being good consists in having the sincere good will to correct ourselves. -Vol. 6.p.172-173

9. (To Superiors) Never strike boys for any reason at all. Never tolerate immorality, blasphemy, or stealing. As soon as a boy is known to impair the morals of others, have him taken to the prefect and promptly dismissed.  For lesser faults take a youngster’s right mindness into consideration. Do not reprimand or correct when you are angry or upset, lest your pupils attribute it to anger, but wait, even a few days if necessary until you have calmed down. Likewise when you must correct, reprimand or wan a pupil always try to do it in private and when he is not upset or angry. Wait till he is calm and at ease. Then tell him what you must but end up with an encouraging word. For example, that from now or you want to be friend and you will help him all you can. -Vol. 6.p.216

10. Be quick to forgive and do so whole heartedly whenever a pupil shows he is sorry. In this case forget everything. Never say, you will pay for this to one who may have disobeyed, answered back or lack respect. That would be very unchristian. Do not punish slight faults severely. If a boy believes himself unjustly punished, he will not easily forget, and may even entertain a desire for revenge; failing that, he will at least curse the teacher or assistant. There are frightful instances of such long nourished hatreds. When punishment is unavoidable, take your pupil aside and show him his wrong as well as your regret to have to punish him. Never punish a whole class or dormitory. Try to single out the culprits, and if necessary have them sent away. But never lump together the good and the bad-the latter are always only a few-lest all be made to suffer for them. At the same time encourage the guilty ones who show good will and give them a chance to straighten themselves out. -Vol. 6.p.217

11. (To a bad boy who wanted to become a priest, after seeing his role in the dream of the “Wheel of eternity”) It means that if you do not mend your ways and if you continue to follow your whims  instead of letting yourself be guided you will end up as an unflocked priest or religious. -Vol. 6.p.550

12. Be careful not to ridicule a boy because of some fault of his especially in his companions’ presence. If you must admonish someone, do it privately and most kindly. Praise those who mend their ways and encourage the slothful. To keep peace in the house, be humble and forbearing even when a superior admonishes in matters which have been exaggerated or misunderstood or falsely reported, his advice should always be received respectfully as a preventive remedy. -Vol. 7.p.308

13. To make steady progress you must reveal your habitual failings, the occasions which is usually lead you into sin, and you dominant evil inclinations. You must attentively and faithfully carry out the advice you are given; you must keep you heart open and fully trusting; you must manifest your needs, temptations and dangers as they rise, so that your director may guide you with a steady hand. -Vol. 7.p.430-431

14. (Strenna for 1868) Open your heart entirely to your director and make fervent, frequent communications. -Vol. 9.p.23

15. Let your superiors’ advice be your norm of conduct. -Vol. 9.p.24

16. (To the retreatants on September 21, 1868) Be very kind in admonishing them (boys) but never permit yourselves any gesture or word that might arise an evil thought. -Vol. 9.p.168

17. Obey your superiors readily and accept their advice willingly then you will certainly grow in knowledge. -Vol. 9.p.199

18. Always point out each other’s faults charitably. -Vol. 9.p.208

19. (In a letter to his sons, on August 15, 1869) Giving an account of oneself to a superior is a general practice in all religious congregations… for peace and tranquility of conscience… -Vol. 9.p.325

20. Never give harsh reproof or ridicule but only charitable mutual admonition. -Vol. 9.p.333

21. When you have to correct someone in particular never do so in the presence of others. -Vol. 11.p.7

22. When you give advice or counsel always try to send the person away satisfied and still friendly to you. Always thank those who admonish you and take their corrections in good part. -Vol. 11.p.7

23. (To his clerics on July 6, 1875) Keep this in mind; do not act as many do, who ask advice. If it is to their likings and agrees with what they themselves have already decided all well and good, bit if it is not, they disregard it. If anyone offers resistance to what his spiritual director or superior say, he should fear that he is offering resistance to God. -Vol. 11.p.280

24. I believe that they keep to order and morality and the most efficacious means for directing the house in punctuality in receiving the monthly manifestations. -Vol. 11.p.331

25. (To his first missionaries, 1875) Love one another, advise one another, correct one another and never be carried away by envy or rancour. -Vol. 11.p.365

26. (To the novices on December 13, 1875) You should never turn for advice to people who do not belong to the congregation. In the first place God did not appoint them to give you advice: your superiors are the only ones who can do this. I repeat it is they who have to give an account of your souls. In the second place, even though these people may be well versed in theology and saintly persons, nevertheless they are for the most part in no position to give you advice because they do not know you inwardly. They do not really understand what the congregation is all about; they are often swayed by worldly considerations, personal motives, money matters or family reasons. -Vol.                          11.p.485

My country is the world – and my religion is to do good. – Thomas Paine

1. A citizen is bound in conscience to inform the government about any secret conspiracy of which he is aware, for the king is the father of his people. -Vol. 5.p.4

2. When one’s country is in need or in danger, every loyal citizen must do all he can. -Vol. 6.p.122

3. (In a statement sent to the minister of Interior and to the minister for education, on June 12, 1860) I have always vigorously shunned all politics, never taking sides in any political issue. -Vol. 6.p.336

4. (To minister of Interior on July 16, 1860) I believe that telling and proclaiming the truth is the right and duty of every good citizen and a service rendered to the society. -Vol. 6.p.388

5. (To count Cavour, on July 16, 1860) A Catholic priest has not politics but the Gospel and fears no recrimination. -Vol. 6.p.390

6. (To Pius IX) My politics are the same as yours – the politics embodied in the our Father. -Vol. 8.p.260

The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity. – Samuel Johnson

1. Be slow to pass judgment. -Vol. 4.p.304
2. (Regulations) Never criticize the actions of other people or boast about your good qualities. -Vol. 4.p.555

3. As long as priests and religious work and do good in their respective ministries, they should not be slurred and placed in bad light. -Vol. 5.p.464

4. (Goodnight on December 2, 1859) For heaven’s sake do not keep passing complaints among yourselves. Instead of grumbling and criticizing, come and tell me what bothers you. -Vol. 6.p.172

5. (To two Friars who talked ill of Don Bosco without knowing anything about him.) I understand but in the future do not talk of things you do not know anything about. Above all please remember never to run down your neighbour. – Vol. 6.p.430

6. (Goodnight on June 26, 1862) Be careful not to laugh at or mock what concerns God’s worship. Don’t criticize your good companions for their deportment, their reception of the sacrament, or their avoidance worldly minded schoolmates; such mockery may call God’s judgment upon you. -Vol. 7.p.122

7. (Goodnight on June 10, 1867) Either speak well or remain silent. -Vol. 8.p.357

8. (Goodnight on June 30, 1867) We must root out from our house that spreading cancer of finding fault with everything a superior does. We must root out this spirit of criticism. Then we shall see the oratory regain it’s former fervour. -Vol. 8.p.379

9. Avoid criticism and blame; let us defend and help one another materially and spiritually. Never complain about orders, refusals, food, clothing, assignments, trials of life and duties. – Vol. 10.p.485

10. (To a kitchen staff of the Salesian school at Bergo San Martino) Complain of neither cold nor heat. It is not wrong to say occasionally ‘How hot it is’ or ‘How cold it is’ as long as it is not in a tone of complaint. -Vol. 10.p.293

11. Respect and healthily fear the clergy. Pile praise upon them and never criticize. -Vol. 10.p.457

12. We should strive after eliminating grumbling from our midst. Does someone have a grievance?  Then let him speak to his superiors. Every effort will be made to do away with whatever causes discontent; but let no one grumble about anything. Let us always back each other both among ourselves and with others; whether members of the house or outside. -Vol. 11.p.155

13. (To his novices on December 13, 1875) For heaven’s sake, do not air your complaints among your companions. Keep your doubts secret, do not discuss them with anybody. -Vol. 11.p.483.

The devil entangles youth with beauty, the miser with gold, the ambitious with power, the learned with false doctrine. -Henry George Bohn

1. (During the novena in honour of the guardian anges) When tempted, turn immediately to your guardian angel and ask him with all your heart, “My guardian angel help me now. Do not let me offend my God.” -Vol. 2.p.208

2. If you cannot get rid of temptation, make the sign of the cross, kiss a blessed medal, invoke the Blessed Virgin or St. Aloysius, ‘Oh St. Aloysius, help me not to offend God. -Vol. 3.p.13

3. (To Dominic Savio, in 1857) If the devil tempts you answer him that you have already sold your soul to Jesus, and that he has bought it with His Precious Blood to save it from hell and take it with Him to heaven. -Vol. 5.p.417

4. The three enemies of men are: death, which overtake him by surprise, time, which keeps slipping by, the devil who seeks to ensnare him. -Vol. 5.p.606

5. (To M. Magone) Frequently kiss your medal and crucifix, bless yourself with lively faith and say, ‘Jesus, Mary and Joseph, help me to save my soul.’ More than anything else these three names terrify and vanquish the devil. -Vol. 6.p.5

6. If temptations persist pray to Mary as the church teaches us, Holy Mary mother of God, pray for me a sinner. -Vol. 6.p.6

7. (Goodnight on December 2, 1859) What I recommend most earnestly is not to lose heart when you are tempted. Do you wish to succeed? The best way is to reveal your temptation to your spiritual director immediately. The devil loves darkness. He always operates in the dark because he knows that if he is discovered he is beaten. -Vol. 6.p.172

8. Do you want to resist the devil’s temptations? Love the Church, revere the Holy Father, receive the sacraments often, frequently visit Jesus in the Blessed sacrament, be very devoted to the Blessed virgin, offer Her your heart, and you will be able to overcome all battles and all wordly allurements. -Vol. 6.p.191

9. If you want peace, you must first rid you heart of devil. -Vol. 6.p.265

10. (In a conference to his priests, on June 30, 1862) We must forewarn our boys against the time they will be 17 or 18. “Look”, we should tell them, “you will soon face a dangerous crisis; the devil will try to ensnare you. To start with, he will tell you that frequent communion is good for children, not for adults, and that once in a great while is quite enough for you. Then he will do his best to keep you from sermons by making you feel board with God’s word. He will convince you that certain things are not sinful. Then you will have to tusle with friends and what they might say, with (dangerous) readings, with your own passions, and so on. Be on your guard. Do not let the devil rob you of that peace of mind and purity of soul which make you God’s friends! -Vol. 7.p.123-124

11. (Goodnight on August 20, 1862) Let us devoutly say a Hail Mary whenever we are tempted, and we will be sure to win. -Vol. 7.p.144

12. (In his reply to the marchioness’ daughter Azetia, on August 15, 1862) The enemy of our souls will put you to the test, but do not be afraid. Be obedient and place your hope in the Blessed Sacrament and in Mary Immaculate. -Vol. 7.p.150

13. (To his young clerics, on October 18, 1864) To overcome temptations, use a means I have long found to be quite powerful; kiss Our Lady’s medal. If circumstances suggest otherwise, say ‘Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I offer you my heart and my soul.’ Should the temptation persist, kiss the medal again or repeat your prayer. You will win. -Vol. 7.p.446

14. (Goodnight on February 6, 1865) Against the beautiful virtue of purity, the devil wages endless war. For goodness sake, my children fight this enemy or it will enslave you. The devil of impurity can be cast only by prayer and fasting. -Vol. 8.p.21

15. (Fatherly talk on February 13, 1865) Bear in mind that if the devil is clever, the Lord is more clever yet. -Vol. 8.p.27

16. Do you want to outwit the devil? Never let him catch you idle. Work, study and pray and you will surely overcome your spiritual enemy. -Vol. 8.p.28

17. (Fatherly talk on February 16, 1865) To overcome the demon of impurity is, faithfully to fulfill one’s duties and follow the house rules. -Vol. 8.p.29

18. (Fatherly talk on February 24, 1865) There are two things the devil is deadly afraid of: Frequent communions and frequent visit to Blessed Sacrament. -Vol. 8.p.32

19. (To one vexed by various temptations) Often lookup to the crucifix, your saving banner. -Vol. 8.p.23

20. (Goodnight on July 27, 1867) The devil want you to be idle and he greatly fears seeing you busy. -Vol. 8.p.387

21. (Strenna on 1868, give toeach boy) The devil wants to make you lazy. Do not listen to him. -Vol. 9.p.26

22. (Goodnight on August 9, 1875) People who alternately serve God and the devil cannot be blessed by God. They tremble when their last hour approaches. -Vol. 11. p.238

23. (DB’s conference to his clerics on July 16, 1875) The devil is the prince of discord and temptations and rebellion; he will always persecute us, putting temptations in our way whenever we go. -Vol. 11.p.277

The best way out of a difficulty is through it. -Anonymous

1. Patience smooths away lots of difficulties. -Vol. 3.p.100

2.  As the donkey moves along, the load adjusts itself. Meaning that difficulties are overcome by action. -Vol.  6.p.226

3. My mother used to tell me that nowhere else is there as much trouble as in this world. -Vol. 6.p.226

4. Willingly suffer a bit for God who suffered so much for you. -Vol. 6.p.249

5. (In 1860) I never shrink from any undertakings which I know is good and necessary, no matter what the difficulties. -Vol. 6.p.384

6. (A remark due to political harassment) If God permits these trials and tribulations, it is because He wants to draw great good from them. We must be brave, unselfish and patient. We must keep going with trust in Him. -Vol. 6.p.397

7. (In November 1862 issue of Letture Cattoliche) The boy who cannot put up with offenses, but  must entertain revengeful feelings, or who cannot accept a reprimand, even undeserved, from his superiors or parents, is still far behind in virtue. -Vol. 7.p.172

8. I take comfort in hoping for sunshine to return after the storm. -Vol. 8.p.87

9. (In a letter to cleric Cerruti on July 7, 1866) Courage, there are battles ahead, but we are not alone. God is with us. His reward will make up for all our toil. -Vol. 8.p.193

10. Do not let yourselves be disheartened by difficulties. To avoid being trapped, make use of these four means: Keep your constitution, pray with faith, love one another and be humble. -Vol. 10.p.279

11. We never turn back because we are always sure of what we are doing. Before we undertake anything, we make sure that it is God’s will that is to be done, we begin our task with certainty God wills it. Once we are convinced of it, we go forward. We may meet with a thousand obstacles along the way, bit it does not matter; God wills it, so we are undismayed in the presence of any obstacles. -Vol. 11. p.43

12. Believe me, it is absolutely impossible to please everybody. Let us work hard to do much good. Let people say what they will. -Vol. 11. p.155

13. (To the novices on December 13, 1875) When we follow our diving master, we must be prepared to endure everything for his sake. Whether cold or heat or discomfort, tasteless food or anything else, we should still be glad that we are able to suffer a little for Jesus who suffered so much for our sake. Jesus Christ himself, our divine master, made it clear to us that tribulations would not be wanting. He said, ‘He who would rejoice with Christ, must also be crucified with him.’ -Vol. 11.p.482

14. If we are called to endure discomforts such as cold or heat physical ailments or such; and even if you must force yourselves to obey, study or restrain your temperament, do so bravely, willingly, for you.