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Edith Stein

  • An 'I' without a body is a possibility. But a body without an 'I' is utterly impossible.

  • Woman naturally seeks to embrace that which is living, personal, and whole. To cherish, guard, protect, nourish and advance growth is her natural, maternal yearning.

  • ... the deeper one is drawn into God, the more one must 'go out of oneself'; that is, one must go to the world in order to carry the divine life into it.

    • Edith Stein,
    • 1928, in Dr. L. Gelber and Romaeus Leuven, O.C.D., eds., The Collected Works of Edith Stein, vol. 5 ()
  • During my years in the Gymnasium and as a young student, I was a radical feminist.

    • Edith Stein,
    • 1931, in Dr. L. Gelber and Romaeus Leuven, O.C.D., eds., The Collected Works of Edith Stein, vol. 5 ()
  • Usually one gets a heavier cross when one attempts to get rid of an old one.

    • Edith Stein,
    • 1936, in Dr. L. Gelber and Romaeus Leuven, O.C.D., eds., The Collected Works of Edith Stein, vol. 5 ()
  • Energy apparently increases with the amount of work to be done. When nothing of burning urgency is waiting, it decreases much sooner. Heaven seems to understand such economy.

    • Edith Stein,
    • in Susanne Batzdorff, trans., An Edith Stein Daybook ()

Edith Stein, German philosopher, Carmelite nun, Auschwitz victim

(1891 - 1942)