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  • For the wonderful thing about saints is that they were human. They lost their tempers, got hungry, scolded God, were egotistical or testy or impatient in their turns, made mistakes and regretted them. Still they went on doggedly blundering toward heaven.

  • Saints are non-conformists ...

  • The devil never seems so busy as where the saints are, which is another reason why I feel how difficult it would be to be religious.

  • A saint is simply a human being whose soul has ... grown up to its full stature, by full and generous response to its environment, God. He has achieved a deeper, bigger life than the rest of us, a more wonderful contact with the mysteries of the Universe; a life of infinite possibility, the term of which he never feels that he has reached.

  • There is no sinner like a young saint.

  • Mistaken saints, who thought to save / Their souls, by making life a grave.

  • When they call you a saint, it means basically that you are not to be taken seriously.

    • Dorothy Day,
    • Peter Steinfels, "Beliefs," New York Times ()
  • We are all called to be saints, St. Paul says, and we might as well get over our bourgeois fear of the name. We might also get used to recognizing the fact that there is some of the saint in all of us.

    • Dorothy Day,
    • in Robert Ellsberg, ed., By Little and By Little: The Selected Writings of Dorothy Day ()
  • Don't call me a saint. I don't want to be dismissed that easily.

    • Dorothy Day,
    • in Robert Ellsberg, ed., By Little and By Little: The Selected Writings of Dorothy Day ()