On meeting a young boy Antoine Givre, on route to Ars who gave him directions he said “You have shown me the way to Ars, I will show you the way to heaven”
“I tell you that you have less to suffer in following the Cross than in serving the world and its pleasures.”
“We must take great care never to do anything before having said our morning prayers. The Devil once declared that if he could have the first moment of the day, he was sure of all the rest.”
“A priest goes to Heaven or a priest goes to Hell, with a thousand people behind.”
“Private prayer is like straw scattered here and there. If you set it on fire it makes a lot of little flames. But gather these straws into a bundle and light them, and you get a mighty fire, rising like a column into the sky, public prayer is like that”.