‘Men are like wine – some turn to
vinegar, but the best improve with age.’
John XXIII (#262)
‘Hope is the sole
companion of my life, the greatest support in uncertainty, the
strongest power in situations of weakness.’
before becoming pope
‘Do you know, my son, with what
little understanding the world is ruled?’
Julius III (#222)
‘You may say to
that, as the pope requires his shoes, he has given you permission to
leave the conclave.’
‘May God forgive you for what you
have done in my regard’
John Paul I (#264)
first words upon accepting his election as pope.
‘Well, I am John'
To a U.S. congressman who admitted 'I am a Baptist.'