“The perpetual revolution of Christ is to war against the dominance of worldly peace.” (1928)
“The greatest saints are unknown. History treats only of the soul of man in contact with the world. As a result man at his highest and lowest, is unknown to history.” (1932)
“Peace may only be made when each Catholic withdraws from the class-struggle and finds what lodgings he can in the stable. He must see the world from without, among peasants and kings.” (May 22, 1932)
“I have always been bewildered and frightened before the world. I could never understand that nothing was wanted of me by the world but money—or why it was that I must ask nothing of the world but money. I soon found, however, that if I did not submit I would be crushed. I tried beauty instead of money and I was threatened with starvation. I tried raising a decent-sized family, and I was starved. I have temporarily escaped with nothing left but many of my paintings, my family and pride – the latter vice created in me, as it were, by those who would starve me.” (written shortly after Schmitt’s return to America from Europe in late 1939)
“Now is the nadir of the world:
To be poor in spirit, but not too poor
To be chaste, but not too chaste
To be honest, but not too honest.
Thus Christianity is an enemy:
‘Be ye perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect’
is the counsel of fanaticism.
The politician must compromise in a ‘possible world.’”