„There are no galley-slaves in the royal vessel of divine love—every man works his oar voluntarily!“

—  František Saleský, Quoted by Bishop Jean-Pierre Camus in The Spirit of Saint Francis de Sales, ch. 7, sct. 3 (1952)
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