Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Haiti’s First Democratically Elected President, Catholic Priest, Politician

"Love is in the air that I breathe, like oxygen. When I lack it, I feel atrophied, asphyxiated. When I have it, I feel I am growing. And so this growth is linked to others, or to a collective other. If I realize that I do not love you, my faith diminishes, and I breathe less and less of the oxygen of life. When I feel linked to you,in communion with you, there is a current of love that passes between us, and the intensity can multiply. And the more this love grows, the more the faith becomes luminous, the more I feel linked to the collective other. I am speaking of God."

"We have not reached the consensus that to eat is a basic human right. This is an ethical crisis. This is a crisis of faith."