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“Grace, which is charity, contains in itself all virtues in a hidden and potential manner, like the leaves and the branches of the oak hidden in the meat of an acorn. To be an acorn is to have a taste for being an oak tree.”

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source: Thoughts in Solitude (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999), 20.

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“President Obama is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to public speaking, no question, but you can quote me when I say this: Michelle Obama is better. She makes you feel like you’ve met with her for a cup of coffee, and she’s talking to you like you’ve known each other for years…”

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source: blog posting, www.dooce.com, April 8, 2010.

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