1. Anybody can be Pope; the proof of this is that I became one.
2. It is easier for a father to have children than it is for children to have a real father.
3. Someone asked Pope John: “How many people work in the Vatican” and he replied: “Only about half of them.”
4. Born poor but of honourable and humble people, I am particularly proud to die poor.
5. The Italians come to ruin most generally in three ways; women gambling and farming. My family chose the slowest one.
6. Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.
7. See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little.
8. Here I am at the end of the road and at the top of the heap.
9. We are not here to guard a museum but to create a flourishing garden of life.
10. The feeling of my smallness and nothingness always keeps me in good company.
11. It often happens that I wake up at night and begin to think about some serious problem and decide I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope.
12. When I eat alone I feel like a seminarian being punished. I tried it for one week and I was not comfortable. Then I searched through Sacred Scripture for something saying I had to eat alone. I found nothing, so I gave it up and it's much better now.
13. The habit of thinking ill of everything and everyone is tiresome to ourselves and to all around us.
14. Do not walk through time without leaving worthy evidence of your passage
15. When asked what he thought about death the Pope said: “My bags are packed and I am ready to go.”