What Are Some Quotes on the Life of St Francis of Assisi?

In a 2013 interview for "How the Church Will Change," Pope Francis said of Saint Francis of Assisi "He is great because he is everything ... But above all he loved people..." Pope Francis chose his papal name to honor the saint and emphasize his own commitment to the poor.

A 1974 quote by poet Kenneth Rexroth on Saint Francis calls him "not only the most attractive of all Christian saints," but "the most attractive of all Christians." The excerpt further explains that the saint is admired across many belief systems for his mystical awareness and his connection with nature.