The sensitivity of men to small matters, and their indifference to great ones, indicates a strange inversion.
When we encounter a natural style we are always surprised and delighted, for we thought to see an author and found a man.
It is not certain that everything is uncertain.
There is a God-shaped vacuum in every heart.
Console thyself, thou wouldst not seek Me, if thou hadst not found Me
When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.
The vanity of the sciences. Physical science will not console me for the ignorance of morality in the time of affliction. But the science of ethics will always console me for the ignorance of the physical sciences.
There are some who speak well and write badly. For the place and the audience warm them, and draw from their minds more than they think of without that warmth.
Justice without strength is powerless strength without justice is tyrannical.
Man is only a reed, the weakest in nature but he is a thinking reed. There is no need for the whole universe to take up arms to crush him a vapor, a drop of water is enough to kill him. But even if the universe were to crush him, man would still be nobler than his slayer, because he knows that he is dying and the advantage the universe has over him. The universe knows nothing of this.
Reason is the slow and torturous method by which those who do not know the truth discover it
Plato, to incline to Christianity.
Man is obviously made for thinking. Therein lies all his dignity and his merit and his whole duty is to think as he ought.
When we see a natural style, we are quite surprised and delighted, for we expected to see an author and we find a man.
It is your own assent to yourself, and the constant voice of your own reason, and not of others, that should make you believe.
Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.
Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.
Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.
Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.
The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter.
Reason is the slow and tortuous method by which these who do not know the truth discover it. The heart has its own reason which reason does not know.
Imagination cannot make fools wise but she can make them happy, to the envy of reason, who can only make her friends miserable
For as old age is that period of life most remote from infancy, who does not see that old age in this universal man ought not to be sought in the times nearest his birth, but in those most remote from it
We arrive at truth, not by reason only, but also by the heart.
Nature has perfections, in order to show that she is the image of God and defects, to show that she is only his image.
We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting.
Man finds nothing so intolerable as to be in a state of complete rest, without passions, without occupation, without diversion, without effort. Then he feels his nullity, loneliness, inadequacy, dependence, helplessness, emptiness.
If you would have people speak well of you, then do not speak well of yourself.
A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us.
The last thing that we discover in writing a book is to know what to put at the beginning.
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