The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best.
Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.
Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.
It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason. That is what faith is: God perceived by the heart, not by the reason.
The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death.
Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them.
It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.
If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then without hesitation, that He exists.
The gospel to me is simply irresistible.
If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.
I maintain that, if everyone knew what others said about him, there would not be four friends in the world.
Habit is the second nature which destroys the first.
The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing: we know this in countless ways.
If you would have people speak well of you, then do not speak well of yourself.
Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which is everything in this world.
We like security: we like the pope to be infallible in matters of faith, and grave doctors to be so in moral questions so that we can feel reassured.
The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.
Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.
My business is to prevent the future.
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
Marriage, a market which has nothing free but the entrance.
Michel de Montaigne
Law, without force, is impotent.
It is difficult to make our material condition better by the best law, but it is easy enough to ruin it by bad laws.
We never live, but we hope to live; and as we are always arranging to be happy, it must be that we never are so.
Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.
We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting.
Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.
When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.
Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes it fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.
All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State.
To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity.
Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
It is right that what is just should be obeyed. It is necessary that what is strongest should be obeyed.
Time is like money, the less we have of it to spare the further we make it go.
The more intelligent one is, the more men of originality one finds. Ordinary people find no difference between men.
Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as far as meaningless experiences go its pretty d--n good.
What a strange vanity painting is; it attracts admiration by resembling the original, we do not admire.
I never expected to see the day when girls would get sunburned in the places they now do.
There are only three types of people; those who have found God and serve him; those who have not found God and seek him, and those who live not seeking, or finding him. The first are rational and happy; the second unhappy and rational, and the third foolish and unhappy.
Everyone realizes that one can believe little of what people say about each other. But it is not so widely realized that even less can one trust what people say about themselves.
People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found out by others.
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