Half an hour's meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.
An approximate answer to the right problem is worth a good deal more than an exact answer to an approximate problem.
Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.
Trust is not the same as faith. A friend is someone you trust. Putting faith in anyone is a mistake.
The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.
No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.
What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If you do no more than you're paid for, you have no real basis for requesting more pay because you're already getting all you're earning.
It is a common saying, and in everybody's mouth, that life is but a sojourn.
Ugly deeds are most estimable when hidden.
Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary.
The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.
Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.
Evil is easy, and has infinite forms.
I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still and quiet in a room alone.
Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.
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.
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