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" A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves. "
" A mind enclosed in language is in prison. "
" Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought. "
" Life does not need to mutilate itself in order to be pure. "
" To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art or life. "
" For when two beings who are not friends are near each other there is no meeting, and when friends are far apart there is no separation. "
" If we are suffering illness, poverty, or misfortune, we think we shall be satisfied on the day it ceases. But there too, we know it is false; so soon as one has got used to not suffering one wants something else. "
" Humility is attentive patience. "
" There is one, and only one, thing in modern society more hideous than crime namely, repressive justice. "
" In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention. "
" To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul. "
" The future is made of the same stuff as the present. "
" A doctrine serves no purpose in itself, but it is indispensable to have one if only to avoid being deceived by false doctrines. "
" There is no detachment where there is no pain. And there is no pain endured without hatred or lying unless detachment is present too. "
" Charity. To love human beings in so far as they are nothing. That is to love them as God does. "
" The only way into truth is through one's own annihilation; through dwelling a long time in a state of extreme and total humiliation. "
" Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace. "
" When once a certain class of people has been placed by the temporal and spiritual authorities outside the ranks of those whose life has value, then nothing comes more naturally to men than murder. "
" I am not a Catholic; but I consider the Christian idea, which has its roots in Greek thought and in the course of the centuries has nourished all of our European civilization, as something that one cannot renounce without becoming degraded. "
" There can be a true grandeur in any degree of submissiveness, because it springs from loyalty to the laws and to an oath, and not from baseness of soul. "
" An atheist may be simply one whose faith and love are concentrated on the impersonal aspects of God. "
" We must prefer real hell to an imaginary paradise. "
" The contemporary form of true greatness lies in a civilization founded on the spirituality of work. "
" The highest ecstasy is the attention at its fullest. "
" A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs to dreams. "
" As soon as men know that they can kill without fear of punishment or blame, they kill; or at least they encourage killers with approving smiles. "
" Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it. "
" In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity; the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish. "
" The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes. "
" Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers, who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers. "
" It is not the cause for which men took up arms that makes a victory more just or less, it is the order that is established when arms have been laid down. "