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" Continuous eloquence wearies. Grandeur must be abandoned to be appreciated. Continuity in everything is unpleasant. Cold is agreeable, that we may get warm. "
" Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death. "
" The immortality of the soul is a matter which is of so great consequence to us and which touches us so profoundly that we must have lost all feeling to be indifferent about it. "
" It is good to be tired and wearied by the futile search after the true good, that we may stretch out our arms to the Redeemer. "
" Thus so wretched is man that he would weary even without any cause for weariness... and so frivolous is he that, though full of a thousand reasons for weariness, the least thing, such as playing billiards or hitting a ball, is sufficient enough to amuse him. "
" All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone. "
" All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room. "
" It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory. "
" Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world. "
" 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. "
" The self is hateful. "
" We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end. "
" The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason. "
" Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth. "
" If man made himself the first object of study, he would see how incapable he is of going further. How can a part know the whole? "
" The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me. "
" People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others. "
" To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher. "
" Law, without force, is impotent. "
" Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God. "
" Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything. "
" Vanity of science. Knowledge of physical science will not console me for ignorance of morality in time of affliction, but knowledge of morality will always console me for ignorance of physical science. "
" We conceal it from ourselves in vain - we must always love something. In those matters seemingly removed from love, the feeling is secretly to be found, and man cannot possibly live for a moment without it. "
" 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. "
" Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care. "
" Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just. "
" 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. "
" Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary. "
" Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other. "
" People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come in to the mind of others. "
" In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't. "