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" Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth. "
" Nothing fortifies scepticism more than the fact that there are some who are not sceptics; if all were so, they would be wrong. "
" Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have different effects. "
" It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory. "
" It is natural for the mind to believe and for the will to love; so that, for want of true objects, they must attach themselves to false. "
" The strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts. "
" Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us. "
" Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself. "
" Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world. "
" 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. "
" Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. "
" Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back. "
" It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants. "
" As men are not able to fight against death, misery, ignorance, they have taken it into their heads, in order to be happy, not to think of them at all. "
" Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. "
" Evil is easy, and has infinite forms. "
" If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future. "
" Man's true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature; as, his true good being lost, everything becomes his good. "
" There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous. "
" 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. "
" Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death. "
" We never love a person, but only qualities. "
" We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves. "
" All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling. "
" Our soul is cast into a body, where it finds number, time, dimension. Thereupon it reasons, and calls this nature necessity, and can believe nothing else. "
" He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God's providence to lead him aright. "
" To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher. "
" Little things console us because little things afflict us. "
" Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair. "
" Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known. "
" Vanity is but the surface. "