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" Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known. "
" When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before. "
" Habit is a second nature that destroys the first. But what is nature? Why is habit not natural? I am very much afraid that nature itself is only a first habit, just as habit is a second nature. "
" We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting. "
" We run carelessly to the precipice, after we have put something before us to prevent us seeing it. "
" 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 supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason. "
" The strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts. "
" The gospel to me is simply irresistible. "
" The only shame is to have none. "
" Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell, but not the contrary of what they see. It is above them and not contrary to them. "
" Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world. "
" Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true. "
" Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair. "
" I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. "
" Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. "
" Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way. "
" Atheism shows strength of mind, but only to a certain degree. "
" Imagination decides everything. "
" Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him? "
" A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us. "
" Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us. "
" Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary. "
" 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. "
" The knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him. "
" If you gain, you gain all. If you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then, without hesitation, that He exists. "
" Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God. "
" We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end. "
" All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling. "
" Truly it is an evil to be full of faults; but it is a still greater evil to be full of them and to be unwilling to recognize them, since that is to add the further fault of a voluntary illusion. "
" Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary. "