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" Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical. "
" Evil is easy, and has infinite forms. "
" The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me. "
" 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. "
" Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have different effects. "
" Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same. "
" The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy. "
" 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 run carelessly to the precipice, after we have put something before us to prevent us seeing it. "
" Concupiscence and force are the source of all our actions; concupiscence causes voluntary actions, force involuntary ones. "
" Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts. "
" Love has reasons which reason cannot understand. "
" 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. "
" I maintain that, if everyone knew what others said about him, there would not be four friends in the world. "
" It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants. "
" One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better. "
" The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory. "
" 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? "
" Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed. "
" Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God. "
" It is incomprehensible that God should exist, and it is incomprehensible that he should not exist. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary. "
" Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair. "
" 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. "
" We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart. "
" Reason commands us far more imperiously than a master; for in disobeying the one we are unfortunate, and in disobeying the other we are fools. "
" 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. "
" When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed; for we expected to see an author, and we find a person. "
" Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back. "