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" Little things console us because little things afflict us. "
" 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? "
" He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God's providence to lead him aright. "
" Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it. "
" Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world. "
" The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter. "
" I maintain that, if everyone knew what others said about him, there would not be four friends in the world. "
" Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth. "
" Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us. "
" We run carelessly to the precipice, after we have put something before us to prevent us seeing it. "
" Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary. "
" Evil is easy, and has infinite forms. "
" Love has reasons which reason cannot understand. "
" The greatness of man is great in that he knows himself to be wretched. A tree does not know itself to be wretched. "
" Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. "
" Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed. "
" 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. "
" There are two kinds of people one can call reasonable: those who serve God with all their heart because they know him, and those who seek him with all their heart because they do not know him. "
" Imagination decides everything. "
" The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy. "
" The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory. "
" Custom is our nature. What are our natural principles but principles of custom? "
" We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting. "
" The sensitivity of men to small matters, and their indifference to great ones, indicates a strange inversion. "
" All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling. "
" We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart. "
" If you gain, you gain all. If you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then, without hesitation, that He exists. "
" Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. "
" The last act is bloody, however pleasant all the rest of the play is: a little earth is thrown at last upon our head, and that is the end forever. "
" We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves. "
" It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason. That is what faith is: God perceived by the heart, not by the reason. "