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" There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous. "
" In each action we must look beyond the action at our past, present, and future state, and at others whom it affects, and see the relations of all those things. And then we shall be very cautious. "
" Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world. "
" It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory. "
" I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room. "
" Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world. "
" Men often take their imagination for their heart; and they believe they are converted as soon as they think of being converted. "
" Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world. "
" Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true. "
" Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just. "
" The self is hateful. "
" It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants. "
" We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way. "
" To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher. "
" The strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts. "
" Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed. "
" The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me. "
" The greatness of man is great in that he knows himself to be wretched. A tree does not know itself to be wretched. "
" 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? "
" In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't. "
" 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. "
" The only shame is to have none. "
" 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. "
" Concupiscence and force are the source of all our actions; concupiscence causes voluntary actions, force involuntary ones. "
" I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. "
" Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself. "
" Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us. "
" 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. "