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" Vanity is but the surface. "
" Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary. "
" The only shame is to have none. "
" The sensitivity of men to small matters, and their indifference to great ones, indicates a strange inversion. "
" Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world. "
" 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. "
" Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth. "
" Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair. "
" We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves. "
" 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. "
" Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. "
" Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known. "
" A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us. "
" Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts. "
" 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? "
" Man's true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature; as, his true good being lost, everything becomes his good. "
" The finite is annihilated in the presence of the infinite, and becomes a pure nothing. So our spirit before God, so our justice before divine justice. "
" Two things control men's nature, instinct and experience. "
" Concupiscence and force are the source of all our actions; concupiscence causes voluntary actions, force involuntary ones. "
" Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God. "
" 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. "
" The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy. "
" Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical. "
" 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? "
" Evil is easy, and has infinite forms. "
" Little things console us because little things afflict us. "
" Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care. "
" Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth. "
" 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. "
" You always admire what you really don't understand. "
" Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way. "