Animals do not admire each other. A horse does not admire its companion.
Beauty is a harmonious relation between something in our nature and the quality of the object which delights us.
Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.
If we let ourselves believe that man began with divine grace, that he forfeited this by sin, and that he can be redeemed only by divine grace through the crucified Christ, then we shall find peace of mind never granted to philosophers. He who cannot believe is cursed, for he reveals by his unbelief that God has not chosen to give him grace.
The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
Category: Books And Reading
Man finds nothing so intolerable as to be in a state of complete rest, without passions, without occupation, without diversion, without effort. Then he feels his nullity, loneliness, inadequacy, dependence, helplessness, emptiness.
Category: Bores And Boredom
It is superstitious to put one's hopes in formalities, but arrogant to refuse to submit to them.
The highest order of mind is accused of folly, as well as the lowest. Nothing is thoroughly approved but mediocrity. The majority has established this, and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.
We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves.
The war existing between the senses and reason.
Men never do evil so fully and cheerfully as when we do it out of conscience.
Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
We like to be deceived.
Ugly deeds are most estimable when hidden.
Category: Deeds And Good Deeds
Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary.