Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true.
Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth.
Our nature consist in motion; complete rest is death.
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.
Category: Science And Scientists
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.
There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.
The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread.
Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself.
Category: Speakers And Speaking
When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed; for we expected to see an author, and we find a person.
Man's greatness lies in his power of thought.
Man is only a reed, the weakest in nature; but he is a thinking reed. There is no need for the whole universe to take up arms to crush him: a vapor, a drop of water is enough to kill him. But even if the universe were to crush him, man would still be nobler than his slayer, because he knows that he is dying and the advantage the universe has over him. The universe knows nothing of this.
Man is obviously made for thinking. Therein lies all his dignity and his merit; and his whole duty is to think as he ought.
If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.
Those are weaklings who know the truth and uphold it as long as it suits their purpose, and then abandon it.
Any unity which doesn't have its origin in the multitudes is tyranny.