Continuous eloquence wearies. Grandeur must be abandoned to be appreciated. Continuity in everything is unpleasant. Cold is agreeable, that we may get warm.
All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
As men are not able to fight against death, misery, ignorance, they have taken it into their heads, in order to be happy, not to think of them at all.
Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell, but not the contrary of what they see. It is above them and not contrary to them.
Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.
The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy.
Truly it is an evil to be full of faults; but it is a still greater evil to be full of them and to be unwilling to recognize them, since that is to add the further fault of a voluntary illusion.
You always admire what you really don't understand.
The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.
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.
Little things console us because little things afflict us.
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.
Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true.
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.
Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them.
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.
We view things not only from different sides, but with different eyes; we have no wish to find them alike.