When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed; for we expected to see an author, and we find a person.
There are some who speak well and write badly. For the place and the audience warm them, and draw from their minds more than they think of without that warmth.
The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death.
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.
Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world.
Atheism shows strength of mind, but only to a certain degree.
Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have different effects.
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.
Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.
Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.
Continuous eloquence wearies. Grandeur must be abandoned to be appreciated. Continuity in everything is unpleasant. Cold is agreeable, that we may get warm.
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.
Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness.
You always admire what you really don't understand.
The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.
It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory.
All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
We view things not only from different sides, but with different eyes; we have no wish to find them alike.
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.
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.
Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.
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.
Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true.
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.
Little things console us because little things afflict us.
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.
The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.
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.
The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy.
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.