It is not known precisely where angels dwell whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode.
Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.
Use, do not abuse... neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd.
The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say; but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work.
What then do you call your soul? What idea have you of it? You cannot of yourselves, without revelation, admit the existence within you of anything but a power unknown to you of feeling and thinking.
I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition.
It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.
The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.
What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
He who has not the spirit of this age, has all the misery of it.
Of all religions, the Christian should of course inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.
Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.
We are rarely proud when we are alone.
The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.