Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.
Fear not, provided you fear but if you fear not, then fear.
Our heart has its reasons that reason cannot know.
We arrive at the truth, not by the reason only, but also by the heart.
Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him?
Nature has perfection, in order to show that she is the image of God and defects, to show that she is only his image.
The sensibility of man to trifles, and his insensibility to great things, indicates a strange inversion.
If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.
It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory.
In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't.
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 h
Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known.
There are truths on this side of the Pyranees, which are falsehoods on the other.
Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is, but let us consider the two possibilities. If you gain, you gain all if you lose you lose nothing. Hesitate not, then, to wager that He is.
I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back.
We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything.
It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.
All the miseries of mankind come from one thing, not knowing how to remain alone.
The heart has arguments with which the logic of mind is not aquainted.
Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.
I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.
All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room
If you gain, you gain all. If you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then, without hesitation, that He exists.
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.