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.
Those who do not hate their own selfishness and regard themselves as more important than the rest of the world are blind because the truth lies elsewhere
Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.
He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God's providence to lead him aright
We can only know God well when we know our own sin. And those who have known God without knowing their wretchedness have not glorified Him but have glorified themselves.
Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.
Justice and truth are too such subtle points that our tools are too blunt to touch them accurately.
Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth.
Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same.
We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.
When a natural discourse paints a passion or an effect, one feels within oneself the truth of what one reads, which was there before, although one did not know it. Hence one is inclined to love him who makes us feel it, for he has not shown us his own riches, but ours.
Justice and truth are two such subtle points, that our tools are too blunt to touch them accurately. If they reach the point, they either crush it, or lean all round, more on the false than on the true.
...for those who bring to the task perfect sincerity and a real desire to meet with truth, those I hope will be satisfied and convinced of the proofs of a religion so divine, which I have here collected, and in which I have followed somewhat after this order...
A strange justice that is bounded by a river! Truth on this side of the Pyrenees, error on the other side.
Contradiction is a bad sign of truth; several things which are certain are contradicted; several things which are false pass without contradiction. Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the want of contradiction a sign of truth.
We have an incapacity of proof, insurmountable by all dogmatism. We have an idea of truth, invincible to all skepticism.
What a chimera then is man! What a novelty! What a monster, what a chaos, what a contradiction, what a prodigy! Judge of all things, imbecile worm of the earth; depositary of truth, a sink of uncertainty and error; the pride and refuse of the universe!
The type has been made according to the truth, and the truth has been recognized according to the type.
Miracles and truth are necessary, because it is necessary to convince the entire man, in body and soul.
The two principles of truth, reason and senses, are not only both not genuine, but are engaged in mutual deception. The senses deceive reason through false appearances, and the senses are disturbed by passions, which produce false impressions.
Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.
Nature has made all her truths independent of one another. Our art makes one dependent on the other. But this is not natural. Each keeps its own place.