Optimism has always seemed to me the cunning alibi of egoists, anxious to cover up their state of chronic self-satisfaction. They are optimists in order to avoid pitying other men and their misfortune. ~~ Yet pity is a vexed question.
It's a fine thing to rise above pride, but you must have pride in order to do so.
Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.
Ride has no intrinsic substance, being no more than the name given to the soul devouring itself. When that loathsome perversion of love has borne its fruit, it has another, more meaningful and weightier name. We call it hatred.
She isn't very clever or very devout,.. And she certainly empties the whole salt cellar into the stories she tells me. But I love her because she never lies.
Faith is not a thing which one loses, we merely cease to shape our lives by it.
Purity is not imposed upon us as though it were a kind of punishment, it is one of those mysterious but obvious conditions of that supernatural knowledge of ourselves in the Divine, which we speak of as faith. Impurity does not destroy this knowledge, it slays our need for it.
A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much, and an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all.
Civilization exists precisely so that there may be no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses.
A large number of suspects, both men and women, escaped martial law for lack of any shred of evidence against them on which a court-martial could convict. So they began setting them free in groups, according to their birth-place. But half-way, the car-load would be emptied into a ditch.
The modern state no longer has anything but rights; it does not recognize duties any more.