Life does not need to mutilate itself in order to be pure.
To desire friendship is a great fault. Friendship should be a gratuitous joy like those afforded by art or life. We must refuse it so that we may be worthy to receive it; it is of the order of grace.
In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention.
It is not the cause for which men took up arms that makes a victory more just or less, it is the order that is established when arms have been laid down.
To be a hero or a heroine, one must give an order to oneself.