It is natural for the mind to believe and for the will to love; so that, for want of true objects, they must attach themselves to false.
Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world.
Thus our first interest and our first duty is to enlighten ourselves on this subject, whereon depends all our conduct. Therefore among those who do not believe, I make a vast difference between those who strive with all their power to inform themselves an
Thus we never live, but we hope to live; and always disposing ourselves to be happy, it is inevitable that we never become so.
Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons.
To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity.
True nature being lost, everything becomes its own nature; as the true good being lost, everything becomes its own true good.
Our achievements of today are but the sum total of our thoughts of yesterday. You are today where the thoughts of yesterday have brought you and you will be tomorrow where the thoughts of today take you.
Two extremes: to exclude reason, to admit reason only.
Therefore, those to whom God has imparted religion by intuition are very fortunate and justly convinced. But to those who do not have it, we can give it only by reasoning, waiting for God to give them spiritual insight, without which faith is only human a