Venerable, because it has perfect knowledge of man; lovable because it promises the true good.
We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.
We like to be deceived.
We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting.
Weariness.Nothing is so insufferable to man as to be completely at rest, without passions, without business, without diversion, without study. He then feels his nothingness, his forlornness, his insufficiency, his dependence, his weakness, his emptiness.
When all is equally agitated, nothing appears to be agitated, as in a ship. When all tend to debauchery, none appears to do so. He who stops draws attention to the excess of others, like a fixed point.
When we see a natural style, we are quite surprised and delighted, for we expected to see an author and we find a man.
Who would desire to have for a friend a man who talks in this fashion? Who would choose him out from others to tell him of his affairs? Who would have recourse to him in affliction? And indeed to what use in life could one put him?
Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.
That we must love one God only is a thing so evident that it does not require miracles to prove it.