People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others.
Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.
We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.
I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.
It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory.
If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.
There are only three types of people; those who have found God and serve him; those who have not found God and seek him, and those who live not seeking, or finding him. The first are rational and happy; the second unhappy and rational, and the third foolish and unhappy.
What can be seen on earth points to neither the total absence nor the obvious presence of divinity, but to the presence of a hidden God. Everything bears this mark.
Cold words freeze people, and hot words scorch them, and bitter words make them bitter, and wrathful words make them wrathful. Kind words also produce their own image on men's souls; and a beautiful image it is. They smooth, and quiet, and comfort the hearer.
We should seek the truth without hesitation; and, if we refuse it, we show that we value the esteem of men more than the search for truth.
Once your soul has been enlarged by a truth, it can never return to its original size.
If God exists, not seeking God must be the gravest error imaginable. If one decides to sincerely seek for God and doesn't find God, the lost effort is negligible in comparison to what is at risk in not seeking God in the first place.
Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.
Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men's souls, and a beautiful image it is.
Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself.
Fear not, provided you fear; but if you fear not, then fear.
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.
In difficult times carry something beautiful in your heart.
We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything.
Knowing God without knowing our own wretchedness makes for pride. Knowing our own wretchedness without knowing God makes for despair. Knowing Jesus Christ strikes the balance because he shows us both God and our own wretchedness.
Muhammad established a religion by putting his enemies to death; Jesus Christ by commanding his followers to lay down their lives.
Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.
Human beings do not know their place and purpose. They have fallen from their true place, and lost their true purpose. They search everywhere for their place and purpose, with great anxiety. But they cannot find them because they are surrounded by darkness.
Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for miseries and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries.
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
It is dangerous to explain too clearly to man how like he is to the animals without pointing out his greatness. It is also dangerous to make too much of his greatness without his vileness. It is still more dangerous to leave him in ignorance of both, but it is most valuable to represent both to him. Man must not be allowed to believe that he is equal either to animals or to angels, nor to be unaware of either, but he must know both.
If I believe in God and life after death and you do not, and if there is no God, we both lose when we die. However, if there is a God, you still lose and I gain everything.
Kind words produce their images on men's souls.
When one does not love too much, one does not love enough.
No man ever believes with a true and saving faith unless God inclines his heart; and no man when God does incline his heart can refrain from believing.
There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.
All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room.
Reflect on death as in Jesus Christ, not as without Jesus Christ. Without Jesus Christ it is dreadful, it is alarming, it is the terror of nature. In Jesus Christ it is fair and lovely, it is good and holy, it is the joy of saints.
To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher.
Jesus was in a garden, not of delight as the first Adam, in which he destroyed himself and the whole human race, but in one of agony, in which he saved himself and the whole human race.
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
One of the greatest artifices the devil uses to engage men in vice and debauchery, is to fasten names of contempt on certain virtues, and thus fill weak souls with a foolish fear of passing for scrupulous, should they desire to put them in practice.
Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.
Love has reasons which reason cannot understand.