– (©Publilius Syrus)

Publilius Syrus


  • The judge is condemned when the guilty is absolved. (Iudex damnatur ubi nocens absolvitur.)
  • He doubly benefits the needy who gives quickly. (Inopi beneficium bis dat, qui dat celerity.)
  • He who helps the guilty, shares the crime.
  • Fortune is like glass—the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken.
  • Pardon one offence and you encourage the commission of many.
  • Whom Fortune wishes to destroy she first makes mad. (Stultum facit fortuna, quem vult perdure.)
  • Confession of our faults is the next thing to innocence. (Proximum ab innocentia tenet locum verecunda peccati confession.)


  • Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
  • It is only the ignorant who despise education.
  • I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.
  • No one knows what he can do until he tries.
  • There are some remedies worse than the disease.
  • To do two things at once is to do neither.
  • While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.
  • An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.
  • What is left when honor is lost?
  • Many receive advice, few profit by it.


  • “Aquele que não impede um crime é cúmplice dele.”  (Factum tacendo, crimen facias acrius.)
  • “O juiz é condenado quando o culpado é absolvido.” (Iudex damnatur, cum nocens absolvitur.)
  • “Por muito longa disputa perde se a verdade.” (Nimium altercando veritas amittitur.)
  • “Tato não pode ser ensinado; é inato.”  (Pudor doceri não potest, Nasci potes.)
  • “O plano que não pode ser mudado não presta.”   (Malum est consilium, quod mutari non potest.)



  • “Aquele que tem coragem para enfrentar os perigos vence-os antes que eles o ameacem.”
  • “Jamais se deleite com a desgraça do outro.”
  • “Ama os teus pais, se são justos e honestos; caso contrário, suporta-os.”
  • “Não há prazer que se dure se não for reanimado pela variedade.”
  • “O medo nunca levou ninguém ao topo.”
  • “Nada desejamos tanto como aquilo que não é consentido.”
  • “O ouro aumenta a sede do ouro, e não a estanca.”
  • “Quando o mar está calmo todo o mundo pode ser timoneiro.”
  • “Quem decide praticar um mal, encontra sempre um pretexto.”
  • “Não se pode calçar o mesmo sapato em todos os pés”.
  • “Uma fortuna grande é uma grande escravidão para seu possuidor.”
  • “Divida o fogo e você logo o extinguirá”.
  • “Ninguém sabe do que é capaz até que tenta.”
  • “Fagulhas não assustam filhos de ferreiros.”
  • “Deve temer a muitos aquele a quem muitos temem.”
  • “Nunca esqueças os benefícios recebidos, mas esquece rapidamente os que fizestes.”
  • “O juiz é condenado quando o culpado é absolvido.”  – Iudex damnatur, cum nocens absolvitur.



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Right to abortion

“The so-called ‘right to abortion’ destroys the most basic bonds of love and asserts that the strong can kill the weak if they are an inconvenience.” – Lila Rose

“Choices will continually be necessary, let us not forget – possible. Obedience to God is always possible. It is a deadly error to fall into the notion that when feelings are extremely strong we can do nothing but act on them.”  E. Elliot

– (© Solzhenitsyn)

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

 – (© Solzhenitsyn)


“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag. Use your memory! Use your memory! It is those bitter seeds alone which might sprout and grow someday.
Look around you – there are people around you. Maybe you will remember one of them all your life and later eat your heart out because you didn’t make use of the opportunity to ask him questions. And the less you talk, the more you’ll hear.” ―
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956


“Blow the dust off the clock. Your watches are behind the times. Throw open the heavy curtains which are so dear to you – you do not even suspect that the day has already dawned outside.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


“On the way from the Renaissance to our days we have enriched our experience, but we have lost the concept of a Supreme Complete Entity which used to restrain our passions and our irresponsibility. We have placed too much hope in political and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most precious possession: our spiritual life. In the East, it is destroyed by the dealings and machinations of the ruling party. In the West, commercial interests tend to suffocate it. This is the real crisis.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

tags: atheism, communism, consumerism, materialism


“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956


“Freedom! To fill people’s mailboxes, eyes, ears and brains with commercial rubbish against their will, television programs that are impossible to watch with a sense of coherence. Freedom! To force information on people, taking no account of their right not to accept it or their right of peace of mind. Freedom! To spit in the eyes and souls of passersby with advertisements.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


“Destructive and irresponsible freedom has been granted boundless space. Society appears to have little defense against the abyss of human decadence, such as, for example, misuse of liberty for moral violence against young people, motion pictures full of pornography, crime and horror. It is considered to be part of freedom and theoretically counter-balanced by the young people’s right not to look or not to accept. Life organized legalistically has thus shown its inability to defend itself against the corrosion of evil.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyntags: decadence, evil, freedom



“The communist regime in the East could stand and grow due to the enthusiastic support from an enormous number of Western intellectuals who felt a kinship and refused to see communism’s crimes. When they no longer could do so, they tried to justify them.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

tags: communism, intellectuals, socialism, the-west


“My wish for you… is that your skeptic-eclectic brain be flooded with the light of truth.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle


“Violence does not necessarily take people by the throat and strangle them. Usually it demands no more than an ultimate allegiance from its subjects. They are required merely to become accomplices in its lies.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

tags: acquiescence, oppression, violence



“A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage . . . . Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elite, causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

tags: cultural-decay



“Pride grows in the human heart like lard on a pig.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


“Sometimes I feel quite distinctly that what is inside me is not all of me. There is something else, sublime, quite indestructible, some tiny fragment of the Universal spirit. Don’t you feel that?” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Cancer Ward



“You only have power over people as long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power—he’s free again.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Two Hundred Years Together

tags: limits-of-power, nothing-left-to-lose, tyranny




“Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

tags: career, corporate, vocation


“The meaning of earthly existence lies not, as we have grown used to thinking, in prospering but in the development of the soul.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Cancer Ward


“… What about the main thing in life, all its riddles? If you want, I’ll spell it out for you right now. Do not pursue what is illusionary -property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade, and is confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over life -don’t be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn for happiness; it is, after all, all the same: the bitter doesn’t last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing. It is enough if you don’t freeze in the cold and if thirst and hunger don’t claw at your insides. If your back isn’t broken, if your feet can walk, if both arms can bend, if both eyes can see, if both ears hear, then whom should you envy? And why? Our envy of others devours us most of all. Rub your eyes and purify your heart -and prize above all else in the world those who love you and who wish you well. Do not hurt them or scold them, and never part from any of them in anger; after all, you simply do not know: it may be your last act before your arrest, and that will be how you are imprinted on their memory.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

tags: living-life



“It makes me happier, more secure, to think that I do not have to plan and manage everything for myself, that I am only a sword made sharp to smite the unclean forces, an enchanted sword to cleave and disperse them.
Grant, O Lord, that I may not break as I strike! Let me not fall from Thy hand!” ―
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyntags: calling, god, purpose



“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. “One word of truth outweighs the world.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

tags: courage, honesty, truth, truth-telling



“It is in the nature of the human being to seek a justification for his actions.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation V-VII

tags: actions, justification, wrong



“Human rights’ are a fine thing, but how can we make ourselves sure that our rights do not expand at the expense of the rights of others. A society with unlimited rights is incapable of standing to adversity. If we do not wish to be ruled by a coercive authority, then each of us must rein himself in…A stable society is achieved not by balancing opposing forces but by conscious self-limitation: by the principle that we are always duty-bound to defer to the sense of moral justice.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Rebuilding Russia: Reflections and Tentative Proposals

tags: freedom, human-rights, limitations, personal-autonomy, personal-responsibility


“We always pay dearly for chasing after what is cheap.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

tags: idolatry, materialism




“Satiety depends not at all on how much we eat, but on how we eat. It’s the same with happiness, the very same…happiness doesn’t depend on how many external blessings we have snatched from life. It depends only on our attitude toward them. There’s a saying about it in the Taoist ethic: ‘Whoever is capable of contentment will always be satisfied.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The First Circletags: contentment, happiness


“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes… we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions – especially selfish ones.”  –  ? Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn



“There is no point asserting and reasserting what the heart cannot believe.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


“At what point, then, should one resist? When one’s belt is taken away? When one is ordered to face into a corner? When one crosses the threshold of one’s home? An arrest consists of a series of incidental irrelevancies, of a multitude of things that do not matter, and there seems no point in arguing about one of them individually…and yet all these incidental irrelevancies taken together implacably constitute the arrest. ” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956


“It is unthinkable in the twentieth century to fail to distinguish between what constitutes an abominable atrocity that must be prosecuted and what constitutes that “past” which “ought not to be stirred up.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

tags: justice, past




“Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

tags: anarchy, coercion, collectivism, control, equality, free-market, freedom, individual-freedom, individualism, laissez-faire, libertarian, liberty, natural-law, non-aggression-principle, peace, politics, slavery, socialism, statism, taxation, universal-ethics, voluntaryism



“We are all human, and our senses are quicker to prompt us than our reason. Every man gives off a scent, and that scent tells you how to act before your head does.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle

tags: humanity, reason, scent, sense, thought


“Power is a poison well known for thousands of years. If only no one were ever to acquire material power over others! But to the human being who has faith in some force that holds dominion over all of us, and who is therefore conscious of his own limitations, power is not necessarily fatal. For those, however, who are unaware of any higher sphere, it is a deadly poison. For them there is no antidote.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation V-VII

tags: authority, power




“If you live in a graveyard, you can’t weep for everyone.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, books III-IV



“Or why should one refrain from burning hatred, whatever its basis–race, class, or ideology? Such hatred is in fact corroding many hearts today. Atheist teachers in the West are bringing up a younger generation in a spirit of hatred of their own society. Amid all the vituperation we forget that the defects of capitalism represent the basic flaws of human nature, allowed unlimited freedom together with the various human rights; we forget that under Communism (and Communism is breathing down the neck of all moderate forms of socialism, which are unstable) the identical flaws run riot in any person with the least degree of authority; while everyone else under that system does indeed attain ‘equality’–the equality of destitute slaves. This eager fanning of the flames of hatred is becoming the mark of today’s free world. Indeed, the broader the personal freedoms are, the higher the level of prosperity or even of abundance–the more vehement, paradoxically, does this blind hatred become. The contemporary developed West thus demonstrates by its own example that human salvation can be found neither in the profusion of material goods nor in merely making money.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

tags: atheism, communism, socialism, western-intellectuals



“… skepticism can never provide firm ground under a man’s feet. And perhaps, after all, we need firm ground.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle








Sinto vergonha de mim

por ter sido educador de parte deste povo,

por ter batalhado sempre pela justiça,

por compactuar com a honestidade,

por primar pela verdade

e por ver este povo já chamado varonil

enveredar pelo caminho da desonra.

Sinto vergonha de mim

por ter feito parte de uma era

que lutou pela democracia,

pela liberdade de ser

e ter que entregar aos meus filhos,

simples e abominavelmente,

a derrota das virtudes pelos vícios,

a ausência da sensatez

no julgamento da verdade,

a negligência com a família,

célula-Mater da sociedade,

a demasiada preocupação

com o ‘eu’ feliz a qualquer custo,

buscando a tal ‘felicidade’

em caminhos eivados de desrespeito

para com o seu próximo.

Tenho vergonha de mim

pela passividade em ouvir,

sem despejar meu verbo,

a tantas desculpas ditadas

pelo orgulho e vaidade,

a tanta falta de humildade

para reconhecer um erro cometido,

a tantos ‘floreios’ para justificar

actos criminosos,

a tanta relutância

em esquecer a antiga posição

de sempre ‘contestar’,

voltar atrás

e mudar o futuro.

Tenho vergonha de mim

pois faço parte de um povo que não reconheço,

enveredando por caminhos

que não quero percorrer…

Tenho vergonha da minha impotência,

da minha falta de garra,

das minhas desilusões

e do meu cansaço.

Não tenho para onde ir

pois amo este meu chão,

vibro ao ouvir o meu Hino

e jamais usei a minha Bandeira

para enxugar o meu suor

ou enrolar o meu corpo

na pecaminosa manifestação de nacionalidade.

Ao lado da vergonha de mim,

tenho tanta pena de ti,

povo deste mundo!

‘De tanto ver triunfar as nulidades,

de tanto ver prosperar a desonra,

de tanto ver crescer a injustiça,

de tanto ver agigantarem-se os poderes

nas mãos dos maus,

o homem chega a desanimar da virtude,

A rir-se da honra,

a ter vergonha de ser honesto’.

(Rui Barbosa)



Eu não troco a justiça pela soberba. Eu não deixo o direito pela força. Eu não esqueço a fraternidade pela tolerância. Eu não substituo a fé pela supertição, a realidade pelo ídolo.Rui Barbosa
 “oração e trabalho são recursos mais valiosos na criação moral do homem.”

O escritor curto em idéias e fatos será, naturalmente, um autor de idéias curtas, assim como de um sujeito de escasso miolo na cachola, de uma cabeça de coco velado, não se poderá esperar senão breves análises e chochas tolices.Rui Barbosa

“Uma raça, cujo espírito não defende o seu solo e o seu idioma, entrega a alma ao estrangeiro, antes de ser por ele absorvida.”Ruy Barbosa














“Embora acabe eu, a minha fé não acabará; porque é a fé na verdade, que se livra acima dos interesses caducos, a fé invencível.”
“Quem não luta pelos seus direitos não é digno deles.”
“De tanto ver triunfar as nulidades; de tanto ver prosperar a desonra, de tanto ver crescer a injustiça. De tanto ver agigantarem-se os poderes nas mãos dos maus, o homem chega a desanimar-se da virtude, a rir-se da honra e a ter vergonha de ser honesto.” 
“A justiça pode irritar-se porque é precária. A verdade não se impacienta, porque é eterna.” 
“Toda a capacidade dos nossos estadistas se esvai na intriga, na astúcia, na cabala, na vingança, na inveja, na condescendência com o abuso, na salvação das aparências, no desleixo do futuro.” 

“As leis são um freio para os crimes públicos – a religião para os crimes secretos.” 
“Se os fracos não tem a força das armas, que se armem com a força do seu direito, com a afirmação do seu direito, entregando-se por ele a todos os sacrifícios necessários para que o mundo não lhes desconheça o caráter de entidades dignas de existência na comunhão internacional.” 
“O ensino, como a justiça, como a administração, prospera e vive muito mais realmente da verdade e moralidade, com que se pratica, do que das grandes inovações e belas reformas que se lhe consagrem.”Plataforma de 1910.

“Outrora se amilhavam asnos, porcos e galinhas. Hoje em dia há galinheiros, pocilgas e estrebarias oficiais, onde se amilham escritores.” 
“Nada mais honroso do que mudar a justiça de sentença, quando lhe mudou a convicção.” 
“Quanto maior o bem , maior o mal que da sua inversão procede.” 
“A existência do elemento servil é a maior das abominações.” 
“Eu não troco a justiça pela soberba. Eu não deixo o direito pela força. Eu não esqueço a fraternidade pela tolerância. Eu não substituo a fé pela supertição, a realidade pelo ídolo.” “O governo da demagogia não passa disso: o governo do medo.” 
“É preciso ser forte e conseqüente no bem, para não o ver degenerar em males inesperados.”
“A mesma natureza humana, propensa sempre a cativar os subservientes, nos ensina a defender-nos contra os ambiciosos.” 
“Os que ousam ser leais à sua fé, são cobertos até de ridículo.” 
“Maior que a tristeza de não haver vencido é a vergonha de não ter lutado !” 
“A verdadeira igualdade consiste em aquinhoar desigualmente seres desiguais.” “O exército não é um órgão da soberania, nem um poder. É o grande instrumento da lei e do governo na defesa nacional.” “A inteireza do espírito começa por se caracterizar no escrúpulo da linguagem.” 
“A República não precisa de fazer-se terrível, mas de ser amável; não deve perseguir, mas conciliar; não carece de vingar-se, mas de esquecer; não tem que se coser na pele das antigas reações, mas que alargar e consolidar a liberdade.” 
“Medo, venalidade, paixão partidária, respeito pessoal, subserviência, espírito conservador, interpretação restritiva, razão de estado, interesse supremo, como quer te chames, prevaricação judiciária, não escaparás ao ferrete de Pilatos! O bom ladrão salvou-se. Mas não há salvação para o juiz covarde.” 
“Um povo cuja fé se petrificou, é um povo cuja liberdade se perdeu.” “Dilatai a fraternidade cristã, e chegareis das afeições individuais às solidariedades coletivas, da família à nação, da nação à humanidade.” 

– (©Corrie Ten Boom)

QUOTES – Corrie Ten Boom
40 Powerful Quotes from Corrie Ten Boom: “You can never learn that Christ is all you need, until Christ is all you have.

“Do you know what hurts so very much? It’s love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill that love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies, too. Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.”

“Today I know that such memories are the key not to the past, but to the future. I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work he will give us to do. ”

“And our wise Father in heaven knows when we’re going to need things too. Don’t run out ahead of him.”

“Love is larger than the walls which shut it in.”

“Even as the angry vengeful thoughts boiled through me, I saw the sin of them. Jesus Christ had died for this man; was I going to ask for more? Lord Jesus, I prayed, forgive me and help me to forgive him….Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give me your forgiveness….And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world’s healing hinges, but on his. When he tells us to love our enemies, he gives along with the command, the love itself.”

“If the devil cannot make us bad, he will make us busy.”

“You will find it is necessary to let things go, simply for the reason that they are too heavy.”

“Some knowledge is too heavy…you cannot bear it…your Father will carry it until you are able.”

“Don’t bother to give God instructions, just report for duty.”

“You can never learn that Christ is all you need, until Christ is all you have.”

“God takes our sins – the past, present, and future, and dumps them in the sea and puts up a sign that says NO FISHING ALLOWED.”

“Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.”

“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.”

“Happiness isn’t something that depends on our surroundings…it’s something we make inside ourselves.”

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”

“In darkness God’s truth shines most clear.”

“What wings are to a bird and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul.”

“With Jesus, even in our darkest moments the best remains and the very best is yet to be…”

“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.”

“It is not my ability, but my response to God’s ability that counts.”

“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person he puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only he can see.”

“Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees”

“The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.”

“There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.”

“If God sends us on stony paths, he provides strong shoes.”

“Worry is like a rocking chair: it keeps you moving but doesn’t get you anywhere.”

“Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.”

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

“Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.”

“There is no panic in Heaven! God has no problems, only plans.”

“When I try, I fail. When I trust, he succeeds.”

“God never measures the mind… He always put His tape measure in the HEART.”

“Let God’s promises shine on your problems.”

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”

“Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.”

“Now, I know in my experience that Jesus’ light is stronger than the biggest darkness.”

“Discernment is God’s call to intercession, never to faultfinding.”

“The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy.”

“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.”

Corrie ten Boom’s amazing life and journey remind us still today how to live strong and love well through the hope and freedom of Christ. May we press on in that wisdom, moving forward with the same forgiving spirit that typified this courageous soul. Don’t let the enemy hold you back. No matter what we walk through, God has good in store.

– (©Blaise Pascal)

Enjoy the best of Blaise Pascal quotesQuotes by Blaise PascalFrench Philosopher.





Miracle.It is an effect, which exceeds the natural power of the means which are employed for it; and what is not a miracle is an effect, which does not exceed the natural power of the means which are employed for it. Thus, those who heal by invocation of the devil do not work a miracle; for that does not exceed the natural power of the devil. But…



Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.


The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.

Love has reasons which reason cannot understand.


People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.


Kind words don’t cost much. Yet they accomplish much.


All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.


Do you wish people to think well of you? Don’t speak well of yourself.


When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.


The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.


Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.


Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back.


Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.


Man’s greatness lies in his power of thought.


The only shame is to have none.


Imagination decides everything.


Law, without force, is impotent.


Men blaspheme what they do not know.


Evil is easy, and has infinite forms.


The gospel to me is simply irresistible.


Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.


We never love a person, but only qualities.


The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.


A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us.


All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.




Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.



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People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others.




We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.

You always admire what you really don’t understand.

Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth.

We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting.

The knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him.

Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death.

It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory.

Two things control men’s nature, instinct and experience.

The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.

Little things console us because little things afflict us.

To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher.

Atheism shows strength of mind, but only to a certain degree.

Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.

Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true.

Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.

It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.

Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.

Custom is our nature. What are our natural principles but principles of custom?

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.

Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.

We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end.

Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known.

Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.

If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.

Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness.

Chance gives rise to thoughts, and chance removes them; no art can keep or acquire them.

The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter.

Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us.

Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.

The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.

The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death.

If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.

Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same.

We run carelessly to the precipice, after we have put something before us to prevent us seeing it.

It is incomprehensible that God should exist, and it is incomprehensible that he should not exist.

I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter.


Justice and truth are too such subtle points that our tools are too blunt to touch them accurately.

We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves.

If our condition were truly happy, we would not seek diversion from it in order to make ourselves happy.

If you gain, you gain all. If you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then, without hesitation, that He exists.

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.

The strength of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.

We view things not only from different sides, but with different eyes; we have no wish to find them alike.

I maintain that, if everyone knew what others said about him, there would not be four friends in the world.

Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.

The sensitivity of men to small matters, and their indifference to great ones, indicates a strange inversion.

Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have different effects.

Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.

Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world.

He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.

The greatness of man is great in that he knows himself to be wretched. A tree does not know itself to be wretched.

Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.

When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed; for we expected to see an author, and we find a person.

Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.

The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men.

Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.

There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.

Man’s true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature; as, his true good being lost, everything becomes his good.

Concupiscence and force are the source of all our actions; concupiscence causes voluntary actions, force involuntary ones.

Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary.

Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.

It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason. That is what faith is: God perceived by the heart, not by the reason.

It is good to be tired and wearied by the futile search after the true good, that we may stretch out our arms to the Redeemer.

Nothing fortifies skepticism more than the fact that there are some who are not skeptics; if all were so, they would be wrong.

The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy.

I can well conceive a man without hands, feet, head. But I cannot conceive man without thought; he would be a stone or a brute.

Men often take their imagination for their heart; and they believe they are converted as soon as they think of being converted.

If man made himself the first object of study, he would see how incapable he is of going further. How can a part know the whole?

Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell, but not the contrary of what they see. It is above them and not contrary to them.

One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.

Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes it fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.

Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.

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.

Reason commands us far more imperiously than a master; for in disobeying the one we are unfortunate, and in disobeying the other we are fools.

Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them.

Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons. Neither the offender nor the offended are any more themselves.

The last act is bloody, however pleasant all the rest of the play is: a little earth is thrown at last upon our head, and that is the end forever.

People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come in to the mind of others.

We like security: we like the pope to be infallible in matters of faith, and grave doctors to be so in moral questions so that we can feel reassured.

As men are not able to fight against death, misery, ignorance, they have taken it into their heads, in order to be happy, not to think of them at all.

The finite is annihilated in the presence of the infinite, and becomes a pure nothing. So our spirit before God, so our justice before divine justice.

Justice is what is established; and thus all our established laws will necessarily be regarded as just without examination, since they are established.

The weather and my mood have little connection. I have my foggy and my fine days within me; my prosperity or misfortune has little to do with the matter.

Our soul is cast into a body, where it finds number, time, dimension. Thereupon it reasons, and calls this nature necessity, and can believe nothing else.

There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.

Continuous eloquence wearies. Grandeur must be abandoned to be appreciated. Continuity in everything is unpleasant. Cold is agreeable, that we may get warm.

There are some who speak well and write badly. For the place and the audience warm them, and draw from their minds more than they think of without that warmth.

If we must not act save on a certainty, we ought not to act on religion, for it is not certain. But how many things we do on an uncertainty, sea voyages, battles!

The last proceeding of reason is to recognize that there is an infinity of things which are beyond it. There is nothing so conformable to reason as this disavowal of reason.

The immortality of the soul is a matter which is of so great consequence to us and which touches us so profoundly that we must have lost all feeling to be indifferent about it.

Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him?

There are two kinds of people one can call reasonable: those who serve God with all their heart because they know him, and those who seek him with all their heart because they do not know him.

Habit is a second nature that destroys the first. But what is nature? Why is habit not natural? I am very much afraid that nature itself is only a first habit, just as habit is a second nature.

Truly it is an evil to be full of faults; but it is a still greater evil to be full of them and to be unwilling to recognize them, since that is to add the further fault of a voluntary illusion.

In each action we must look beyond the action at our past, present, and future state, and at others whom it affects, and see the relations of all those things. And then we shall be very cautious.

Vanity of science. Knowledge of physical science will not console me for ignorance of morality in time of affliction, but knowledge of morality will always console me for ignorance of physical science.

We conceal it from ourselves in vain – we must always love something. In those matters seemingly removed from love, the feeling is secretly to be found, and man cannot possibly live for a moment without it.

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.

Thus so wretched is man that he would weary even without any cause for weariness… and so frivolous is he that, though full of a thousand reasons for weariness, the least thing, such as playing billiards or hitting a ball, is sufficient enough to amuse him.

“Being female is a matter of birth, being a woman is a matter of age, but being a lady is a matter of choice.” ~ Unknown

In writing about El-Roi in “The Character of God,”  R. C. Sproul said: 

“There are many things in my life that I do not want to put under the gaze of Christ. Yet I know there is nothing hidden from Him. He knows me better than my wife knows me. And yet He loves me. This is the most amazing thing of all about God’s grace. It would be one thing for Him to love us if we could fool Him into thinking that we were better than we actually are. But He knows better. He knows all there is to know about us, including those things that could destroy our reputation. He is minutely and acutely aware of every skeleton in every closet. And He loves us.”

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”  – Dwight D. Eisenhower