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Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.
Affliction compels us to recognize as real what we do not think possible.
Pain is the root of knowledge.
Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention.
There is one, and only one, thing in modern society more hideous than crime namely, repressive justice.
A mind enclosed in language is in prison.
Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace.
Every perfect life is a parable invented by God.
It is an eternal obligation toward the human being not to let him suffer from hunger when one has a chance of coming to his assistance.
The role of the intelligence - that part of us which affirms and denies and formulates opinions is merely to submit.
Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being.
There isn't a man on earth who doesn't at times pronounce an opinion on good and evil, even if it be only to find fault with somebody else.
There are two atheisms of which one is a purification of the notion of God.
A beautiful woman looking at her image in the mirror may very well believe the image is herself. An ugly woman knows it is not.
It is only the impossible that is possible for God. He has given over the possible to the mechanics of matter and the autonomy of his creatures.
Charity. To love human beings in so far as they are nothing. That is to love them as God does.
We have to believe in a God who is like the true God in everything except that he does not exist, since we have not reached the point where God exists.
It is impossible to forgive whoever has done us harm if that harm has lowered us. We have to think that it has not lowered us, but has revealed our true level.
Humility is attentive patience.
One must always be prepared to switch sides with justice, that fugitive of the winning camp.
If we go down into ourselves we find that we possess exactly what we desire.
In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish.
A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves.
The sum of the particular intentions of God is the universe itself.
I can, therefore I am.
Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.
The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.
It is to the prodigals...that the memory of their Father's house comes back. If the son had lived economically he would never have thought of returning.
Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.
Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.
To love purely is to consent to distance, it is to adore the distance between ourselves and that which we love.
The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know.
More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic.
Love of God is pure when joy and suffering inspire an equal degree of gratitude.
Fashion exerts more power in science than it does on the shape of hats.
Those who love a cause are those who love the life which has to be led in order to serve it.
Love is not consolation. It is light.
Grace fills empty spaces but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it and it is grace itself which makes this void.
Today Relative to Yesterday or Tomorrow The future is made of the same stuff as the present.
All sins are attempts to fill voids.
When I think of the Crucifixion, I commit the sin of envy.
A hateful act is the transference to others of the degradation we bear in ourselves.
A work of art has an author and yet when it is perfect it has something which is anonymous about it.
We have to endure the discordance between imagination and fact. It is better to say, “I am suffering, ” than to say, “This landscape is ugly.
To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art or life.
Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings.
He who has not God in himself cannot feel His absence.
Those who serve a cause are not those who love that cause. They are those who love the life which has to be led in order to serve it - except in the case of the very purest and they are rare.
Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose.
Fire destroys that which feeds it.