To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.
A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil to think is to do. The crossed arms work the clasped hands act. The eyes upturned to Heaven are an act of creation.
We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization but this is not true. Slavery still exists but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution.
Wisdom is a sacred communion.
A war between Europeans is a civil war.
To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.
We see past time in a telescope and present time in a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present.
Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.
There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world and that is an idea whose time as come.
Nothing else in the world... not all the armies... is so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
An invasion of armies can be resisted but not an idea whose time has come.
Short as life is we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.
People do not lack strength they lack will.
Society is a republic. When an individual tries to lift themselves above others they are dragged down by the mass either by ridicule or slander.
Joy's smile is much closer to tears than laughter.
Jesus wept Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization.
I'm religiously opposed to religion.
All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
Rhyme that enslaved queen that supreme charm of our poetry that creator of our meter.
The drama is complete poetry. The ode and the epic contain it only in germ it contains both of them in a state of high development and epitomizes both.
Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.
As a means of contrast with the sublime the grotesque is in our view the richest source that nature can offer.
Nature has made a pebble and a female. The lapidary makes the diamond and the lover makes the woman.
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
He who every morning plans the transactions of the day and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life.
Men become accustomed to poison by degrees.
Men like me are impossible until the day when they become necessary.
Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men between brothers?
The mountains the forest and the sea render men savage they develop the fierce but yet do not destroy the human.
I love all men who think even those who think otherwise than myself.
Adversity makes men and prosperity makes monsters.
Love is a portion of the soul itself and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.
The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity in a girl boldness.
There are fathers who do not love their children there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.
I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old his coat worn his cloak was out at the elbows the water passed through his shoes - and the stars through his soul.
Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
Scepticism that dry caries of the intelligence.
A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
Intelligence is the wife imagination is the mistress memory is the servant.
To be perfectly happy it does not suffice to possess happiness it is necessary to have deserved it.
Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.
The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved loved for ourselves or rather in spite of ourselves.
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved loved for ourselves or rather loved in spite of ourselves.
The three great problems of this century the degradation of man in the proletariat the subjection of women through hunger the atrophy of the child by darkness.
There have been in this century only one great man and one great thing: Napoleon and liberty. For want of the great man let us have the great thing.
Smallness in a great man seems smaller by its disproportion with all the rest.
Many great actions are committed in small struggles.
A great artist is a great man in a great child.
Well for us in history where goodness is a rare pearl he who was good almost takes precedence over he who was great.
Amnesty is as good for those who give it as for those who receive it. It has the admirable quality of bestowing mercy on both sides.
To think is of itself to be useful it is always and in all cases a striving toward God.
The word is the Verb and the Verb is God.
Indigestion is charged by God with enforcing morality on the stomach.
Conscience is God present in man.
Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man.
When God desires to destroy a thing he entrusts its destruction to the thing itself. Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide.
Religions do a useful thing: they narrow God to the limits of man. Philosophy replies by doing a necessary thing: it elevates man to the plane of God.
Because one doesn't like the way things are is no reason to be unjust towards God.
Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.
To love another person is to see the face of God.
What is history? An echo of the past in the future a reflex from the future on the past.
There is nothing like a dream to create the future.
Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.
A library implies an act of faith.
A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.
Common sense is in spite of not as the result of education.
He who opens a school door closes a prison.
Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.
Our life dreams the Utopia. Our death achieves the Ideal.
Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task go to sleep in peace.
Change your opinions keep to your principles change your leaves keep intact your roots.
Toleration is the best religion.
The ideal and the beautiful are identical the ideal corresponds to the idea and beauty to form hence idea and substance are cognate.
Great perils have this beauty that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.
What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty in a mountain.
To love beauty is to see light.
Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when whatever be the attitude of the body the soul is on its knees.
Freedom in art freedom in society this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.
I am a soul. I know well that what I shall render up to the grave is not myself. That which is myself will go elsewhere. Earth thou art not my abyss!
Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble in a statue the marble must be like flesh.
Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol but every human thought has its page in that vast book.
When grace is joined with wrinkles it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.
Forty is the old age of youth fifty the youth of old age.