Instead of complaining that God had hidden Himself, you will give Him thanks for not having revealed so much of Himself and you will also give Him thanks for not having revealed Himself to haughty sages, unworthy to know so holy a God.
Le coeur a ses raisons dont le cerveau ne sait nul. T 'The heart has its reasons, of which the mind knows nothing.'
It has pleased God that divine verities should not enter the heart through the understanding, but the understanding through the heart
How hollow and full of ribaldry is the heart of man
Despite the sight of all the miseries which affect us and hold us by the throat we have an irrepressible instinct which bears us up
Perfect clarity would profit the intellect but damage the will
Venerable, because it has perfect knowledge of man lovable because it promises the true good.
Things have different qualities, and the soul different inclinations for nothing is simple which is presented to the soul, and the soul never presents itself simply to any object. Hence it comes that we weep and laugh at the same thing.
The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread.
The property of power is to protect.
We must learn our limits. We are all something but none of us are everything.
The origins of disputes between philosophers is, that one class of them have undertaken to raise man by displaying his greatness, and the other to debase him by showing his miseries.
It is right that what is just should be obeyed. It is necessary that what is strongest should be obeyed.
When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.
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.
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.
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.
There are only two kinds of men the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.
The sensitivity of men to small matters, and their indifference to great ones, indicates a strange inversion.
The self is hateful.
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 knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him.
The heart has reasons which reason knows nothing of.
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.
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.