Ernest Renan Quotes

The man who obeys is nearly always better than the man who commands.

To have common glories in the past, a common will in the present; to have done great things together; to wish to do greater; these are the essential conditions which make up a people.

A nation is a group of people united by a mistaken view about the past and a hatred of their neighbors.

Muslims are the first victims of Islam. Many times I have observed in my travels in the Orient that fanaticism comes from a small number of dangerous men who maintain the others in the practice of religion by terror. To liberate the Muslim from his religion is the best service one can render him.

O Lord – if there is a Lord; save my soul – if I have a soul.

All history is incomprehensible without Christ.

Blessed are the blind, for they know not enough to ask why.