To live without hope is to cease to live.
To love someone means to see him as God intended him.
Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.
One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man’s laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man.
What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.
Without God all things are permitted.
The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.
There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
Man, so long as he remains free, has no more constant and agonizing anxiety than find as quickly as possible someone to worship.
Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.
Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death.
If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don’t bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, of seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you will get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he’s a good man.
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
It’s the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy.
And what’s strange, what would be marvelous, is not that God should really exist; the marvel is that such an idea, the idea of the necessity of God, could enter the head of such a savage, vicious beast as man.
I believe the best definition of man is the ungrateful biped.
If someone proved to me that Christ is outside the truth, and that in reality the truth were outside of Christ, then I should prefer to remain with Christ rather than with the truth.
The formula ‘two and two make five’ is not without its attractions.
Every ant knows the formula of its ant-hill,
every bee knows the formula of its beehive.
They know it in their own way, not in our way.
Only humankind does not know its own formula.