O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.
No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.
Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked.
Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
Love is the beauty of the soul.
Free curiosity is of more value than harsh discipline.
Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.
To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently.
Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.
Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.
Don't you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?
Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.
Punishment is justice for the unjust.
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
He that is jealous is not in love.