The heart has its reasons that reason cannot know.
When one does not love too much, one does not love enough.
All the good maxims have been written. It only remains to put them into practice.
To understand is to forgive.
When the passions become masters, they are vices.
Cleopatra's nose, had it been shorter, the whole face of the world would have been changed.
Everything that is incomprehensible does not cease to exist.
The eternal being exists for ever if he once exists.
We run heedlessly into the abyss after putting something in front of us to stop us seeing it.
In difficult times carry something beautiful in your heart.
Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.
Nature is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.
Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself.
Since we cannot know all there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.
There is enough light for those who only desire to see, and enough obscurity for those who have a contrary disposition.
Our nature lies in movement; complete calm is death.
By space the universe encompasses me and swallows me up like an atom; by thought I comprehend the world.
To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize.
We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.
It is the heart which perceives God, and not the reason.
Silence. All human unhappiness comes from not knowing how to stay quietly in a room.
We conceal it from ourselves in vain - we must always love something. In those matters seemingly removed from love, the feeling is secretly to be found, and man cannot possibly live for a moment without it.
Men never do evil so cheerfully and so completely as when they do so from religious conviction.