Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made.
A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Whoever loves above all the approach of love will never know the joy of attaining it.
What sets us against one another is not our aims - they all come to the same thing - but our methods, which are the fruit of our varied reasoning.
True love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have.
There is no hope of joy except in human relations.
The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. [La perfection est atteinte non quand il ne reste rien ? ajouter, mais quand il ne reste rien ? enlever.]
Of what worth are convictions that bring not suffering?
It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others.
How could drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on.
Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded.
As for the future, your task is not to forsee it, but to enable it.
A designer knows he has arrived at perfection not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away.
When you give yourself, you receive more than you give.
What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.
True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.
The one thing that matters is the effort.
The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.
Once men are caught up in an event, they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men.
Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.
I know of but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.