Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish.
I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
I am imperfect in many things, nevertheless I want my brethren and kinsfolk to know my nature so that they may be able to perceive my soul's desire.
Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give lustre, and many more people see than weigh.
Freedom is only granted us that obedience may be more perfect.
I am not solicitous to examine particularly everything here, which indeed could not be done in fifty years, because my desire is to make all possible discoveries, and return to your Highnesses, if it please our Lord, in April.
Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth; help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart.
I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
I have only ever made one prayer to God, a very short one: O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.
Help us to recognize your voice, help us not to be allured by the madness of the world, so that we may never fall away from you, O Lord Jesus Christ.
An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.
They may not use the word better. But they certainly believe that they'll go to heaven and Jews will not.
Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.
Coercion may prevent many transgressions; but it robs even actions which are legal of a part of their beauty. Freedom may lead to many transgressions, but it lends even to vices a less ignoble form.
Again, it may be said, that to love justice and equality the people need no great effort of virtue; it is sufficient that they love themselves.
A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss.
You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover.
Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.
Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
Many have said of Alchemy, that it is for the making of gold and silver. For me such is not the aim, but to consider only what virtue and power may lie in medicines.
The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it.
The good man is the teacher of the bad, And the bad is the material from which the good may learn. He who does not value the teacher, or greatly care for the material, is greatly deluded although he may be learned. Such is the essential mystery.
However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
All men by nature desire to know.