We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end.
Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed; for we expected to see an author, and we find a person.
The strength of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.
Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.
The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men.
Continuous eloquence wearies. Grandeur must be abandoned to be appreciated. Continuity in everything is unpleasant. Cold is agreeable, that we may get warm.
If we must not act save on a certainty, we ought not to act on religion, for it is not certain. But how many things we do on an uncertainty, sea voyages, battles!
People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others.