If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.
Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.
To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher.
We like security: we like the pope to be infallible in matters of faith, and grave doctors to be so in moral questions so that we can feel reassured.
The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death.
Custom is our nature. What are our natural principles but principles of custom?
Chance gives rise to thoughts, and chance removes them; no art can keep or acquire them.
Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us.
There are two kinds of people one can call reasonable: those who serve God with all their heart because they know him, and those who seek him with all their heart because they do not know him.
The last proceeding of reason is to recognize that there is an infinity of things which are beyond it. There is nothing so conformable to reason as this disavowal of reason.