The human person, whose definition serves as the touchstone according to which good must be distinguished from evil, is considered as sacred, in what one might call the ritual sense of the word. It has something of that transcendental majesty which the churches of all times have given to their Gods.
It is inadmissible that systems of ideas like religions, which have held so considerable a place in history, and to which, in all times, men have come to receive the energy which they must have to live, should be made up of a tissue of illusions.
To pursue a goal which is by definition unattainable is to condemn oneself to a state of perpetual unhappiness.
There are two types of men: the great and the small.
Reality seems valueless by comparison with the dreams of fevered imaginations; reality is therefore abandoned.
A society whose members are united by the fact that they think in the same way in regard to the sacred world and its relations with the profane world, and by the fact that they translate these common ideas into common practices, is what is called a Church. In all history, we do not find a single religion without a Church.
That men have an interest in knowing the world which surrounds them, and consequently that their reflection should have been applied to it at an early date, is something that everyone will readily admit.
Sadness does not inhere in things; it does not reach us from the world and through mere contemplation of the world. It is a product of our own thought. We create it out of whole cloth.
By definition, sacred beings are separated beings. That which characterizes them is that there is a break of continuity between them and the profane beings.
It is too great comfort which turns a man against himself. Life is most readily renounced at the time and among the classes where it is least harsh.