To set up as a standard of public morality a notion which can neither be defined nor conceived is to open the door to every kind of tyranny.
A self-respecting nation is ready for anything, including war, except for a renunciation of its option to make war.
Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication.
Every perfect life is a parable invented by God.
Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible does not give rise to revolt but to submission.
The only way into truth is through one’s own annihilation; through dwelling a long time in a state of extreme and total humiliation.
I am not a Catholic; but I consider the Christian idea, which has its roots in Greek thought and in the course of the centuries has nourished all of our European civilization, as something that one cannot renounce without becoming degraded.
It is only the impossible that is possible for God. He has given over the possible to the mechanics of matter and the autonomy of his creatures.
Nothing can have as its destination anything other than its origin. The contrary idea, the idea of progress, is poison.
To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.