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"That the saints may enjoy their beatitude and the grace of God more abundantly they are permitted to see the punishment of the damned in hell."
   (St. Thomas Aquino, Summa Theologica)

"The sight of hell's torments will exalt the happiness of the saints forever."
   (Jonathan Edwards)

"Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent."
   (George Orwell, Reflections on Gandhi)

"Many people genuinely do no wish to be saints, and it is probable that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never felt much temptation to be human beings."
   (George Orwell, idem)

"Saint: A  dead sinner revised and edited."

"Many of the insights of the saint stem from his experiences as a sinner."

"The way of the world is to praise dead saints and to persecute living ones."
  (N. Howe)


"Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do."
   (St. Thomas Aquino, Two Precepts of Charity)

"Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason."
  (St. Thomas Aquino, Summa Theologica)


"The origin of science is the desire to know causes; and the origin of all false science and imposture is in the desire to accept false causes rather than none; or, which is the same thing, in the unwillingness to accept our own ignorance."
   (William Hazlitt, Burke and the Edinburgh Phrenologists)

"That man can interrogate as well as observe nature was a lesson slowly learned in evolution."

"Remember, then, that scientific thought is the guide of action; that the truth at which it arrives is not that which we can ideally contemplate without error, but that which we may act upon without fear; and you cannot fail to see that scientific thought is not an accompaniment of human progress, but human progress itself."

"...from the time of Kepler (..) not only all things in external nature, but the subtlest mysteries of life and organisation. and even of the intellect and moral being, were conjured within the magic circle of mathematical formulae."


"It is as hard to see one's self as to look backwards without turning around."

"One's own self is well hidden from one's own self."

"O wad some power the giftie gie us
To see oursel's as others see us."

"Seeing ourselves as others see us would probably confirm our worst suspicions about them."
   (F.P. Jones)

"None of us can help the things life has done to us. They're donebefore you realize it, and once they're done they make you do other things until at last everything comes between you and what you'd like to be, and you have lost your true self forever."

"I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of."

"There are many people who have the gift, or failing, of never understanding themselves. I have been unlucky enough, or perhaps forunate enough, to have received the opposite gift."

"Only the shallow know themselves."

"Whatever this is that I am, it is a little flesh and breath, and the ruling part."

"Remember that no man loses any other life than this which he now lives, nor lives any other life than this which he now loses."

"Be thou so true to thy self, as thou be not false to others."

"Rabbi Zusya said that on the Day of Judgment, God would ask him, not why he had not been Moses, but why he had not been Zusya."

"Seeing ourselves as others see us, would probably confirm our worst suspicions about them."

   (F.P. Jones)

"I know well what I am fleeing from, but not what I am in search of."

"Only the shallow know themselves."


"If we were not all so excessively interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it."

"Every man likes the smell of his own farts."
   (Icelandic proverb)

"We would rather run ourselves down than not speak of ourselves at all."
   (La Rochefoucauld)

"There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us."

"Self-love speaks all sorts of languages and plays all sorts of roles, even that of disinterestedness."
   (La Rochefoucauld)

"He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage - he won't encounter many rivals."


"The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable."
   (Lord Chesterfield)


"To establish oneself in the world, one does all one can to seem established there already."
   (La Rochefoucauld)

"People in high life are hardened to the wants and distresses of mankind as surgeons are to their bodily pains."

"Solitude is impracticable and society fatal."

"Never trust a man who speaks well of everybody."

"Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices."

"Politeness ... is fictitious benevolence."
   (Dr. Johnson)

"There is something which has never been seen yet, and which to all appearances, never will be, and that is a little town which isn't divided into cliques, where the families are united, and the cousins trust each other; where a marriage doesn't start a civil war, and where the quarrels about precedence don't arise every time a service, a ceremony, a procession, or a funderal are held; where the gossip and lying and malice have been outlawed; where the landlord and the corporation are on speaking terms, or the ratepayers and their assessors; where the dean is friendly with the canons, and the canons don't despise the chaplains, and the chaplains tolerate the men in the choir."
   (La Bruyère)

"All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone."
   (La Bruyère)

"The tyrant and the mob (..) are natural allies."

"Préjugé, vanité, calcul, voilà ce qui gouverne le monde. Celui qui ne connait pour règle de sa conduite que raison, vérité, sentiment, n'a presque rien de commun avec la société. C'est en lui-même qu'il doit chercher et trouver presque tout son bonheur."

"Une verité cruelle, mais dont il faut convenir, c'est que dans le monde, et surtout dans un monde choisi, tout est Art, Science, Calcul, même l'apparence de la simplicité, de la facilité le plus aimable. (..) Il parait impossible que, dans l'état actuel de la société (je parle toujours du grand monde), il y ait un seul homme qui puisse montrer le fond de son âme et les détails de son charactère, et surtout de ses faiblesses, à son meilleur ami. Mais, encore une fois, il faut porter (dans ce monde-là) le raffinement si loin qu'il ne puisse pas être suspect, ne fût-ce que pour ne pas être méprisé comme acteur dans une troupe d'excellents comédiens."

"En voyant ce qui passe dans la monde, l'homme le plus misanthrope finirait par s'égayer et Héraclite par mourir de rire."

"One must admit the impossibility of living in the world without acting  a part in it from time to time."

"No arts, no letters, no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death; and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty. brutish and short."

"Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines, and Populace."
   (Matthew Arnold)

"Society would ne delightful if people were interested in each other."


"The thought of suicide is a great consolation"

"Kings and priests, in forbidding the justification of suicide, have meant to make our slavery last as long as possible."

 Original: Mar 26, 2005                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top