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Faith is a certitude without proofs ... a sentiment, for it is a hope; it is an instinct, for it precedes all outward instruction.
 

For purposes of action, nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.
[Action]
 

He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature... is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life.
 

How, then, find the courage for action? By slipping a little into unconsciousness, spontaneity, instinct which holds one to the earth and dictates the relatively good and useful. ... By accepting the human condition more simply, and candidly, by dreading troubles less, calculating less, hoping more.
[Courage]
 

I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.
[Age]
 

If nationality is consent, the state is compulsion.
 

In every loving woman there is a priestess of the past - a pious guardian of some affection, of which the object has disappeared.
 

In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.
 

It is by teaching that we teach ourselves, by relating that we observe, by affirming that we examine, by showing that we look, by writing that we think, by pumping that we draw water into the well.
 

It is not what he has, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.
[Man]
 

Learn to... be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.
[Self Acceptance]
 

Let us be true: this is the highest maxim of art and of life, the secret of eloquence and of virtue, and of all moral authority.
 

Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.
[Equality]
 

Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.
 

Man becomes man only by the intelligence, but he is man only by the heart.
[Instincts]
 

Man is a passion which brings a will into play, which works an intelligence.
[Instincts]
 

Materialism coarsens and petrifies everything, making everything vulgar, and every truth false.
 

Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven.
[Music]
 

Obstinacy is will asserting itself without being able to justify itself. - It is persistence without a reasonable motive, - It is the tenacity of self-love substituted for that of reason and conscience.
[Obstinacy]
 

Order is a great person's need and their true well being.
 


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