Ernest Renan Quotes


17 Ernest Renan quotes:



"The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life."
"As soon as sacrifice becomes a duty and necessity to mankind. I see no limit to the horizon which opens before him."
"You may take great comfort from the fact that suffering inwardly for the sake of truth proves abundantly that one loves it and marks one out as being of the elect."
"No idea can succeed except at the expense of sacrifice; no one ever escapes without enduring strain from the struggle of life."
"All the great things of humanity have been accomplished in the name of absolute principles."
"Man makes holy what he believes."
"The liberty of the individual is a necessary postulate of human progress."
"When people complain of life, it is almost always because they have asked impossible things of it."
"He whom God has touched will always be a being apart: he is, whatever he may do, a stranger among men; he is marked by a sign."
"Our opinions become fixed at the point where we stop thinking."
"I can die when I wish to: that is my elixir of life."
"As a rule, all heroism is due to a lack of reflection, and thus it is necessary to maintain a mass of imbeciles. If they once understand themselves the ruling men will be lost."
"In morals, truth is but little prized when it is a mere sentiment, and only attains its full value when realized in the world as fact."
"Let us remember that sorrow alone is the creator of great things."
"To conceive the good, in fact, is not sufficient; it must be made to succeed among men. To accomplish this less pure paths must be followed."
"Blessed are the blind, for they know not enough to ask why."
"God, if there is a God, take my soul, if I have a soul."



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