Georges Bernanos Quotes

25 Georges Bernanos quotes:

"When you think of the huge uninterrupted success of a book like Don Quixote, you're bound to realize that if humankind have not yet finished being revenged, by sheer laughter, for being let down in their greatest hope, it is because that hope was cherished so long and lay so deep!"
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"The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means"
"Faith is not a thing which one ''loses',' we merely cease to shape our lives by it."
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"It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear, that shapes the face of a brave man."
"The world is eaten up by boredom. You can't see it all at once. It is like dust. You go about and never notice, you breathe it in, you eat and drink it. It is sifted so fine, it doesn't even grit on your teeth. But stand still for an instant and there it is, coating your face and hands. To shake off this drizzle of ashes you must be for ever on the go. And so people are always ''on the go.''"
"I know the compassion of others is a relief at first. I don't despise it. But it can't quench pain, it slips through your soul as through a sieve. And when our suffering has been dragged from one pity to another, as from one mouth to another, we can no longer respect or love it."
"Truth is meant to save you first, and the comfort comes afterward."
"Civilization exists precisely so that there may be no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses."
"A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope, illusion, more than bread."
"Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air."
"The wish to pray is a prayer in itself. God can ask no more than that of us."
"Who are you to condemn another's sin? He who condemns sin becomes part of it, espouses it."
"Purity is not imposed upon us as though it were a kind of punishment, it is one of those mysterious but obvious conditions of that supernatural knowledge of ourselves in the Divine, which we speak of as faith. Impurity does not destroy this knowledge, it slays our need for it."
"Faith is not a thing which one "loses," we merely cease to shape our lives by it."
"A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much, and an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all."
"The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means."
"Hope is a risk that must be run."
"It's a fine thing to rise above pride, but you must have pride in order to do so."
"The modern state no longer has anything but rights; it does not recognize duties any more."
"What does the truth matter? Haven't we mothers all given our sons a taste for lies, lies which from the cradle upwards lull them, reassure them, send them to sleep: lies as soft and warm as a breast!"

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