Love is rarer than genius itself. And friendship is rarer than love.

— Charles Peguy

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Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.


A word is not the same with one writer as with another.

One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.


Life holds only one tragedy, ultimately: not to have been a saint.


Any father whose son raises his hand against him is guilty of having produced a son who raised his hand against him.


It is better to have a war for justice than peace in injustice.


It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas.


I prefer a saint with faults to a sinner with none.


The life of an honest man must be a perpetual infidelity.


Everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics.


When you love someone you love him as he is.


One has not the right to betray even a traitor. Traitors must be fought, got betrayed.


It is innocence that is full and experience that is empty.

It is innocence that wins and experience that loses.


About Charles Peguy

Quotes 31 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

Short of genius a rich man cannot even imagine poverty.


The references you do not verify are the good ones.


We must always tell what we see. Above all, and this is more difficult, we must always see what we see.


The sinner is at the heart of Christianity.

No one is as competent as the sinner in matters of Christianity. No one, except a saint.


Suffering passes; having suffered never passes.


There will be things that I do that no one will be left to understand.


A great philosophy is not a philosophy without reproach; it is philosophy without fear.


The faith that I love the best, says God, is hope.


When a man dies, he does not just die of the disease he has: he dies of his whole life.


We said that a single injustice, a single crime, a single illegality, particularly if it is officially recorded, confirmed, a single wrong to humanity, a single wrong to justice and to right, particularly if it is universally, legally, nationally, commodiously accepted, that a single crime shatters and is sufficient to shatter the whole social pact, the whole social contract, that a single legal crime, a single dishonorable act will bring about the loss of ones honor, the dishonor of a whole people. It is a touch of gangrene that corrupts the entire body.


The classical artist can be recognized by his sincerity, the romantic by his laborious insincerity.


Freedom is a system based on courage.


Homer is new this morning, and perhaps nothing is as old as today's newspaper.


The honest man must be a perpetual renegade, the life of an honest man a perpetual infidelity. For the man who wishes to remain faithful must take himself perpetually unfaithful to all the continual, successive, indefatigable, renascent errors.


A great philosophy is not one that passes final judgments and establishes ultimate truth. It is one that causes uneasiness and starts commotion.


What is most contrary to salvation is not sin but habit.


It has never been given to a man to attain at once his happiness and his salvation.


We shall never know how many acts of cowardice have been motivated by the fear of appearing not sufficiently progressive.


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