Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind.

— Francois FeNelon

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All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers.


You can often help others more by correcting your own faults than theirs.

Remember, and you should, because of your own experience, that allowing God to correct your faults is not easy. Be patient with people, wait for God to work with them as He wills.


The art of cookery is the art of poisoning mankind, by rendering the appetite still importunate, when the wants of nature are supplied.


A general rule for the good use of time is to accustom oneself to live in a continual dependence on the Spirit of God.


All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than in enjoyment;

but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than in expectation.


No more restless uncertainties, no more anxious desires, no more impatience at the place we are in; for it is God who has placed us there, and who holds us in his arms. Can we be unsafe where he has placed us?


The more you say, the less people remember.


Of all the duties enjoined by Christianity none is more essential and yet more neglected than prayer.


Let gratitude for the past inspire us with trust for the future.


Listen less to your own thoughts and more to God's thoughts.


Peace does not dwell in outward things but within the soul;

we may preserve it in the midst of the bitterest pain, if our will remains firm and submissive. Peace in this life springs from acquiescence to, not an exemption from, suffering.


Resign every forbidden joy; restrain every wish that is not referred to God's will; banish all eager desires, all anxiety; desire only the will of God; seek him alone and supremely, and you will find peace.


About Francois FeNelon

Quotes 177 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Clergyman
Birthday October 16

Let us pray God that He would root out of our hearts every thing of our own planting, and set out there, with His own hands, the tree of life, bearing all manner of fruits.


How can you expect God to speak in that gentle and inward voice which melts the soul, when you are making so much noise with your rapid reflections? Be silent and God will speak again.


Genuine good taste consists in saying much in few words, in choosing among our thoughts, in having order and arrangement in what we say, and in speaking with composure.


God never ceases to speak to us, but the noise of the world without and the tumult of our passions within bewilder us and prevent us from listening to him


I love my country better than my family; but I love humanity better than my country.


Faith is letting down our nets into the transparent deeps at the Divine command, not knowing what we shall draw.


That love of self, which the world advocates, is a thousand times more dangerous than any poison.


Do not make best friends with a melancholy sad soul.

They always are heavily loaded, and you must bear half.


Nothing will make us so charitable and tender to the faults of others, as, by self-examination, thoroughly to know our own.


Pure love is in the will alone; it is no sentimental love, for the imagination has no part in it; it loves, if we may so express it, without feeling, as faith believes without seeing.


So long as we are full of self we are shocked at the faults of others.

Let us think often of our own sin, and we shall be lenient to the sins of others.


The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit.


God bears with imperfect beings even when they resist His goodness.

We ought to imitate this merciful patience and endurance. It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become toward the defects of other people.


Temptations are a file which rub off much of the rust of our self-confidence.


How rare it is to find a soul quiet enough to hear God speak.


How different the peace of God from that of the world! It calms the passions, preserves the purity of the conscience, is inseparable from righteousness, unites us to God and strengthens us against temptations. The peace of the soul consists in an absolute resignation to the will of God.


If we had strength and faith enough to trust ourselves entirely to God;

and follow Him simply wherever He should lead us, we should have no need of any great effort of mind to reach perfection.


If we love Him infinitely more than we do ourselves, we make an unconditional sacr Here it is that the Spirit teaches us all truth; for all truth is eminently contained in this sacrifice of love, where the soul strips itself of every thing to present it to God.


If we were faultless we should not be so much annoyed by the defects of those with whom we associate.


All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers.

.. Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born.


Can we be unsafe where God has placed us, and where He watches over us as a parent a child that he loves?


The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become toward the defects of other people.


Had we not faults of our own, we should take less pleasure in complaining of others.


The best use one can make of his mind is to distrust it.


The Christian life is a long and continual tendency of our hearts toward that eternal goodness which we desire on earth. All our happiness consists in thirsting for it. Now this thirst is prayer. Ever desire to approach your Creator, and you will never cease to pray. Do not think it necessary to pronounce many words.


As to our friend , I pray God to bestow upon him a simplicity that shall give him peace . Happy are they indeed who can bear their sufferings in the enjoyment of this simple peace and perfect acquiesence in the will of God.


If God bores you, tell Him that He bores you, that you prefer the vilest amusements to His presence, that you only feel at your ease when you are far from Him.


The presence of God calms the soul, and gives it quiet and repose.


Most people I ask little from. I try to give them much, and expect nothing in return and I do very well in the bargain.


I would have every minister of the gospel address his audience with the zeal of a friend, with the generous energy of a father, and with the exuberant affection of a mother.


Accustom yourself gradually to carry Prayer into all your daily occupation - speak, act, work in peace, as if you were in prayer, as indeed you ought to be.


Alas! how many souls there are full of self, and yet desirous of doing good and serving God, but in such a way as to suit themselves; who desire to impose rules upon God as to His manner of drawing them to Himself. They want to serve and possess Him, but they are not willing to be possessed by Him.


There is no true and constant gentleness without humility.

While we are so fond of ourselves, we are easily offended with others. Let us be persuaded that nothing is due to us, and then nothing will disturb us. Let us often think of our own infirmities, and we will become indulgent towards those of others.


Nothing is more despicable than a professional talker who uses his words as a quack uses his remedies


Discouragement is simply the despair of wounded self-love.


Carefully purify your conscience from daily faults;

suffer no sin to dwell in your heart; small as it may seem, it obscures the light of grace, weighs down the soul, and hinders that constant communion with Jesus Christ which it should be your pleasure to cultivate.


Nothing marks so much the solid advancement of a soul, as the view of one's wretchedness without anxiety and without discouragement.

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