Suffering is the substance of life and the root of personality, for it is only suffering that makes us persons.
To fall into a habit is to begin to cease to be.
Life is doubt, and faith without doubt is nothing but death.
Your neighbor's vision is as true for him as your own vision is true for you.
Man dies of cold, not of darkness.
Science is a cemetery of dead ideas.
That which the Fascists hate above all else, is intelligence.
The only way to give finality to the world is to give it consciousness.
To love with the spirit is to pity, and he who pities most loves most.
Only in solitude do we find ourselves;
and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude.
It is sad not to love, but it is much sadder not to be able to love.
Fascism is cured by reading, and racism is cured by traveling.
For it is the suffering flesh, it is suffering, it is death, that lovers perpetuate upon the earth. Love is at once the brother, son, and father of death, which is its sister, mother, and daughter. And thus it is that in the depth of love there is a depth
There is no true love save in suffering, and in this world we have to choose either love, which is suffering, or happiness. Man is the more man - that is, the more divine - the greater his capacity for suffering, or rather, for anguish.
If a person never contradicts himself, it must be that he says nothing.
Cure yourself of the affliction of caring how you appear to others.
Concern yourself only with how you appear before God, concern yourself only with the idea that God may have of you.
The skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches, as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.
What we believe to be the motives of our conduct are usually but the pretexts for it.
There is no true love save in suffering, and in this world we have to choose either love, which is suffering, or happiness. . . . Man is the more man -- that is, the more divine -- the greater his capacity for suffering, or rather, for anguish.
At times to be silent is to lie. You will win because you have enough brute force. But you will not convince. For to convince you need to persuade. And in order to persuade you would need what you lack: Reason and Right.
We need God, not in order to understand the why, but in order to feel and sustain the ultimate wherefore, to give a meaning to the universe.
When a thing is said to be not worth refuting you may be sure that either it is flagrantly stupid -- in which case all comment is superfluous -- or it is something formidable, the very crux of the problem.