Ernest Renan quotes

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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.
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 unde ...
I can die when I wish to: that is my elixir of life.
You may take great comfort from the fact that suffering inwardly for the sake of truth proves abundantly that one loves it and mar ...
To be free in an age like ours, one must be in a position of authority. That in itself would be enough to make me ambitious.
Let us pardon him his hope of a vain apocalypse, and of a second coming in great triumph upon the clouds of heaven. Perhaps these ...
Never has any one been less a priest than Jesus, never a greater enemy of forms, which stifle religion under the pretext of protec ...
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 f ...
To conceive the good, in fact, is not sufficient; it must be made to succeed among men. To accomplish this, less pure paths must b ...
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