Fire. God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, not of the philosophers and the scholars. I will not forget thy word. Amen.
In every action we must look beyond the action at our past, present and future state, and at others whom it affects, and see the relations of all these things.
Men are so inevitably mad that not to be mad would be to give a mad twist to madness.
All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
When I see the blind and wretched state of men, when I survey the whole universe in its deadness, and man left to himself with no light, as though lost in this corner of the universe without knowing who put him there, what he has to do, or what will become of him when he dies, incapable of knowing anything, I am moved to terror, like a man transported in his sleep to some terrifying desert island, who wakes up quite lost, with no means of escape. Then I marvel that so wretched a state does not drive people to despair.
Eloquence.— We need both what is pleasing and what is real, but that which pleases must itself be drawn from the true.
In each action we must look beyond the action at our past, present, and future state, and at others whom it affects, and see the relations of all those things. And then we shall be very cautious.
Just as all things speak about God to those that know Him, and reveal Him to those that love Him, they also hide Him from all those that neither seek nor know Him.
Eloquence is painted thought, and thus those who, after having painted it, add somewhat more, make a picture, not a portrait.
It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory.