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Francois Fenelon Quotes


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Speak, move, act in peace, as if you were in prayer. In truth, this is prayer.

    Topics: Peace, Prayer

The true genius that conducts a state is he, who doing nothing himself, causes everything to be done; he contrives, he invents, he foresees the future; he reflects on what is past; he distributes and proportions things; he makes early preparations; he incessantly arms himself to struggle against fortune, as a swimmer against a rapid stream of water; he is attentive night and day, that he may leave nothing to chance.

    Topics: Politics, Leadership, The Future

Even if no command to pray had existed, our very weakness would have suggested it.

    Topics: Prayer, Weakness

Time spent in prayer is never wasted.

    Topics: Prayer, Time

I would have no desire other than to accomplish thy will. Teach me to pray; pray thyself in me.

    Topics: Prayer

Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer, and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble.

    Topics: Prayer

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.

    Topics: Preaching, The Gospel

Despondency is not a state of humility. On the contrary, it is the vexation and despair of a cowardly pride; nothing is worse. Whether we stumble, or whether we fall, we must only think of rising again and going on in our course.

    Topics: Pride

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.

    Topics: Pride

It is this unquiet self-love that renders us so sensitive. The sick man, who sleeps ill, thinks the night long. We exaggerate, from cowardice, all the evils which we encounter; they are great, but our sensibility increases them.

    Topics: Pride, Illness, Self-love

God, who is liberal in all his other gifts, shows us, by the wise economy of his providence, how circumspect we ought to be in the management of our time, for he never gives us two moments together.

    Topics: Providence, Life, Gifts

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.

    Topics: Reasoning

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