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Francois Fenelon Quotes

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A good discourse is that from which one can take nothing without taking the life.

    Topics: Reasoning

There is no real elevation of mind in a contempt of little things. It is, on the contrary, from too narrow views that we consider those things of little importance, which have, in fact, such extensive consequences.

    Topics: Reasoning

We must truly serve those whom we appear to command; we must bear with their imperfections, correct them with gentleness and patience, and lead them in the way to heaven.

    Topics: Service, Leadership, Gentleness

Sordid and infamous sensuality, the most dreadful evil that issued from the box of Pandora, corrupts the entire heart and eradicates every virtue.

    Topics: Sin, Virtue, The Heart

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

    Topics: Temptation, Self-confidence

To realize God's presence is the one sovereign remedy against temptation.

    Topics: Temptation

There is a set of religious, or rather moral, writings which teach that virtue is the certain road to happiness, and vice to misery in this world. A very wholesome and comfortable doctrine, and to which we have but one objection, namely, that it is not true.

    Topics: Virtue, Doctrine

True piety hath in it nothing weak, nothing sad, nothing constrained. It enlarges the heart; it is simple, free, and attractive.

    Topics: Virtue, The Heart, Piety

The most virtuous of all men, says Plato, is he that contents himself with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.

    Topics: Virtue, Men

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

    Topics: War

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