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Appearances are nothing ... And first of all they should not be feared, they are only dangerous to the weak.
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Suicide only really frightens those who are never tempted by it and never will be, for its darkness only welcomes those who are predestined to it.

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It is one of the most mysterious penalties of men that they should be forced to confide the most precious of their possessions to things so unstable and ever changing, alas, as words.

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The wish to pray is a prayer in itself.

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But I shall give less thought to the future, I shall work in the present. I feel such work is within my power. For I only succeed in small things, and when I am tried by anxiety, I am bound to say it is the small joys that release me.

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Georges Bernanos Quotes: Our habits are our friends even our bad
Our habits are our friends. Even our bad habits.
Diary of a Country Priest

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How easy it is to hate oneself! True grace is to forget. Yet if pride could die in us, the supreme grace would be to love oneself in all simplicity-as one would love any one of those who themselves have suffered and loved in Christ.

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Do you think chance is really just the logic of God?

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Satan is too hard a master. He would never command as did the Other with divine simplicity: 'Do likewise.' The devil will have no victims resemble him. He permits only a rough caricature, impotent, abject, which has to serve as food for eternal irony, the mordant irony of the depths.
Diary of a Country Priest

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Georges Bernanos Quotes: For those who have the habit of prayer
For those who have the habit of prayer, thought is too often a mere alibi, a sly way of deciding to do what one wants to do. Reason will always obscure what we wish to keep in the shadows. A worldling can think out the pros and cons and sum up his chances. No doubt. But what are our chances worth? We who have admitted once and for all into each moment of our puny lives the terrifying presence of God? ... What is the use of working out chances? There are no chances against God.

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The horrors that we have seen, the still greater horrors we shall presently see, are not signs that rebels, insubordinate, untamable men are increasing in number throughout the world, but rather that there is a constant increase in the number of obedient, docile men. -George Bernanos

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No one ever discovers the depths of his own loneliness.

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What does the truth matter? Haven't we mothers all given our sons a taste for lies, lies which from the cradle upwards lull them, reassure them, send them to sleep: lies as soft and warm as a breast!

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Faith is not a thing which one 'loses', we merely cease to shape our lives by it.

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Hell, madam, is to love no longer.

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It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear, that shapes the face of a brave man.

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Georges Bernanos Quotes: Who are you to condemn anothers sin he
Who are you to condemn another's sin? He who condemns sin becomes part of it, espouses it.

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Purity is not imposed upon us as though it were a kind of punishment, it is one of those mysterious but obvious conditions of that supernatural knowledge of ourselves in the Divine, which we speak of as faith. Impurity does not destroy this knowledge, it slays our need for it.

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Civilization exists precisely so that there may be no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses.

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Truth is meant to save you first, and the comfort comes afterward.

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The work God carries out in us,' he said after a short pause, 'is not often what we expect. A great deal of the time the Holy Spirit seems to be working backward in us and wasting time. If a lump of iron could form an idea of the file that's slowly rough-shaping it, how furious it would be! Yet that's how God shapes us. Certain saints' lives seem horribly monotonous and desolate.

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The world is eaten up by boredom. You can't see it all at once. It is like dust. You go about and never notice, you breathe it in, you eat and drink it. It is sifted so fine, it doesn't even grit on your teeth. But stand still for an instant and there it is, coating your face and hands.

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Georges Bernanos Quotes: A good christian does not care for
[A] good Christian does not care for miracles very much, because a miracle is God looking after His own affairs, and we prefer looking after them for Him.

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Lust is a mysterious wound in the side of humanity; or rather, at the very source of its life! To confound this lust in man with that desire which unites the sexes is like confusing a tumor with the very organ which it devours, a tumor whose very deformity horribly reproduces the shape.

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You owe it to everyone you love to find pockets of tranquility in your busy world.

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Georges Bernanos Quotes: Fact is our lord knew all about the
Fact is Our Lord knew all about the power of money: He gave capitalism a tiny niche in His scheme of things, He gave it a chance, He even provided a first installment of funds. Can you beat that? It's so magnificent. God despises nothing. After all, if the deal had come off, Judas would probably have endowed sanatoriums, hospitals, public libraries or laboratories.

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Truth is meant to save you first. The comfort comes afterward.

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Georges Bernanos Quotes: Optimism approves of everything submits
Optimism approves of everything, submits to everything, believes everything; it is the virtue above all of the taxpayer.

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The most dangerous of our calculations are those we call illusions.

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To be able to share in another's joy, that is the secret of happiness.

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When you think of the huge uninterrupted success of a book like Don Quixote, you're bound to realize that if humankind have not yet finished being revenged, by sheer laughter, for being let down in their greatest hope, it is because that hope was cherished so long and lay so deep!

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Georges Bernanos Quotes: What does it matter all is grace
What does it matter, all is grace.

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Hell, madame, is to love no longer.

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Appearances are nothing ... And first of all they should not be feared, they are only dangerous to the weak.

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[F]irst of all, be what you are.

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Hell is not to love anymore.

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[A]ll her life she [Chantal] had been carefully, heroically watching over mediocre beings who were hardly real, over things of no value.

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Only the present counts.

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God knows that we should not despise anything. We must do our best.

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Georges Bernanos Quotes: Sadness came into the world with satan
Sadness came into the world with Satan that world our Saviour never prayed for, the world you say I do not know. Oh, it is not so difficult to recognize: it is the world that prefers cold to warmth! What can God find to say to those who, of their own free will, of their own weight incline towards sadness and turn instinctively towards the night?

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If hell has no answer for the questioning dead, it is not because it refuses to answer (for rigorous, alas, in observance, is the imperishable fire), but it is because hell has nothing to say, will say nothing eternally.

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Georges Bernanos Quotes: The contradictions in renan his feminine
The contradictions in Renan , his feminine sensibility, coquetry, unavowed egotism, and sudden emotional outbursts, all indicate a soul deliberately using distraction as a means of evasion. The perpetual equivocation bears witness to God in the same way as the twisting and turning of a hunted animal indicates the presence of an unseen hunter.

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[T]here is nothing that God hates so much as a liar.

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