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Ernest Renan Quotes

Please enjoy these inspirational quotes by Ernest Renan.

The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths
for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life.
- Ernest Renan

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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 understand themselves the ruling men will be lost.
- Ernest Renan

Religion is not a popular error; it is a great instinctive truth,
sensed by the people, expressed by the people.
- Ernest Renan

Let us remember that sorrow alone is the creator of great things.
- Ernest Renan

 

God, if there is a God, take my soul,
if I have a soul.
- Ernest Renan

The greatest men of a nation are those it puts to death.
- Ernest Renan

Communism is in conflict with human nature.
- Ernest Renan

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The liberty of the individual is a necessary postulate of human progress.
- Ernest Renan

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.
- Ernest Renan

No idea can succeed except at the expense of sacrifice;
no one ever escapes without enduring strain from the struggle of life.
- Ernest Renan

Our opinions become fixed at the point where we stop thinking.
- Ernest Renan

Blessed are the blind, for they know not enough to ask why.
- Ernest Renan

When people complain of life, it is almost always because
they have asked impossible things of it.
- Ernest Renan

All history is incomprehensible without Christ.
- Ernest Renan

Man makes holy what he believes.
- Ernest Renan

All the great things of humanity have been accomplished
in the name of absolute principles.
- Ernest Renan

You may take great comfort from the fact that suffering
inwardly for the sake of truth proves abundantly that
one loves it and marks one out as being of the elect.
- Ernest Renan

To conceive the good, in fact, is not sufficient;
it must be made to succeed among men.
To accomplish this less pure paths must be followed.
- Ernest Renan

I can die when I wish to: that is my elixir of life.
- Ernest Renan

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 fact.
- Ernest Renan

It all comes to this:
the simplest way to be happy is to do good.
- Helen Keller

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

Being wakeful in each and every moment of your life is meditation.
The simplest definition of meditation is:
when seeing, just see; when hearing, just hear.
- Josh Baran

All other things being equal,
the simplest explanation is the most likely.
- a statement of Occam's Razor

God always takes the simplest way.
- Albert Einstein

"Think simple" as my old master used to say -
meaning reduce the whole of its parts
into the simplest terms,
getting back to first principles.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what
I feel in the best and simplest way.
- Ernest Hemingway

Surely it is one of the simplest laws of taste in dress,
that it shall not attract undue attention from the wearer to the worn.
- Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

The simplest things are often the truest.
- Richard Bach

The principle of Sturgeon's Razor states that the simplest
answer to any problem is 90% crap.
- Aaron Allston

A prayer in its simplest definition is merely a wish turned Godward.
- Phillips Brooks

When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things -
not the great occasions -
that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.
- Bob Hope

The whole essence of good drawing - and of good thinking,
perhaps - is to work a subject down to the simplest
form possible and still have it believable for what it is meant to be.
- Chuck Jones

Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree:
you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know.
- T. S. Eliot

Here's the simplest answer: Within weeks,
the disciples proclaimed the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
that He had been bodily raised from the dead and appeared to them.
- Josh McDowell

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.
- Karl Barth

The simplest and most psychologically satisfying explanation
of any observed phenomenon is that it happened that
way because someone wanted it to happen that way.
- Thomas Sowell

The simplest definition of advertising,
and one that will probably meet the test of critical examination,
is that advertising is selling in print.
- Daniel Starch

The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind,
is curiosity.
- Edmund Burke

The simplest and most basic meaning of the symbol of
the Goddess is the acknowledgment of the legitimacy
of female power as a beneficent and independent power.
- Carol P. Christ

A little reflection will show us that every belief,
even the simplest and most fundamental,
goes beyond experience when regarded as a guide to our actions.
- William Kingdon Clifford

In the simplest terms, a leader is one who knows where
she wants and gets up and goes.
- John Erskine

The simplest of women are wonderful liars who can extricate
themselves from the most difficult dilemmas with a
skill bordering on genius.
- Guy de Maupassant

The simplest science book is over my head.
- James Merrill

When you work as an actor, you've got to feel safe
even in what appears to be the simplest things.
- Richard Gere

The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate,
is called a grandparent.
- Sam Levenson

Even the simplest wicker basket can become priceless
when it is loved and cared for through the generations of a family.
- Sister Parish

No photographer is as good as the simplest camera.
- Edward Steichen

Probably the simplest hypothesis...
is that there may be a slow process of annihilation of matter.
- Arthur Eddington

Making a million dollars is the simplest thing in the world.
Just find a product that sells for $2000 and that you
can buy at a cost of $1000,
and sell a thousand of them.
- Jerry Gillies

In any assembly the simplest way to stop transacting
business and split the ranks is to appeal to a principal.
- Jacques Barzun

One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning
more and growing is doing more.
- Washington Irving

I wanted to portray very, very dark subject matter
and a deceptively complex story in the brightest colours
and simplest lines possible to leave the readers reeling.
- Mark Millar

The greatest truths are the simplest,
and so are the greatest men.
- Julius Charles Hare

Sometimes it is the simplest, seemingly most inane,
most practical stuff that matters the most to someone.
- Patty Duke

Everything in war is very simple.
But the simplest thing is difficult.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

The simplest principles become difficult of practice,
when habits, formed in error, have been fixed by time,
and the simplest truths hard to receive when prejudice has warped the mind.
- Francis Wright

Man is wise and constantly in quest of more wisdom;
but the ultimate wisdom,
which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed.
There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and
at the same time the one which calls forth faith rather than reason.
- Hal Borland

Man's striving for order, of which art is but one manifestation,
derives from a similar universal tendency throughout the organic world;
it is also paralleled by,
and perhaps derived from, the striving towards the
state of simplest structure in physical systems.
- Rudolf Arnheim

Of mediumship there are many grades,
one of the simplest forms being the capacity to receive
an impression or automatic writing,
under peaceful conditions, in an ordinary state;
but the whole subject is too large to be treated here.
- Oliver Joseph Lodge

When we don't have information, we go to the simplest outlook,
to black and white.
But then we have to lie to ourselves.
Black is never as black as you're painting it and white is never as white.
- Patricia Sun

It's a matter of reducing the work to its very simplest possible state,
eliminating all of the things that lead away from the guts of the work,
the thing the work is really about.
Anything that's there must build towards its over-all
organization and meaning.
- Paul Cullen

The hypothesis of surviving intelligence and personality -
not only surviving but anxious and able with difficulty to communicate -
is the simplest and most straightforward and the only
one that fits all the facts.
- Oliver Joseph Lodge

At this camp I had the unique experience of showing
all these seasoned Westerners that it was possible
to make a fire by the friction of two sticks.
This has long been a specialty of mine;
I use a thong and a bow as the simplest way.
- Ernest Thompson Seton

Hydrogen holds great promise to meet many of our future energy needs,
and it addresses national security and our environmental concerns.
Hydrogen is the simplest, most abundant element in the universe.
- Dan Lipinski

The ultimate wisdom which deals with beginnings,
remains locked in a seed.
There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and
at the same time the one which calls faith rather than reason.
- Hal Borland

Becoming a father, I think it inevitably changes your perspective of life.
I don't get nearly enough sleep.
And the simplest things in life are completely satisfying.
I find you don't have to do as much,
like you don't go on as many outings.
- Hugh Jackman

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- A Course in Miracles

From caring comes courage.
- Lao Tzu


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