Quotes by Ernest Renan

Man makes holy what he believes.
- Ernest Renan
Communism is in conflict with human nature.
- Ernest Renan
All history is incomprehensible without Christ.
- Ernest Renan
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I can die when I wish to: that is my elixir of life.
- 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
Blessed are the blind, for they know not enough to ask why.
- Ernest Renan
Our opinions become fixed at the point where we stop thinking.
- Ernest Renan
Let us remember that sorrow alone is the creator of great things.
- Ernest Renan
The liberty of the individual is a necessary postulate of human progress.
- Ernest Renan
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All the great things of humanity have been accomplished in the name of absolute principles.
- Ernest Renan
When people complain of life, it is almost always because they have asked impossible things of it.
- Ernest Renan
The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life.
- Ernest Renan
Religion is not a popular error; it is a great instinctive truth, sensed by the people, expressed by the people.
- 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
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
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
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
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
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

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