There is nothing we can now call our own, for what we call so is the effect of art; crimes are made by decrees of the senate, or by the votes of the people; and as here-to-fore we are burdened by vices, so now we are oppressed by laws.
All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quiet in a room alone.
Those honor nature well, who teach that she can speak on everything.
The last thing we discover in composing a work is what to put down first.
I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise.
I made this [letter] very long, because I did not have the leisure to make it shorter.
Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism.
To deny, to believe, and to doubt well, are to a man what the race is to a horse.
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much
To make light of philosophy is to be a true philosopher.
The last thing one knows when writing a book is what to put first.
God instituted prayer to communicate to creatures the dignity of causality.
Knowlege of God without knowledge of man’s wretchedness leads to pride. Knowledge of man’s wretchedness without knowledge of God leads to despair. Knowledge of Jesus Christ is the middle course, because by it we discover both God and our wretched state.
If we submit everything to reason our religion will be left with nothing mysterious or supernatural. If we offend the principles of reason our religion will be absurd and ridiculous . . . There are two equally dangerous extremes: to exclude reason, to admit nothing but reason.