Ernest Renan short quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

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

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

All history is incomprehensible without Christ. ---->>>

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

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

Man makes holy what he believes. ---->>>

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

Communism is in conflict with human nature. ---->>>

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

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

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

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.

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.

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Biography

Ernest Renan profile (ernest-renan.jpg)
Nationality: French
Born: February 28, 1823
Birthplace: Tréguier, Brittany
Die: October 12, 1892
Occupation: Philosopher
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