Ernest Renan

Ernest Renan

French writer and criticus

Lived from: 1823-1892

Category: Media | Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: 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.
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    As soon as sacrifice becomes a duty and necessity to mankind. I see no limit to the horizon which opens before him.
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    Communism is in conflict with human nature.
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    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.
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    I can die when I wish to: that is my elixir of life.
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    Man makes holy what he believes.
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    No idea can succeed except at the expense of sacrifice; no one ever escapes without enduring strain from the struggle of life.
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    Our opinions become fixed at the point where we stop thinking.
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    The greatest men of a nation are those it puts to death.
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    The simplest school boy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life.
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    To be free in an age like ours, one must be in a position of authority. That in itself would be enough to make me ambitious.
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    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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    When people complain of life, it is almost always because they have asked impossible things of it.
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