Georges Bernanos

Georges Bernanos

French writer

Lived from: 1888-1948

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Georges Bernanos

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    Civilization exists precisely so that there may be no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses.
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    A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope, illusion, more than bread.
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    A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much, and an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all.
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    Faith is not a thing which one ''loses,'' we merely cease to shape our lives by it.
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    God ordains that beggars should beg for greatness, as for all else, when greatness shines out of them, and they don't know it.
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    I know the compassion of others is a relief at first. I don't despise it. But it can't quench pain, it slips through your soul as through a sieve. And when our suffering has been dragged from one pity to another, as from one mouth to another, we can no longer respect or love it.
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    It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear, that shapes the face of a brave man.
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    It's a fine thing to rise above pride, but you must have pride in order to do so.
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    No one ever discovers the depths of his own loneliness.
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    Purity is not imposed upon us as though it were a kind of punishment, it is one of those mysterious but obvious conditions of that supernatural knowledge of ourselves in the Divine, which we speak of as faith. Impurity does not destroy this knowledge, it slays our need for it.
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    The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.
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    The modern state no longer has anything but rights; it does not recognize duties any more.
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    The wish to pray is a prayer in itself. God can ask no more than that of us.
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    What a cunning mixture of sentiment, pity, tenderness, irony surrounds adolescence, what knowing watchfulness! Young birds on their first flight are hardly so hovered around.
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    What does the truth matter? Haven't we mothers all given our sons a taste for lies, lies which from the cradle upwards lull them, reassure them, send them to sleep: lies as soft and warm as a breast!
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