The only thing that must be pondered – and I realize this at the end of my life – is death. Mors est quies viatoris – finis est omnis laboris.[Trans.]Death is rest for the traveller – it is the end of all labor.
The older I grow and the more I abandon myself to God’s will, the less I value intelligence that wants to know and will that wants to do; and as the only element of salvation I recognize faith, which can wait patiently, without asking too many questions.
Often the treasures of learning must be defended, not against the simple but, rather, against other learned men.
Monsters exist because they are part of the divine plan, and in the horrible features of those same monsters the power of the Creator is revealed.
If a shepherd errs, he must be isolated from other shepherds, but woe unto us if the sheep begin to distrust shepherds.
He who laughs does not believe in what he laughs at, but neither does he hate it. Therefore, laughing at evil means not preparing oneself to combat it, and laughing at good means denying the power through which good is self-propagating.
Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them.
Daytime sleep is like the sin of the flesh: the more you have the more you want, and yet you feel unhappy, sated and unsated at the same time.