Nicolas Malebranche Quotes.
We are made to know and love God.
I beg of you always to dwell upon the necessity of a thorough understanding of principles, in order to stop the vivacity of his mind, and please do not forget to meditate upon the subject of our discussion.
I love good and pleasure, I hate evil and pain, I want to be happy and I am not mistaken in believing, that people, angels and even demons have those same inclinations.
In this connection, faith and experience teach us many truths by means of the short-cut of authority and by the proofs of very pleasant and agreeable feelings.
When I touch a human hand, I touch heaven.
I am not my own light unto myself.
We can always make ourselves liked provided we act likable, but we cannot always make ourselves esteemed, no matter what our merits are.
You find yourself in the world, without any power, immovable as a rock, stupid, so to speak, as a log of wood.
All creatures are united to God alone in an immediate union. They depend essentially and directly upon Him. Being all alike equally impotent, they cannot be in reciprocal dependence upon one another.
As our bodies live upon the earth and find sustenance in the fruits which it produces, so our minds feed on the same truths as the intelligible and immutable substance of the divine Word contains.
We see things in this material world, wherein our bodies dwell, only because our mind through its attention lives in another world, only because it contemplates the beauties of the archetypal and intelligible world which Reason contains.
Imagination is the mad boarder.
Attentiveness is the natural prayer of the Soul.
He has willed – He wills incessantly – that the modifications of the mind and those of the body shall be reciprocal. This is the conjunction and the natural dependence of the two parts of which we are constituted.
Prejudices are not easily got rid of as an old coat which is no longer thought of.
You cannot of yourself move your arm or alter your position, situation, posture, do to other men good or evil, or effect the least change in the world.
One should assiduously pursue perfection without ever claiming to attain it.
I do not believe there is anything useful which men can know with exactitude that they cannot know by arithmetic and algebra.
God joins us together by means of the body, in consequence of the laws of the communication of movements. He affects us with the same feelings in consequence of the laws of the conjunction of body and soul.