Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

Jacques-Bénigne
Bossuet
1627
1704

French Divine, Bishop of Condom, Orator, Philosopher, Historian and Supporter of Absolutist Government

Author Quotes

To guard the mind against the temptation of thinking that there are no good people, say to them: “Be such as you would like to see others, and you will find those who resemble you.”

The spirit of the world has four kinds of spirits diametrically opposed to charity - resentment, aversion, jealousy, and indifference.

The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.

Readiness for death is that of character, rather than occupation. It is right living which prepares for safe or even joyous dying. O death! We thank thee for the light thou wilt shed upon our ignorance.

Honor is like the eye, which cannot suffer the least impurity without damage. It is a precious stone, the price of which is lessened by a single flaw.

Every error is truth abused.

Without this absolute authority the king could neither do good nor repress evil. It is necessary that his power be such that no one can hope to escape him.

To know one's self, one must go all the way to horror.

The worst derangement of the spirit is to believe things because we want them to be so, not because we have seen them for what they are.

If justice prevails, good faith is found in treaties, truth in transaction, order in government, the earth is at peace, and heaven itself sheds overus its beneficent light and radiates down to us its blessed influence.

He produces not only our choice, but also the very freedom that is in our chance... In order to understand that God creates our free will in us, we must understand only that He wills us to be free. But He will not only that we should be free in power, but that we should be free in its exercise.

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First Name
Jacques-Bénigne
Last Name
Bossuet
Birth Date
1627
Death Date
1704
Bio

French Divine, Bishop of Condom, Orator, Philosopher, Historian and Supporter of Absolutist Government