Francois Fenelon Quotes


The art of cookery is the art of poisoning mankind by rendering the appetite still importunate when the wants of nature are supplied

Genuine good taste consists in saying much in few words in choosing among our thoughts in having order and arrangement in what we say and in speaking with composure.

This is the love that does all things; that brings to pass even the evils we suffer; so shaping them that they are but instruments of preparing the good which as yet has not arrived.

Worry is the cross which we make for ourselves by over anxiety.

If we were faultless we should not be so much annoyed by the defects of those with whom we associate.

To just read the Bible attend church and avoid "big� sins-is this passionate wholehearted love for God?

True piety hath in it nothing weak nothing sad nothing constrained. It enlarges the heart; it is simple free and attractive.

I would have no desire other than to accomplish thy will. Teach me to pray; pray thyself in me.

The gifts of God are not to be rejected on account of the channel that brings them.

God is so good that He only awaits our desire to overwhelm us with the gift of himself.

In the light of eternity we shall see that what we desired would have been fatal to us and that what we would have avoided was essential to our well-being.

This poor world the object of so much insane attachment we are about to leave; it is but misery vanity and folly; a phantom--the very fashion of which "passeth away.

Nothing marks so much the solid advancement of a soul as the view of one's wretchedness without anxiety and without discouragement.

Frequently a big advantage can be gained by knowing how to give in at the right moment.

To be faithful in prayer it is indispensable that we arrange all the activities of the day with a regularity that nothing can disturb

Speak move act in peace...

The passion of acquiring riches in order to support a vain expense corrupts the purest souls.

I would have every minister of the gospel address his audience with the zeal of a friend with the generous energy of a father and with the exuberant affection of a mother.

Those who are wholly God's are always happy.

It is when God appears to have abandoned us that we must abandon ourselves most wholly to God.

A good historian is timeless; although he is a patriot he will never flatter his country in any respect.

We are never less alone than when we are in the society of a single faithful friend; never less deserted than when we are carried in tne arms of the All-Powerful.

We may as well tolerate all religions since God Himself tolerates all.

The past but lives in written words: a thousand ages were blank if books had not evoked their ghosts and kept the pale unbodied shades to warn us from fleshless lips.

All wars are civil ones; for it is still man spilling his own blood tearing out his own bowels.

The wind of God is always blowing... but you must hoist your sail.

It is better to die than to tell a lie

We are not to choose the manner in which our blessings shall be bestowed.

Do not make best friends with a melancholy sad soul. They always are heavily loaded and you must bear half.

All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers.

Most people I ask little from. I try to give them much and expect nothing in return and I do very well in the bargain.

If God bores you tell Him that He bores you that you prefer the vilest amusements to His presence that you only feel at your ease when you are far from Him.

Our piety must be weak and imperfect if it do not conquer our fear of death.

Let us pray God that He would root out of our hearts every thing of our own planting and set out there with His own hands the tree of life bearing all manner of fruits.

You really don't even own the present moment for even this belongs to God.

The history of the world suggests that without love of God there is little likelihood of a love for man that does not become corrupt.

God would behold in you a simplicity which will contain so much the more of His wisdom as it contains less of your own.

Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue but carried to extremes narrows the mind.

We must avoid fastidiousness; neatness when it is moderate is a virtue; but when it is carried to an extreme it narrows the mind.

God never ceases to speak to us but the noise of the world without and the tumult of our passions within bewilder us and prevent us from listening to him

Be content with doing calmly the little which depends upon yourself and let all else be to you as if it were not.

The presence of God calms the soul and gives it quiet and repose.

Nothing will make us so charitable and tender to the faults of others as by self-examination thoroughly to know our own.

O Lord I do most cheerfully commit all unto Thee.

Can we be unsafe where God has placed us and where He watches over us as a parent a child that he loves?

Of all the duties enjoined by Christianity none is more essential and yet more neglected than prayer.

All wars are civil wars because all men are brothersEach one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born.

All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers... Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born.

The best use one can make of his mind is to distrust it.

O God the creature knows not to what end Thou hast made Him; teach him and write in the depths of his soul that the clay must suffer itself to be shaped at the will of the potter.

Even if no command to pray had existed our very weakness would have suggested it.

Faith is letting down our nets into the transparent deeps at the Divine command not knowing what we shall draw.

Let us endeavor to commence every enterprise with a pure view to the glory of God continue it without distraction and finish it without impatience.

Had we not faults of our own we should take less pleasure in complaining of others.

No human power can force the intrenchments of the human mind: compulsion never persuades; it only makes hypocrites.

How does our will become sanctified? By conforming itself unreservedly to that of God.

I believe that we are conforming to the divine order and the will of Providence when we are doing even indifferent things that belong to our condition.

A general rule for the good use of time is to accustom oneself to live in a continual dependence on the Spirit of God.

We can often do more for other men by trying to correct our own faults than by trying to correct theirs.

Nothing is so costly as the pursuit of a cure for imaginary ills.

I love my country better than my family; but I love humanity better than my country.

Crosses are of no use to us but inasmuch as we yield ourselves up to them and forget ourselves.

The greater our dread of crosses the more necessary they are for us.

If the crowns of all the kingdoms of the empire were laid down at my feet in exchange for my books and my love of reading I would spurn them all.

When you come to be sensibly touched the scales will fall from your eyes; and by the penetrating eyes of love you will discern that which your other eyes will never see.

Peace does not dwell in outward things but within the soul.

All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than in enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than in expectation.

Accustom yourself gradually to carry Prayer into all your daily occupation - speak act work in peace as if you were in prayer as indeed you ought to be.

The greatest defect of common education is that we are in the habit of putting pleasure all on one side and weariness on the other; all weariness in study all pleasure in idleness.

The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become toward the defects of other people.

Children are excellent observers and will often perceive your slightest defects. In general those who govern children forgive nothing in them but everything in themselves

Courage is a virtue only so far as it is directed by prudence.

Before putting yourself in peril it is necessary to foresee and fear it; but when one is there nothing remains but to despise it.

That love of self which the world advocates is a thousand times more dangerous than any poison.

There is no more dangerous illusion than the fancies by which people try to avoid illusion.

Nothing is more despicable than a professional talker who uses his words as a quack uses his remedies.

How desirable is this simplicity! Who will give it to me? I will quit all else; it is the pearl of great price.

Discouragement is simply the despair of wounded self-love.

Violent excitement exhausts the mind and leaves it withered and sterile.

Good taste rejects excessive nicety.

The most essential point is lowliness.

The blood of a nation ought never to be shed except for its own preservation in the utmost extremity.

Real friends are our greatest joy and our greatest sorrow. It were almost to be wished that all true and faithful friends should expire on the same day.

When kings interfere in matters of religion they enslave instead of protecting it.

Pity enlarges the heart.

Let gratitude for the past inspire us with trust for the future.

Simplicity is that grace which frees the soul from all unnecessary reflections upon itself.

If we had strength and faith enough to trust ourselves entirely to God; and follow Him simply wherever He should lead us we should have no need of any great effort of mind to reach perfection.

Temptations are a file which rub off much of the rust of our self-confidence.

He who prays without confidence cannot hope that his prayers will be granted.

Above all live in the present moment and God will give you all the grace you need.

We must truly serve those whom we appear to command; we must bear with their imperfections correct them with gentleness and patience and lead them in the way to heaven.

The smallest things become great when God requires them of us; they are small only in themselves; they are always great when they are done for God.

How rare it is to find a soul quiet enough to hear God speak.

The realization of God's presence is the one sovereign remedy against temptation.

Make this simple rule the guide of your life: to have no will but God's.

There is never any peace for those who resist God.

God never makes us sensible of our weakness except to give us of His strength.

Oh! how seldom the soul is silent in order that God may speak.

There is nothing that is more dangerous to your own salvation more unworthy of God and more harmful to your own happiness than that you should be content to remain as you are.

Let us often think of our own infirmities and we shall become indulgent toward those of others.

How can you expect God to speak in that gentle and inward voice which melts the soul when you are making so much noise with your rapid reflections? Be silent and God will speak again.

It is often our own imperfection which makes us reprove the imperfection of others; a sharp-sighted self-love of others

Were in prayer as indeed you ought to be.

Little opportunities should be improved.

To will everything that God wills and to will it always in all circumstances and without reservations: that is the kingdom of God which is entirely within.

I no longer desire anything but to be Thine.

So long as we are full of self we are shocked at the faults of others. Let us think often of our own sin and we shall be lenient to the sins of others.

The more you say the less people remember.

Listen less to your own thoughts and more to God's thoughts.

As long as anything in this world means anything to you your freedom is only a word. You are like a bird that is held by a leash; you can only fly so far.

Time is given us that we may take care for eternity; and eternity will not be too long to regret the loss of our time if we have misspent it.

Prayer is so necessary and the source of so many blessings that he who has discovered the treasure cannot be prevented from having recourse to it whenever he has an opportunity.

Blessed are the poor in spirit." Blessed are they who are stripped of every thing even of their own wills that they may no longer belong to themselves.

Time spent in prayer is never wasted.

To pray is to desire; but it is to desire what God would have us desire.

Pure love is in the will alone; it is no sentimental love for the imagination has no part in it; it loves if we may so express it without feeling as faith believes without seeing.

Speak move act in peace as if you were in prayer. In truth this is prayer.

Si la justicia no es fuerte es preciso que la fuerza sea justa

There were some who said that a man at the point of death was more free than all others because death breaks every bond and over the dead the united world has no power.