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FRANCOIS DE SALIGNAC FENELON
French theologian and author
(1651 - 1715)
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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."
      - [Earth]

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.
      - [Time]

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

True prayer is only another name for the love of God. Its excellence does not consist in the multitude of our words; for our Father knoweth what things we have need of before we ask Him. The true prayer is that of the heart, and the heart prays only for what it desires. To pray, then, is to desire--but to desire what God would have us desire.
      - [Prayer]

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 the arms of the All-Powerful.
      - [God]

We may as well tolerate all religions, since God Himself tolerates all.
      - [Religion]

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

We must bear our crosses; self is the greatest of them all. If we die in part every day of our lives, we shall have but little to do on the last. O how utterly will these little daily deaths destroy the power of the final dying!
      - [Cross]

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.
      - [Masters]

When kings interfere in matters of religion, they enslave instead of protecting it.
      - [Religion]

When tempted, the shortest and surest way is to act like a little child at the breast; when we show it a frightful monster, it shrinks back and buries its face in its mother's bosom, that it may no longer behold it.
      - [Temptation]

Why art thou troubled and anxious about many things? One thing is needful--to love Him and to sit attentively at His feet.
      - [Care]

Wine is the source of the greatest evils among communities. It causes diseases, quarrels, seditions, idleness, aversion to labor, and family disorders. . . . It is a species of poison that causes madness. It does not make a man die, but it degrades him into a brute. Men may preserve their health and vigor without wine; with wine they run the risk of ruining their health and losing their morals.
      - [Wine and Spirits]

He adorned whatever he touched.
  [Fr., Il embellit tout qu'il touche.]
      - Lettre sur les Occupations de l'Academie Francaise
         (sec. IV) [Eloquence]

To pray, . . . is to desire; but it is to desire what God would have us desire.
  He who desires not from the bottom of his heart, offers a deceitful prayer.
      - Pious Thoughts--Advice Concerning Prayer,
        (Mrs. Mant's translation) [Prayer]


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