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

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.
      - [Friends]

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

Simplicity is the straightforwardness of a soul which refuses itself any reaction with regard to itself or its deeds. This virtue differs from and surpasses sincerity. We see many people who are sincere without being simple. They do not wish to be taken for other than what they are; but they are always fearing lest they should be taken for what they are not.
      - [Simplicity]

Sordid and infamous sensuality, the most dreadful evil that issued from the box of Pandora, corrupts every heart, and eradicates every virtue. Fly! wherefore dost thou linger? Fly, cast not one look behind thee; nor let even thy thought return to the accursed evil for a moment.
      - [Sensuality]

Style! style! why, all writers will tell you that it is the very thing which can least of all be changed. A man's style is nearly as much a part of him as his physiognomy, his figure, the throbbing of this pulse,--in short, as any part of his being is at least subjected to the action of the will.
      - [Style]

Temptations are a file which rub off much of the rust of self-confidence.
      - [Temptation]

The art of cookery is the art of poisoning mankind, by rendering the appetite still importunate, when the wants of nature are supplied.
      - [Cookery]

The best general means to insure the profitable employment of our time is to accustom ourselves to living in continual dependence upon the Spirit of God and His law, receiving, every instant, whatever He is pleased to bestow; consulting Him in every emergency requiring instant action, and having recourse to Him in our weaker moments when virtue seems to fail.
      - [Time]

The best use one can make of his mind is to distrust it.
      - [Distrust]

The Christian life is a long and continual tendency of our hearts toward that eternal goodness which we desire on earth. All our happiness consists in thirsting for it. Now this thirst is prayer. Ever desire to approach your Creator, and you will never cease to pray. Do not think it necessary to pronounce many words.
      - [Devout]

The great point is to renounce your own wisdom by simplicity of walk, and to be ready to give up the favor, esteem, and approbation of every one, whenever the path in which God leads you passes that way.
      - [Duty]

The greater our dread of crosses, the more necessary they are for us.
      - [Trouble]

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.
      - [Education]

The kingdom of God which is within us consists in our willing whatever God wills, always, in everything, and without reservation; and thus His kingdom comes; for His will is then done as it is in heaven, since we will nothing but what is dictated by His sovereign pleasure.
      - [God]

The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit.
      - [Brevity]

The most essential point is lowliness.
      - [Humility]

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

The presence God calms the soul, and gives it quiet and repose.
      - [God]

The realization of God's presence is the one sovereign remedy against temptation.
      - [Temptation]

The youth who, like a woman, loves to adorn his person, has renounced all claim to wisdom and to glory; glory is due to those only who dare to associate with pain, and have trampled pleasure under their feet.
      - [Vanity]

There are some people who think that they should be always mourning, that they should put a continual constraint upon themselves, and feel a disgust for those amusements to which they are obliged to submit. For my own part, I confess that I know not how to conform myself to these rigid notions. I prefer something more simple, which I also think would be more pleasing to God.
      - [Melancholy]

There are two principal points of attention necessary for the preservation of this constant spirit of prayer which unites us with God; we must continually seek to cherish it, and we must avoid everything that tends to make us lose it.
      - [Devout]

There is no real elevation of mind in a contempt of little things; it is, on the contrary, from too narrow views that we consider those things of little importance which have in fact such extensive consequences.
      - [Trifles]

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.
      - [Death]


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