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JACQUES BENIGUE BOSSUET
French bishop and pulpit orator
(1627 - 1704)

An Indian philosopher, being asked what were, according to his opinion, the two most beautiful things in the universe, answered: The starry heavens above our heads, and the feeling of duty in our hearts.
      - [Beauty]

Every error is truth abused.
      - [Error]

Honor is like the eye, which cannot suffer the least injury without damage; it is a precious stone, the price of which is lessened by the least flaw.
      - [Honor]

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

The world itself makes us sick of the world.
      - [Work]

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."
      - [Appreciation]

Truth is a queen who has her eternal throne in heaven, and her seat of empire in the heart of God.
      - [Truth]

Well-meant ignorance is a grievous calamity in high places.
      - [Ignorance]

It is only the first obstacle which counts to conquer modesty.
  [Fr., Il n'y a que le premier obstacle qui coute a vaincre la pudeur.]
      - Pensees Chretiennes et Morales (IX)
        [Beginnings]

Ah! the perfidious English!
  [Fr., Ah! la perfide Angleterre!]
      - Sermon on the Circumcision,
        preaching at Metz, quoted by Napoleon on leaving England for St. Helena
        [England]


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