46 Total Quotes

Georges Bernanos Quotes

A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope, illusion, more than bread.
Georges Bernanos
#French Author #Man

Hope is a risk that must be run
Georges Bernanos
#Hope

The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means
Georges Bernanos
#Corruption

I know the compassion of others is a relief at first. I don't despise it. But it can't quench pain, it slips through your soul as through a sieve. And when our suffering has been dragged from one pity to another, as from one mouth to another, we can no longer respect or love it.
Georges Bernanos
#Compassion

When you think of the huge uninterrupted success of a book like Don Quixote, you're bound to realize that if humankind have not yet finished being revenged, by sheer laughter, for being let down in their greatest hope, it is because that hope was cherished so long and lay so deep!
Georges Bernanos
#Success #Disappointment

And what have you laymen made of hell? A kind of penal servitude for eternity, on the lines of your convict prisons on earth, to which you condemn in advance all the wretched felons your police have hunted from the beginning -- ''enemies of society,'' as you call them. You're kind enough to include the blasphemers and the profane. What proud or reasonable man could stomach such a notion of God's justice? And when you find that notion inconvenient it's easy enough for you to put it on one side. Hell is not to love any more, Madame. Not to love any more!
Georges Bernanos
#Hell #Eternity

What a cunning mixture of sentiment, pity, tenderness, irony surrounds adolescence, what knowing watchfulness! Young birds on their first flight are hardly so hovered around.
Georges Bernanos
#Adolescence

Fact is Our Lord knew all about the power of money: He gave capitalism a tiny niche in His scheme of things, He gave it a chance, He even provided a first installment of funds. Can you beat that? It's so magnificent. God despises nothing. After all, if the deal had come off, Judas would probably have endowed sanatoriums, hospitals, public libraries or laboratories.
Georges Bernanos
#Capitalism

Truth is meant to save you first, and the comfort comes afterward.
Georges Bernanos
#French Author #Comfort

No one ever discovers the depths of his own loneliness.
Georges Bernanos
#French Author #Loneliness

It's a fine thing to rise above pride, but you must have pride in order to do so.
Georges Bernanos
#French Author

Have you never been moved by poor men's fidelity, the image of you they form in their simple minds? Why should you always talk of their envy, without understanding that what they ask of you is not so much your worldly goods, as something very hard to define, which they themselves can put no name to; yet at times it consoles their loneliness; a dream of splendor, of magnificence, a tawdry dream, a poor man's dream /and yet God blesses it!
Georges Bernanos
#Fidelity

It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear, that shapes the face of a brave man.
Georges Bernanos
#French Author #Fear

The wish to pray is a prayer in itself
Georges Bernanos
#Prayer

Faith is not a thing which one ''loses',' we merely cease to shape our lives by it.
Georges Bernanos
#Faith

Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.
Georges Bernanos
#French Author #Peace

The worst, the most corrupting of lies, are problems poorly stated,
Georges Bernanos
#Lies And Lying

The modern state no longer has anything but rights; it does not recognize duties any more.
Georges Bernanos
#French Author

Hell, madam, is to love no longer
Georges Bernanos
#Hell

Civilization exists precisely so that there may be no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses.
Georges Bernanos
#French Author #Civilization

God ordains that beggars should beg for greatness, as for all else, when greatness shines out of them, and they don't know it.
Georges Bernanos
#God #Beggars