Nothing resists the will of man, when he knows the truth, and wills the good.
To will evil, is to will death. A perverse will is a beginning of suicide.
To will good with violence, is to will evil, for violence produces disorder, and disorder produces evil.
One can, and one should, accept evil as the means of good; but one must never will it or do it, otherwise one would destroy with one hand what one builds with the other. Good faith never justifies bad means; it corrects them when one undergoes them, and condemns them when one takes them.
To have the right to possess always, one must will patiently and long.
To pass one's life in willing that it is impossible to possess always, is to abdicate life and accept the eternity of death.
The more obstacles the will surmounts, the stronger it is. It is for this reason that Christ glorified poverty and sorrow.
When the will is vowed to the absurd, it is reproved by eternal reason.
The will of the just man is the will of God himself, and the law of Nature.
It is by the will that the intelligence sees. If the will is healthy, the sight is just. God said: "Let there be light!" and light is; the will says, "Let the world be as I will to see it!" and the intelligence sees it as the will has willed. This is the meaning of the word, "So be it," which confirms acts of faith.
When one creates phantoms for oneself, one puts vampires into the world, and one must nourish these children of a voluntary nightmare with one's blood, one's life, one's intelligence, and one's reason, without ever satisfying them.
To affirm and to will what ought to be is to create; to affirm and will what ought not to be, is to destroy.
Light is an electric fire put by Nature at the service of the will; it lights those who know how to use it, it burns those who abuse it.
The empire of the world is the empire of the light.
Great intellects whose wills are badly balanced are like comets which are aborted suns.
To do nothing is as fatal as to do evil, but it is more cowardly. The most unpardonable of mortal sins is inertia.
To suffer is to work. A great sorrow suffered is a progress accomplished. Those who suffer much live more than those who do not suffer.
Voluntary death from devotion is not suicide; it is the apotheosis of the will.
Fear is nothing but idleness of the will, and for that reason public opinion scourges cowards.
Succeed in not fearing the lion, and the lion will fear you. Say to sorrow: "I will that you be a pleasure, more even than a pleasure, a happiness."
A chain of iron is easier to break than a chain of flowers.
Before saying that a man is happy or unhappy, find out what the direction of his will has made of him: Tiberius died every day at Capri, while Jesus proved his immortality and even his divinity on Calvary and upon the Cross.
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 Meaning again the special "light" spoken of previously. — TRANS.