58 Francois Fenelon Quotes

  • "Whoever will labor to get rid of self, to deny himself according to the instructions of Christ, strikes at once at the root of every evil, and finds the germ of every good."

    - Francois Fenelon
    Topics: Humility


  • "A man's style is nearly as much a part of himself as his face, or figure, or the throbbing of his pulse; in short, as any part of his being which is subjected to the action of his will."

    - Francois Fenelon
    Topics: Character


  • "I would have no desire other than to accomplish thy will. Teach me to pray; pray thyself in me."

    - Francois Fenelon
    Topics: Prayer


  • "Had we not faults of our own, we should take less pleasure in complaining of others."

    - Francois Fenelon
    Topics: Hypocrisy


  • "The true genius that conducts a state is he, who doing nothing himself, causes everything to be done; he contrives, he invents, he foresees the future; he reflects on what is past; he distributes and proportions things; he makes early preparations; he incessantly arms himself to struggle against fortune, as a swimmer against a rapid stream of water; he is attentive night and day, that he may leave nothing to chance."

    - Francois Fenelon
    Topics: Politics, Leadership, The Future


  • "It is the misfortune of kings that they scarcely ever do the good they have a mind to do; and through surprise, and the insinuations of flatterers, they often do the mischief they never intended."

    - Francois Fenelon
    Topics: Apathy


  • "Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind."

    - Francois Fenelon
    Topics: Habits


  • "Temptations are a file which rub off much of the rust of our self-confidence."

    - Francois Fenelon
    Topics: Temptation, Self-confidence


  • "The greatest of all crosses is self. If we die in part every day, we shall have but little to do on the last. These little daily deaths will destroy the power of the final dying."

    - Francois Fenelon
    Topics: Holiness, The Cross


  • "The passion of acquiring riches in order to support a vain expense, corrupts the purest souls."

    - Francois Fenelon
    Topics: Finances


  • "Mankind, by the perverse depravity of their nature, esteem that which they have most desired as of no value the moment it is possessed, and torment themselves with fruitless wishes for that which is beyond their reach."

    - Francois Fenelon
    Topics: Contentment


  • "Courage is a virtue only so far as it is directed by prudence."

    - Francois Fenelon
    Topics: Courage


  • "Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer, and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble."

    - Francois Fenelon
    Topics: Prayer


  • "The history of the world suggests that without love of God there is little likelihood of a love for man that does not become corrupt."

    - Francois Fenelon
    Topics: Love


  • "Beware of fatiguing them by ill-judged exactness. If virtue offers itself to the child under a melancholy and constrained aspect, while liberty and license present themselves under an agreeable form, all is lost, and your labor is in vain."

    - Francois Fenelon
    Topics: Children, Liberty



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