Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac

Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac

If God be infinitely good, what reason have we to fear him? If he be infinitely wise, wherefore disturb ourselves with our condition? If he be omniscient, wherefore inform him of our wants, and fatigue him with our prayers? If he be omnipresent, wherefore erect temples to him? If he be Lord of all, wherefore make sacrifices and offerings to him? If he be just, wherefore believe that he punishes those creatures whom he has filled with imbecility? If his grace works every thing in man, what reason has he to reward him? If he be omnipotent, how can he be offended; and how can we resist him? If he be rational, how can he be enraged against those blind mortals to whom he has left the liberty of acting irrationally? If he be immutable, by what right shall we pretend to make him change his decrees? If he be inconceivable, wherefore should we occupy ourselves with him? If he has spoken, wherefore is the universe not convinced? If the knowledge of a God be the most necessary thing, wherefore is it not more evident and more manifest?More Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac quotes [09/30/2011 05:09:37]
If sovereigns, in order to enlighten and to render happy their dominions, were to employ only the tenth part of the vast expenditures which they lavish, and only a tithe of the pains which the employ to stupefy them - to deceive them - to afflict them, their subjects would presently be as wise and as happy, as they are now remarkable for being blind, ignorant, and miserable.More Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac quotes [09/30/2011 05:09:03]
The present state has served as the model of the future. We feel pleasure and pain - hence a heaven and a hell. A body is necessary for enjoying heavenly pleasures - hence the dogma of a resurrection.
But whence has the idea of hell arisen? Because, like a sick person who clings even to a miserable existence, man prefers a life of pain to annihilation, which he considers as the greatest of calamities. That notion was besides counterbalanced by the idea of divine mercy.More Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac quotes [09/30/2011 05:09:52]
The funeral ceremonies of the most powerful monarchs, have rarely been wetted with the tears of the people - they have commonly drained them while living.More Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac quotes [09/30/2011 05:09:22]
Man would not appear less subjected to the laws of Nature when naked in the forest painfully seeking his sustenance, than when living in civilised society surrounded with comforts; that is to say, enriched with greater experience, plunged in luxury, where he every day invents a thousand new wants and discovers a thousand new modes of satisfying them. All the steps taken by man to regulate his existence, ought only to be considered as a long succession of causes and effects, which are nothing more than the development of the first impulse given him by nature.More Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac quotes [09/30/2011 05:09:31]

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