Ernest Renan

Ernest Renan

History is as much an art as a science.More Ernest Renan quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Blessed are the blind, for they know not enough to ask why.More Ernest Renan quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
None of the miracles with which ancient histories are filled, occurred under scientific conditions. Observation never once contradicted, teaches us that miracles occur only in periods and countries in which they are believed in and before persons disposed to believe in them.More Ernest Renan quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Morality has been conceived up to the present in a very narrow spirit, as obedience to a law, as inner struggle between opposite laws. As for me, I declare that when I do good I obey no one, I fight no battle and win no victory. The cultivated person has only to follow the delicious incline of his or her inner impulses. Be beautiful and then do at each moment whatever your heart may inspire you to do. This is the whole of morality.More Ernest Renan quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is evident, indeed, that such a doctrine, taken by itself in a literal manner, had no future. The world, in continuing to exist, caused it to crumble. One generation of man at the most was the limit of its endurance. The faith of the first Christian generation is intelligible, but the faith of the second generation is no longer so. After the death of John, or of the last survivor, whoever he might be, of the group which had seen the master, the word of Jesus was convicted of falsehood.More Ernest Renan quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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