Georges Bernanos Quotes

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Hope is a risk that must be run.

hope risk-taking

Hell, madam, is to love no longer.
— Georges Bernanos

love

The wish to pray is a prayer in itself.

prayer

No one ever discovers the depths of his own loneliness.

loneliness

It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear, that shapes the face of a brave man.

bravery

Comforting truths, they call it!  Truth is meant to save you first, and the comfort comes afterward.

comfort

A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much, and an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all.

action

What does the truth matter?  Haven't we mothers all given our sons a taste for lies, lies which from the cradle upwards lull them, reassure them, send them to sleep: lies as soft and warm as a breast!

lies white lies

The world is  . . . like dust.  You go about and never notice, you breathe it in, you eat and drink it.  It is sifted so fine, it doesn't even grit on your teeth.  But stand still for an instant and there it is, coating your face and hands.

the world

The world is eaten up by boredom.  To perceive this needs a little preliminary thought: you can't see it all at once.  It is like dust. You go about and never notice, you breathe it in, you eat and drink it. It is sifted so fine, it doesn't even grit on your teeth.  But stand still for an instant and there it is, coating your face and hands. To shake off this drizzle of ashes you must be forever on the go.

boredom