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Nicolas Malebranche

We are made to know and love God.

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Prejudices are not easily got rid of as an old coat which is no longer thought of.

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You find yourself in the world, without any power, immovable as a rock, stupid, so to speak, as a log of wood.

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Our soul is not united to our body in the ordinary sense of these terms. It is immediately and directly united to God alone.

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You cannot of yourself move your arm or alter your position, situation, posture, do to other men good or evil, or effect the least change in the world.

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In this connection, faith and experience teach us many truths by means of the short-cut of authority and by the proofs of very pleasant and agreeable feelings.

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I love good and pleasure, I hate evil and pain, I want to be happy and I am not mistaken in believing, that people, angels and even demons have those same inclinations.

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God transforms, so to speak, this air into words, into various sounds. He makes you understand these various sounds through the modifications by which you are affected.

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As our bodies live upon the earth and find sustenance in the fruits which it produces, so our minds feed on the same truths as the intelligible and immutable substance of the divine Word contains.

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All creatures are united to God alone in an immediate union. They depend essentially and directly upon Him. Being all alike equally impotent, they cannot be in reciprocal dependence upon one another.

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