Francois Fenelon Quotes

Francois Fenelon

Francois Fenelon (1651 – 1715) was a French Roman Catholic archbishop, theologian, poet and writer. Today he is remembered mostly as the author of The Adventures of Telemachus, first published in 1699. Fenelon’s early education was provided in the Chateau de Fenelon by private tutors, who gave him a thorough grounding in the language and literature of the Greek and Latin classics. At age 12 he was sent to the University of Cahors, where he studied rhetoric and philosophy. Following further education in theology, he was ordained as a priest when he was 24 years old.

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Quotes by Francois Fenelon…

Remain in peace; the fervor of devotion does not depend upon yourself; all that lies in your power is the direction of your will. Give that up to God without reservation. The important question is not how much you enjoy religion, but whether you will whatever God wills. Humbly confess your faults; be detached from the world, and abandoned to God; love him more than yourself, and his glory more than your life; the least you can do is to desire and ask for such a love. God will then love you and put his peace in your heart.

Francois Fenelon (1651 – 1715)

Never let us be discouraged with ourselves. It is not when we are conscious of our faults that we are the most wicked, on the contrary, we are less so. We see by a brighter light, and let us remember for our consolation, that we never perceive our sins till we begin to cure them.

Francois Fenelon (1651 – 1715)

If we were faultless, we should not be so much annoyed by the defects of those with whom we associate. If we were to acknowledge honestly that we have not virtue enough to bear patiently with our neighbor’s weaknesses, we should show our own imperfection, and this alarms our vanity.

Francois Fenelon (1651 – 1715)