Jacques Maritain Quotes

Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy. Jacques Maritain

Poetry proceeds from the totality of man, sense, imagination, intellect, love, desire, instinct, blood and spirit together. Jacques Maritain

Authority and power are two different things: power is the force by means of which you can oblige others to obey you. Authority is the right to direct and command, to be listened to or obeyed by others. Authority requests power. Power without authority is tyranny. Jacques Maritain

We don’t love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities. Jacques Maritain

A single idea, if it is right, saves us the labor of an infinity of experiences. Jacques Maritain

Christianity taught men that love is worth more than intelligence. Jacques Maritain

The great and admirable strength of America consists in this, that America is truly the American people. Jacques Maritain

Americans seem sometimes to believe that if you are a thinker you must be a frowning bore, because thinking is so damn serious. Jacques Maritain