Be Humble

We ought to judge the infinite power of Nature with more reverence and a greater recognition of our own ignorance and weakness. How many improbable things there are which have been testified to by people worth of our trust: if we cannot be convinced we should at least remain in suspense. To condemn them as impossible is to be rashly presumptuous, boasting that we know the limits of the possible.

Montaigne, That it is madness to judge the true and the false, 76

Saints, so great as Augustine claim to have personally witnessed miracles, what are we to accuse them of? Is it of ignorance, simple-mindedness, credulity, deliberate deception or imposture? Is there any man in our century so impudent as to think he can be compared with them for virtue, piety, scholarship, judgment and ability?

Montaigne, That it is madness to judge the true and the false, 77-78

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