Ernest Renan

(Joseph Ernest Renan)

Ernest Renan
Ernest Renan
  • Born: February 28, 1823
  • Died: October 2, 1892
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Philosopher









Joseph Ernest Renan was a French expert of Semitic languages and civilizations (philology), philosopher, biblical scholar and critic, historian of religion, and writer, devoted to his native province of Brittany. He is best known for his influential and pioneering historical works on the origins of Early Christianity, and his political theories, especially concerning nationalism and national identity. Renan is credited as being among the first scholars to advance the Khazar theory, which held that Ashkenazi Jews were descendants of the Khazars, Turkic peoples who had adopted Jewish religion and migrated to Western Europe following the collapse of their khanate.

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A great aggregation of men, sane of mind and warm of heart, creates a moral consciousness which is called a nation States. Nations & Nationhood
Jesus, in some respects, was an anarchist, for he had no idea of civil government. That government seems to him purely and simply an abuse. Religion & God
To be free in an age like ours, one must be in a position of authority. Freedom & Liberty
All history is incomprehensible without Christ. History
All the great things of humanity have been accomplished in the name of absolute principles.
As a rule, all heroism is due to a lack of reflection, and thus it is necessary to maintain a mass of imbeciles. If they once understand themselves the ruling men will be lost.
Blessed are the blind, for they know not enough to ask why.
Communism is in conflict with human nature. Nature
God, if there is a God, take my soul, if I have a soul. Religion & God
He whom God has touched will always be a being apart: he is, whatever he may do, a stranger among men; he is marked by a sign. Religion & God
I can die when I wish to: that is my elixir of life. Life
In morals, truth is but little prized when it is a mere sentiment, and only attains its full value when realized in the world as fact. Truth
Let us remember that sorrow alone is the creator of great things.
Man makes holy what he believes.
No idea can succeed except at the expense of sacrifice; no one ever escapes without enduring strain from the struggle of life. Life
Our opinions become fixed at the point where we stop thinking.
Religion is not a popular error; it is a great instinctive truth, sensed by the people, expressed by the people. Truth ;Religion & God
The greatest men of a nation are those it puts to death. Death
The liberty of the individual is a necessary postulate of human progress. Freedom & Liberty
The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
To conceive the good, in fact, is not sufficient; it must be made to succeed among men. To accomplish this less pure paths must be followed.
When people complain of life, it is almost always because they have asked impossible things of it. Life
You may take great comfort from the fact that suffering inwardly for the sake of truth proves abundantly that one loves it and marks one out as being of the elect. Truth