Devotion arises from a desire to play some role in the world, whatever the cost. (Pensées, 4)
Devotion is the belief that one is worth more than another person.(Pensées, 594)
To perform a bad deed, devotiom finds reasons that a simple honest man cannot find.(Pensées, 1140)
I call devotion: a disease of the body that gives the soul a madness whose character is to be the most incurable of all. (Pensées, 1405)Devotion gives one the freedom to be immoderate. Princes are often devout, Monty says: "devotion allows them politics, and politics allows them all the vices..." (Pensées, 445) As he says elsewhere, princes are never offended by treatises of morality; they make morality. The powerless, on the other hand, assert their will and their triumph over necessity by their fanaticism. To want to change the world: the perversion of philosophy effected by Marx, trickling down to the common people.
Between weakness and power, timidity and despotism. The moderate proportion between birth and fortune, moral logic and physical logic, excess and deficiency. He says God "a great workman" has given our souls "tendencies." Everyone has "a restless inner desire" to use his faculties to improve himself; the "austere morality" of devotion, which aims to destroy the sentiments and penchants which put the world in motion (Pensées, 5)-- this is "the cost." Devotion is a sublated desire to make a difference in the world, a will to power.