Religious wars are not caused by the fact that there is more than one religion, but by the spirit of intolerance... the spread of which can only be regarded as the total eclipse of human reason.
Weak minds exaggerate too much the wrong done to the Africans.
In bodies moved, the motion is received, increased, diminished, or lost, according to the relations of the quantity of matter and velocity; each diversity is uniformity, each change is constancy.
There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.
Not to be loved is a misfortune, but it is an insult to be loved no longer.
I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should appear like a fool but be wise.
Society is the union of men and not the men themselves.
There is only one thing that can form a bond between men, and that is gratitude... we cannot give someone else greater power over us than we have ourselves.
I have read descriptions of Paradise that would make any sensible person stop wanting to go there.
Men, who are rogues individually, are in the mass very honorable people.
The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles.
There are three species of government: republican, monarchical, and despotic.
Although born in a prosperous realm, we did not believe that its boundaries should limit our knowledge, and that the lore of the East should alone enlighten us.
A man should be mourned at his birth, not at his death.
But constant experience shows us that every man invested with power is apt to abuse it, and to carry his authority as far as it will go.
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