We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.
There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.
The God of the Christians is a father who makes much of his apples, and very little of his children.
There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.
You have to make it happen.
Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley, but to believe or not believe in God is not important at all.
Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.
Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.
No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings.
Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs.
Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy.
There is no kind of harassment that a man may not inflict on a woman with impunity in civilized societies.
To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly. What a noble aim is that of the zealot who tortures himself like a madman in order to desire nothing, love nothing, feel nothing, and who, if he succeeded, would end up a complete monster!
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