God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
A witty saying proves nothing.
It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.
What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.
It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.
When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics.
What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature.
Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.
Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.
The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it.
Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.
We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies - it is the first law of nature.
Use, do not abuse... neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
What then do you call your soul? What idea have you of it? You cannot of yourselves, without revelation, admit the existence within you of anything but a power unknown to you of feeling and thinking.
He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.
Nature has always had more force than education.
Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.
Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.
The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year.
There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.
Let the punishments of criminals be useful. A hanged man is good for nothing; a man condemned to public works still serves the country, and is a living lesson.