Some like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they understand.
I believe, indeed, that it is more laudable to suffer great misfortunes than to do great things.
We are usually mistaken in esteeming men too much; rarely in esteeming them too little.
There are few defects in our nature so glaring as not to be veiled from observation by politeness and good-breeding.
Misers are very kind people: they amass wealth for those who wish their death.
Genius speaks only to genius.
Science when well-digested is nothing but good sense and reason.
Esteem has more engaging charms than friendship, or even love. It captivates hearts better, and never makes ings.
Conscience warns us as a friend before it punishes us as a judge.
To believe with certainty, we must begin with doubting.
Gaiety is the soul's health; sadness is its poison.
I know no real worth but that tranquil firmness which seeks dangers by duty, and braves them without rashness.
Those who ought to be secure from calumny are generally those who avoid it least.
How many persons fancy they have experience simply because they have grown old!
Affectation discovers sooner what one is than it makes known what one would fain appear to be.
Can princes born in palaces be sensible of the misery of those who dwell in cottages?
Religion has nothing more to fear than not being sufficiently understood.
Reason shows us our duty; he who can make us love our duty is more powerful than reason itself.
It is hardly possible to suspect another without having in one's self the seeds of baseness the party is accused of.
The instability of our tastes is the occasion of the irregularity of our lives.
When the truth offends no one it should come from our lips as naturally as the air we breathe.
Is it not astonishing that the love of repose keeps us in continual agitation?
It is having in some measure a sort of wit to know how to use the wit of others.
In all sorts of government man is made to believe himself free, and to be in chains.
The strong desire for success is the best indication that you can achieve success.
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