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One declaims endlessly against the passions; one imputes all of man’s suffering to them. One forgets that they are also the source of all his…
The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counter authority to the law.
Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.
People praise virtue, but they hate it, they run away from it. It freezes you to death, and in this world you’ve got to keep…
It is said that desire is a product of the will, but the converse is in fact true: will is a product of desire.
Evil always turns up in this world through some genius or other.
Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.
The blood of Jesus Christ can cover a multitude of sins, it seems to me.
When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which…
The best mannered people make the most absurd lovers.
It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley, but to believe or not believe in God is not important at all.
If you want me to believe in God, you must make me touch him.
In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more than push it as far as it will go.
Bad company is as instructive as licentiousness. One makes up for the loss of one’s innocence with the loss of one’s prejudices.
The general interest of the masses might take the place of the insight of genius if it were allowed freedom of action.
Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.
If there is one realm in which it is essential to be sublime, it is in wickedness. You spit on a petty thief, but you…
His hands would plait the priest’s guts, if he had no rope, to strangle kings.
Good music is very close to primitive language.
No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings.
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